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I have been building my own website for my coins ... it is almost complete except for some U.S. American dimes and other odds and ends for which I haven't yet had time to make images:

 

My Coins

 

Since I am just starting this thread, I will wait until the next new coins arrive and just leave the link to the main page as is. I have mostly U.S. American coins (pre-W.W. II) and Russian Imperial coins as well as a now almost-complete series of gold Swiss Vreneli coins. I also have most of the USA Indian cents in XF or better except for the key dates; my goal in all the series I have been concentrating on is grade XF or better. As resources permit, I will replace lower-grade pieces and add dates and mintmarks which are still missing.

 

At present, nothing is up for sale. I'll probably put up some duplicates on eBay before the year is over, though.

 

Thanks for looking! :ninja:

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I needed some supplies at the local dealer's shop the other day, and as usual, I cannot go into a coin shop and just buy supplies! :ninja:

 

So I asked if any new coins had come in lately (U.S. American or Russian). Sitting open, in a felt-lined tray, were some Morgan dollars. Most of them were circulated, but there was one which didn't have a price. It was an uncirculated prooflike 1881-S. I couldn't believe that they had it out in the open, unprotected from the fingerprints of all the customers and personnel, sitting in that tray. So I asked what the price was. The man who was showing me the coins was new, I suppose, for I had never seen him before. He went into the back room to ask the boss and came back. Since this is a fairly common date, especially in MS condition, he let me have it for about $28 (CHF 35) which is the price that they had marked for the other coins in AU! But it is probably my very nicest Morgan to date. Here it is:

Morgan dollar, 1881-S (prooflike)

Although there is some very light chatter on the obverse, it is not distracting (to me at least). The reverse is practically flawless. I would give it a grade of at least MS-63 but wouldn't be surprised if it went higher than that.

 

I suppose it didn't hurt that I also bought this Barber dime from them for about the regular retail price in AU (although it might even grade MS-62 or so), so they were probably willing to give be a break with the Morgan dollar:

Barber dime, 1892

 

Another recent acquisition from a different dealer:

Standing Liberty Quarter, 1928

I love the design of this coin, and nice ones are hard to find, much harder than silver dollars. So I couldn't pass this one up. I would grade this one AU-58 since there is some rub on the eagle feathers. However, the coin has tremendous eye appeal. But I don't collect these as a rule, so maybe my grade is too generous?

 

Opinions on the grades are most welcome! ;)

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Bobh - you did wipe out their Russian coin hoard didn't you? :ninja:

Speaking of Russian coins, I do have quite a few new items. However, these are all eBay acquisitions.

 

1. I was finally able to find some 1899 gold 10 rouble coins which are not fakes:

1899-АГ and 1899-ФЗ. The 1899-ФЗ is a bit scratched up and only VF grade or so, but the 1899-АГ is a solid XF.

 

2. Some 5 kopeek coins of Catherine II. All of these have some kind of error or overstrike:

1765-EM (double-struck edge)

1781-EM, scroll is double-struck

1779-EM (possible repunched date??)

There was also one overweight coin (62g+) and one underweight (41g) among the other пятака which were newly purchased.

 

3. Some nice modern 3 rouble silver commemoratives here:

1994 Trans-Siberian Railway (100 yr. anniversary)

1995 Belgorod Fortress (1000 yr. anniv.)

1995 Wooden Church at Kizhi

 

4. As a curiosity, I picked up these two coins which amount to 2/3 of the total coinage types minted by Tatarstan:

Tatarstan petrol tokens (1993)

According to my Krause catalog, the independent country of Tatarstan existed for a little less than two years before joining up with Mother Russia again after the collapse of the old Soviet Union. In the meantime, three different coins were issued. The copper-nickel token was struck from the exact same design (or even dies) used for the bronze tokens. This created a problem because vast numbers of the bronze coins were illegally plated in nickel and traded at the higher value. Therefore, these coins are often found with test filing marks. The remaining coin was a token for 1 kilo of bread. It has a different design; the seller of these coins (who lives in Tatarstan) has promised to look for a bread token for me. ;)

 

As you can see, gxseries, I'm not only interested in Imperial Russian coins, although I do tend to avoid the Soviet period.

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You got very good taste there Bobh. I should assemble a set of Nicholai II gold coins one day when finance permits.

 

As for the modern Russian coins, if you noticed, I am extremely stubborn when it comes down to it - if there's no certificate and box, out they go from my mind! :ninja: But at the same time, I paid a fair amount more and nowadays you rarely see them on ebay. ;) Are modern Russian mint sets pretty scarce or what? ;) I'll ask in the forum.

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Some coins which I have had for some time in my collection but never got around to putting up on the Gallery until now:

 

Trime (silver 3 cent piece) 1862 w/ cool die clash

Seated Liberty Dime, 1887 w/ numerous die clashes

Barber Dimes (12 coins)

Twenty Cents, 1875-S in XF

 

It was especially fun trying to find as many die clashes as possible on the 1887 seated dime. The trime appears to have clashes on the reverse only, but it is so spectacular that it makes up for the missing obverse clashes.

 

Enjoy! :ninja:

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From the last two or three weeks, mostly eBay purchases:

 

USA: Barber dime, 1908-P

USA: Barber dime, 1913-P

RUSSIA: Polushka, 1735

RUSSIA: Denga, 1758

RUSSIA: Pyatak, 1791-EM

RUSSIA: Pyatak, 1790-AM

RUSSIA: 50 Kopeek, 1901-AR

 

No trouble guessing which purchase was the most expensive, I presume? (hint: don't be misled by the grade of the coin! :ninja: )

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Nice one Bobh. I am guessing the 50 kopek is the most expensive one out of there?

Right! ;) How did you know?

(Oh ... :ninja: ... this one is marked as "scarce" even by Uzdenikov!)

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Some of the nicer ones which have arrived this month; the first two I bought at the recent bourse "Internationale Münzenmesse" here in Zürich:

 

USA: 2 cents 1865

USA: Indian cent, 1864-no-L (bronze)

 

The rest were eBay purchases:

RUSSIA: 1 kopeika 1710-WD (Bitkin 3386, R1)

RUSSIA: 5 kopeek, 1792-AM

RUSSIA: 50 kopeek, 1896-АГ (NGC AU-58)

 

The 1 kopeika coin is a somewhat rare error variety -- actually it is supposed to have the mintmark "МД" (MD) but whoever punched it in the die put the M in upside down.

 

Thanks for looking! :ninja:

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4. As a curiosity, I picked up these two coins which amount to 2/3 of the total coinage types minted by Tatarstan:

Tatarstan petrol tokens (1993)

According to my Krause catalog, the independent country of Tatarstan existed for a little less than two years before joining up with Mother Russia again after the collapse of the old Soviet Union. In the meantime, three different coins were issued. The copper-nickel token was struck from the exact same design (or even dies) used for the bronze tokens. This created a problem because vast numbers of the bronze coins were illegally plated in nickel and traded at the higher value. Therefore, these coins are often found with test filing marks. The remaining coin was a token for 1 kilo of bread. It has a different design; the seller of these coins (who lives in Tatarstan) has promised to look for a bread token for me.

 

Hi! I do have such bread tokens if you need. I also live in Tatarstan & have blue star rating on Ebay. If you are still interested in it, just contact me for details.

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Hi! I do have such bread tokens if you need. I also live in Tatarstan & have blue star rating on Ebay. If you are still interested in it, just contact me for details.
Добро пожаловать в coinpeople, prodigykid! :ninja: (trans: "Welcome to coinpeople, prodigykid!")

 

Funny you should ask ... just about a week ago I received a bread token from the same eBay seller from whom I bought the other two coins. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to make pictures of it!

 

I am also interested in modern silver proof Russian coins ... are there any issues especially devoted to Tatarstan?

 

Пока! ;)

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Peru: Gold Libra, 1900

 

Does anybody else here collect these? It was going for about melt on eBay; has a little rim ding at 12 o'clock on the reverse, but otherwise is in good shape. I love the design, and couldn't resist, although I don't really collect these actively. :ninja:

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I was a bit critical of the most recent UBS auction (69) in the thread about the Isabella Quarter. But I did manage to win this nice trime there:

 

Silver 3 cents, 1860

 

Unlike some of the commemorative coins, the toning on this one looked natural to me. Of course, I could have been fooled (wouldn't be the first time! ;) ).

 

So I went downtown to pick up this coin today at the UBS headquarters in Zurich. While I was there, I asked if they had any Peruvian 1 Libra gold coins. Sure enough, they pulled out a tray with a half-dozen or so, and I cherry-picked this uncirculated specimen. The picture doesn't do it justice; I can't find any of the obverse chatter on the coin with my 10x loupe:

 

Peru, 1 Libra 1966 (1/4 oz. gold)

 

I might just get hooked on these next! :ninja:

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