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Welcome to PCI2011. Please enter your other precious metals (not gold or silver) materials in this thread.

 

OK....Here we go.

 

There are threads in PCI2010 for each of the seven materials trees. Within these threads please post your entries for each group labelled for that group. Remember you can enter three coins for each group within each material tree. Entries in the format below are greatly appreciated.

 

SAMPLE:

Art, Copper, 1801-1900, 1853 US Large Cent

Art 1853 Large Cent

 

This will be posted in my one post in the Copper Materials Tree thread. If I decide to change coins are add coins, I do it by editing the single post that I have made.

 

Thanks and best of luck to all of you.

 

Entries open: 9August2011

 

Entries close: 19August 2011 at 11:59PM

 

There are 8 groups in each material catagory.

 

Group 1: Ancient & Medievel: XX-1500AD

 

Group 2: 1501-1700

 

Group 3: 1701-1800

 

Group 4: 1801-1900

 

Group 5: 1901-Present

 

Group 6: NCLT

 

Group 7: Exonumia

 

Group 8: Special Coins - anything you collect that you feel warrants being outside the other catagories.

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Steve D'Ippolito;Other Precious Metals;Group 4 1833 3 Rubles Platinum, Russia 3 Ruble Platinum in BU (Beat Up)

This is a worn, bent example of the Russian 3 ruble platinum piece issued from 1828-1845. It has also been knifed (possibly for acid testing) twice, forming an X on the obverse. Platinum first came to the attention of European science in what is now Colombia; it showed up as nuggets mixed in with gold in panning on the Rio del Pinto. It was not regarded as valuable; in fact it was a nuisance because the panners had to painstakingly sort the nuggets. When platinum nuggets were noticed near the Urals in Russia, peasants would actually use them as shot in their shotguns. (Imagine blowing 1/4 or even 1/2 ounce of platinum nuggets out the muzzle of a shotgun!) Anyhow, Russia faced an annoying situation in the late 1820s--they had both paper and silver coinage in circulation but they did not trade at par (four paper rubles made a silver ruble). Enter the platinum coinage.

These coins were issued by Russia as an extension of the silver coinage (note the value reads 3 Rubles "in Silver"). Not coincidentally, the platinum mines were owned by the politically powerful Demidov family. The three ruble piece did circulate to a very limited extent, as seen with this very coin. The Russians introduced a 6 ruble piece the next year and a 12 the year after that; these did not circulate. There is also a lot of fascinating information on how the coins were made but I'd probably exceeded people's tolerance for coin trivia by now. The 3 ruble piece stands as the only platinum coinage ever issued with the intent of circulating, that actually did so.

 

(Somehow I'll be surprised if anything shows up in Group 1 or 2)

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There are 8 groups in each material catagory.

 

Group 1: Ancient & Medievel: XX-1500AD NO ENTRIES.

 

Group 2: 1501-1700 NO ENTRIES.

 

Group 3: 1701-1800 NO ENTRIES.

 

Group 4: 1801-1900

 

Group 5: 1901-Present NO ENTRIES.

 

Group 6: NCLT

 

Group 7: Exonumia

 

Group 8: Special Coins NO ENTRIES.

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And entries are closed.

 

Voting for Round 1 begins: TBA

Voting for Round 1 ends: TBA

 

The Other Precious Metals bracket will be as follows:

 

Group 1 -

 

no entrants

 

 

Group 2 -

 

no entrants

 

 

Group 3 -

 

no entrants

 

 

 

Group 4 -

 

1 - Steve D'Ippolito;Other Precious Metals;Group 4 1833 3 Rubles Platinum, Russia 3 Ruble Platinum in BU (Beat Up)

 

 

Group 5 -

 

no entrants

 

 

Group 6 -

 

1 - gxseries, Other Precious Metals, Group 6, Russia 1993 Palladium 5 ruble gxseries Russia 1993 palladium 5 ruble

2 - gxseries, Other Precious Metals, Group 6, Russsia 1978 Platinum 150 ruble gxseries Russia 1978 platinum 150 ruble

 

1 vs. 2

 

 

Group 7 -

 

1 - Sylvester:Other Precious Metals:Group 7 Exonumia: 1/10 oz 2004 Lewis & Clark Stillwater Palladium Bullion Lewis & Clark Palladium

 

 

Group 8 -

 

no entrants

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