The lowest priced coin I got at the Fredericksburg show was a wire kopeck of Peter I of Russia. Oddly, within a week before I won another on eBay (for twice the price!) which arrived while I was at the show. The two make an interesting comparison of an issue where the dies were well over twice the size of the flans.
I recently made the switch from incandescent lighting to compact fluorescent and I thought I'd share some of the immediate changes I've noticed, along with a side by side photo comparison of a few toned silver coins. All photos below were taken on a point-and-shoot camera with two lights. The incandescent lights were ordinary 60W bulbs, while the CFLs were natural daylight bulbs with a color temperature of 5500K.
The first difference I noticed was how much brighter CFLs are than regular bulbs. The 15W CFLs I bought were supposed to be equivalent to a 60W incandescent, but in practice I found them much brighter. Brighter isn't always better, as too much light can wash out the color on coins with more delicate toning. I currently have my CFLs in adjustable-neck lamps with metal shades, so I may experiment with using just the bare bulbs to see if that diffuses the light a bit more.
Another big difference I found was how much easier it is to achieve correct white balance with the...
As evidenced by my avatar, my favorite emperor is Antoninus Pius. I’ve read several books and articles about him but have not found a concise summary of the highlights from his life. I had a flight delayed for a few hours this week and had some extra free time, so I’ve written out my takeaways from his history. I've also recently begun re-photographing my collection and this aureus of Antoninus has always been troublesome to capture (so I've been using auction pictures) but I think I'm happy with it now. Apologies for the long post, but I hope you enjoy it!
Antoninus Pius is remembered by history as a kind, just, and intelligent emperor. Having held the title for twenty-three years, the longest reign since that of Augustus, he had a great deal of time in office to make a lasting mark on the Roman society. Unlike most of his counterparts, his legacy was not focused on military conquests, rather,...
There are active threads on the CT boards that touch upon, at least partially, eye appeal for circulated coinage, the utility of CAC for certain grade ranges and what constitutes a problem or problem-free coin. All of these are topics that I have discussed with others in the past, both at shows and via email, and some of these topics I have no doubt discussed within threads, too. I’ve been involved in the niche of classic coinage for many years and for the last five years or so have made being a numismatist and numismatic photographer my full-time profession. However, this article is written along the lines of a collector who has years of experience and who might have some buying discipline. The article is written this way because the pieces shared are coins that reside in my collection and that will not be placed into my inventory. I have been a collector for more than two decades, my collection has approximately 80-coins in it and is comprised of perhaps 25% circulated type,...
After seeing two MS64 Washington Quarters collecting dust in my eBay store for a very long time, I decided to do what I originally bought them for, to crack them out of the TPG plastic on put into my raw Silver Washington Album.
I felt so guilty about it, I tried selling them so I wouldn't have to do the operation, but it seems no-one wanted them in TPG plastic anyway.
Without further adieu, my first try at crack-out:
This was a rather difficult challenge. Would have been a lot easier if I didn't put silly restrictions on myself.
I started this challenge back in 2008 and was determined to find Soviet coins struck from 1988 to 1991. This must be complete with COA and the boxes. Turns out this was not a good idea. If I decided to go with the coins alone, I would have completed them a long time ago. What makes this remarkable is that there's only 12 coins to this yet it took 6 years to hunt them down; the last coin taking at least three years to find! Please note that I was not actively hunting them down.
Note that starting from this year, there is a huge influx of counterfeit / replica of Soviet silver commemorative coins. These are VERY dangerous counterfeits - you might as well check out ebay and have a look. Sellers are still honest enough to claim that they are replicas but if you didn't look at them carefully, you can be fooled.
Presenting a couple of the more beautiful Soviet silver...
Hey folks, since I cancelled my attendance at the ANA Summer Seminar (due to the heavy smoke, ashes and evacuations) and I don't have any shows until mid July, I found myself with a little extra time, so I hope you don't mind but I thought I'd recycle some articles I've written (and posted) before. It's been quite a while and perhaps these will be helpful to some of the new folks on this forum. This first one is on Coin Show Etiquette through the dealer's perspective. Comments are welcome!
Coin Show Etiquette
(From a Dealer’s Perspective)
Recently, I wrote a couple articles having to do with difficult customers, so I thought it might be helpful to remind collectors about some simple coin show courtesies and etiquette, as well as give a few pointers to those new to attending coin shows. Of course, courtesy goes both ways; however, if you want to try and get the best deal and/or build a relationship with a dealer, it can only help your position if...
I saw these back in November and definitely wanted some. I was hoping to win one on a drawing Patrick Rothfuss offered as part of his Worldbuilders charity give-away (that is open to anyone that donates.) You can visit Thetinkespacks.com or Shirepost.com for more information.
They are made by a private mint (Shire Post Mint) owned by Tom Maringer. I first heard of the mint from Tom years ago here on CT. He hooked me up with some nickels with counterstamps back then.
In honor of this recent purchase I am going to offer some of the nickels up in the contest section a little later.
- The first five people to name a coin in the contest thread (not already mentioned or shown by another CT member including me in this thread)
- that is used in either story (George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones or Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind)
$750 accidental cherry pick?
I’m working on completing a registry set of Kennedy Proofs, with only two coins remaining (1964 accent hair, 1998 SMS). Last week I saw a chance to upgrade my current 1964 PF66 (non-cameo) to a coin a couple points higher and also with cameo, so I put in a lowball bid, not really expecting much. To my surprise, I took the coin for about $10 less than the NGC price, including shipping, so I was happy.
Well, today I received the coin in the mail. The coin was as described, and looked like a very nice spot-free and hazing free example of a 1964 Kennedy. And then I noticed something funny. A serif on the “I” in Liberty seemed to be very short, practically non-existent. Since one of the two remaining coins I need to complete my registry set is the 1964 Accent Hair variety, I waste a lot of time looking at these Auctions, but too poor to actually place a realistic bid for a nice example. I instantly recognized this truncated serif as...
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