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  1. If you Google Omega counterfeit coins, you'll see an ANA article which says: "He made some ten dollar coins, as well, and 1910, 1913 and 1926 coins of this series, the symbol is also in the Omega. The Omega Man was a very successful counterfeiter and has made hundreds of coins, some of which have probably not been found...." The user comment on that article about "a 1909 $10 Indian bought a long time ago" is my post. Merely out of curiosity; how can you be a "Total Newbie" with 8,360 posts? I tend to be a slow learner too so it's not completely unexpected.
  2. Sometime around 1982 I bought a 1909-P $10 Indian at a local coin show in New Jersey. About 10 years later I was buying type coins for my US collection and I showed the coin to a major dealer: Clark A. Samuelson of US Coins. I bought quite a few coins from Clark and he told me that my $10 Indian was definitely an Omega counterfeit. Clark passed away since then and I don't have the 1981 dealer contact. I've looked at some posts others have made about counterfeit $10 golds and looked at mine again. It has some characteristics of a good coin. It has 46 stars on the edge (correct for the
  3. That's a really nice one for the grade. However it's also hard to grade just by looking at photos. This pix doesn't show any wear on high points on the Bust and nice original surfaces. However these details can change just by changing the lighting during photography. Still a very attractive coin.
  4. Although I'm a foreign collector I used to watch 'early type US' in the hopes of getting some some day. Unfortunately US keeps getting more expensive so I think I'll stay in foreign forever. I'm going to guess the 1802 dollar is an ms-62, only because of the small nick on the reverse shield. Otherwise it'd be a 63. How far off am I?
  5. Of course there's a limited amount one can tell from blurry pictures as well as not having the coin in hand. Recently {well late 2018} I just bought my 1st Alexander tetradrachm. I've been looking for the Babylon mint as well and just missed an mint state one but I did get a nice one from the Susa mint. I need to rephoto it as happily the Gorny & Mosch pix looks horrible compared to the original. Your piece looks genuine to me. It seems reasonably well detailed although beat to heck. Note that Babylon pieces are not rare but they are much scarcer than the most common Amphiolis (
  6. Sorry for your loss. Actually this item popped up on my email notices or maybe it was featured somewhere. A very pretty coin, I don't know the history behind the Bechlers gold dollars other than they were made after finding gold in Georgia. One day if I ever get rich, I'd love to own a few territorial gold pieces. Usually I don't look for them in P/L unc tho. Your auction experiences are similar to mine as there was one critical coin I needed for my collection. It had been recently sold in a famous collection and I bid on it there but using a representative that screwed up all my bids.
  7. Actually almost every auction firm tends to do this. Sometimes it's quite a disservice, particularly in foreign/ancients where the prices are more speculative. To give an example, this past NYICS (New York International: the "Big Event" for World/ Ancients) the Heritage Non-signature Auction had the guy after my avatar, which is the Roman Emperor Romulus Augustus (the one after). The pre sale estimate was 10K which was ridiculously low. Yet had noone else bid on it you could've gotten the coin for that. The piece realized 66K ($66,000 including 20% commission), a lot more than the estimat
  8. I couldn't agree more about the fee structure with HA. Personally I like the idea of Great Collections and this is may be a reincarnation of the old "Teletrades" which used to have great research capability. If they can have a search function in which foreign/world coins at least have a country designator AND a grade (if slabbed) it'd be a big help. I've corresponded with Ian Russell, President of GreatCollections but I guess they're only US. As mentioned, it's not just one micro focused area but all world is lumped together as "all world silver coins".
  9. I've tried all of their search methods, I've tried discussing this issue with the guy who heads up GC in detail by telling them about the search procedures. However, I could never get it to work. GC is clearly not interested in foreign material. Since it's imposssible to buy on there I don't think anyone with quality foreign would consign to them. Also just like US, world collectors are looking for a specific coin. "France 1815" won't do it. Suppose you were looking for a ms-64 high relief 20$ Saint Gaudins and you had to go thru every listing for a vg 1907 Indian Head cent to see if the
  10. Great Collections is not keeping up with the times in many areas. For one their pictures are atrocious. I could always use a nice 64 quality Indian Head gold coin but other than verifying that the coin in the slab does indeed say "PCGS or NGC 64", much of the gold at GC appears as nondescript round disks. The grading services sometimes fall asleep and put coins with nasty bagmarks right on the cheek in 64 slabs and I want to avoid those. Also one cannot buy foreign coins at all thru GC. There's no filter so if you want to look for a particular world coin: say a Napoleon 5Francs, 181
  11. Sorry for the log delay in responding. The Colombian 20 Pesos sold at auction (not to me) some years ago. I might be able to find the auction reference but don't know if it will include the certification #. The other coin, the Argentine sunface 8 escudos is merely from memory & it was sold privately at a major show for I think, around $18.5K. Thus no way to id. I was just concerned that it seemed NGC had a policy of not accouting for, or minimizing rim bangs? In a different issue, there was another coin which was certified by NGC as an ms-62 but was not slabbed. It was put into
  12. Sorry but the link is invalid and I couldn't see the item: " Access denied ! You are not allowed to access that resource! Error ID: 33 I actually didn't address the OP: about Ebay. A friend asked me to get them a certain holed coin for a pendant and I bought one on Ebay. It actually cost way more than Heritage but they wanted it quickly and Ebay was the venue for such pieces. Also I bought a slabbed common coin (1947-S silver Peso, NGC-65) for my son to take to school (2nd grade) for his book report on Douglas MacArthur. However, other than low value coins like this I'v
  13. Great Collections doesn't do foreign coins. Technically they do, but there is no effective search mechanism for them. So if you're looking for an Austrian thaler in the 1500's, you'll have to sift thru every 2017 Chinese Panda proof to find one. It means sifting thru 1,000 pieces of bullion to see if they have anything in a particular auction: essentially not worth my time. I've told them about this numerous times but their main area is more common US and foreign is not very important to them. Despite a natural inclination to favor the small guy, I've had good experiences with Heritage
  14. I've noticed edge irregularities on some slabbed foreign gold coins and am wondering if these affect the numerical grade. 2 examples come to mind. 1) a Colombian 20 Pesos dated around 1874 in an NGC or PCGS 64 slab. This was in an older "tightly fitted" slab which went around the whole circumference. Thus it was hard to tell if it was a mint induced flaw or a rim bang. My guess was a significant (4-5 mm) rim bang on a coin otherwise of 64 quality. However, shouldn't the rim bang deduct from the grade? The 2nd example was an Argentine sunface 8 Escudos of a slightly better date
  15. My interest in this article was piqued by the auction of a ms-62 1846-O Seated Dollar at Heritage. This is a coin that I've always liked as the 1st branch mint dollar and better date Seated Dollars are challenging to collect in business strike (non-proof) mint state. I'm wondering if making these dollars is what is alluded to in the OP article? New Orleans minor silver was made since 1838 but the dollars were new in 1846. Also their dies would be a lot heavier than those for half dimes. Maybe that's why they weren't struck again till 1850?