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  1. Interesting... I agree that many coins listed as rare are actually scarce at best. With that said, I use rarity in two different ways. I use the tiered rarity rating C (common) to R7 (1 or 2 examples known) for my sovereign collection because that is the scale Michael Marsh used. Marsh is known for his sovereign research. His research has flaws as most do, but his work is well regarded, for my other collections, I do not use the tiered system, but rather judge rarity by how often it is offered for sale. regarding my other question concerning rarity and lack of collector interest - I am interested in hearing others opinions on it. No interest should have been stated as traded very thinly meaning while there are some collectors out there, there aren't many and even the rare issues do not move quickly.
  2. What is your definition of rare and how do you apply it to your collection? Do you use a rarity scale? If a coin is rare and there is no collector interest - is it worth collecting?
  3. Anytime Tom, and thank you for the nice comment on my collection.
  4. Good question - I've never really thought about that before. I collect all of the mints - including Ottawa, but always considered them a sub-set of Britain. So my collection includes all seven mints, from five countries. I break the main collection down into sub-sets, England, Australia, India (one year issue), Canada and South Africa. They all had to meet British standards, except for the Sydney issues from 1855-1870. So I would not include the Canadian sovereigns in a Canadian Type set. The opening of the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint was in 1908. As a branch of the Royal Mint, the Ottawa Mint was authorized to mint gold sovereigns, with the same legal status as sovereigns issued by the Royal Mint in Britain. So while being minted in Canada - they were under British control and standards. Others might disagree.
  5. I'll flip the coin now and mention a U.S. Set. I also enjoy collecting the U.S. Gold type set. I love the designs, the history and except for the early issues - they are fairly easy to find. There is also ample information to research. Type sets have variety that makes them very appealing to many.
  6. Given this is now a U.S. And World forum - it might be interesting to discuss what the attraction is of your (favorite) series that you collect. I'll start with pre 1933 sovereigns - I consider sovereigns as the dominant gold coin in the world during the height of the British Empire. I enjoy the history and designs of the modern (1817-1933) sovereigns. Sovereigns were produced at seven different mints in five countries during that timeframe. The sovereigns are collectible in many ways including by Monarch, Date, Mint, reverse (shield or St. George) just to name a few. There are plenty of varieties to collect. Rarity ranges from very common to extremely rare. Depending on the series or sub-series, you can either easily complete it or it can be very challenging.
  7. Zebo

    NGC photo

    Here ya go
  8. Zebo

    NGC photo

    It lacks showing some of the luster, but otherwise, very close. I like the photo. They did a nice job.
  9. I just had a coin photographed by NGC during their promotion. It is not a high grade or rare sovereign, but I wanted to see how they would do with an average coin.
  10. Zebo

    Not a good time to sell gold

    Pick up anything interesting sovereign-wise?
  11. Zebo

    Identify SA gold coin

    I agree - with the above post.
  12. Zebo

    Wholesale Morgans

    Silver is pretty low right now - not sure those holding low grade Morgan's are willing to sell.
  13. Thanks for sharing
  14. Zebo

    Combining of Forums

    After a few days - I like it. But then I collect both U.S. And World coins.
  15. Zebo

    Not a good time to sell gold

    I wish sovereigns we're going for that low.