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  1. Thank you, Candidate, for your most interesting and informative reply.
  2. Thank you. I am interested to know the result as well.
  3. I have never seen these before. Maybe a private token issued during the war between the Red and White armies? By the way, the so-called "Seal Skin" notes issued by the Russian America Company are not printed on seal skin. They are parchment. Perhaps someone here who is fluent in Russian would be kind enough to post these photos to Staraya Moneta or similar Russian language sites for further information?
  4. Magnificent coins! Thank you for posting these photos!
  5. Fascinating reading. I have never seen that 1710 denga before. Is it a pattern? And the polpoltina plate is simply magnificent! Thank you for posting these links.
  6. Fascinating post! It does seem a lot of trouble for a coin of full value. But what if there was a concern that the value of copper might decline in the future, making the counterfeiting of this type profitable? Perhaps the authorities might want some way to distinguish the counterfeit coins from the real ones if that happened. Russia was flooded with counterfeit copper in the 1720s, which is why the overstriking in the 1730s took place. When considered in that context, the use of such templates does not seem so strange.
  7. Wonderful! Thank you for posting this link.
  8. That is a beautiful example. Congratulations!
  9. Thank you for posting. I look forward to the English translation. Even with my poor understanding of the Russian language, the pictures tell a great deal. Some truly wonderful coins there - are they yours? I do not see pictures of Anna's overstrikes of Peter II kopeks shown. Are they included in the text? Once again, thank you for your sharing your contribution to this most interesting aspect of Russian numismatic history.
  10. I'm not sure what is so hysterically funny. I would certainly be far more impressed by what a specialist collector who has carefully studied the coins for years says about the authenticity of a given coin than I would be by some slabber who knows nothing about them. Of course, that's just my bias and there are many, many more people out there who blindly believe in the God-like abilities of slabbers to make such determinations about coins they have neither collected nor studied.
  11. I looked at the pictures but was unable to see even one coin with a Cyrillic "N" (looks like "H" in Latin letters), or the word "copy" to indicate that these fakes are not original coins. Perhaps someone else will be able to see what I do not.
  12. I think that there's a moral in there somewhere concerning the alleged expertise of the slabbers and the purported wisdom of relying upon it.
  13. Timofei, thank you for posting these most interesting photos. These coins appear to have been struck from rusted dies, which in turn suggests that they were used to strike the coins at a later date (rusted while in storage?). Perhaps they are later novodels struck from original dies? That might explain the the uniform high grades and the die rust. If they are forgeries, then they are of frighteningly high quality. But where have they been all these years and if they are a previously unknown set, then why did none of the great collectors during pre-Soviet times know of their ex
  14. Stuff like this is what makes coins and medals so fascinating. It's a study that leads to (to mention just a few things) history, economics, metallurgy, minting technology, art, different cultures and languages - even grammar! There is always something new to learn.
  15. Here are a few threads that might prove helpful: http://www.coinpeople.com/index.php/topic/30269-color-and-luster/?hl=%2Bbackground+%2Bcopper&do=findComment&comment=533662 http://www.coinpeople.com/index.php/topic/29043-do-i-need-a-new-camera/?hl=%2Bbackground+%2Bcopper&do=findComment&comment=511115 http://www.coinpeople.com/index.php/topic/27403-use-of-light-for-photographic-porous-coins/?hl=%2Bbackground+%2Bcopper&do=findComment&comment=510946
  16. You might find the enlarged images (especially the obverse) of the coin shown at http://www.moderncoinmart.com/1983-p-washington-25c-mint-error-overstruck-on-a-struck-amusement-token-ngc-ms65-mint-state-65.html of interest.
  17. Well, I'm not much of a photographer. No doubt there are others here who can give a better answer or suggestions, but I think a light beige or yellow or possibly even a light blue might help the coins stand out more.
  18. If I may do so, I would like to suggest using a different color background for copper coins. The coins seem to get "lost" when brown copper is photographed on a brown background.
  19. I'm not sure what a "card-medal" is. Maybe a religious medal (like a modern-day St. Christopher medal) given or sold to the pious?
  20. The medal itself might not be historically significant as a medal, but the event that it commemorates, the establishment of St. Petersburg, most certainly is. I agree that the suggestion to post this medal in the Russian coins forum is a good idea.
  21. Nice coin, Sigi. It's well above average condition (like everything you have posted here) with a sharp (and almost completely even) strike. The alignment of the clash is the icing on the cake. Just the sort of thing that might make others feel jealous.
  22. I believe you are correct. The person in the foreground is Peter I ("the Great"). In the background is the Peter and Paul Fortress which was established in 1703 to defend against Sweden. There is more information at http://www.saint-petersburg.com/virtual-tour/peter-paul-fortress/ and http://www.aviewoncities.com/stpetersburg/peterandpaulfortress.htm. The St Petersburg mint opened in 1724 and struck the famous "Sun" rouble which features a radiant sun in the the middle of Peter's monogram on the reverse. An image of this rouble can be seen on the Hermitage website at http://www.h
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