Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by MasterVampire, Sep 19, 2020.
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Of course....when you can't go in person to examine the auction lots, it can surely happen. I recently got this one which looks quite unimpressive in hand.
On the contrary, I got this one which looks bad in the photo but very nice in hand, the crystallization is almost invisible
As long as there are no hidden defects in the photos that you can only discover when you receive the coin (eg edge marks), you should allow yourself a reasonable risk of this issue happening...
I wish it was that easy....
Here's the same coin with a difference of one year between the auctions. I know both sellers. I am pretty sure that it won't be as bad as in the first photo and certainly not like the second.
But for a thread about 'disappointing' coins, the examples posted so far are stunning!
. Just below the mint mark was the tell tale indication of the beginning contact of a small drill bit. I went back to the original posting but the reverse photos didn't clearly show that area enough to see the damage. Hmmmm. I still have it. I really like the coin, but lesson learned. Still can't figure out what others saw that I could not. I could have sent it back I guess, but .....no. I'm gonna keep it.
fat fingers yes
Too often I buy laaaaaaaaaate at night or bid after I lost a coin I really wanted and my judgement is off a bit.
I returned this one bought at a coin show. When I looked at it at home, I thought - this is not a coin I want to look at often.
the coin is still on my wish list, but I will wait for one that looks a bit better
They're both very nice coins.
Lots of variables affect how a coin appears as an image as opposed to the Real McCoy in hand. Also, other factors, such as rarity and price paid come into the mix.
I have been somewhat disappointed in the past, but I really have not done much in terms of returns. On the whole my purchases have been good ones, on the average, with some really good ones and some not-so-good at either end of the spectrum.
We collect very old coins. Lots of things have happened to them on their journeys to our collections. If a coin arrives and appears to be more encrusted, or somewhat darker, or has some old scrapes, that's okay with me.
However, if a coin has been altered or misrepresented, well, that's a whole different issue.
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