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  1. I have a few coins with these stickers on - it doesn't seem to make any difference to the prices though. Only a few of the US auction houses even mention it in the listing and most do not, particularly in Europe - I guess people just do not know what it means , everyone seems to know about CAC on US coins though.
  2. Sounds like a plan and a project, it would be great to collate all the knowledge in one place to get a good understanding of the real situation as this would be of immense value to collectors and auction houses everywhere.
  3. Big happy birthday to Sam, he looks a happy chap!
  4. 1809 seems to be the date which appears most often for Louis ducats but having said that a 1810 is up for sale at the Kunker auction on the 20th March. The most common coins from Joseph are the silver 20 reales although the 80 reales in gold are available, the 320 reales are much rarer and way beyond my price range! The same now goes for Jerome's coinage from Westphalia as there seems to have been a recent big price increase in this collecting area with some spectacular coins/sets at the last Kunker sale (31st Jan- 2nd Feb where a gold 40 franks hammered at 65000euros!!!) aswell as the upcoming sale from WAG on the 15-16th February which has some very nice graded gold thalers. Unless I win the lottery I expect that Jerome's half-frank, which I already have, is likely to be the largest denomination I will now be able to afford!
  5. Revenant, I used to pull shillings and florins out of change with my Dad, the latter being almost the largest coin in circulation after decimalisation in 1971 (the end of the half-crown) as here in the UK we didn't really have silver dollar sized coins in day-to-day usage even long before that so I guess I never really got to see many large coins and they just seem 'too big' to me. Patience I have but time is catching up with me Iceman, your iceland collection is impressive and your knowledge on the subject must be extremely comprehensive and it wouldn't surprise me if 'The Coinage of Iceland and Greeland' by O. B. Carlson could do with an update as it was published in 1962! Price guides do seem to make many assumptions, particularly on the grades available, which as a collector you rapidly find out that reality can be very different and this coupled with the fact that many reference books for world coins seem to be from the 1960's and 1970's or may even just be the auction catalogue of a specific collection. Fortunately we have access to much more information today with auction records being on-line etc but it does take time to find and understand it. CBC, as you say there are some very small coins out there and some are amazingly thin, Napoleonic 1/4 francs and Victorian Ceylon 10 cents spring to mind, and personally I find that when they are in slabs I do not worry about dropping them or losing them
  6. Well done on successfully getting coins graded, particularly given the dates, as early European coinage will always be of interest as it is a fascinating and dynamic period of history. I find that there are so few graded examples of many world coins, more so for the earlier periods, that there is often no choice but to submit them yourself and I too spend time tracking individual coins back through auction catalogues! Surprisingly (or not!), apart from a couple of dates there are few of the Napoleon Netherlands ducats graded so I may well have to submit coins should I try and complete these sets. As you say there are more than likely good examples that have not made it to NGC or PCGS but until these appear for sale no one will know so it will be specialist collectors such as yourself that will be able to take advantage of the opportunities that this presents and form world class collections. I agree that most European collectors prefer their coins raw however this appears to be changing rapidly particularly given the recent changes to the law regarding provenance and even the German collectors who seemed to be the most vocal against slabbing have now adopted the approach - for example there has been a massive increase in graded collections of coins of the German States at auctions such as Heritage. Even the German auction houses have started 'slabbing' coins for sale as it will make it easier to demonstrate where the coins have come from and when and as a result there are now increasing numbers of 'slabbed' coins available across Europe which already achieve a premium over raw examples. I expect that provenance and the increasing numbers of counterfeits will only make graded coins more popular and certainly easier to sell in the future - these are the main reasons that I started grading coins a few years ago.
  7. As my original collection was British sixpences I seem to have a preference for the smaller denominations over trade coinage as these saw extensive day-to-day use and high grade examples are therefore much more of a challenge. This situation coupled with surprisingly limited data and research means that the opportunity to make new discoveries is much greater - or is it that I am just a glutton for punishment? For example at a recent auction a major London dealer thought my quest for die numbers on sixpences was 'mad' - and that's the polite version, as even the most complete 6d collections have not come close and, anyway, it may not even be possible. My last journal entry highlighted the discovery of an excellent example of the French 1808I 10 centimes however the upheaval of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic period was felt throughout Europe and beyond, most notably it precipitated the collapse of the Spanish Empire. It is no surprise that 8 reales are very popular with collectors, particularly the colonial issues, and as a result there are some excellent books on the subject and there has been extensive and outstanding research on both the 'real' issues and the many counterfeits - contemporary or modern. Naturally I was drawn to the smaller coins - 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2 and 4R - and found that detailed information was somewhat lacking, particularly for the 'home' Spanish issues and as a result I have picked up a few examples of these over the years. There were a few of these minors in rare high grades scattered amongst the 8 reales in the many January auctions and despite strong bids I only managed to pick up a single example, a Spanish 1808S CN 2 reales in NGC MS64.* As the last issue from the Seville mint for Charles IV it can usually be found in Fine/VF although an uncirculated example is very rare so I was happy to add this to my collection - my Registry Set now boasts a total of 3 coins out of a possible 41, so the prospects of completing this single country set in high grade does not look good but there is no harm in trying!# * I am still amazed that the 1781Mo FF 1/2 real went for $1800! # Graded coins currently exist at both services for only 19 of the 41 Charles IV issues with only 11 of them having mint state examples, often just a single coin - high grade raw coins also seem to be just as elusive if not more so. The Ferdinand VII coinage is an even greater undertaking as the French forces were occupying much of Spain by then resulting in many temporary mints being established.
  8. As deposito highlighted 'numisbids' is worth a look, I also use '' as that also covers many auction houses although the auction lot descriptions are not always in English so you may have to search holland and the netherlands and the numerous different ways of spelling William in several European languages! I find it is often quicker just to scroll through the auction listings. I find '' makes it easy and cheap to do bank transfers in many currencies as an interesting coin could appear anywhere in the world - I have bought from the US, Poland, France, Spain and Italy so far this year, they have also improved their bank transfers to Japan which seems to have an increasing number of quality European coins appearing (but be aware of extra charges when buying from Japan). Good luck.
  9. 1925 is your best bet for a high grade George V sovereign as most of these are actually restrikes - all my George V sovereigns are 'just' bullion!
  10. Revenant, in terms of your 10G set it may be worth contacting Schulman (Holland) and Kunker (Germany) as they often have quality examples, particularly Schulman who may also be able to find one privately rather than through their auctions - likely to be raw coins though! deposito, fortunately I have a very good record with submitting coins for grading, usually MS62-MS65, although I did deliberately submit a couple of coins which I knew had surface hairlines and would therefore get a 'details' grade but as these were extremely rare the authentication was far more valuable and it is likely that none of the handful known would get a full grade. For example I bought a coin yesterday which appears to the finest by far of the 3 examples that I am aware of (none graded at NGC or PCGS), once I have the coin in hand I will decide whether it would be worth sending to NGC or not - as I do with most of my collection I may just keep it as it is hoping that a better one may be found over the next couple of decades or so!
  11. It is nice to see people are making progress with their collections, despite other commitments my own collection is ticking over albeit very slowly. In the introduction to my Typeset of French Napoleonic Coinage I ended with 'The distinct prospect of finding that first, or elusive high grade example for a particular issue remains and makes every auction catalogue a potential source of a new discovery' and this situation probably holds true for the majority of older world coins, particularly minors. Even with the surge in Third Party Grading over the last few years the populations remain extremely low and for many date-runs a graded set is not even possible at this point. As a result I have submitted quite a few coins to NGC rather than wait for the rare, or non-existant, graded example to appear. It was therefore a surprise to see a 1808 10 centimes from the Limoges mint appear at a recent auction in NGC MS65.* Despite this issue having an intermediate mintage for the series - Le Franc 1,062,123 - my review of the population reports in 2017 (included in the introductory text to my 5 and 10 centimes Registry Set) highlighted only two graded examples, both PCGS and MS63, in addition there also appears to be little or no raw coins in mint state in the auction records which is supported by a lack of prices in both Le Franc and Gadoury for uncirculated coins. Even though I was not the only person to recognise the (conditonal) rarity of this coin I was fortunate to secure it and it now resides in my Registry Set.# Despite this success there are no graded examples at all for many of the issues in this Set, and for that matter most of the sets I am interested in, with the possible exception of post-1816 British coinage, and sets are therefore being made up of raw coins. As a result I expect that I am not the only 'collector' of world coins that has ungraded examples which are probably, or close to, the 'best known' all the while hoping that a better example appears at some point as you have to believe the coin is out there! * Some European auction houses have now taken to grading certain items as part of the sale process # Fortunately I had the funds to take advantage of this opportunity however these were meant to be used for a camera so starting to understand coin photography has been somewhat delayed although I have ordered Mark Goodman's book!
  12. 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?
  13. 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 .
  14. 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!
  15. 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