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      Try the new NGC Journals!   03/22/2017

      NGC has launched a new and improved NGC Journals! Available on NGCcoin.com, the new NGC Journals improves upon the popular platform to write blogs and discuss them with other members. The new NGC Journals has an improved design that makes it significantly easier to post and read journals from any device, including smartphones and tablets. Adding images has been made much simpler, and the NGC Journals now give users the ability to create polls and "like" other entries. A popular feature of the old NGC Journals was the ability to open an entry to comments from other users. This feature has been retained and enhanced — users can now comment on the same page as the original Journal entry, creating a seamless experience. Best of all, the same login can be used to post Journals, make comments and access the other features of the NGC website. Old NGC Journals entries will be migrated to the new NGC Journals soon. In the meantime, users can make posts to the new NGC Journals. To get started, create a Journal and make an entry. Unlike the old NGC Journals, you create a single Journal and then add new entries to it. Your Journal can be customized with a cover photo, and you can choose to make it available to all users or only to the users that you select. You can also choose to receive notifications whenever people comment on one of your entries. Scroll below for helpful tips on using the new NGC Journals or go to the new NGC Journals now >   Instructions / Tips To get started, you must first create your Journal and then you can add entries to that Journal. Choose Journals from the Browse menu if you are not already on the Journals page

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  1. Ive put together another slideshow, this time for my collection of British Victoria Type pieces. There are 62 types I have included. I have another 4 ( Jubilee Head 4 coin Maundy Set) which will be submitted soon. Of the 62 pieces, 9 are slabbed as Ms 64. The rest are graded 65 or better and there are about 11 prof pieces included. Im trying to figure out why the pictures come out in different sizes. Any comments on how to fix that would be appreciated. Cheers.
  2. Here is a British 1723 SSC shilling. This is often found in good condition despite its age. The story is that somewhere around 2000 were found in an old bank vault in London around the 1820s. I chose this one for its color and excellent eye appeal.
  3. I have a policy using Hugh Wood as well.
  4. For those armies of Anglo Saxon coin enthusaists out there, here is an example available for sale to me of a Harold I of England (1035-1040) penny, from Lincoln Mint. the moneyer, whose name is on the reverse, Im told is known to have produced coins for Harolds predecessor, Canute bit not for this king. Any comments as to what to do? Are there better ones out there? Is this moneyer (Mathan Balluc) rare for this king? As no response, maybe some explanation is in order. We are used to taking coins in change for transactions not because of the value of the metal in the coin was equal to the denomination (a nickels worth for a 5 cent piece for example) but because the government told us so and we have accepted it. This was not the case for over two thousand years where if you were to get. say, a penny in change, you wanted to make damn sure you got a pennys worth of silver or other metal for it, otherwise you would be prone to rejecting it. This however created many problems of its own. Rulers as well as people making the money (moneyers) could profit by cutting the silver in a penny with another cheaper metal and take the difference in profit for themselves. It got so bad during the reign of Henry VIII in England for example that the pennies produced later in his reign were so cut with other metal that he was called "old copper nose". Not to his face of course. Your head would be removed from the rest of you in short order if you did. Moneyers could be tempted to do the same thing on their own. So during this period in England they were required to stamp their name on the coin as a kind of certificate attesting to its value. If there was consistent shortchanging of silver in the coin it theoretically would be easy to spot the culprit. This step did not put a stop to the pracrice if the king got cut of the difference or if a coin were counterfeited using the name of the moneyer. All coinage could also be rendered obsolete overnight if there was inflation or deflation in the price of silver. And there were many other issues as well I wont get into here.
  5. Ive spent a bit of time today adding to my custom set of Monarchs, Halfcrowns, Crowns and Bank Tokens. Some pieces have been added and some pictures improved to put together a decent slideshow. For those interested, please check it out in my custom set section.
  6. Last time we looked at George II Young Head copper pieces and noted that many currency pieces were not fully struck up. There are exceptions to that, one of which was available some years ago before I was aware of its rarity. Here are two Old Head Halfpennies (1744 and 1751)which, unlike the Young Head piece, are fully struck with almost complete detail as the designer envisioned. This seems to be more common with Old Head pieces, although these are unusually well struck. Both were graded Ms 65 by NGC.
  7. Thats the thing. You DO buy the coin and not the holder. Having said that it is clear that grading standards in both NGC and PCGS have changed over time. ICCS in Canada has as well.
  8. I am not British (Im Canadian) but the unmatched length of near unbroken history, the attention to design (not so much after Victoria) the technological firsts, the sheer beauty of many of the pieces as well as the fact that pieces of significant rarity can still be had for relatively affordable prices, especially compared to US , led me to collect them. I have a number of proof pieces with total mintages of 20-100. The 1730 proof farthing is an example. Can you imagine what a comparable FDC piece would set you back if it were US? Put a mortgage on your house. I will see if I can improve the pics in the next couple of days to make the 1730 more clear.
  9. You can see the difference in production standards here, between an FDC 1730 Proof farthing and an MS 65 1739. Hopefully you can note the detail to the portrait on the 1730 versus the comparative lack of it on the 1739. Often, the reverse to the currency pieces lacks detail to Britannias head on the reverse (comes out flat due to lack of striking power or deterioration of the dies), although this one has more than most.
  10. Same to you. NGC should have and may have a section to help navigate the new setup,although I dont know for sure. if they do.
  11. Here is a pattern British farthing, from the Boulton Family Holdings. Matthew Boulton was a partner with James Watt at the Soho Mint, which produced the first steam powered coin strikings in the world. The Soho Factory, also the first of its kind in the world, was able to use steam power for all kinds of industrial applications. The descendants of Boulton kept many patterns and trial pieces for over a century and a half until a relatively recent sale. This is one of the pieces kept by the family but is a restrike of the original pattern produced at Soho.
  12. On the home page for NGC you will see "Resources" at the top of the page near the right hand side. Click that, and a whole bunch of choices come up including NGC Census. Click that for populations. I think there may be a further choice to make there between US and World. Hope that helps.
  13. Im reading this and see a green follow sign at the top right to the screen. I havent used it.
  14. I like the British pieces and the Roman! Some of the Roman Emperors were butt ugly.