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  1. I just checked the results of Ira & Larry Goldberg Auction and looks like many Russian coins didn't sell. Were the estimates too high and scared off potential bidders? Does anybody have any insights? Did anybody attend the auction or participate by mail or internet? Just kinda curious where the market might be headed.

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    From my 18 Siberian 10 kopek coins only 2 have a flan defect. BUT they are almost identical, at the first 3 letters of "МОНЕТА". There are 4 years of difference and dies are not the same either (not only the date, see the position of "М" of "МОНЕТА"). In my opinion both coins are genuine. But how to explain their identical flan defect?

    As said, no other coin shows any planchet flaw. But the 2 who do have it alike :confus:

    What do you think? Thank you, Sigi



    I wouldn't call these flaws identical. Similar, but not identical.


    Nice coins, BTW.

  3. In your experience, what would be "fast stempelglanz"?




    I can't recall seeing any slabbed coins listed in catalogues as "fast stempelglanz". Stempelglanz is usually a gem, so I would imagine "fast stempelglanz" would be something like a choice uncirculated coin (MS63-MS64), but somebody more familiar with German grading should confirm that. Bob, any thoughts?

  4. I had a similar experience during a Heritage auction a few years back. My pre-auction bid and the bid from a floor bidder were the same, but I didn't know this as the lot simply indicated the final price on the web system they were using. I didn't get an invoice, so I called them to ask why. They told me that the floor bidders have priority vs internet bidders.


    Now they changed their web-based system to clearly indicate if you are the winner of a particular lot.



    Heritage website is best in the business now. The NY Sale people have a lot to learn from them.

  5. nice coins, guys!


    Sorry to hear about your trouble, porcupine. Did you happen to find out why one of the 1762 Peter III 2 kopeks was withdrawn? Just curious.


    No, didn't find out. When I went to view the lots it had already been withdrawn and Dmitry wasn't yet there to answer questions. Doubt I would have asked anyway.

  6. I would suggest avoiding statements like the one above completely. This is an obvious insult.


    Everyone can make a mistake, so, please be patient and objective.



    I don't think there was anything shady going on, but I say that only because I came in person to pick up my lots. Had I been bidding from another city and patiently waiting to get my invoice via email or snail mail, I don't know what I would have thought once I was informed of what had happened. It certainly would have appeared less than honest. In person it was easier for them to assuage my disappointment. They were very polite and visibly embarrassed when I talked to them. They said that the online part of the auction was outsourced to another company and the software was new and not clear, and the operator made a mistakes and there were others in the same situation as me. So I think all of that is plain poor organization rather than a sign of shady dealings. With that said, poor organization is a good enough reason for many to be more cautious next time. For my part, I doubt I would bid online with them again, and doubt even more that I would ever consign with them.

  7. The 1276 error. I've seen very few of these and it's been missing from my collection. All have the fault above the 7, as does this one. Not great condition, but you have to take these chances when they come.


    Nice buy indeed. I, on the other hand, had an unpleasant experience with the New York Sale. I bid online: I didn't want to be out late, because I had to wake up really early the next morning. I was lucky to win 3 of the 4 lots that I bid on. Two of them were the 1762 4 and 2 kopeks NGC XF45 for what I thought were high, but not exorbitant prices. When I came to pick up my lots, however, I was told that I didn't actually win those two coins: a floor bidder did. Showing them a print out of my lots won from their own website didn't help. They weren't shady about it, they acknowledged that there was a mistake and were very apologetic. But it was already done, I didn't have the coins I had hoped to own -- and for two days thought I will own. So the search will have to resume...

  8. Are there guides or rules to grading certain Russian coinage? For example, when looking at Nicholas II coinage, I've heard of "European standard" of assigning grades based on the details of St. George in the chest of the double eagle... are there rules about how to assign a grade? Maybe the detail on the talons holding the orb? Or the small family shields within the eagle's wings? What do you look for when you're grading?


    I am not sure there is a single unified "European standard". Those derided coin authentication services made grading in the US fairly standardized, but in Europe things are much less clear.


    Bob is correct that they are more strict in Europe. For example, about a year ago I bought an 1864 20 kopek from a dealer in the UK as a good Extremely Fine, but when I sent it to PCGS it came back as MS-64.


    There also seems to be confusion with translation from foreign languages into English. For example, the German word "vorzuglich" is usually translated in auction catalogues and price lists as "Extremely Fine", but I have noticed that coins in US slabs with grades AU-55 through MS-62 they call "vorzuglich". I am not sure what an AU-50 coin would be in such a catalogue (a "gutes sehr schon" maybe?) Also, if in English we have an "Almost Uncirculated" in German they also seem to have an Almost Fine, Almost Very Fine, Almost Extremely Fine, etc ("fast schon, fast sehr schon", fast "vorzuglich).


    Scandinavian grading seems to be a little less strict than German. A "0" is normally translated as "Uncirculated" and that is what it seems to be in our (US) understanding (at least judging from Thomas Hoiland catalogues).


    And then there is Russia, where some sellers have adopted the US grading scale, and others have kept Russian.


    But back to your original question as to whether there are any guides. I have never seen anything published. Maybe somebody else here has seen a standard or guide. There has got to be something that the grading services use internally that is more detailed than the standards that they post on their websites. If you read PCGS online glossary of terms you can get a pretty good idea of what standards they apply to grading in general, but not to Russian or other world coins in particular. If somebody here has seen anything published please let us know.

  9. Yes. I know this coin is kosher. I am amazed with its state of preservation. Believe it or not but it has mint luster too which the photograph was not able to show. Here is the other side:




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    And obverse again




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    Beautiful coin. Congratulations! And I think that mint luster is visible in these photos.

  10. The cover images are depicted on Dmitry Markov's site: http://www.russian-coins.net. However, nothing is up on Sixbid as of today yet, and the PDF files of the catalog are not available from the site mentioned above. I should be receiving a paper catalog sometime soon, but it would be nice to be able to browse an electronic version.



    They have now posted it:



  11. I recently sold a couple imperial rouble coins on ebay and the high bidder turned out to be a bidder from Russian with very good feedback as a buyer (803 positive, none negative). My concern is that I've read so much about things going horribly wrong with shipping to Russia, mail getting stolen, buyers lying about not getting the item, etc., that my question is what do I do to make sure this all goes OK?


    Ship registered? Or would that just increase the chance of the mail people stealing it?

    Ship regular and hope it makes it there?

    Cancel the auction and second-chance it to a US bidder?


    Please share any shipping experience to Russia, thanks!



    First, make sure the buyer pays using PayPal--that way you and the buyer have PayPal seller/buyer protection in case something goes wrong. Second, don't be afraid to use USPS: their parcels sail through customs, while FedEx and UPS can get stuck for days. Send registered Priority or insured Express, and you'll be fine.

  12. I got this summer the permit to export from Russia to Europe 4 russian coins each older than 100 years made of gold and silver. The coins cost from 1 000 to 3 000 USD each. Now the coins are in Europe (w/o any problems with the russian customs). Everything was done in strict compliance with the applicable laws. Before it was done even i could not believe it but i've tried it and - FULL SUCСESS.



    That is actually a very good thing to hear. How long did the entire process take? Was it too much of a hassle?

  13. But it is worth to see. Excellent collection !!





    Somehow misterious because we ( mean me and my friends - collecting Russian coins) we don't know who is the owner :ninja:

    although he is (probably) Polish....



    Whoever owns these coins is one fortunate collector. It will take me a long time to look through all the Polish coins, but the entire Russian portion is just beautiful, and many scarce pieces! Wow!!!


    On a separate note, it seems to me (although I have no statistics to back this up) that Russian coins are disproportionately popular among Polish collectors. Is Russia the most popular topic among collectors of world coins there?

  14. In fact the US zealously protects what it believes is its own heritage and historical items...you cannot even take an old bullet out of battle field park without being a criminal.


    But if my family owned a bullet since, say, the Civil War would I need permission to export it? If yes, how do I prove I didn't take it from a battlefield?


    Let hope they exercise some common sense as they have before and only look to protect the most rare and valuable historic pieces.


    I certainly hope so.


    Thank you for your input Drusus.

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