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  1. 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.
  2. 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 upcomin
  3. 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 Ice
  4. 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 se
  5. 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 hav
  6. 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 It
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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 extrem
  10. 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?
  11. 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 numb
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Apologies for any misunderstanding, '' are the publishers of the Standard Guide to Grading British Coins.
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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 pr
  21. 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 loo
  22. 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! M
  23. 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??
  24. 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.