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  1. Happy to help! I'm out of town at the moment but if you would like I can send you a picture of the cover. I think the title was something along the lines of ”America's Foreign Money”.
  2. I imagine this was a clerical error of some sort. I have noticed this before on some British and Irish coins as well. I would email customer service about the issue.
  3. I have two main core collections, English and Irish copper from the reigns of William and Mary to that of George III. At the moment, English copper has taken the majority of my focus, but this is mostly because Irish material comes up less frequently. Within both of those core collections, I have focused my attention on the numerous patterns, proofs, restrikes, and currency strikes of the Soho Mint. My ultimate goal would be to complete a Peck variety collection for the English Soho coins. The sheer number of examples needed combined with the number of "unique" and "likely unique" pieces make this an impossible goal. You may already have a copy of it, but Schilke and Solomon published a book on the topic in 1964. I bought a copy a few years ago, but I have yet to take the time to read it.
  4. Here is one of my recent auction purchases, an 1805 Ireland proof Halfpenny. I am still waiting for this one to complete the journey across the Atlantic. I am so excited to see how the toning looks in hand!
  5. I rarely carry cash, and checks are essentially archaic for trivial amounts. I have had the same checkbook for three years now, and I have only used two checks. One of which was used to pay for a purchase at a UK auction house that only accepted checks and bank wires. Although I only used cash when I was in Europe this summer and it made me realize how much I miss receiving coins in change.
  6. That is a good reason to have a few oddballs in your collection Coinbuf. I want to join a local coin club, but justifying the commute is hard; however, it may be worth if they do fun stuff like this. Bob, I imagine you have a very eclectic collection. About 90% of the stuff you have shared is something I have never come across before. The ice card is definitely among that number. Although this makes sense because I assume not many survived since they were made of cardboard.
  7. Very cool! My entire Soho collection started somewhat like this, so I can completely relate. Your Dassier is essentially my Jean-Pierre Droz. The whole set came together when I purchased my first pattern halfpenny engraved by Droz. I researched the coin a bit, and it directed me to the history of the Soho Mint, which I found fascinating. Now my entire collection is mostly focused around the English and Irish coins produced at the Soho Mint.
  8. We all have that odd coin, token, or medal that doesn't really seem to fit with the rest and yet we like it all the same. The type of piece(s) that appeal to you in a way that is unique to that item. For me, the coins in question are part of a 1957 Jersey proof set. The most distinguishing factor about these coins is that they depict a time in history that is nearly one and half centuries after the era of my primary collection. Furthermore, they are rainbow toned, have little connection to me personally, and are so far removed from everything else I collect. Although I probably wouldn't buy another example again, I have no regrets about this addition to my collection. So what kind of oddball pieces are in your collection?
  9. I have never been, but I would love to go. The trip would cut too far into my budget, so I would not be able to buy anything. Window shopping would be fun, but it would be unfair of me to crowd a table if I am unable to make a purchase. Maybe I will make the journey after I finish up my Ph.D. Of course, I can only imagine what my wife will say if I tell her I am traveling to Orlando for a coin show.
  10. Very cool! Thank you for sharing. I am not nearly as well versed in his tokens as I am his regal issues. I see myself eventually going in that direction but for now, there is more than enough for me to focus on. I find that period of history to fascinating and the token trade was an integral part of it. I see the two as historically inseparable. I also find it very interesting how these tokens were viewed by some as collectible items form the start. That seems to be a somewhat unique aspect of these token for the period.
  11. I mailed the coins off to NGC today along with 3 other invoices. The scheduled delivery date is this Thursday but I sent it registered so who knows when it will actually make it. I will be sure to update the thread when I find out more.
  12. Haha now that you mention it, I can see where you are coming from. Your post made me chuckle.
  13. Haha, I take it you do not find the design particularly appealing. I share your disposition but in relation to the vast majority of 20th century US coins. Take for instance Jefferson nickels, Washington quarters, and Franklin/Kennedy halves. I find all of those to be in my personal “take or leave” category.
  14. You and I both. I was very hopeful. Can you provide us with the basic details Conder101?
  15. I also haven’t experienced too many issues with the software. I have noticed that the threads can be slow to load at times but nowhere near the level experienced by others. I do agree that the picture size limit is a bit troubling.
  16. For the most part, this is true; however, Peck (and maybe Doty?) specifically mentioned shipments of coins containing a small number of proof coins housed in these shells. I would agree that the majority of the pieces with the original shells likely did originate in either the Boulton or Watt family holdings. I was not provided provenance for these coins so I’ve erred on the side of caution. I contacted the seller to see if he has any additional information. I would love to be able to track these coins to either Boulton or Watt! You are absolutely correct, the shells are an extremely unique piece of Soho history. I only wish more had survived. It is sad to think of all the unique history that was lost when coins were separated from their shells. This is the reason that I will not consider having the coins encapsulated without the shells. I refuse to risk separating them. The whole point of submitting them is to preserve them together. Oh come’s just mean to tease me like that. Do you have any pictures?
  17. I haven’t sent them out yet, but I have been in contact with Mr. Heller. He has already proven to be extraordinarily helpful. Although I shouldn’t have expected anything less. The customer service alone is more than enough reason to keep coming back to NGC.
  18. Good question! You hit the nail on the head. The two halves fit firmly against the edge of the coin. The pictures don’t do a good job portraying the dimensions, but the shells are just barely larger than the coins.
  19. I completely forgot to post the pictures! I started a new thread with pictures and short intro.
  20. For those of you who read my other thread “International package issue”, the halfpenny pictured below is the coin that I was afraid went missing. This particular example is a proof halfpenny struck in copper by the Soho Mint (Peck 1371). The second coin pictured is an 1806 proof farthing (Peck-1391) that was also struck at the Soho Mint. Although both of these varieties are not nearly as rare as some their counterparts, they are somewhat unique. Matthew Boulton (the owner of the Soho Mint) took deep pride in the proof coins he produced and would often make tightly fitted pressed silver-lined brass cases (often called shells) to house them in. These particular coins have remained paired with their original shells for at least the last 200 years. It is exceedingly difficult to find specimens still paired with the original shells. Part of this is because, without the context of the coin, the shells are nondescript and have little meaning. However, when paired with the coin the shells attest to the detail and attention paid to producing some of the highest quality copper coinage England had ever seen in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Soho Mint was one of a kind and under the direction of Matthew Boulton forever impacted the way coins were produced. For more information about the Soho Mint, I encourage you to check out my registry set “What comes next? You’ve been freed. Do you know how hard it is to lead?”. This set aims to provide a glimpse into the rich history of the Soho Mint and serves as a source of information about the numerous pattern, proof, currency, and restrikes relevant to the Soho mint. Both of these coins in be on their way to NGC Monday morning. It is my hope that NGC will be able to encapsulate the coins alongside the shells. I want to encapsulate the coins but I think it would be an absolute shame to separate them from their shells. A few notes about the 1806 Halfpenny: At first glance, the picture might be somewhat confusing because it looks as though there are actually 4 shells as opposed to 2. This is not the case. I have simply included a picture of both sides of each shell to demonstrate what they look like. Most collectors are entirely unaware that these little pieces of brass exist, and as such, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide ample pictures. I absolutely love every aspect of this coin expect one. Although only slightly distracting in hand, the spot behind George III’s head is really the sole distractor of an otherwise sharply struck and well-preserved example. The pictures do not accurately portray the highly reflective and deeply rich brown surfaces. A few notes about the 1806 Farthing: Unlike the halfpenny, there is not a single aspect that I find to be distracting. The coin is well struck with bold details and an even overall brown color. Although the pictures do not show it, the obverse and reverse are accented with blueish purple undertones. Overall this coin has some major eye appeal in hand. My pictures are horrible but it’s the best that I can do at the moment.
  21. Yet another violation of my prior decision not to add George IV examples yet. To make matters worse I have another on the way!
  22. That’s a stunner! I will have to check out your sets when I get a few minutes. Congratulations on the addition. I can only imagine how good that feels.
  23. I wondered about this. The PNG part really bothered me but this makes sense. I suppose there is only so much you can do to educate people unwilling to learn. The “branch mint proof Morgan” guy, the “SMS set” guy, and the “1969 S DDO” guy are all great examples of ignorance outweighing reason. It's a shame but ultimately not our responsibility.
  24. The point is that these holders are generic. They are meaningless, so why would someone take the time to save them? The coins in the set are basically junk silver (with the exception of the silver dollar). When silver skyrocketed, most would have broken these sets apart to add the coins to their junk silver piles. I know for certain that we broke 100s of similar sets apart for that very reason. The packaging was thrown away because it is meaningless. This has already been explained to you so many times and yet you still refuse to reason with it. I get it, you have convinced yourself that you have something of value and you plan to defend that position with your last breath. By all means, continue to do so, but you are wasting your time. Your coin doesn’t even share the key diagnostics with the known SMS examples. I hope that someday when you actually do educate yourself that you can look back on this thread and see just how ridiculous your entire stance has been.