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    Collectosaurus Rex

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    Graduate Student (PhD in experimental psychology: Cognitive aging with a minor in applied statistics)
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  1. I think this article may be of some help. Doubled Dies vs. Machine Doubling
  2. I purchased this coin a little bit ago and did a very surface level examination to figure out its relative value. In my haste, I was able to correctly identify the obverse as 2 (as distinguished by the toothed border and the position of the signature in relation to the border). I also managed to correctly identify the reverse as D (as distinguished by the toothed border, position of the signature, and thin shield lines). I assumed this was the more common 2-D pairing and I wrote it off as a decent example of a common coin. After closer inspection, I realized that this coin is actually the much rarer N over Z variety. The price difference between the two is substantial. The common 2-D is listed in Spink (2018) starts at 3 pounds in fine condition and jumps to 350 pounds in BU. The N over Z variety lists at 90 pounds in fine and jumps to 1,850 pounds in BU. Not a bad little discovery for a Monday night! Key characteristics include the A over V on the obverse, the re-touched “O” and tail like bit under the left foot of the N in ONE. Pictures are below including closeups of the key characteristics pointed out above. Any feedback on the close-up pictures would be helpful. I just recently purchased a macro lens attachment for my iPhone and this is the first run of pictures using it.
  3. Hello and welcome to the boards! This is an excellent question. I currently am restricted to my iPhone for coin photographs as well. My pictures are from perfect but they have come a long way from what they used to be. I have found several key factors to be helpful. 1. Stability is key. If possible, place your phone on a flat stable surface about 4-5 inches from the coin( books work well for this). Make sure the pictures you take are straight on and the coin is not angled (unless it is required because of an odd strike or uneven planchet). 2. Reflectivity can also be an issue. If you are like most people and have your $1000 phone in a case you may need to remove it to avoid an unwanted reflection in your picture. This is especially true for slab shots. 3. Lighting is pivotal to a well balanced and accurate image. I have a flexible desk lamp that I use to adjust the height, orientation, and direction of the light. You will have to play around with this to get it just where you want it, but the light(s) should be about the same height as your camera and should always be straight on. I’ve found that tilting the light source often results in an unwanted shadow. A single light source is often sufficient. I take all of my pictures at night in my office at home with all the other lights off in the room. 4. There are phone apps that can help with focus, white balance, and many other key factors. I personally have used an app called “VSCO” which has proven to be very helpful. It allows for all settings to be set automatically but also gives the ability to manually set it for difficult shots. This app also allows you to set the focus point as well as the light exposure point. One major downside is that you can not zoom. 5. Take plenty of pictures with different lighting to make sure you get the best shot you can. Do not expect to knock it out of the park with your first shot. These are some of the things that come immediately to mind. If I can think of anything else I will be sure to post. I hope this helps!
  4. This is not my area of expertise but I did find some useful info. Click here for more info. Here is item number for one listed on eBay: 372671464139
  5. The copper bug can spread and entrench rather quickly. I suppose I should have warned you about that. I am proud to know I had even the slightest influence on your growing collection of coppers! Oh that is interesting, I had no idea that Lucilla coppers were only struck for four years. I learn something new every day. I bet that does make a big difference. Out of curiosity, did they did mainly focus on producing silver and gold coinage at the time?
  6. Those are some nice looking additions Tom! I have been a bit MIA lately so I am just now trying to catch up. I really like the patina. It just exudes the character you would expect and want to see from a copper piece that old.
  7. I have several coins that are currently listed on eBay that I want to convert to true auctions ($0.01 starting price with no reserve), but before I do so I wanted to collect some information from you all about the best time to end the listings. User names will not be displayed for those who reply. Thanks in advance for those of you who take the time to respond.
  8. Hmmm, I know for sure that countermarks have been counterfeited. One would need to look no further than the British counter-marked 8 reales under George III. Those were heavily counterfeited to the extent that the British government contracted Boulton to completely strike over the 8 reales with the 1804 Bank of England dollars. I know I have also seen coins at auction noted as being genuine with a counterfeit chop mark. Isn’t it crazy what people will do to try to cheat collectors out of money?
  9. I had the same thought as well. I didn’t respond because I thought the OP had already sent it in. The holograms on the no line fattie holders are more often than not damaged. This should not negatively impact the value of the coin and the older holder may even command a slight premium under certain circumstances. I personally would leave it as it is.
  10. Hey Tom, I don’t doubt that one bit. Waiting for IRB approval is always a weird limbo stage. Hopefully, you’ll get approval soon and the real work can begin. I’ve only seen one example in person and it was breathtaking. It had phenomenal toning and a strong cameo on both sides. Of course, it was one of those pieces that I looked at but didn’t bother to ask the price on. You can browse through the Heritage archives to see a few if you ever desire. The business strikes are just as nice. I like how the reverse design is somewhat similar to the reverse of the large Canadian cents. I’ve always had a weakness for the Canadian large cents. I had several of the specimen pieces way back when, but I sold them to raise funds for my first trip abroad. Had I stayed down the Canadian large cent path I can only imagine I would have eventually found my way to the 1/4 Annas. You seem to have a solid plan and an attainable goal so I am sure you’ll go a long way to building a fantastic set. Thank you for your kind words. I try to pick coins I can afford with my current resources that I think I’ll still be happy to own in 10 years. That’s not to say I won’t try to upgrade if I find a better example. I think it would be pretty cool to have the “Mohawk Collection” pedigree. If you ever end up taking the TPG route again I hope you strongly consider it. I can’t say I blame you for not going back to US coins. I don’t think I can say the same though. I still have a huge soft spot for EAC. I’ve noticed the numerous similarities as well. From what I can tell, it seems as though most true British collectors also have a side collection of Romans. I can see the allure but my hands are full with my current focus. I think we’ll likely end up going to Venice. We also discussed Rome, Florence, and Tuscany. We have some time to figure it all out though. I don’t think we can go wrong with any of those options. I’m confident I would have no luck talking Madison into a landfill visit but I’m confident she’d be down for pretty much anything else. I feel like NYC is one of those cities that could take forever to really explore. I truly hope Madison and I get a chance to check it out. On a side note, I will be presenting at a conference in Montreal this November. That is likely the closest I’ll be to NY for some time. If anyone is any recommendations for things to do or restaurants to try please feel free to post them here!
  11. Given the unnatural dark color and pitted fields, I would say the coin definitely has environmental damage. My first reaction to the green was verdigris.
  12. Well, it appears that we have been a good influence on each other, although perhaps not on each other’s wallets. You are indeed a unicorn my friend. I am working diligently to find Madison’s collecting niche but this has been a tough case to crack. Have you seen the ¼ annas in proof? I am not sure why, but almost all of the proof examples I have looked at have astounding color. I am not familiar enough with the series to state as a fact, but I wonder if the way they were stored had anything to do with it. Actually, to be honest I am not even sure what type of packing if any, these pieces came in. I think you have a pretty solid “fall back” set in mind. I can’t imagine having a nice set of these ¼ annas could ever be construed as a bad thing. That is exactly how I feel as well. In fact, the custom set that I am building is centrally situated around that very ideology. Working on my collection would much easier if I had the resources and desire to simply troll major auction house listings for the coins I need. If I had the funds, building my set using this method would not be as challenging. Instead, I am taking the time to handpick each piece in this set by examining numerous raw examples and selecting one prime candidate to submit for grading. As some may have noticed, I note the coins I submit with the pedigree label containing my last name. This helps me reconfirm my commitment to the coin I chose. To this end, I have not experienced any buyer’s remorse with any of the coins I submitted. I like each and every one of them and without exception would be delighted to purchase them again. It seems as though our collecting ideologies are essentially the same. Although I suppose I should not be too surprised considering all of the other points we see eye to eye on. Like you, I have found so much more enjoyment from the hobby since I decided to focus my collecting goals to a specialty. Madison has been to NYC but I have not. The closest I got was the seemingly endless layover in JFK. She keeps mentioning us planning a trip to NYC but I believe our next major destination will be somewhere in Italy next summer. That’s a first. I can’t say the landfill would make my top 10 list. Your explanation makes sense and I appreciate the opt-out offer. I am pretty Madison would think I am crazy If I told her I was going to check out a landfill while vacationing in NYC. Oh no rush, we still need to recoup some money from our recent trip. I know all too well my friend. Just think how nice it will be when you are finally done with it! Sorry for such a long delay. The last few days have been chaotic at best.
  13. Although interesting, I would not send this coin in for grading. It is very worn and shows signs of environmental damage. The doubling is cool, but often times this type of thing is not very popular among world coin collectors. However, I do not collect Spanish coins so I can not speak to that market specifically.
  14. Bob, I sincerely hope that you would be able to join us of Tom found his way down to Mississippi. We haven’t had nearly as much communication, but I would genuinely enjoy the chance to meet you. You’ve always been very kind and you even took the time to let me know about local coin shows. I never thanked you for that directly, but your suggestions essentially lead to a few new additions. So thank you, Bob!
  15. Hey Tom, I hope it goes without saying, but that sentiment applies to you too. I have learned a great deal about modern US coins and errors as well as Faustina coins from your posts. You obviously have a firm grasp on a large body of information and I always look forward to what you have to say. Ah yes, the Victorian India coinage is rather nice. I have been very tempted to add a few nice examples when presented to me. It’s hard to resist a nicely designed and well-preserved coin such as the 1/4 Anna pieces. I understand the delicate balance between quality and availability. I run into that same issue with some of the Soho pieces I collect. Most of the business strikes are very common, but finding eye appealing well-preserved pieces can be difficult. Of course, adding to the collection would be pretty easy if I had a larger budget and I could just buy without so much planning, but where’s the fun in that? The hunt is such a big part of the fun. I’ve found that exploring multiple paths is the best way to really figure out what you want to focus on. I explored several myself before I finally decided to commit to my current directions. I like the Jurassic simile! I can relate to her “process”. I am somewhat similar with my current approach but in the past, I had a very loose definition of what I wanted my collection to look like. Nowadays I have a pretty clear cut end goal to work toward. In reflection, I can say my prior “collection” was actually just a hoard. Isn’t it crazy how you can develop as a collector through the years? I think we could have a blast sharing stories about our collections. Part of the fun is sharing knowledge. That’s a deal! Madison is wanting to go on a trip back to NYC at some point so maybe I can align that with a show and we can do both. I’d have to do some saving to make that happen though. Seriously though, if you are ever in Mississippi or the Memphis Tennessee area please do let me know!