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  1. Hi Sigi. Good job ferreting this one out. It looks so nice - too nice. I might buy one for the "right" price just to have a sample. Marvin
  2. Does that mean you prefer the obverse design of the old head crown over the obverse design of the jubilee crown, or that you prefer the pictured 1897 well circulated crown in this thread over the beautifully toned 1887 proof crown in this thread? Marv
  3. The Standard Catalog of World Coins (2004-4th edition) does list a proof for 1843 with a value of $450. You say that Lecompte does NOT list a proof for that date? Marv Finnley
  4. I agree. There is no way that anyone here can give an authoritative answer to the question without weighing the "coins" and seeing them up close. There is a chance with well-struck 19th or 20th century coins with clear pictures of sufficient resolution to attempt an opinion, but with early 18th century coins and all the striking problems and varieties coupled with poor pictures and no weight data, it's impossible to even attempt an answer to the question of authenticity. The fact that he got them for free indicates that the person who had them before believed them to be of low value (or wo
  5. Thank you, I have found someone with copies.
  6. Does anyone have a copy of the Hess Tolstoy sale from 1913 or the Fuchs 19th century sale from 1997 (Sotheby's)? If so, please respond to me via private email. Thanks very much, Marv Finnley
  7. My point was, if you're going to seriously consider buying an expensive coin sight unseen, and with that term, I include coins seen only by picture, you at least want it slabbed by PCGS or NGC, and even with that, with a very expensive coin, you want a provenance, a history of where it came from, and, if it were I, I would want to deal with an escrow agent, a recognized authority in the field such as a well known dealer in Russian coins who would act as an intermediary to determine if the coin was genuine, and if so, disburse the money to the seller only following the determination. Russia
  8. How could any seller think that anyone in their right mind would pay $26000 for a coin and not insist that it be in a PCGS/NGC slab? Or for that matter, if the seller doesn't have it slabbed, that immediately says "fake" to me in today's counterfeit environment. Marv
  9. If you get one, I'd like a copy also. I bought a coin out of that auction, and now that Superior has gone out of the auction business, there are no archived auctions or PRs on their site. Actually, I'd like another copy of the catalog since the spine glue on mine is poor and the pages are coming out. Thanks, Marv Finnley mfmailbox2000-advice@yahoo.com
  10. Yes, and they've had the wool pulled over their eyes (and their brains). Marv
  11. 1russky, Just curious. Where did you get the coin and how much did you pay for it? The chance that you would have a coin with only 2-3 known is, well, you know the answer. Also, the chance that some unsuspecting seller would sell an extreme rarity for a pittance is, well you know the answer. Put the two together, and, well, you know the answer. Does it happen, once in a while someone finds a significant rarity in a dealer's junk box, but the chances are very slim. Anyway, your coin seems to have many tiny bubbles on the cloud side, possibly indicating a casting, and the detail on the c
  12. Close to $50K for a PF64 Alex III 1888 rouble; Over $10K for a PF65 1910 rouble. Over $3K for a so-so PF63 1922 RSFSR rouble. I'd say prices were strong! Makes me glad I purchased by 1910 proof rouble a long time ago. The whole (?) Montville russian collection was slabbed. I can't help but think this drove prices up. Marv
  13. marv

    New $100

    The whole idea now is to thwart the counterfeiters, especially at the $100 level. A beautiful design, with lots of artistic elements, might obscure the high tech details which are absolutely essential to see, because it's those details that will allow the public to easily spot counterfeits. With the ease of creating color art with copiers, computers, scanners, etc., embedded high tech is the way all currency will be going until currency is rendered obsolete by the use of electronic payment media, a process that is already happening. I pay for pretty much everything I buy with a credit card. I
  14. It's interesting to me that the Jubilee crowns in proof don't seem to bring the money that the Old Head proofs do in similar conditions. I attribute that to the fact that the Jubilee design isn't as popular. But in fact in proof it seems much scarcer than the Old Head although the mintages are not that dissimilar, with the Old Head emission a few hundred more than the Jubilee. Perhaps more people kept the "better" designed Old Head and spent their Jubilee sets? Any of the Brits care to verify or correct me? Thanks.
  15. An 1887 proof Vicki crown. She's in an NGC PF66 plastic dress. While not a very popular rendering of the Queen and her crown, in this proof striking one can see and appreciate all the skill of the engravers' designs to the smallest detail.
  16. It appears though that folks on this forum spend a lot of time letting others know that indeed they've gotten a great price...for a fake. And since fakes are proliferating, it seems to me that the case for dealing with a recognized expert is all the stronger. Perhaps Ebay's venue as a coin source is past. Even a slabbed coin from Ebay doesn't guaranty authenticity. Especially where it concerns scarce or rare coins, the chance to stumble upon one, buy it for cents on the dollar and have it be genuine seems remote. Marv
  17. I'm curious, and I don't mean to be critical, but are you in such an urgent need for these coins that you have to buy through Ebay and deal with unknown suppliers of dubious reputation? There are several very reliable Russian coin sources in the US that would be happy to help you put together a (genuine) fine Russian collection graded within your budget: DEALERS I know: Alexander Basok - New York (www.rustypennies.com) Dmitri Markov - New York (www.russian-coins.net) Jim Elmen - Santa Rosa (CA) Mark Teller - Encino (CA) (www.tellercoins.com) Steve Harvey - LA (CA) ...and others.
  18. Just had email from Mr. Bitkin. There are no more copies available. He is working on a new edition, but not sure when it will be done.
  19. Doesn't matter if it originally was a proof or not. It's been so badly beaten up, who cares. Looks like somebody used an SOS pad to make it 'pretty'.
  20. I've reported it to Ebay for all the good it will do. Perhaps if others also report it, Ebay will take notice. I just don't understand how someone is willing to part with over $600 on the basis of a picture - with no returns accepted. Is this a sham or are people really that stupid?
  21. You take your chances when you purchase a coin sight unseen. If your intermediary was an expert in Russian coins, then why didn't he/she fully describe the coin to you? Or if the intermediary didn't see the coin in hand first, then you still are purchasing it sight unseen. And auction houses rarely take back a coin purchased sight unseen unless there are verifiable questions about authenticity or some other defect that would reasonably be expected to lower its value and which was not described. This coin appears to be genuine, so it seems to me that you have may have learned an expensive lesso
  22. I was hoping that others, more knowledgeable than I, might be able to shed some light on: 1. The ultra low estimates given for the coins as well as the NGC mint state grades versus earlier European proof designation - was the Goldberg catalogger not aware of the earlier sales? 2. The appearance of these coins so soon after their earlier "sale" - indicates to me either a buy back at the earlier sale or extreme financial distress of the buyer. 3. The lower hammer price at the Goldberg sale - a "real" buy or another buyback? I enjoyed the discussion. That's what makes these forums so en
  23. Sellers' agreements with auction houses can be all over the map. If you're bringing a million dollar collection to an auction house, you are going to get a great deal of leeway about buy-back fees, commissions, reserves, etc., whereas if you're bringing a few lower-end coins to the house, you probably won't get many breaks on anything. It also helps if you work with a well-known dealer that has a realtionship to the house. The house wants to keep that dealer happy as he/she may bring many collections to the house, so you, the seller, might get a better deal through the dealer than you wou
  24. Having come back to this forum after an absence of a few weeks, it's interesting to me that no one seems to have commented on the incredibly high prices realized for a few Russian coins in the Goldberg sale of May 26th. Perhaps I missed the thread, but several roubles realized 5-14 times their estimates. Most of the really high roublels had prooflike surfaces, so I'm theorizing that at least two bidders thought they were proofs. Lot 3651, an 1830 rouble, NGC MS63-PL, with an estimate of 2000-2500 hammered at $10,000. (Found this coin on coin archives as lot 8565 in Gorny Sale 173 realize
  25. The coin pictured in lot 6379 is definitely in one of the new NGC holders since you can see the four white "prongs" of the holder protruding into the picture of the coin. It's impossible to tell just from the picture if the coin pictured in lot 6380 is in one of the old NGC holders (no prongs) or "raw."
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