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  1. Gary very interesting observations, there doesn't seem to be many clashes on British coins - or people just do not mention them! I seem to be moving towards Spanish and Italian coins although from an earlier period, the Napoleonic era in particular as there, surprisingly, seems to be so much to discover. Can I ask how you get such good pictures?
  2. Thankyou all for your comments. I have alot of experience writing and reviewing academic papers/reports and thus dealing with copyright and IP, although this is in a completely unrelated subject so much to learn! The reference books I have typically use images from the authors own collection although more recent publications often include some images from both auction houses and the grading services, usually with a citation, so as suggested I will contact them regarding specific images. Having been spectacularly outbid at UK, US and European auctions over the last couple of months on a number of key coins for my own, not even remotely mainstream, collection of 'minors' the prospect of having the full set in several areas of interest has now evaporated. I expect a couple of these will be graded and appear at some point in Sets here so they did go to a good home. The recent publication of an excellent book on the Gold Coins of Sweden noted it was the 'First on the Subject in Nearly 40 Years' and just highlights the lack of available detailed information on many world coins. Coinweek link is below:- For the more classical collecting areas (gold and crowns) the most recent publication may be from the 1960's/1970's as was the case in this instance with almost nothing on the minor denominations at all. It would be great to produce a book such as the one on the Gold Coins of Sweden however I expect I will start with a much much smaller and niche remit, such as a single denomination and monarch .
  3. In my last journal entry I probably took the suggestion made by my wife a little too lightly - never a good idea!Having mentioned the apparent lack of detailed information available on numerous aspects of world coinage the suggestion of putting together such articles would be very interesting and also introduce some much needed focus. My initial thoughts on this highlighted two main challenges:1. High quality pictures of the coins are essential.2. Examples of all coin types are needed.To address Point 1 I have found various threads on the web on how to take pictures of coins, some of which are very technical, so I would have much to learn about photography - I would also need to acquire the necessary equipment (just have my phone and a scanner at the moment). All guidance gratefully received!Point 2 is the major challenge as I would not be able to acquire all the necessary 'type' coins to complete any series - financially this is a complete non-starter and would probably take several lifetimes even if unlimited funds were available. The solution would be to use pictures of the coins from other sources (most likely from auction records) although I expect copyright etc therefore comes into play, particularly if the subject matter was in an area popular enough to consider publishing the material as a proper book rather than just as an open access type article. I expect that some members here have published such material and it would be great to get your thoughts on how to approach this.It looks like my 'to do list' just got longer!
  4. Many congratulations, I have some Bahamas flamingo gold proofs somewhere, just as bullion really, they wouldn't come close to getting a 70! I think the highest I have of anything is MS67 and just one of those - if my next submission all come back as VF/XF full grades I will be happy
  5. Apologies for any misunderstanding, '' are the publishers of the Standard Guide to Grading British Coins.
  6. You should be able to if are there, other dealers do stock their books too so, particularly the price guides, but it may be worth asking beforehand as they may not bring everything with them!
  7. As I started as a collector of die numbered Victorian British sixpences there was often no choice but to have a low grade 'hole-filler' as another example may never appear, although I have drawn the line at holed or very damaged coins. Out of about 600 die numbers for the sixpence for the years 1864 to 1879 I have 'upgraded' about 20 coins or so over the years. As my collecting interests have expanded into world coins I have found the situation to be similar and have started to buy 'hole-fillers' here aswell as there may only be a handful of coins known and the highest graded (usually as a raw coin) being only VG or Fine. If the opportunity arises to upgrade I will try and do so but will live with 'hole-filler' until then!
  8. Revenant, your 10G set is coming along nicely and nice examples of coins will always command a premium. There are only three known examples of the coin I missed out on and it was the only one to appear at auction in the last 30 years, I am hoping it will prompt another one to appear! Another coin I missed was the only MS example with the other examples known (<5) all being VF or lower - surprisingly this situation is quite common for many world coins and I regularly find other examples. Here in the UK you can get credit cards with no fees and 0% interest for 12 or 18 months and I have used such a card in the past to buy a couple of coins, as a paid it in full by the end of the interest free period I was able to spread the cost of the coin - anything similar in the US?
  9. I have given this much thought over the years, collecting coins has always been a hobby - the history and the academic numismatic challenge the main driving forces. As the collection, and hence its value, grew I have had to consider some of the coins as 'investments' hence the move to graded coins was important for me as the difference in 'value' between similar grades grew. With graded coins when the kids inherit the collection they are less at the mercy of dealers/auction houses where grades of EF, AU and UNC may all be given for the same coin and hence very different 'prices/estimates' as a result. With graded coins my kids can then look up prices online to get a good idea of the value and if a coin is sold at auction in an MS63 slab then the market will determine the value which is probably fairer. Overall I would hope the collection at least maintains its value and my records suggest that holding for at least 20 years will hopefully see an increase - and hopefully I would have learnt something along the way.
  10. I too have had 'slot score reduced' and I didn't understand the rationale behind this but as all collections in the same 'set' were effected equally then nothing was really lost. I have also had 'slot score increased' but to a lesser extent! NGC obviously has a system for assigning scores and I have given up trying to work out what it is, it only loosely appears to be related to value or rarity within any one set and certainly bears no correlation at all between different sets, even from the same country. It used to bother me that larger, much more common coins scored more points than the often much rarer, and even more expensive, smaller denominations but for me the 'total points' value is meanlingless as the top World Collections are worth $millions so remain something to aspire to should I ever win the lottery. If World coin collectors are after 'total points' then they are probably best collecting the largest denomination gold they can, even modern bullion - for me the lifetime challenge of assembling impossible sets of smaller world denominations is much more interesting - but then most people think I am mad!
  11. As a collector, also based in the UK, I thought I would contribute to this thread - my Dad used to call the brass threepence 'shrapnel' as it was very heavy to have a pocket full of change and much preferred shillings and pennies instead, as a result we always had bags of brass 3d's which went back to the bank so people didn't have to carry them around! Proofs were issued in sets in 1937, 1950, 1951, 1953 (plus special proofs from sand blasted dies) and 1970 which were available to the public, there are proofs for the other years but these are very rare and are often referred to a 'VIP proofs' although the term 'proof of record' has been used alot over the last couple of years, the Stacks example in this thread is one of these. Coincraft's Standard catalogue of English & UK Coins 1066 to Date has a full list, including the 'VIP Proofs'. It is only worth collecting Elizabeth II issues in Brilliant Unicirculated and these later dates are usually available for a $/£1 or so at the most and some coin dealers here in the UK will sell them by the bagful which would work out at about 10 pence each which is why there are very few graded examples of these coins - the rare 1946 and 1949 issues being the exception. The 1965 example in this thread is a circulation issue and damaged resulting in verdegris on the surface (which can have slightly different colours and change with time and the conditions the coin is kept in) and is effectively worthless. I can recommend 'The Standard Guide to Grading British Coins' by Derek Allen as I have found this useful of the years - now seems to be available in paperback.
  12. Iceman, Congratulations on completing your Registry Set! I am not familar with the seigs catalogue - is this just a list of all the denominations etc, like Krause? As you now have a full set of the best examples of the coins maybe you should put together a book which not only includes newly discovered varieties but also some history and other info relating to the coins - this would be much more interesting and useful to a collector and is the sort of thing only a specialist could do. It still surprises me that such information is lacking for whole areas of world coinage and the more I look into it the more gaps there are - given I collect a wide range of things the problem is working out where to start!
  13. It has been nice to see that people have been making progress with their collections this year, unfortunately work commitments have meant that I have made very little progress on my goals for 2019 - apparently my employer is starting to become aware of something called 'work-life-balance' so hopefully things will improve a bit. I seem to have missed a number of key coins as a result, one of which went for multiples of an already top end estimate so this would have been impossible anyway - apparently my wife feels that taking out a mortgage on the house to buy a coin is not appropriate! My impression is that there are many many more graded world coins appearing at European auctions this year so I am glad I had moved into slabbed coins a few years ago and I think the NGC Census/Registry has just highlighted how 'rare/uncommon' alot of decent grade world coins are, particularly amongst the smaller denominations. The downside of this is that such coins are now commanding a premium which is somewhat pushing them out of reach. As my coin collecting began by searching for die numbers on Victorian sixpences, and to scratch the 'need to buy a coin' itch I have recently bought some low grade raw world coins to explore further die varieties etc I had identified within my collection. Even with the wealth of information on British coinage there are plenty of gaps and for many European/world issues there is surprisingly little detailed information available at all even for the popular collecting areas. Despite what the reference books say some of these coins are not even remotely 'common' and the highest grade example in the archives may only be in VF (or lower) even though the price guides often give all the dates in a series the same values, and also values for all the grades. My wife says I should write a paper/book on some of these discoveries however she didn't specify where the extra 24 hours each day was going to come from!
  14. World coins seem to be a bigger challenge than those from the US. Any luck on getting the varieties given in McCammon on the label??
  15. Revenant, very sorry to hear the latest, I know from experience little ones are very resilent and usually much tougher than their parents and I pray for Samuel's speedy recovery. All my best wishes.