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  1. In terms of coin shows, the next bigger ones are the Philatelia+MünzExpo (Cologne, 22-24 Sep) and then of course the World Money Fair (Berlin, 3-5 Feb). But I suppose there are some others in between :-)



    Berlin in February. That sounds only slightly warmer than it is here. Plus I can go to NY in January.


    If the Cologne show was a month later



    Ah well, we'll be mostly chatting with the relatives. Since I can't go to Vienna I think Hamburg and Berlin, maybe Aachen this time around.

  2. Of course the amusing bit about the Danegeld is the English used to pay the Danes off and as soon as the Danes had got the last installment, they'd then go and raid England anyway... ;)


    Naturally, from schoolyard bullies to local gangsters, all the way to nation states. Human behavior is fairly predictable in most circumstances.


    BTW I have it on excellent authority that, "tenth century English pennies would be a refreshing subject" for publication in a certain magazine. I'm sure 9th and 11th would be fine as well


  3. The Kingdom of Northumbria kept the old sceats for some time (even upto 900). Until the Vikings gained control of York and their preference for silver meant that the pennies swiftly took over the North too.


    So where the sceats not silver then, and how did they begin?

    Have you ever read The Pound by David Sinclair? It's a really basic overview of English coinage history. It read well, I'm just wondering if it's decent for an overview.

  4. Do you actively think about coins/notes when you are on an excursion, or does vacation mean "vacation from the hobby" as well? I find that I am even more active thinking about coins when away (except perhaps when I go to the cabin/woods) from home.


    I've planned quite a few vacations around coins. When I was single the summer ANA city would always receive a visit from me. I think my wife was six months pregnant with our first child at the Spring show in Jacksonville.

    I met my sister in NYC during the ANA there.

    Chicago is an easy sell to my wife (and someplace we can get to in a car).


    I figure a major coin show is as good a reason as any to visit a city. Though flying with four people doesn't warrant the expense. So, the Chicago international is more like a long weekend get away.


    I will likely be in Germany for two weeks in October, I won't stop at Coinex but if I see any decent shows I might go. I do usually at least find a shop and buy a proof set or something similar.

  5. Having just found a few really in depth articles on Æthelred II coinage from 1978, i suppose once i've read them i might have something to say.


    These articles are not very easy going though, they are academic but are a very dry academic style, focusing upon the coinage in minute detail, Assessment of moneyers, silver purity ratios for all classes. Quality standards per class, and weight averages, one article is all about using numismatic evidence to rank the boroughs in which they were produced. In the hammered world it's probably as in depth as say VAMS are on Morgan dollars.


    See you are the perfect person to distill the academic into something the rest of us can understand and enjoy



    Why did the Saxons pay the Danegeld?

    When did it stop?

    Why are they called pennies?

    Who made pennies first the English or the French?

  6. If it's an online article then i might, but i don't get any coin magazines. I've bought some in the past but they just don't cater for me needs, namely 10th century Anglo-Saxon coinage. Pity they don't have a medieval coin magazine over here that would be good, i'd buy that.


    The celator http://www.celator.com officially caters to the ancient coin world through to the middle ages. The editor just recently talked about balance in the magazine. Of course he can only print what is submitted.


    I think if you wrote an article on 10th century Anglo-Saxon coinage it would be published. I'd certainly read it. Plus, since the payment is a year's worth of issues you could sample the contents over twelve months time.

  7. I'd rather do it the other way, pick one country and get one from each century of the country. I could do it with England having several centuries worth already. But i feel more inclined to go with France.


    That would be cool for certain countries as well. England from Celtic, Roman, Anglo Saxon, through to the modern day. France would be very similar. Heck I'd like to do something like that for Hamburg.

  8. These weren't mine. A local dealer had them for quite some time. He acquired a bunch of coins from the son or grandson of an old Greek dealer who was also known to make fakes and these came in as fakes.


    I got to check these to see if they were real gold and lo and behold they were! So they got sold at the last NY show for someones personal black cabinet.


    The real ones were issued in Egypt by the Ptolemys. I believe they were more like commemoratives (I suppose that's somehwhat obvious given the enormous cost of a real one when they were issued).

  9. $10 is do-able with patience, and if you don't mind having a bunch from one country... to use some examples of ones I think would be easier


    1st c. BC - Roman / As of Augustus

    1st c. AD - China / Wang Mang Interregnum cash coin

    2nd c. AD - Roman / Fouree of Septimus Severus denarius

    3rd c. AD - Roman / Nicaea provincial coin

    4th c. AD - Roman / (almost anything, ie. Constantius II AE3/4)

    5th c. AD - Roman / AE3/4 of Theodosius II

    6th c. AD - Byzantine / Justinian I (any copper)

    11th c. AD - China / North Sung Dyn. cash coin

    17th c. AD - Poland / Solidus

    18th c. AD - China / Chi'en Lung cash coin

    19th c. AD - Britain / 1860s penny

    20th c. AD - (lots of nice, cheap pre-WWI stuff)

    21th c. AD - (pocket change?)


    I do like no more than one coin per "culture" sub rule. You could do Roman Republican, IMperial, and Byzantine but not three Imperial :-)

  10. A theme that was bantered around RCC a few month's back... the Buffalo Herd:


    1913-1938 Buffalo nickel,

    1991 Mt Rushmore half,

    1999 Yellowstone dollar,

    2001 Buffalo dollar,

    2005 Bison nickel,

    2005 Kansas quarter


    South Dakota was in the running but lost to Mt Rushmore and a ringed-neck pheasant.  AFAIK, Montana is still in the running.




    You could expand it to a Bovine theme and include the commem with the steer skull.

  11. How many of us can actually see the difference between a 64 and a 65?


    I think if you are into a series and are looking at coins at shows on a regular basis you can get a good feel and separate coins out between adjacent grades and even within grades. If with that knowledge you choose to spend a lot more that I can understand.

    I guess I understand the ergistry game as well, at leats intelelctually, but I just don't get the motivation.

  12. It is beyond my comprehension why anyone would pay such huge prices, especially for "modern" coins, but "to each his or her own" I guess.


    The modern's is another aspect. MS69 or MS70? The difference can be over $1000. That has to be registry stuff and good marketing. If I'm spending $2000 it better be Greek silver :-)

  13. One look at a price guide in mint state grades and my mind quickly loops itself into overdrive. In MS63 this coin is $500, in MS64 $1000, and in MS65 $8000? This fact would make sense to me if grades were absolute and unquestioned standards. This would allow the equation to be reduced to simple supply and demand. However, a visit to the third party graders own web sites will reveal that grading is subjective and variance of a point or two is to be expected. This is confirmed in the ANA’s wonderful grading guide and from countless anecdotes from 1986 to the present. In 1994 Scott Travers wrote a column detailing this that can still be seen on the PCGS site. So if these grades are subjective why would anyone pay an extra $7000 for the MS65, why not just find a MS64 with eye appeal?


    The above illustrates my thought process on the price break. That sudden chasm in price separating two grades that can be found in virtually every US series. Lately I’ve been examining why this facet of collecting strikes a chord; the obvious answer is that I simply do not understand the concept in, I could not see myself paying that extra $7000 even if I had it to spend. Or would I? I now believe what I have objected to is simply paying the huge premium for coins based simply on the label. I would pay four times standard retail for the right Sasanian drachm, so why not for a US coin?


    My actual objection or confusion is based on an assumption that there are people who spend too much for coins and grades they do not understand. If you are a Seated Dollar connoisseur and you’ve seen all 12 MS65 dollars from a year the premium may seem like a bargain. If you just want a coin that says MS65 for vanity or for registry, that is your business but that is the action I still don’t understand.


    What do you think about price breaks and the people who buy at the high end?

  14. The information can be read at http://www.ancientcoinvalues.com/24.html

    The contact email is given there. I'll repost the background information below


    Note that the future schedule will be as I find time, unless there is a great uptick in demand :-)


    History and Description

    Dr. George Heath started the Numismatist (initially called the American Numismatist) in the fall of 1888. In that year and the following the magazine’s purpose was to market Dr. Heath’s offerings as well as connect with and educate fellow numismatists. I am uncertain of the success of the former, but the latter objective was achieved and the magazine quickly grew. In 1890 the magazine began to fill out with a series if articles and the volumes from 1891 and 1892 are filled with wonderful historical and still practical articles. In 1891 the American Numismatic Association was founded and the Numismatist would soon be adopted as the official publication, an honor the magazine still holds to this day. The first six volumes are very difficult to find.


    The Electronic Numismatist is a project to convert the old issues of the magazine into electronic format. The reasons and benefits for this are many


    * To preserve the information contained in the magazine. Contemporary accounts of numismatic events give us an unfiltered view on what collectors thought of events as they occurred. The first set of six volumes saw the introduction of the Barber coinage as well as the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The Numismatist also offers interesting biographical sketches of famous numismatists like Lyman Low and Ed Frossard. The articles are often times apt in the present day as well. The Numismatic Foundation Stones series is priceless. Where else can you learn how to build a classic coin cabinet?

    * To make the information more easily accessible. Books are wonderful but also a little difficult to use. Electronic files can be searched, linked, cut and pasted, taken on laptops and CDs. Articles on similar subjects can be accessed with the click of a button. They are simply more practical especially when combing though large amounts of data.

    * To increase the exposure of modern numismatists to this material. Numismatic material from the late 19th century can be expensive and difficult to locate. By converting the data to electronic formats it can be made accessible to anyone. There is no need to worry about staining a rare text.

    * For fun! How much did a 1793 cent cost in 1893 anyway? The advertisements are scanned and preserved as found.

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