Lord Marcovan's "Eclectic Box" collection as of August 7, 2020

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by lordmarcovan, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    [​IMG]

    August 7, 2020

    So what is an "eclectic box"? It is a completely freestyle collection, abandoning the traditional structure of "sets" and allowing one to collect whatever catches one's fancy.

    In my case, the coins are all third-party certified by PCGS or NGC (or eventually going to be), but beyond that, there aren't many rules. You'll likely still notice some subtle themes which reflect my personal tastes. The makeup of this collection does evolve and change periodically, as coins come and go.

    The overall idea here is to build the nicest assortment of coins, tokens, and medals from all around the world, ancient to modern, that I can acquire on an intermediate, working-class budget. Eye appeal is paramount, but I'm also trying to add as wide a variety as possible of eras, cultures, and geographic regions here.

    Coins are listed in chronological order. Photos are not shown to scale.

    Galleries on the CollectiveCoin site:
    (links take several seconds to load)

    Eclectic Box gallery (the current lineup)

    Eclectic Box "all-time" gallery (including sold coins)

    Last update: February 26, 2020
    Number of coins as of last update: 47
    Number of coins as of this update: 81

    New this update: if you click on a coin picture, you will be directed to a discussion thread and opinion poll about that particular piece. This is a long and labor-intensive work in progress. As of this typing, I've only gotten as far as the late 1800s with the individual coin writeups. I'm still catching up on the later material.

    As always, thanks for looking.

    ~Robertson ("Rob") Shinnick (aka "LordM")
    St. Simons Island, Georgia, August 7, 2020
     
  2. Avatar

    Guest User Guest



    to hide this ad.
  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Greece (Ionia, Phokaia): electrum hekte, ca. 478-387 BC
    [​IMG]
    NGC VF; Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5.

    Greece (Thrace, Pantakapaion): bronze Æ21, ca. 310-303 BC
    [​IMG]
    NGC certification pending, August, 2020.

    Greece (Spartans in Taras, Calabria, Italy): silver drachm; Athena and owl, ca. 302-281 BC
    [​IMG]
    NGC XF; Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.

    Egypt (Ptolemaic Kingdom): silver didrachm of Ptolemy VI ("Philometer"), second sole reign, ca. 163-145 BC; Cyprus mint
    [​IMG]
    NGC certification pending, August, 2020.

    Roman Republic: silver denarius of moneyer L. Furius Brocchus, ca. 63 BC
    [​IMG]
    NGC Ch VF; Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.

    Roman Empire: silver denarius of Vespasian; commemorative issue struck by Titus ca. 80-81 AD
    [​IMG]
    NGC AU; Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.

    Roman Empire: bronze sestertius of Antoninus Pius, struck ca. 159 AD
    [​IMG]
    NGC certification pending, August, 2020.

    Roman Empire: silver denarius of Julia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus, struck ca. 196-202 AD, Laodicea mint
    [​IMG]
    NGC certification pending, August, 2020.

    Roman Empire: silver denarius of Julia Mamaea, mother of Severus Alexander, struck ca. 222-235 AD
    [​IMG]
    NGC certification pending, August, 2020.

    Roman empire: silver siliqua of Julian II, ca. 360-363 AD; found in 1887 in the East Harptree Hoard
    [​IMG]
    Presently uncertified.

     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2020
    ddddd, nicholasz219, Edessa and 6 others like this.
  4. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Byzantine Empire: gold tremissis of Justinian I, ca. 527-565 AD
    [​IMG]
    NGC MS; Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, "wrinkled".

    Sicily (Norman Kings): gold tari of Guglielmo I ("William the Bad"), ca. 1154-1166
    [​IMG]
    PCGS VF35; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    German States (Brunswick-Lüneburg): silver bracteate of William Longsword, ca. 1195-1213
    [​IMG]
    Presently uncertified.

    England: silver penny of King John, ca. 1213-1215, from the Gisors hoard found in Normandy
    [​IMG]
    PCGS XF45; population 3 with none higher as of August 2020.

    German States (Mecklenburg-Wismar): silver witten, struck after the Wendish Coinage Union of 1379
    [​IMG]
    PCGS XF40; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    England: silver groat of Henry VI, ca. 1422-1461, from the Reigate Hoard found in Surrey
    [​IMG]
    PCGS XF45; population 5 with 6 higher as of August 2020.

    Switzerland (Basel): gold guilder (goldgulden) of Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor, ca. 1452-1478
    [​IMG]
    PCGS XF45; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    Lithuania: silver half-grosz of Sigismund II Augustus of Poland, 1550; Vilnius mint
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS63; population 5 with 8 higher as of August 2020.

    England: silver sixpence of Elizabeth I, 1575, Tower mint, eglantine mintmark
    [​IMG]
    PCGS VF35; population 2 with 1 higher as of August 2020.

    German States (Saxony): silver thaler, "3 Brothers" type, 1596-HB, Dresden mint
    [​IMG]
    PCGS certification pending, August 2020.

     
    nicholasz219, Edessa, KSorbo and 3 others like this.
  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    German States (Teutonic Order): silver 1/4-thaler of Grand Master Maximilian of Austria, ca. 1615
    [​IMG]PCGS XF45; population 1 with 2 higher as of August 2020.

    England: silver crown of Charles II, 1679, TRICESIMO PRIMO edge, mint error
    [​IMG]
    PCGS F12, population 1 since errors are unique.

    Belgium (Liège, Chapter of St. Lambert): copper méreau or communion token; memento mori, 1686
    [​IMG]
    PCGS certification pending, August 2020.

    Austria: silver 3-kreuzer of Leopold I ("The Hogmouth"), 1700-IA, minor clipped planchet error
    [​IMG]PCGS MS64; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    Great Britain: silver South Sea Company sixpence of George I, 1723; double-struck mint error
    [​IMG]
    PCGS F12; population 1 since errors are unique.

    Germany (Nürnberg): silver Augsburg Confession medal by Daniel Dockler the Younger, 1730
    [​IMG]
    PCGS AU50; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    Swiss Cantons (Zürich): silver "city view" 1/2-thaler (1 gulden of 36 schillings), 1739
    [​IMG]PCGS AU58; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    Spain: gold half-escudo of Ferdinand VI, 1759-JB, Madrid mint
    [​IMG]
    PCGS XF40; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020. Key date.

    Spain: gold escudo of Charles IV, 1792-MF, Madrid mint
    [​IMG]
    PCGS VF30; population 3 with 8 higher as of August 2020.

    Great Britain (Chichester, Sussex): copper Conder token ("Chichester Halfpenny"), 1794
    [​IMG]PCGS MS63 BN; population 4 with 4 higher as of August 2020.

     
  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    United States: silver Draped Bust half dollar, 1806, "Pointed 6, stem through claw" variety
    [​IMG]PCGS F12; population 149 with 1,340 higher as of August 2020.

    Iran (Persia): gold toman of Fath-Ali Shah, AH 1233 (1817), Yazd mint
    [​IMG]PCGS MS62; population 6 with none higher as of August 2020.

    United States: silver Capped Bust half dollar, 1818
    [​IMG]
    PCGS VF30; population 137 with 1,259 higher as of August 2020.

    United States: silver Capped Bust quarter, 1831, Small Letters variety
    [​IMG]
    PCGS VF25; population 44 with 740 higher as of August 2020.

    United States (New York): nickel silver private pattern cent, Feuchtwanger's Composition, 1837
    [​IMG]
    PCGS AU53; population 47 with 390 higher as of August 2020.

    France: gilt bronze specimen medal by Antoine Bovy, for Napoleon Bonaparte's 1840 Paris funeral
    [​IMG]
    PCGS SP64; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    United States (Nashville, TN): brass merchant token, Francisco & Whitman, Hatters; ca. 1852-1853
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS65; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    United States: silver quarter, 1853, "Arrows & Rays" type
    [​IMG]
    PCGS VF35; population 177 with 1,592 higher as of August 2020.

    United States: Seated Liberty half dollar, No Motto type, 1861-O
    [​IMG]
    PCGS F12; population 10 with 673 higher as of August 2020.

    United States: copper-nickel 3-cent piece, Liberty Head type, 1866
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS62+; population 1 with 675 higher as of August 2020.

     
  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    France (Compagnie La Prévoyance): silver jeton (insurance token) engraved by Paulin Tasset, 1869
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS63; population 2 with none higher as of August 2020.

    United States: silver 20-cent piece, 1875, Philadelphia mint
    [​IMG]
    PCGS F12; population 37 with 1,000 higher as of August 2020.

    Peru: copper-nickel 10-centavos; provisional coinage, 1879
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS66; population 1 with 1 higher as of August 2020.

    New Zealand (Christchurch): bronze merchant token; Milner & Thompson's Music Depot, 1881
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS63 BN; population 2 with none higher as of August 2020.

    United States: bronze proof Indian Head cent, 1881
    [​IMG]
    NGC PF65 RB; population 74 with 50 higher as of August 2020.

    United States: silver Morgan dollar, 1881-S
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS65; population 56,402 with 19,490 higher as of August 2020.

    Portugal: silver 50-reis of Luis I, 1886
    [​IMG]
    PCGS AU58; population 1 with 3 higher as of August 2020.

    Channel Islands (Guernsey): copper 2-doubles, 1889-H; Heaton mint, Birmingham
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS65 RB; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    Peru: silver half-dinero, 1897-JF
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS67; population 77 with 7 higher as of August 2020.

    Great Britain: gold half-sovereign of Queen Victoria, 1901, from the Dr. Jacob Terner collection
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS64; population 16 with 6 higher as of August 2020.


     
  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    India (British): silver 2-annas of Queen Victoria, 1901, Calcutta mint
    [​IMG]
    PCGS AU58; population 2 with 4 higher as of August 2020.

    United States: copper "Hard Times" token; C.D. Peacock Jeweler, Chicago, "1837" (struck ca. 1902)
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS63 BN; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    United States: gold quarter-eagle ($2.50), Liberty Head type, 1907
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS64; population 2,588 with 2,058 higher as of August 2020.

    United States: bronze Lincoln cent, 1909-VDB; from a roll saved by Ohio banker Leroy Zachman in 1909
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS65 RD; population 6,827 with 3,293 higher as of August 2020.

    United States: copper-nickel 5-cents, Buffalo type, 1913, Type 1 ("raised mound" reverse)
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS65; population 4,090 with 3,239 higher as of August 2020.

    United States: silver half dollar, Barber type, 1915, Philadelphia mint
    [​IMG]
    PCGS F15; population 69 with 310 higher as of August 2020. Key date.

    Philippines (US Insular government): silver 50-centavos, 1921
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS62; population 26 with 88 higher as of August 2020.

    Germany (Westphalia): gilt bronze hyperinflationary 10,000-mark notgeld token, 1923
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS64; population 51 with 98 higher as of August 2020.

    Russia (Soviet Union): silver rouble, 1924- ПЛ, Leningrad mint
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS62; population 82 with 293 higher as of August 2020.

    Greenland: copper-nickel 25-øre, 1926 (h) HCN GJ; Copenhagen mint
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS65; population 24 with 30 higher as of August 2020.

     
    ddddd, Spark1951, +VGO.DVCKS and 4 others like this.
  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Australia: silver florin of George V, Canberra Parliament House commemorative, 1927, Melbourne mint
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS64; population 168 with 106 higher as of August 2020.

    Germany (Weimar Republic): specimen gold medal memorializing the schooner "Niobe" shipwreck, 1932
    [​IMG]
    PCGS SP66; population 1 with 1 higher as of August 2020.

    Bolivia: copper-nickel 10-centavos, 1936
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS66; population 4 with 1 higher as of August 2020.

    Egypt: silver 2-piastres of King Farouk, AH 1356 (1937)
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS62; population 7 with 15 higher as of August 2020.

    United States (Champion Paper Co.): silver WW2 deployment medal presented to Logan Robertson, 1942
    [​IMG]
    Unpublished type; ineligible for certification. Dr. Robertson was my grandfather.

    United States: silver Jefferson 5-cents, Wartime composition, 1943-P
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS66; population 2,701 with 422 higher as of August 2020.

    Palestine (British): bronze 5-mils, 1944; saved by WW2 US Merchant Marine Captain Raymond Fulshaw
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS64 RB; population 16 with 1 higher as of August 2020. Key date.

    Belgian Congo: brass 2-francs, 1947
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS65; population 13 with 4 higher as of August 2020.

    United States: silver Washington quarter, 1947
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS65; population 993 with 1,167 higher as of August 2020.

    Ireland: copper-nickel halfcrown (2 shillings 6 pence), 1951
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS65; population 14 with 3 higher as of August 2020.

     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2020
  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Esperanto (Universal League): copper-nickel 10-steloj fantasy, 1959; struck in 1960 at Utrecht
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS66; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    Greece: silver 30-drachmai of Paul I; "Five Greek Kings" commemorative, 1963
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS65; population 232 with 96 higher as of August 2020.

    United States: bronze specimen Lincoln cent, Memorial type, Special Mint Set issue, 1965
    [​IMG]
    PCGS SP66 RB; population 25 with 3 higher as of August 2020.

    United States: copper-nickel specimen 5-cents, Jefferson type, Special Mint Set issue, 1965
    [​IMG]
    PCGS SP67; population 671 with 13 higher as of August 2020.

    Tanzania: copper-nickel 5-shilingi, United Nations F.A.O. issue, 1972
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS63; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    Great Britain: copper-nickel 25 new pence; Queen's Silver Jubilee commemorative, 1977
    [​IMG]
    PCGS MS65; population 37 with 21 higher as of August 2020.

    Nepal: gold proof Asarfi of Gyanendra Shah (1/20th-ounce), Lord Buddha commemorative, VS2052 (1995)
    [​IMG]
    PCGS PR69 DCAM; population 6 with 2 higher as of August 2020.

    Austria: silver proof 10-euro, Klosterneuburg Abbey commemorative, 2008
    [​IMG]
    PCGS PR70 DCAM; population 1 with none higher as of August 2020.

    Great Britain, proof silver Britannia commemorative (1 ounce, .999 fine), special issue, 2013
    [​IMG]
    PCGS certification pending, August 2020.

    China (People's Republic): gilt-enamel proof silver 10-yuan; "Auspicious Culture: Longevity", 2016
    [​IMG]
    PCGS PR70 DCAM; population 89 with none higher as of August 2020.

     
  11. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Ghana: silver 5-cedis of Elizabeth II (.999 fine); African Leopard commemorative, 2017
    [​IMG]
    PCGS certification pending, August 2020.

    ...

    So that's it for this update.

    Summary of the August 7, 2020 update:

    There were 0 departures and 34 arrivals since last time. We have a net gain of 34 coins, bringing the collection to 81 coins in total.

    That makes this the biggest-ever expansion in this collection, which has now more than quadrupled in size since mid-2016, when I decided to abandon the "Box of 20" concept and let it grow.

    During my nearly four-month layoff due to the Coronavirus pandemic this spring, I found myself in the strange but not unpleasant position of having more discretionary income to spend on the hobby, thanks to temporary unemployment benefits and stimulus checks. During the hiatus, I was serendipitously making more laid off than I would have, had I been working!

    So I paid off my bills, saved a tiny bit, and splurged the rest on coins. It was actually a pleasant little interlude for me, though perhaps I shouldn't talk too much about that, considering the tribulations other folks have been suffering. I definitely have been fortunate so far this year, and count my blessings in that regard.

    While unemployed, I also tried to make a dent in the years-long backlog of creating writeups for my coins. I did make some progress on that front, but as of this writing, that Herculean task remains only about halfway done. If you click on the coin pictures above (at least in the first half of the collection), you'll be directed to each coin's individual discussion thread and opinion poll. But only up to the late 1800s or so. That's as far as I have gotten so far on the writeups, which remain a work in progress.
     
  12. bradgator2

    bradgator2 Supporter! Supporter

    That's one sweet box.
     
  13. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd Supporter

    That Type I buffalo is a stunner. Some day I'm gonna get me one of those that has that kind of color. Very nice!
     
    lordmarcovan likes this.
  14. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    I affectionately call that one the "Jolly Green Giant".
     
    Penny Luster and BuffaloHunter like this.
  15. Dave Waterstraat

    Dave Waterstraat dave700x -1883 O nut

    It's impossible for me to pick a favorite from that group of goodies although I'm still somewhat partial to the "City View" thanks to your past post. Thank you for taking the time to construct this wonderful post and sharing boxes of 20 with us...:)
     
    lordmarcovan likes this.
  16. bradgator2

    bradgator2 Supporter! Supporter

    I dont think I could pick a single favorite. Every time I pick one.... basically the next pic replaces it. That peacock hard times token is crazy awesome. And that 1881 proof cent is incredible.
     
    lordmarcovan likes this.
  17. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Such beautiful selection!
     
    lordmarcovan likes this.
  18. Jersey magic man

    Jersey magic man Supporter! Supporter

    I love the detail on the Austrian silver proof!
     
    Spark1951 and lordmarcovan like this.
  19. One Mans Trash

    One Mans Trash Supporter! Supporter

    That is a very nice and diverse collection. Thanks Steve.
     
    lordmarcovan likes this.
  20. kkm

    kkm Wheat cents are gluten-free...

    I like this concept for collecting! If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the rainbow-toned proof Indian Head cent.
     
    lordmarcovan likes this.
  21. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    Nice new additions. I am diggin' that new Peru sun coin. The Bolivia coins grade is amazing.
     
    lordmarcovan likes this.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page