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  1. Normally I don't buy coins with problems, but, I've been looking at these (the English pounds) for a while and superb ones are a bit expensive. The coin was slabbed "Details" due to an old cleaning but is beginning to retone. I've never ever been able to afford a British gold pound (20 shillings) but now have at least a sterling silver one. However what I really like is the period this is from: struck by Charles I in the middle of the English Civil War. Also I'm fond of larger pieces and at ~120 grams, this has to be one of the largest circulating coins ever struck by Great Britain. I need to research the history of this piece. England, Charles I, silver 20 shillings (pound), Oxford mint, 1642 For condition conscious collectors I also bought another piece, much more common but in better grade. This is the Brazilian Republic's 1st crown, issued to repay a debt to Britain which specified the debt to be paid "in silver 2000 reis coins". Thus virtually all were exported & melted. Brazil, Republic, 2000 reis, 1897 NGC-63
  2. Very nice Hannibal piece. Do you have any additional historical info on this? Was it issued during the 2nd Punic War or afterwards? I'd imagine that as Carthage was ruled by a senate, like Rome, that they wouldn't put a living general on the coinage. Also any info on how you got it would be appreciated. Yes, I might try to get one of my own, but hopefully you don't need to buy more than one of these? Only got one ancient so far in 2016. Had been looking for a decent one of these Pompey the Great/ War Galley denarii ever since I saw one on the front cover of a Dieter Gorney Auction (#56, 7 Oktober, 1991, lot 388). Threw in a cheap bid without representation at Heritage NYICS '16, but was very pleased when I saw it in person. There was one other superb lot (Medieval/Modern) sold at NYICS to which I was the immediate underbidder which I'm still sorry I lost. Pompey the Great formed the 1st Triumverate (Caesar, Crassius, & Pompey). Pompey was the main guy behind the faction of senators who opposed Caesar but died after a battle in 48 BC. This coin was struck in 44-43 BC by his son; Sextus Pompey. In a slab as choice EXF it is a bit off-center but fortunately is of good metal, surfaces, & strike. I bought it "sight unseen" Still due to my experience with world coins, I will NOT buy any more slabs that I don't see for myself
  3. I'm in a similar situation. I thought it'd be neat to own a coin from the year of "The Black Death". Finally I found this in a Heritage auction and bought it. It's a "Louis d'or" of France of King Philip VI, 3rd emission. Supposedly it was struck in January, 1348 (NGC-63). Now the black death first made landfall in Europe in late 1347, but it spread in Europe during 1348 so this was the year I was looking for. I like to do coin showings to non-collectors as well as doing the BSA coin collecting merit badge. So I intend to tell people that the reason why it's in a hermetically sealed slab is also to deter/lessen their chances of contracting the Bubonic Plague! I need to find one of those "bio hazard" stickers for the back of the slab. Also I should mention that the price of these has fallen dramatically since I first started looking at them 5-6 years ago. Probably they found a hoard of them in a castle somewhere? more images of the event & a person who got the plague in Oregon in 2012 & survived it. He pulled a mouse out of his cat's mouth with his hand! While here I should mention that 1410 is within the purview of the early dated European coinage. Thus it may be possible to buy an actual silver piece with the date 1410 if you really look for one.