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  1. RMW Collection of England and Great Britain

    There is a 1797 penny graded as a 65 coming up at Heritage in the New Year. if anything, my piece shows much better than the picture as the picture doesn’t show the glossy lustre of the actual piece. There are dozens of patterns and proofs produced by the Soho Mint in the 1788 to 1807 period as it sought to perfect its technology and to win a production contract from the British government. if you don’t have the Standard on the subject of British copper and bronze coins by C Wilson Peck, written in the 50s and 60s, it comes highly recommended. long out of print it is not cheap but worth it
  2. Roman Empire, Page 7 = GOLDEN AGE II

    What can I say? A great collection together with great scholarship. Kudos to Kohaku!
  3. Thanks for the kind words although I don’t know how I screwed up the heading!
  4. Here is a selection of Victorian Penny types from my collection. First up is an 1844 Head Copper Penny S 3948,, Ms 65 Red, reputed to be the last red gem penny in the former Baldwins vault. Next is an 1863 Bronze Head Proof Penny. S 3954, PR 65 RB Then an 1876 H Heaton Mint Penny, S 3955, MS 65 Red An 1899 Veiled Head Penny, S 3961, MS 65 Red, Comes next S 3961A is an 1895 Low Tide Penny High Tide Penny, Ms 65 RB Lastly, S 3961B is an 1897 High Tide Penny, ungraded as yet but is most likely either a 63 or 64 RB.
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    Thanks very much. A complete type set of Victoria pennies, per the Standard Catalog of British Coins, will be posted next.
  6. RMW Collection of England and Great Britain

    What's that sound? Crickets chirping.
  7. Here is the first of a few installments on the various types of the British copper and bronze penny, a mainstay of everyday British commerce for generations. Its story started with the copper pieces issued under license by the Soho Mint in the 1790s, as the Royal Mint did not have the technology required to produce this kind of quality at the time, and also had other priorities during the Napoleonic Wars. The 1797 piece shown here weighed one full ounce, and was roughly equal to the value of the metal itself at the time. The other issue of George III, also shown here, was also produced by the Soho Mint in the first decade of the 19th century. Officially produced pennies were not produced after 1807 until well into the reign of George IV, close to 20 years later. An 1826 proof example is shown here. Pennies in mint state of the succeeding king, William IV, are difficult to come by in Mint State. Here is a proof example, from 1831. All of these types have been graded as 65 or better. Next installment will begin to show the various types of Queen Victoria.
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    Thanks, ilL Ominatus! Not all that many to go to a set of at least one of each monarch from Charles II up (official coronation medals). Missing a nice Charles II, George III and thats it, unless there is an official Elizabeth II I dont know about. Previous entries here in this journal show the others, if you haven't seen them.
  9. Just got this back from NGC. An extremely lustrous silver medal, 303 years old, graded as a 64 plus. Purchased at auction in England. Certainly is a different allegory on the reverse than the James II medal. Whereas with James the crown is conferred by heaven (signifying the divine right of kings) , here it is given by Britannia, representing the people/nation.
  10. Roman Empire, Page 6 = GOLDEN AGE I

    Another instalment on a well researched and thought out collection. thanks for sharing. Quite an acheivement!
  11. What a trip!! Any U.S. collectors still here?

    I do not understand why the program platform would not work properly unless you are using an old unsupported operating system. I have zero problem with 2 clicks. If the operating systems are not compatible then yup, 40 or more clicks. Yours may need an update.
  12. RMW Collection

    Thanks Chris B. Yeah I think its doable but should be close. Obverse is a no doubter. The reverse?? And there is no doubt this is the high tide variety.
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    Attaboy WD!I think I have a shot at that but personally think it's either a 63 or 64 RB, I think the obverse is a strong 64 if not a 65 but the reverse does have some contact in the open fields on the right hand side. They are there but aren't gouges or anything like that. So it's gonna be close. For Unc Coins it seems that surface quality is the most important to the graders , presumably as that is easier to quantify than quality of lustre and strike , which requires more specialized knowledge of the type.This aspect is more of an issue with World Coins than US Coins because of the sheer variety of types out there. We talked about British Maundy issues as an example of that, where all issues from sometime in Victorian period were all produced to a PL Standard , yet you will see some graded as PL and others not.