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  1. Sovereigns For Sale - photos provided upon request. Shipping extra. 5% discount for forum members. 1863 Sydney Mint NGC VF 35 $450 - sold 1871 S St. George reverse NGC XF 45 (Rare - key date) $490 1879 M St. George reverse NGC AU 53 (scarce) $499 1880 S NGC XF 40 (Rare - very nice luster, best 40 I've seen) $480 1888 S NGC XF 45 $483 1896 M NGC AU 53 $499 1900 S NGC AU 55 $510 1901 S NGC AU 50 $490 1906 P NGC AU 55 (nice luster) $510 1915 P NGC AU 58 (nice luster) $550 Numerous raw Sovereigns 2-5% over spot depending on coin.
  2. Die state analysis and the like will come in a later posts. This first post is merely educational due to the situation of minting the same year using two different alloys. I receive many questions regarding why there is a difference in appearance. When examing like coins - this should be one of the first things you notice if you conduct a side by side comparison.
  3. Only three takers -- but instead of waiting until tomorrow... This was a kind of a trick question. It represents just one of many interesting facts about Australian sovereigns and sovereigns in general. Jason's answer is close and one that I was hoping would be hit upon. Some good eyes out there. The difference I am highlighting is the color or appearance. I picked the darkest and lightest examples in this particular grade on the heritage website to emphasize the point. Most are a little more subtle. The short answer is that the Sydney Mint struck 1868 dated sovereigns using silver as an alloy as they had done from the beginning of production/operations in 1855. The also struck 1868 sovereigns using copper as an alloy - as the British did in all of their sovereigns. This gave the 1868 sovereigns either a yellowish (silver) or a reddish (copper) look depending on which alloy they used. The Sydney Mint struck 1868 dated sovereigns well into 1869. There are no 1869 dated Australian sovereigns. This was the transition year for the Sydney Mint to start using copper as later, in 1870, was dictated by the British that all sovereigns would conform to the British standards.
  4. What is the difference between these two coins? Both are 1868 Australian (Sydney Mint) sovereigns graded AU50. While there may be a few differences - I'm looking for one that should stand out to you. I'll give the answer a bit later. There is a very obvious difference, but many may overlook it or not consider it.
  5. Neat story and remembrance. It would have been something if you could have had a conversation with Max (hypothetically of course). Just think of all the little tidbits you could have learned. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Same thing with pre-1933 (MS) sovereigns. Good question.
  7. The virtues or lack of by a designer shouldn't play into whether a design is good or not. The design should be judged on artistic standards alone.
  8. Most of th mint's recent issues are horrible. It reminds me of the greeting card industry. That has gone down th toilet too.
  9. That wàs my safe deposit box!
  10. That may be quite difficult in this given climate. I agree - I would love to see something special for the anniversary.
  11. I'm not sure if it's all the free time that people have right now because of the shutdowns or if it's all of the free money that is being handed out, or maybe it's to escape the current state of the Union - but I've been getting blown out of auctions lately, even on my strong bids. Have you notice the same?
  12. Let's get back to the subject - who produced better designs. How do these artists compare to designs on modern coinage? Much better better equal not as good no where near as good?
  13. Completely slipped my mind - add Herman McNeil. thanks for reminding me.