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  1. SMS

    Slabbed Vs. Raw

    Take a picture...it'll last longer! I personally have a couple of coins that are in slabs, but mostly as part of my "slab type set". But, I generally do like to handle my coins. Far too many "collectors" buy slabbed coins to have them "rot" away in some safe deposit box somewhere and admire them by digital photo. I see no reason to have the coin if you are simply going to admire it through photos or your own personal "glass window".
  2. The 1937 Australian 3 pence was a pattern coin with normal productions beginning dated 1938. There are 15 patterns with only one known completely struck with the effigy of George VI. The other 14 coins had the effigy of Edward VIII with the effigy machined off. I would be suspect that your coin may be counterfeit. I am curious, what kind of edge does it have, and what are the weights and dimensions. And what kind of metal does it seem to be? Is it magnetic? Is there a seam around the edge? I will also say that the 7 does not appear to be the proper typeface, again making the coin suspicious of being counterfeit.
  3. Welcome to the forum, mattysiam! Unfortunately, you really should not view anything numismatic as an investment. As with any hobby, you should collect that which brings you the most pleasure and satisfaction. Both of those coins are very nice. But, not being a UK Pence collector, I would not spend such money as they ask for them for a modern collectible. And, again, it comes down to what most appeases you with which one to purchase.
  4. Krause Publications holdings (including SCWPM, other "Standard" and Warman's Catalogs, etc) were purchased by Penguin Random House in the F+W Media bankruptcy. Random House currently offers the "latest" published SCWPM (Modern Issues) in the 25th Edition (published Apr 02, 2019). I believe this was published under Krause during the bankruptcy. Given that this is an annual publication, the 26th Edition should had come out in Spring of 2020. But, Covid happened. So, it is hard to tell if Random House intends to continue to actively publish the SCWPM. I would guees not, seeing as they seem to simply be fleecing the catalogs for what they can (like $10-$15 a pop for old Krause titles in "eBook" format that are already going on a decade old). Only time will tell.
  5. Republic of China (Taiwan) No Date (1937), SCWPM #928. This is easily mistaken for a Japanese issue as the Japanese characters for "Nip pon" (Japan) are the same as the Chinese "Tai wan" (Taiwan). The characters at the top of each said are: "Tai Wan Yin Hang Ch'uan" which the SCWPM translates to Bank of Taiwan Limited.
  6. Your cent is a 1982D small date variety copper-plated zinc cent (weighing in at 2.5g). These cents are quite common. The key variety is the 1982 small date copper-plated zinc cent which is worth about twice as much in choice uncirculated grades. A true rarity for these varieties would be a 1982D small date copper alloy cent weighing in at 3.11g, which yours is unfortunately not.
  7. The mint mark would normally become "filled" due to a broken post. When the mint mark was punched into the master hub (for D and P marks) you would have a small post that causes the inside impression of the mint mark. Sometimes, this post would break, either partially or entirely. That would cause a "filled" mint mark when the planchet is struck. Nice errors to find, but it really does not add any premium to the coin. And welcome to the forums! If you have any questions, feel free to ask away.
  8. SMS

    1909 s vbd

    High resolution, straight-on photos are imperative in diagnosing coins. There are two visual put offs for me on the coin. First, is the position of the mint mark. Although the photo is at a slight angle, it still does not look like it is in the proper position. There are generally four accepted dies for the 1909S V.D.B. cents, and the position of this mint mark does not appear to be in proper position. However, without a proper photo, it is hard to tell for certain. As well, the shape and idiosyncrasies of the S are important to be able to view. It is possible that the mint mark has been added to a genuine 1909 V.D.B. I say that because of the second problem I have with what I am able to make out with the photos. On the reverse, the V.D.B. looks like a 1909 V.D.B. die as well as possibly tooled. The B really does not look correct at all. But with such a low resolution, it is hard to tell exactly. Neither do the dots look to be in the right place. Neither does the V.D.B. even look to be positioned properly. But, that could all be the low-res photos. The topper should be a $500-$700 coin be offered to you for only $100 along with other added merchandise. I would not take the chance personally. That does not say that your friend is necessarily trying to do you wrong as he/she may not have any question as to the authenticity of the coin, nor knowledge of the value of such. You would be the one to have any knowledge on that front. I hope this assessment helps you.
  9. SMS

    1909 s vbd

    If you could get a photo straight on (not at an angle) and with the light more diffused and a bit further away from the coin, that would help a lot. Also, a high resolution photo would help to give an opinion.
  10. Welcome to the forum. I look forward to seeing more of your collection in the days to come!
  11. Very nice piece there. I was going to collect the Isle of Man cat sires back when it first came out, but never did get my feet wet on it.
  12. When you start a thread, you may reply to your original thread instead of starting a new post to keep the conversation in one place. See your other post for an answer, and welcome to the forum!
  13. Unfortunately, foreign banknotes available to us are very slim from our banks. Very rarely would we have the opportunity to obtain uncirculated notes. The way we get banknotes from our banks is through monetary exchange from people who travel outside the US and exchange foreign notes they return with. And with that, the banks would not look for specific notes to meet a request. As collectors, we usually have to rely on purchasing from foreign institutes or collectors in the country of our interest.
  14. Looks brass plated to me. How much does it weigh (in grams)?
  15. I can't wait to find out what is hiding inside your box.
  16. From the small portion of the coin you show, it would appear a possible Class I CCW doubling. Do you have photos of the entire reverse? Both CONECA and Wexler show only one DDR for 1966 which is a Class I CW. If this is a rotated doubling, then we should be able to see the doubling around the entire coin. More photos would be nice. If it is actually a doubled die, then this would be a discovery piece and something to possibly have Wexler or CONECA verify and list for you. So, more pics would be great! Thanks!
  17. Like Cort is damage to the coin after it has left the mint. Particularly, that is damage from a coin roller/wrapper machine. It is caused by the high speed crimping process and occurs quite often on the end coins.Of course, you can have such coins anywhere in a roll as circulated pieces can be re-wrapped numerous times throughout the years.
  18. Welcome to the forum! United States coins are general coin aligned, including the commemorative versions. That means that the images will be right-side up when flipping the coin around from top to bottom. Medals are aligned so that both sides are right-side up when flipping the coin left or right. Coins are normally aligned as such so that one is able to "flip the wrist" while holding the coin upright by its edges and still be able to see the opposite side right-side up. Medals are generally aligned as such so one may be able to turn the medal around (as "medallions" are normally worn around the neck) and showcase the opposite side right-side up while being worn. I hope this helps.
  19. That would be a penny of the Republic of South Africa from 1892-1898. You should give a photo of both sides of the coin to help in identification. The only reason I know this is a penny is the legend's use of AFRIK. was used only on the penny. Other denominations spelled out AFRIKAANSCHE since there was more space for the letters.
  20. I found a reference to this medal in The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol III Fifth Series, pg 9, listed as George IV's Visit to Ireland (No. 4). This publication is from 1893 and is available for view on Google Books. The work is attributed to medallist Isaac Parkes. Aside from that there is no other information I have found to help with any valuation on the medal. There are a number of references online at various websites, however, they all seem to be snippets of this publication repeating the same information verbatim.
  21. Welcome to the forum! If you have proof sets dated 1971 to current, then congratulations! I believe you have completed the decimal proof set series to date. In 1971, they released the last of the pre-decimal proof sets (dated as 1970). There were no decimal proof sets made until 1973 (these dated 1971), which was the first of the decimal proof sets. The next sets to be issued were in 1976 when they released the 1972-1976 proof sets. From then on, they have faithfully released annually. I hope this information helps!
  22. SMS


    Very nice! Is that the first MS70 Panda you've gotten?
  23. The 2000 proof set is available from the Bank of Jamaica directly for $15 + $25 shipping (according to their website).
  24. Well, it's claiming to be a 1 Sen from 1916 Japan. Obverse is showing Dai Nippon (Great Japan) across the top and Year 5 Taisho across the bottom (1916). The reverse is sideways. It says 1 Sen. If you properly flipped this coin for the photos and the reverse is in fact sideways, that's a nice rotation! FYI, the coin should be bronze and is the "key" date for that short series.
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