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  1. Can someone with a reference validate that there were no 1942 or 1943 3 cent piece patterns. I'm guessing based on memory and Google but they were authorized if necessary.
  2. These types of scams are causing the State of Minnesota to consider forcing coin dealers to register and carry surety bonds before doing business http://www.ag.state.mn.us/Consumer/Publications/FraudulentGoldCoinDealers.asp The first paragraph: Non-delivery Scams. In some cases, gold coin dealers work to build a potential victim’s trust and then get them to send in payment for a supposed delivery of coins, but then fail to deliver the product. This type of non-delivery scam is theft. These fraudsters may rely upon aggressive marketing tactics, flashy websites, and/or a sense of urgency
  3. The Hobby Protection Act isn't going to help with these
  4. I think you'd need to be able to correctly model irrational, group think and reaction to accurately predict price fluctuations.
  5. Every time I read it, this story always makes me shake my head at the so called experts who said the coin was fake.
  6. The coin below is being offered for $295 at another site (not mine)
  7. Bill, Is that just because you have less need for images of close up's of coins than you thought?
  8. I saw one of these at the New York International and remain tempted even though I have a good stereo. Has anyone taken the plunge and bought on of these?
  9. One of my older ones : Sicily Akragas AE20 Tetras 4.57g O: Apollo facing right R: Two eagles with hare, one poised to strike the other rearing back it's head. Nice coin with both eagle heads visible, no strike weaknesses, VF grade intact patina
  10. They were produced over time in some cases so it could be that each batch was consistent but across batches there was more variance since the weight didn't matter for any economic reason.
  11. You are correct. The imagery on the medal revives a classical theme to celebrate victory: A soldier stands over the fallen body of an enemy with a pile of weapons as trophy. The sickle and star on the shield clearly represent the Sultanate of the Ottomans. Since there appears to be a breached wall in the background and the date is 1828 this probably celebrates the victory at Varna.
  12. Does anyone know the standards used when striking medals in the 19th century? I have been weighing my pieces and in some instances I have duplicates of a type. While the diameters are consistent the weight is not. The two Jules Grevy medals shown below weigh 165.9g and 150.2g respectively. Two of the Monnaie de Paris type come in at 58.25g and 60.9g. Obviously not being coins maybe +-10% is just the way it worked especially for the base metal medals. I'll have to see if I have two silver versions of the same type.
  13. Two extra bucks, how long does it take you to search 1000 dimes?
  14. I'm looking for medals of Jean-Baptiste Daniel Dupuis in museum and national collections. Specifically I'm looking for some rare types I have rarely if ever seen but I'm also hoping for some more in depth information on a few rare types I do have. When I tried that site I could only find one medal of Jules Grevy but I know they have more in the collection. I tried that Simbad contact the staff as well but that seemed like a black hole. Thanks again for checking.
  15. Thanks Frank, is there a way you see to do a numismatic item search from the site
  16. I'm trying to locate on line collections to search for certrain rare medals. I know there's a large collection in Paris but even with the translated site I have issues navigating the BNF site to search only the numismatic collection versus all the manuscripts and images as well. Is there someone who could help point me to what I need to do to narrow that search? Thanks!
  17. I contacted Heritage and have been assured that Heritage has legitimate title to sell these dies and that the provenance is kept secret because the seller wishes to remain anonymous.
  18. In the Twin Cities of Minnesota I hardly ever see Canadian change.
  19. They do come in cameo proof, I think you'd have to certify it to know for sure
  20. That's interesting Bill especially the numbers of alleged fakes and mention of the Chinese problem. A member of our ancient coin club shared a story about the Chinese counterfeiters from 2008 and the technology is only getting better. I imagine the day of perfect replication keeps getting closer asking us what is it what we collect if a perfect molecule for molecule copy isn't it.
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