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  1. It has been a while - I have kinda put a brake on coin collecting. This is one of my older purchases a while back. Found another overstrike over Swedish ore. I was hoping to get a 1758 as I already have one. That's ok as this is a much clearer overstrike. Both coins surprisingly are overstruck over the same 1748 1 ore. I am under the impression that 1757 1 kopek are much scarcer than 1758 1 kopek based on mintage figures.
  2. Everything is designed in photoshop. Some of my examples can be seen here. Some were scanned albums. https://issuu.com/gxseries
  3. Is it plated by any chance? It's hard to tell with the weight as modern coins have very large weight tolerance - the quality control these days are no longer there compared to precious metals.
  4. extant4cell has an example of 2 kopek overstruck over 2 ore. This is actually very difficult to find. I am still hunting for an example. Have to hunt my 1 kopek over 1 ore example.
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    A copy Russian ruble coin. Who knows what metal was used to strike such coins - toxic heavy metal?
  6. I got around to free up a bit of time and decided to work on the early Korean machine coinage. Had to rephotograph everything as I used different cameras along the way and the photos look terrible. I'm still improving on my photography skills (and website skills at the same time...) Some day I would like to redesign the digital album as I designed it back a decade ago. This was designed in A4 size instead of the slightly smaller B5 size that Dansco and other manufacturers use. Some minor things that I discovered while I was photographing these coins are that the alignments are just all over the place! One cannot use the 'dots' for alignment. It is known that the early Gwangmu coins are meant to be aligned where the dragons' head are in a vertical line. Unlike the Japanese coins, they are often aligned with dots around the character 'x sen' or to the Meiji character. The same also happens with the dragon coinage. The biggest offender that I noticed is with the phoenix alignment for coins struck 1905 - 1910. Even with major TPGs - most catalog and slabs that I have seen are aligned to the bottom dots "x chon". Instead I strongly believe that the alignment is meant to be where the phoenix's head is held high at 12 o'clock instead of the rooster like alignment at 10 o'clock. I think I can close the book on this collection - I have done the best for the past decade and that will be it for me (for now). All other coins are too rich for my blood. I personally like how they look like for size comparison Added some reading material if you are into this particular coinage. The digital album is also quite neat - those holes shall be left as it is! http://gxseries.com/numis/koreatype/koreatype_early_all.htm
  7. Good to hear from you Art! Hope all is well and take care!
  8. This was an interesting lot that appeared out of nowhere. The seller must had very similar taste as mine. Some are simply rare - maybe I have seen them appear just once every few years. From what I gather, they have been sitting in his collection since 1970s (!). It's one of those hoards where you can't win them all. I did end up with a key date that I have been looking for the past decade. First up is 1894 5 fun coin. This is somewhat a 'weak' rotation error coin - not very common but can happen. Quality control was quite poor back then. The usual alignment is meant to be the dragons facing in a vertical line. In this case it looks like it's rotated around 20 degrees. You will see an example in the next photo Next up is an unusual off center coin, 1895 1 fun, 2 characters. If you collect Korean coins from this era, error coins like this is very uncommon, if not scarce! Last coin is one that I have been hunting for a good decade. I believe I have only seen just 5 examples for offer - 3 in damaged condition, one was one of my hands and this is one that I finally obtained. 1895 1/4 yang, 2 characters. This is not to be confused with the 1895 3 characters version As of why this version is significantly rarer than the other, I cannot explain why. An interesting aspect of early Korean coinage is that while the coins were first struck in Dec 1892, coins were not released to the public until Aug 1894 !!! There are reports that the mint in Incheon struggled to strike sufficient quantity but there is also a very huge political aspect behind the scene. Welcome the Fat Man - Yuan Shi Kai The situation gets very messy - while the Korean mint was relatively new (with German technology), the mint employees were from Japan. And why would China be involved? Korea at this time was a Chinese protectorate. and of course was not keen on having the Japanese being too involved. Ultimately the root cause of the first Sino - Japanese war in Jul 1894 was over Korea. More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Sino-Japanese_War So how does the 'Fat Man' get involved in this discussion? Yuan Shi Kai being a faithful advisor to Korea strongly objected to the Japanese striking coins with the wording "Great Chosen". This is simply a bit too close to the "Great Nippon". It seems that he had a valid concern - Japan did invade China after all A Japanese yen coin struck around this era - 1894 1 yen. Notice how similar the design is as well as the wording "Great Nippon" Did his opinion mattered? It seems like it did - at least for one year. In 1892, all coins were struck with the wording "Great Chosen" and in 1893, "Chosen". 1894 seems like is a mixed bag - perhaps both types were struck, one before and after the Japanese invaded China. The mint employees probably didn't care in 1895 and 1896 as both types were used - this is an interesting puzzle that I never looked at closely. I'll present more when I get around to it - the history of early Korean machine struck coinage presents a lot of challenges as well as plenty of troubled times ahead. Feel free to share your early Korea coinage, it will be 'fun' !
  9. Hi! I have been hiding as I have quite a few things to do. Got this interesting brockage coin but I can't figure out what the year is on this coin A larger picture It would be struck in between 1711 - 1719. Peter I copper coinage is not my specialty...
  10. This is a really poor example. I don't know if it is a SPB 2 kopek but it looks more like EM die? Looks like on my record it is overstruck over SPB baroque 1 kopek. I am not too sure if the underlying year is visible. Have to find it...
  11. I'm not too sure thedeadpoint. Possibly inspired by Canada? These are meant for circulation but are not common. Manfred1: I think it's a bit rich to send the whole lot for free 😛
  12. I didn't think of m-dv but WOW... Thanks for the link!
  13. Has anyone been checking out how high this is going? Would like to see the final value... I'm sure the seller would have got a shock. https://www.ebay.com/itm/RUSSIA-a-1-POLTINA-1883-SPB-DS-KM24-10-2gr/382474528832?hash=item590d422840:g:l7AAAOSwSEZbCxqJ I know mintage figure is probably very low and I don't remember seeing this particular year. I believe I saw a 1883 ruble sold (non commemorative) and that went for some crazy figure...
  14. For the last 5+ years, Australia has been minting colored 2 dollar coins from 2012. Mintage figures have been quite low and trust me - once they appear in circulation, they get wiped out quite quickly, not just by collectors but by people who think they may be worth a bit more in the future. They aren't quite wrong - because of their 'scarcity', often they get sold more than face value. Put it this way, I was only lucky enough to find just 3-4. I had a mate that didn't care too much and changed it for face value. To add to the fire, Canadian Mint has threatened to sue Royal Australian Mint as Canadian Mint claimed that RAM has infringed on coloring patent. At one stage, Canadian Mint wanted RAM to destroy circulating color coins. Here's one link https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/18/royal-canadian-mint-sues-australia-possum-magic-coins This is from circulation - honestly this can take a lot of effort! Some of the mintage figures are absurdly low, one starting at just half a million... Please feel free to post any circulating color coins. I guess our Canadian friends would like to show some?
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