For more than 13 years I have been maintaining a slush fund, making sure I get the mail first, discarding all packaging and most documentation, and immensely discounting the value of the coins I have around. NGC has helped by serving as an excuse for getting coins in the mail that were "already mine." My wife has not been hostile to the collection, and has occasionally expressed some interest in a historical figure she has heard of showing up on a coin, but not much. Ancient coins? She doesn
I started buying the Netherlands gold ducats in 2009 after reading a book called "A Splendid Trade." Also that year I read "Pirate Hunter" about Captain Kidd from New York, and how he got done dirty by the new Dutch King William of England of the late 1600's / early 1700's. I checked on Ebay, my go-to source at the time, and found I could get my hands on what turned out to be fairly common dates from the 1600's. No matter. Once I had a 1648 in my hands, and some warped worn out ones from the
I have made some offers to owners through Heritage to try to sneak out with a coin or two I want. I did get one that way, and I have sold one that way too. It's a nice feature. Usually my offers are ignored or rejected, and I have admittedly rejected most of the offers made to me. I am more of a collector than a dealer, and the coins I would sell usually were purchased pretty long ago when I wasn't as focused.
Anyways, I was browsing the recent offers because it is a good picture of the
I have communicated with another classic Thai coin collector on this board about the perils of buying raw Thai coins, if you hope for problem-free grades.
I have never sent them any raw Thai coins before, but took a shot on some Ebay auctions over the last few months. If the Rama 7 (smaller one bottom right) or one of the Rama 5
coins comes back MS anything (besides the MS61 PCGS breakout you see in there), this will have all been worth it.
Among the Rama V bahts (the one
These photos were taken in natural sunlight. They are the Baht and its fractional silver pieces from the popular King Chulalongkorn. These are the brightest examples without toning I could put together.
There are also copper pieces that can still be found looking not too dark, with a slightly different, even better portrait of the King. I believe there was no 1/2 Baht for this time.
The examples of these coins we have that were given higher grades look duller.
The most co