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  1. I've always found it easiest to look at the edges. The copper-nickel have a distinct copper color visible in an edge view.
  2. I was at the recent Central States Numismatic Convention in Chicago where I and my oldest son exhibited. That was fun and he's really interested in continuing to research his topic and to work on the aesthetics as well. Now my second son has taken a big interest in identifying world coins as well as the Britannia pennies more specifically. Now he's already palnning to exhibit something next April. If they can sharpen their writing skills maybe soon a published YN article will be in their future. I also got some interesting advice on how to get kids ready to win college scholarships with t
  3. Thanks Art. Those were quick pics so the focus isn't ideal, I need to retake those.
  4. My son Alex has gotten interested in the Britannia figure on British pennies. What would be a reasonable proce for a gF/aVF 1797 penny with honest wear but no major problems? utside of ebay are there good sources for less expensive British coins? Thanks
  5. The second one does look like a Hunnic minor piece though I don't recognize that tamgha
  6. Object one reminds me of the Alchon hun pieces but I agree probably not a coin, kind of looks like a button.
  7. Here are two new medals. The first is from the Amsterdam World's Fair. This one Dupuis did just the reverse as it's unsigned it doesn't often show in searches for Dupuis but once I looked for Amsterdam Exposition it wasn't so difficult Then this one is a civil issue for one of the river departments for which Dupuis executed several medals. This one is the Department de la Seine
  8. Here's a medal from the Hamburg Seewart, slated as a birthday present for my dad
  9. It's illegal to accept silver and gold right now?
  10. Those are copies or fantasies made for tourists. The first one has Hermes with pelatos and caduceus which is a rare combo like that. The design is closest to the coins of Bithynia but not an exact copy. The last most likely imitates the triskeles coins from Syracuse.
  11. Not a whole lot in that condition a few bucks.
  12. Pope John XXIII. Maybe for his formal ascension?
  13. I didn't hear a lot about this at Central States. The speculation is that the family (Karl or his heirs) have decided to get rid of the material since it has probably sat around in storage for sixty years. Apparently these were never part of the German State of a public mint but always privately owned by Goetz.
  14. http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-75656389/
  15. The second is a "Hand Heller" from the German state of Hall, 15th Century
  16. What I need to do is go back and publish my data model for coins and coin information. Whether someone then normalizes that or not is up to them as is what to include but a meta model that includes all possible objects and attributes related to a coin should have some value.
  17. I see that 47 hubs are still for sale post auction and that 180 sold from $200 to $1000 averaging right around $300. As a collector I could see getting one pair but with this kind of volume who are the buyers? Are there that many collectors of this stuff? I do find it interesting to see hubs, I wonder if the French art deco engravers worked the same way. It would make sense for certain of the common types where just a little detail changes from medal to medal.
  18. Just to add to what Carl was saying: Ebay will give you an average price. For some things it will get enough bidders that prices will be close to the maximum based on demand but for some things that are rare or where confidence matters other venues generate higher values though the process tends to take longer.
  19. There's an official Heritage explanation on the esylum today "The dies and hubs were purchased recently from the Goetz family by an anonymous consignor who wished for Heritage Auctions to present them over the course of the next year. Most of the dies and hubs have been used. For those of your readers unfamiliar with the die production process, hubs are the “positive” image produced for use as a master to impress the “negative” image into a die to ensure uniformity as dies wear out and need to be replaced. We have noted in our descriptions those dies with large cracks or excessive corrosio
  20. When the price is going down any inventory that is sold at the lower price is likely going to be a loss so it makes sense for dealers to resist lowering prices as quickly as they raise them. Sooner or later new supply that was bought at the lower price should come up for sale and if there's legitimate competition those prices should be in line with spot silver. I think the larger the dealer the more likely it is that you'll get a spot + price.
  21. That's a deal compared to the 1943 bronze cents on the US side. I found one contemporary account from Canada, they give the reason as it being harder and more time consuming to make the brass alloy.
  22. Anyone have an idea why they went from Tombac to Steel? Excess iron?
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