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  1. Best wishes to you and your family, little ones are much tougher than parents give them credit for! Take care.
  2. A week or so ago I thought a recently completed set would form the basis for a Journal entry given the interesting range of denominations, metals and mints. The basic set is made up of 12 coins and my set is currently comprised of ungraded coins and coins in both NGC and PCGS holders and as such is a long way from being suitable for the NGC Registry. It is a good start though as it does include some key dates in top grades. However, whilst assembling the coins for a 'group photo' I found that I was missing one and I can't find it anywhere From memory (which is now highly suspect) this was
  3. As I have mentioned my original goal in coin collecting was to assemble all the die numbers for the British sixpences from 1864 to 1879 which resulted in many other collectors questioning my sanity as there are about 600. So many years ago, having nearly acheived this goal which the acquisition of 100's of different die numbers my focus shifted to colonial coins and the Napoleonic period yet I have never quite shaken the die number challenge and always check auction listings although I have usually resisted the urge to bid. A few weeks ago I failed to control this impulse and submitted bids
  4. Congratulations on your new coin as mintages may not always be a guide to rarity. I just picked up a 1814M 15 soldi for my Napoleon collection and this has a mintage of just 371 however the 1809M issue is much rarer even though the reported mintage is much higher at 14,858. I suppose the 1809M got a lot of use as it was struck early on and the 1814M coins were saved as Napoleon's empire was in collapse at the time.
  5. I expect we all do this to some extent, even if we don't realise it, and documenting it is surprisingly difficult so congratulations on your article in the Clarion (which I had to look up ). We are a bit short of numismatic publications here in the UK which is more or less now limited to 'Coin News' which does a great job of trying to cover everything from ancients to new paper money releases.
  6. This has been a very interesting thread - although this is quite common for race horses, personally the only 'collective' investments I have are in real estate as I could only afford the deposit to buy a single property which increased the risk dramatically compared to spreading theinvestment out over 30 or so selected properties - plus this generates an income. There are several US platforms that allow this type of investment but only one decent one in the UK A few years ago, here in the UK, Stanley Gibbons tried this for rare stamps and coins - having not heard anything for a while I gu
  7. Many congratulations on a "Best In-Practice Paper" award as this means people in the field believe and trust what you have done - you can rightly be very proud of this and it is also testament to your graduate supervisor. One interesting outcome of lockdown has been that some colleagues have realised that their whole life has been work - even if they are married with children. As a result some have embraced new hobbies (no new coin collectors though) whereas others seem to have an increased focus on more awards, committee roles and so on, personally I am trying to work out how to retire i
  8. I am relieved it is not just me I have also noted duplicate entries in the population reports. For world coins PCGS do seem to be better at adding well established variety information to the label though. I too usually start with Heritage before moving on to Coinarchives, Sixbid, NumisBids, acsearch, specific auction houses etc. One lot I am currently considering states 'the second known example' and I know I have seen at least three!
  9. My focus now tends to be the Napoleonic period which impacted a large proportion of the world so coins could be from anywhere - although I occasionally still can't pass on a British/British colonial piece. I buy lots from Heritage, Stacks, Goldberg and Stephen Album in the US and across Europe, I even bought a coin in the UK last week which was a first for quite a while - it was NGC graded already though! I agree that the photos from auction houses vary dramatically, and alot of auction houses do not mention hairlines which are not usual evident from the photo either but are extremely obv
  10. As a collector of world coins, and it appears therefore I am in the minority , I have coins in both holders although more NGC. The main reason I use the NGC Registry is it is a convienent way to keep track of some of my collection although all the standard varieties etc are not always included, or recognised, in the Registry Set which is why for some things I have several sets. I think the PCGS World registry (apart from very select sets) is not as logical, complete or consistent as NGC is at the moment. Compared to the NGC census I find some of the PCGS population reports extremely diffi
  11. Many many years ago when I lived in London, and only collected British coins, there were plenty of places to go and spend time going through coins before selecting a coin for my collection. Now that I live a very long way from London and my collecting is now mainly world coins this is no longer possible as the availability of world coins in the UK is extremely limited, so if I want to spend a few hours looking through coins this tends to only be possible at dealers, usually on trips to France, Spain and Italy. As a result I tend to now buy only at auction, typically overseas, and graded c
  12. Fantastic results - how many coins do you have to go through before you find the ones you submit? I ask as it has been years since I got to see raw coins in the flesh before purchasing and the nearest place is in another country!
  13. In my case I expect coins are much much less than a quarter of purchases - here in the UK Ebay seems to be the main/only source for the various bits and pieces you can no longer get in the shops, such as a new heating element for the oven and some fence posts! Some things you can also get on Amazon but they are usually more expensive - so Amazon totals one purchase in the last few years and that was a book.
  14. It is good practice that auction houses cite references for the lots they are selling however, and it may just be me, but this can sometimes make research difficult for a number of reasons. 1) What is the actual reference? Fortunately, some, but not all, auction houses list the references used but do not always state which one the abbreviation used in the lot description corresponds to. For example, using ‘P’ and then citing several books with titles/authors/publishers that could all be the mystery ‘P’ is not very helpful, it would also be nice if everyone used the same abbreviation.
  15. Whilst trawling a dealers inventory, looking for something else, I was very pleased to come across a 1809W 10 centimes (PCGS AU55 – main image), and I immediately bought this coin for my Napoleon collection as I was lacking an example from the Lille mint for this denomination. Why the instant decision? Having, decided to assemble a graded set of 10 centimes in 2012 I later reviewed the population reports (2017, included in the introductory text to my Registry Set) which not only highlighted that this would be a real challenge but that there were no graded examples of the 1809W issue at e
  16. Couldn't agree more, I also started trying to put a variety set together for 1816 to 1970, usually in VF, trying to upgrade the Victorian and earlier examples has proved extremely expensive and difficult, graded versions even more so. Although MS63 seems possible for most of the issues, I know I should have had the 1893JH many years ago instead of more die numbers but I couldn't help myself!
  17. It is best to take care - COVID-19 is affecting everyone differently, the after effects can be much more serious than the initial infection. Your sixpence collection is much more complete than mine, I am sure you will complete it - I got distracted by die numbers and then Napoleon
  18. There has been a little benefit for us as we have certainly spent less on transport but this has gone on getting jobs done around the house - lots of people seem to have been doing this, in our case household bills have also gone up as everyone is now at home. If you had been furloughed at 80% of your normal pay then you would have less income anyway. Eating out has been replaced by home delivery now that this seems to be working again, it certainly has here!
  19. Extra money seems to have been a US thing? Having said that the UK has rent/mortgage holidays so people feel like they have more money available even though the back rent/mortgage will still need to be paid at some point. People are still prepared to pay for quality coins and the pandemic does not seem to have changed that at all - they are just rapidly moving out of my price range, even for some of the minors that I collect. At the top end of the market (which I can only dream about) it wouldn't surprise me if there was a bit of asset reallocation going on!
  20. It would be great to know whether they realised they were counterstamping a forgery or not, and whether they knowingly acquired it at the low silver content and then sold at full value due to the counterstamp. Is there comparable data for other examples? Although I collect Napoleonic coinage of the era my original British collection started in 1816!
  21. Unfortunately, things have not changed since my Journal Entry last month - How difficult can placing a bid be? In that never-ending challenge of trying to fill gaps in my collection several more very nice examples of coins, ungraded and possibly the finest available for the issue, have appeared and passed me by yet again. Typically, there were multiple bidders and they achieved 4x the top estimate and as the prices kept rising, I just couldn’t bring myself to bid again. As a result I thought I would take the opportunity to expand my library as some interesting books also appeared i
  22. Nice coins - I only have the Series 1 lunar set, every now and then I consider sending them for grading and then never get around to it. My worry would be getting a mixture of 69's and 70's and then not having a matched set, which would mean I would then have to find more coins and then the labels wouldn't match either!
  23. A lot of coins I was the underbidder on seem to appear later on dealer sites - seems to happen alot with one dealer in particular . I actually picked up a coin at the Goldberg sale yesterday - I was the only bidder so got it below estimate . Although it was a more common issue* this will be my first mint state example and already graded too. I also think that there are a number of die varieties/pairs for this issue and it will be an upgrade for whichever of my existing examples it matches! I just need to avoid the Sincona and Kunker auctions now or I really risk not having the funds
  24. With an ongoing interest in far too many coin series there is usually something suitable at most auctions for filling a gap in my sets with a quality coin however I have bought almost nothing for months. Even with some outstanding top-grade minors appearing I just do not seem to be able to press the ‘bid’ button one more time to try and secure these elusive examples for my collection and in some cases I am already regretting it. I think some possibilities for this, subconsciously or not, are:- 1) The COVID-19 crisis is causing me to cut back on spending in case cash is needed due t
  25. Good luck with the grades - you seem to have an eye for quality in these coins!