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  1. Anybody know if the Hess Tolstoi sale (1913) is online somewhere?
  2. Just remember that novodels were official products of Russian Government mints; their dies were engraved by government engravers and they were issued under Russian Government authority. They are in no way fakes or counterfeits. They were eagerly sought by wealthy contemporary collectors who, in many cases, were not able to obtain original coins of those designs or were not able to find original coins in collectible condition. Novodels fall into the broad category of collector objects not destined for commerce such as all proof coins, pattern coins, medals, buttons, etc. But more specifically,
  3. Well obviously there are folks who value anything, including a completely blank piece of metal. The fellow who posed the question didn't appear to have specialized objectives such as yours. I was addressing the usual situation that applies to most of us: limited bankroll that can be used to buy many lower quality items or fewer higher quality items. I know what it's like to want to spend as soon as there is something in the pocket. My point was to advise a more patient approach - one that, in my opinion makes for a more satisfying collection. I didn't intend to ascribe stupidity to anyone buyi
  4. May I gently suggest that you forego buying this type of coin, but instead save up your money until you can buy a more collectable grade? Unless a coin in this condition is VERY, VERY rare, it is basically junk. Rather than buy several cheap coins like this, you could wait, save and buy something that would be more pleasurable to look at; something where you could appreciate the skill of the person who engraved the design. You'd be surprised. Work with a reputable dealer since most stuff on Ebay is way overpriced or counterfeit or both. If you live in the UK, there are lots of good dealers; wh
  5. Take a look at this coin: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5574633083&toolid=10001&campid=5335826004&customid=&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&icep_item=290561744196 The coin looks very suspicious to me. But even if genuine, the coin is so common in this condition, might be worth $100 at best.
  6. It's suspicious to me because the degree of wear on the tablet side is not commensurate with the wear pattern on the obverse. Why would a coin be worn like that? The only possible explanation would be that the die was severely bowed and the tablet side wasn't struck up, but it doesn't seem right to me.
  7. Anyone besides me bid in the recent Stacks Americana sale held in Philadelphia? Dave Bowers sold is large size $1 collection, and there were some decent notes at reasonable prices. It was interesting that in almost every case, the auction catalog listed the price Dave paid for the note, and in many cases, what the notes brought in this sale was less than Dave paid for them. I bought lot 60, an Fr. 347 1890 Treasury (or coin) note in a PMG 40 holder. Dave purchased the note in a 2005 ANR (Dave's company) auction as a choice EF but paid $3200 for the note, more than he paid for an AU-graded note
  8. Die polishing lines, as I'm sure you know, are caused by hairlines in the die. This in turn creates raised lines on the surface of a coin struck from the die. I've been to the NGC grading classes, and any decent grader worth his/her salt can distinguish between raised lines on a surface caused by die polishing and hairlines which are grooves cut into the coin's surfaces caused by abrasion of tiny hard particles when a coin is wiped or cleaned. One must of course look at the surface with a good glass, but it's really not that hard to distinguish. In my case, the coin I submitted does have hairl
  9. If the buyer intends to play the slabbing game, he/she is taking a big risk buying something sight unseen with no returns. One simply cannot get a true idea of the condition of a coin, especially as it relates to a slab grade, from a picture. Pictures will not, in general, show hairlines, and a coin which appears superb gem in a picture can come back as a "61" easily if it has many fine hairlines. In my opinion, this buyer is not very smart to pay that kind of money for a coin based on a picture, with no return privilege. I have personally experienced this. I have a Chinese pavillion dollar wh
  10. I think the "Tsar" on this "coin" had a bad face lift or nose job. He looks mad. Seriously, get a reference book and compare. Also, this is a seller with a feedback of 49 who is in China, and all of a sudden he's selling a fairly expensive "coin" and starting it a $99!? What do you think? Marv
  11. Don't think twice about it Nick. Use what you want. The pictures are actually off the Goldberg auction site, free to anyone to use. I haven't tried to take my own pictures since I don't think I could do any better than their photographer. Marv
  12. I'm sorry but it's already gone. Marv
  13. Feel free to use any pictures I post in the gallery (unless you try to sell them on ebay that is) Marv
  14. You're correct. Most of my posted images are from the auctions from which I bought the coins. I didn't mean to imply that I had any problem with the use of the pictures. I figure that the auction photographers do a lot better job than I could do, especially for the coins in slabs. I'm happy that people like the pictures as they are really nice. In fact, perhaps it's a good marketing ploy as I will eventually be selling the coins. Also, if anyone wants a copy of the Goldberg Hesselgesser (June 2000)catalog, I have a pristine paper-back copy which I will sell to anyone for $25 including medi
  15. Pretty soon I'll have to change my avatar as I won't be able to recognize my posts! (LOL) I'm glad people enjoy the images. Marv
  16. Nicholas, glad to see you like my coin enough to use it as your avatar. Marv
  17. What happened the link showing new posts since last visit? I used that all the time, but now I don't find anything for that function.
  18. One of the things I find interesting about Nicholas' reign was his immediate desire to change the eagle on the silver coinage to be the same as had been on Alexander's gold coinage, the so-called "masonic" or "wings down" variety; then, only six years later in 1832, he did an about face and changed the eagle on all the coinage (except for the copper coinage I think) back to the "wings up" design, albeit a different design from the earlier coinage of 1801-1826. Was he trying to make a clean break from Alexander's designs, or was there something about the "masonic" design that he decided he
  19. marv

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    wild card Kellogg & Humbert 1857 Ingot from S.S.Central America wreck 8.21 Oz - .858 fine gold original value (1857) $145.61 gold value today $10,000 (numismatic value ~$75,000)
  20. Typically, when the hair is worn into the design as is the case with this coin, the grade is no more than good, but it depends on the design to some extent, how shallow it is and what the highest point is.
  21. Just curious. Do you own that, and, if so, where did you get it and, if you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay for it?
  22. Judging by the way that wear has obliterated the boundaries between the hair over the eye and the face as well as obliterating the boundaries between the reverse border and the main field of the coin in many places, I would say "good" at best. This coin has seen much use.
  23. Can't decide. 1817 Pattern GREAT BRITAIN CROWN "INCORRUPTA" by William Wyon ex Willis collection. Willis was a well known collector who was seriously injured in a home invasion robbery where the thieves stole much of his gold collection. His silver was auctioned by Glendinning in 1991 in two parts. This pattern was part of sale number 2, purchased by Dr. Ariagno and then by Dr. Hesselgesser. Made its way into the first St. James auction from which I bought it. One was just auctioned in the Baldwins sale in May. Only 18 silver exist. There is another Wyon pattern, the Three Graces. Both wer
  24. One of my favorites. It's not a collector coin (i.e., novodel, proof). Also second from left in the COIN PEOPLE site header. I know it's not a British (or English) coin, but what fascinates me is how a business strike, not a coin that collectors of the period would have wanted such as a proof or novodel, managed to survive being struck, rolling down the chute from the press, and ending up with nary a mark on it (it's in an NGC MS67 holder). You can count the number of early 19th century large silver coins that are graded 67 by a reputable service almost on one hand if you look through their d
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