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  1. It is my duty to correct this information. We have got first hand report from a user of coins.lave.ru forum that he purchased 2 of OST series coins (first identical tweens) in February 2011 from a Canadian-Polish seller. So far this is the earliest confirmed date. At that moment the 2 'coins' were not graded.
  2. I have already posted (about 3 years ago, my guess) another 'fascinating' product of the same origin. It was recorded here, on the Russian SM forum and by Monety i Medali auction blog. This is from your first picture.
  3. If we were discussing a shady seller... The problem is that many people trust the grading companies. A slabbed coing gets good chance of being resold many times without much inspection. Even if the original seller discontinues, slabbed coins may reappear here and there. By the way NGC graded those fakes too.
  4. It think that the set of the OST series we are discussing was made probably in the second half of 2012. I make this conclusion by the number of messages in the internet indicating rumors about 'Lithuanian hoard', cheap offerings of OST coins and the dates of grading. Speaking in general... The earliest message from the guy of Belorussian 'factory' I found in the web was from 2007, when he had displayed many dies 'made in the past'. As you may see from the URL I posted they are not hiding and their business is quite legal. They make copies and not selling forgeries )) They even pay taxes I guess )))
  5. It is always good to see oneself with other people eyes. Thanks for sharing, Sigi, it is all very much like you described. I wish it could be different.
  6. Hi, all, This is to alert you about confirmed massed distribution of iron 'occupation' series dated of 1916. Though the rumors started to appear this Spring, now we have it confirmed that PCGS (and possibly NGC) graded many fakes as Mint State. These fakes are made in Belorussia by a manufacturer URL to fake production factory. Apparently many coins were graded by grading companies and many were sold via eBay. For example this seller from Poland sold 12 fakes in the past 2 months: view listings User globaldjs made a sort of an investigation and he tried to identifyl PCGS numbers for some fake coins as well as their distinguishing features. Please check your collections and make sure you may return the fakes to the sellers. A brief list made by globaldjs is here. You may check the numbers from the list and see the pictures
  7. I second your opinion. We have 2 pictures of 2 different original dies that are kept in the Hermitage museum and St Petersburg mint museum plus the image of the Kazakov catalogue coin. Stack's coin does not match.
  8. Please see below my message. These were posted earlier in the Russian forum. State History Museum mentioned that the edge defect is very characteristic for 18th century technology (owner's foto with red circle). Here is the link to a brief video: http://rutube.ru/video/25cae6c58578d80eb783ce27d3570f85/ I think that the very fact that 3 coines were discovered together is not an unusual matter. One batch was sent from the Mint to Finance authorities. They might have the batch shipped and somebody collected a salary (and hoarded it as received). To keep you updated, myself and other guys have looked through Steve's picture pack with no new info. The only 4th coin apart of the 3 triplets was from Niko-Kuenker-Niko resales.
  9. That would be great indeed. M-dv site lists many coins, but maybe we can find something interesting of this die.
  10. Hi, Steve, Yes, Niko pair combination has been discovered as fourth coin of this die (I forgot to mention in the original post, sorry, my mistake). How many dies do you estimate are there in 1799 CMMB?
  11. Hi, all, As some of you might have read on the Russian forum, a very interesting issue is being discussed about apparently unknown die pair of the 1799 CM MB rouble. For those of you who cannot read Russian (original long thread) I give a brief summary: A small hoard of 3 identical roubles was discovered in Southern Russia, triplets are of the same state of preservation and of the same die pair. The owner posted a picture of 3 coins together: The pictures created much controversy because some insisted that all 3 coins are original, while some thought they are copies. The owner is selling them and a buyer made expert evaluation in Russian GIM (History Museum in Moscow) by Mr. Shiryakov. The expert confirmed that the coin was original. Now, even after the Museum gave positive verdict some people still have doubts. We have tried to find images of the similar die pair on the net, but so far we located only 1 coin and though its source is completely different the grade is the same Some collectors wrote that there are about 150 1-1799-SM-MB images of different die pairs in different grades but this particular die pair is nowhere to be found. I hope that maybe any of you have the coin (or images) of this particular die combination to share. It would also help to find out how many dies and die pairs are there overall if somebody have statistics info.
  12. Sad........... (((((((((( Can anybody share bio of Mr Brekke and Mr.Bakken? We all know the Catalog and the Supplement, as well as many happen to have coins, but in terms of biography not many of us know that in detail.
  13. I never saw any poster for sale in Russian Molotok on-line auction, but I think they should exist. Interesting bit of history: VneshEconomBank was a bank where all Soviet people had to keep currencies they had earned while working abroad. Usually, Soviet person got Russian roubles payment, miserable cash (US $50) in hands while staying out of USSR plus hard currency payment accumulated in VneshEconomBank on a current account. People could not use that money inside Russia, withdrawals (after long and painful bureaucratic procedures) were allowed only when Soviet person was commisioned to work abroad for the second time. The other way to get the money was to convert the currency earning into special coupons, accepted by special Beriozka shops in Moscow, St.Petersburg (then Leningrad) and several capitals of USSR republics. My father was in military at that time and while fighting at some secret wars in wherewer Soviets helped to build 'democracy, socialism and better future' he earned quite an amount of money. In 1988 Beriozka coupons program was closed (Russians spent too much, I guess, while the state did want the people to spend currency) and the only way to 'own' hard currency legally was to keep it in Vnesheconombank. Keeping cash was forbidden by penal code (7 years of imprisonment for 'currency dealing') In 1991 I was planning to leave USSR for good and my father wanted to pass somehow that money to me. It was very bad time for the country, naturally, USSR was doing whatever it could to prevent people (and governmental companies) from using hard currency. Even to enter into bank building was 2 weeks process - one must wait in line for about 2 weeks with 2-3 daily roll calls. As far as I remember we purchased the place in line and after we finally had got there it was to find out that chances to get the money are very small. One real possibility however was to spend the hard currency buying Proof silver, gold and platinum coins inside the bank. I do remember MezhNumismatika because gold and palladium coins were almost impossible to see in jewellery shops. Since the price-list was in US dollars and deutche marks the prices were really shocking. Let's say, that an average monthly payment in USSR was equal to US $20 at goverment exchange rate (6 roubles per dollar), so if a coin was at those US $20 or even more no Russian would spend such amount in dollars for a coin. I guess it was bad investment decision and we had to buy that bullion, as our family never got anything from that bank )) For many years into new Russia times while that bank stayed in 'dormant' condition it was second in assets: it had all hard currency earned by companies and people in USSR for many years. After some posterior reformations I think there are a couple of rich private banks like VTB24 that got the assets. So I guess they still owe us those 4000 US dollars ) Do not know what would be that amount with interests ))) Other than those posters I knew about Mezhnumismatika from Schelokov's catalog of USSR coins and from the press, I do not know if they traded inside USSR other than in VheshEconomBank.
  14. In 1991 I saw palladium series in the central office of VneshEconomBank in Moscow. I do not remember the prices except that those were too big to apprehend, but I do remember many Mezhnumismatika posters of Ballet series and leaflets with advertisements. The coins themselves were not on display, only the images on the poster and the price.
  15. On top of authentication by experts with microscopes and magnifying glasses a special test must be done about the platinum itself. This is the case of Moscow Historical Museum, which will release the paper only when the tests are completed and they prove composition of the metal is absolutely relevant to that of original specimens. For casual reading I would refer to an article http://www.platinummetalsreview.com/pdf/134-138-pmr-jul04.pdf I am not an expert in modern spectrofotometry (though I was trained many years ago in school), but there is an idea about what is tested by modern technologies. The test result will reveal percentages of all elements present in the alloy in the form of grafical charts. So before Mr.Shiryakov writes the paper he will evaluate the figures about coin composition. Personally I would prefer a MS coin over PF, the reason is that many fakes are passed as proof-like. Besides I think there may be not so big difference in price between regular and novodel proof coins of 12 & 6 roubles series.
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