Lord Marcovan's "Eclectic Box" collection as of March 27, 2019

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  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    (5/16/19: I'm afraid this thread got trashed when I accidentally deleted some images. Instead of trying to rebuild it the way it was when it was posted, I'm using it as a working draft for a new format I'll eventually be rolling out.)

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    March 27, 2019

    In 2013, I did a major purge of all my coin collections and decided to simplify to just one small box of "nicer" coins, focusing more on quality than quantity. However, pursuing quality remains an ongoing challenge on my budget. I have tried to develop a discerning eye for nice coins that are still obtainable on a working-class salary.

    I also abandoned the idea of structured "sets", and have gone completely "freestyle", liberating myself to collect whatever catches my fancy, though you'll likely still notice some subtle themes which reflect my personal tastes.

    Aesthetic eye appeal is my first goal and historical, artistic, or cultural appeal a very close second. In keeping with the "eclectic" attribute, I'm also trying to add as wide a variety as possible of time periods, cultures, and geographic regions here.

    Until mid-2016, I stuck to the "Box of 20" principle, where the collection was always 20 coins (in other words, if I wanted to add one, I had to sell one). I have since abandoned the 20-coin limit and let the collection grow.

    Coin photos in this collection are not shown to scale. The links to the CollectiveCoin site can sometimes take a few seconds to load.

    Main galleries:

    "Eclectic Box" Gallery (on CollectiveCoin - the current lineup)

    "Bygones" from the Eclectic Box (gone, but not forgotten)

    Last update: January 3, 2019
    Number of coins as of last update: 48
    Number of coins as of this update: 49

    As always, thanks for looking.

    ~Robertson ("Rob") Shinnick (aka "LordM")
    St. Simons Island, Georgia, March 27, 2019
     
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

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    Greece (Ionia, Phokaia): electrum hekte, ca. 478-387 BC
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    Greece (Thessaly, Pharkadon): silver hemidrachm, ca. 440-400 BC
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    Greece (Thrace, Pantakapaion): bronze Æ21, ca. 310-303 BC
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    Greece (Mysia, Lampsakos): silver diobol, ca. 4th-3rd century BC
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    Greece (Spartan colony in Taras, Calabria, Italy): silver drachm, ca. 302-281 BC
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    Roman Republic: bronze semis, anonymous issue, 211-207 BC; Hispania mint
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    Roman Republic: silver denarius of moneyer L. Furius Brocchus, ca. 63 BC
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    NGC Ch VF; Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.

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

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

     
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  4. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

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    Great Britain: silver South Sea Company sixpence of George I, 1723; double-struck mint error (2nd strike 25% off-center)
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    PCGS F12; no population data since errors are unique, but a rare error for the type.

    Germany (Nuremberg): silver medal by Daniel Dockler the Younger, 1730; bicentennial of the Augsburg Confession
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    Presently uncertified; ex- Künker am Dom, Germany.

    Switzerland (Zurich): silver "city view" 1/2-thaler (1 gulden of 36 schillings), 1739
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    PCGS AU58; population 1- the only example certified by PCGS as of 3/27/2019.

    Spain: gold half-escudo of Ferdinand VI, 1759-JB, Madrid mint
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    PCGS XF40- population 1 - the only example certified by PCGS as of 3/27/2019- also the key date for the type.

    Mexico (Spanish Colonial): silver 8 reales ("Pillar Dollar"), 1761-Mo-MM, Mexico City mint
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    PCGS AU50; population 5 with 15 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    India (Mysore): gold fanam of Tipu Sultan, AH 1200 (1786), Patan mint
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    PCGS MS62; population 1 with none higher- the only example certified by PCGS as of 3/27/2019.

    Belgium (Austrian Netherlands): copper 2 liards (2 Oorden); Insurrection coinage, 1790
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    NGC MS63 BN; population 3 with 4 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Iran (Persia): gold toman of Fath Ali Shah, AH 1233 (1817), Yazd mint
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    PCGS MS62; population 5 with none higher as of 3/27/2019.

    United States: Capped Bust quarter, large size, 1818; Philadelphia mint
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    PCGS F12, CAC verified; population 87 with 730 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Great Britain: silver shilling of George IV, ca. 1826-1829, mint error (struck 20% off-center)
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    PCGS XF40; no population data since errors are unique, but a rare error for the type.

     
  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

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    United States: copper "Hard Times" token; C.D. Peacock Jeweler, Chicago, "1837" (struck ca. 1902)
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    PCGS MS63 BN; population 1 - the only example certified by PCGS as of 3/27/2019.

    Philippine Islands (US Insular government): silver 50-centavos, 1921
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    PCGS MS62; population 25 with 72 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Greenland: copper-nickel 25-øre, 1926 (h) HCN GJ; Copenhagen mint
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    PCGS MS65; population 23 with 27 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Great Britain (Island of Lundy): bronze 1-puffin token issued by Martin Coles Harman, 1929

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    PCGS MS65 RD; population 5 with none higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Canada: silver dollar of George V, 1935; "Voyageur" type
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    PCGS MS64; population 767 with 931 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Egypt: silver 2 piastres of King Farouk, AH 1356 (1937)
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    PCGS MS62; population 6 with 9 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Ireland: cupronickel halfcrown (2 shillings 6 pence), 1951
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    PCGS MS65; population 14 with 3 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Greece: silver 30-drachmai of Paul I; "Five Greek Kings" commemorative, 1963
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    PCGS MS65; population 180 with 61 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Austria: silver proof 10-euro, 2008, Klosterneuburg Abbey commemorative
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    Presently uncertified; ex- Münzenhandlung Dirk Löbbers, Germany.

    Australia: silver 1-ounce bullion dollar; Australian Kangaroo, 2016-P, Perth Mint
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    PCGS MS70; population 4,072 with none higher as of 3/27/2019.

    United States: silver proof National Parks quarter; Cumberland Island National Seashore, 2018-S
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    PCGS PR70 DCAM; population 869 with none higher as of 3/27/2019.

     
  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    There were 18 departures and 19 arrivals since last time, in what has been the biggest purge in my collection since 2013. It was a downsizing of sorts, since I sold off several of the best (i.e., most monetarily valuable) coins, but those gaps were refilled with some still quite appealing material, and we have a net gain of one coin, bringing the collection to 49 coins in total.

    I sold those 18 coins to cover some bills- paid off both my credit cards and got money for a $1,500 car repair- but sales were so strong that I had enough money left over afterward to buy 19 new pieces to fill the gaps, and add one more! So this major
    reshuffling was definitely worth it.

    It sure is nice to have a hobby that can sort of pay for itself, and give one something to fall back on. I'm glad I collect coins rather than spending my time and money on superhero action figures or Beanie Babies or NASCAR memorabilia or whatever. (Which isn't to suggest those pursuits aren't enjoyable and/or profitable to some folks, but... well... you know what I mean.)

    Here's what went away since last time:

    Greece (Corinth): silver stater; Pegasus and Athena, ca. 345-307 BC; control mark of Artemis Phosphoros with torch
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    NGC AU; Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5.

    Greece (Kingdom of Macedon): silver "Mercenaries" drachm of King Perseus, ca. 175-170 BC
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    NGC Ch MS; Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5.

    Roman Egypt: billon tetradrachm of Hadrian, Year 15 (130-131 AD); Hadrian receiving corn ears from Alexandria
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    Presently uncertified; ex-Ex- Arkadien Numismata, Switzerland.

    Sasanian Empire: silver drachm of Khusrow II; fire altar with two attendants; struck 611 AD
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    Presently uncertified; ex- Marc Breitsprecher.

    France (Duchy of Lorraine): silver "sword" type demi-gros of Antoine the Good, ca. 1508-1544
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    Presently uncertified; ex- Künker am Dom.

    Belgium (Liège, Chapter of St. Lambert): copper communion token; memento mori, ca. 1680s
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    Presently uncertified; ex- Heritage Auctions Europe.

    Bolivia (Spanish Colonial): silver "cob" type 1-real coin of Charles II, 1694 VR, Potosí mint
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    PCGS VF25; population 1 - the only example graded by PCGS as of 1/3/2019.

    Great Britain: gilt copper proof halfpenny of George III, 1806, Soho mint
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    PCGS PR65 DCAM, ex-NGC PR64 CAM; PCGS population 1 with 1 higher as of 1/3/2019.

    United States: silver half dollar, Draped Bust type, Heraldic Eagle reverse, 1807
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    PCGS F12, CAC verified; population 162 with 1,524 higher as of 1/3/2019.


    United States: copper large cent, Coronet type, 1818; likely from the Randall Hoard found in 1869
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    PCGS MS62 BN; population 166 with 321 higher as of 1/3/2019.

    Liberia: proof copper cent; Liberty in Phrygian cap and palm tree; first coin issued for Liberian independence, 1847
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    PCGS PR65 BN, ex-NGC PF64 BN; PCGS population 1- finest graded at either service as of 1/3/2019.

    United States: silver dime, Seated Liberty type, arrows at date subtype, 1853
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    PCGS AU53; population 55 with 860 higher as of 1/3/2019.

    United States: gold dollar, 1855; Type 2; small "Indian Princess" head
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    PCGS XF45; population 310 with 3,426 higher as of 1/3/2019.

    Belgium: copper 2 centimes of Leopold II, 1874 (small wide date variety); lion and monogram
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    PCGS MS65 BN; population 1- the only example certified by PCGS as of 1/3/2019.

    United States: silver dime, Barber type, 1901, ex-Stacks-Bowers Galleries
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    PCGS MS64, CAC verified; population 103 with 70 higher as of 1/3/2019.

    United States: cupronickel 5 cents, Buffalo type, 1913, Type 1 ("raised mound" reverse)
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    PCGS MS65; population 3,978 with 2,998 higher as of 1/3/2019.

    China (Republic): silver yuan ("Junk dollar"), Year 23 (1934); Sun-Yat Sen and sailing junk
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    PCGS MS62; population 11,601 with 25,199 higher as of 1/3/2019.

    San Marino: silver proof 10-euro, 2006-R; Antonio Canova's "Three Graces" statue
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    PCGS PR69 DCAM; population 10 with none higher as of 1/3/2019.
     
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  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Hmm. All those departures above were bittersweet. Let's see what's new!

    Here's what came in since last time:


    Greece (Thrace, Pantakapaion): bronze Æ21, ca. 310-303 BC
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    Presently uncertified; ex-Lodge Antiquities.

    Roman Republic: bronze semis, anonymous issue, 211-207 BC; Hispania mint
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    Presently uncertified; ex-Traianvs Coins.

    Great Britain (England): silver groat of Henry VI, Calais mint, ca. 1422-1461, from the Reigate Hoard found in Surrey
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    Presently uncertified; ex- "@Paddy54", CoinTalk forums.

    Papal States: silver testone of Pope Paul IV, ca. 1555-1559
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    Presently uncertified; ex-Nomisma Spa, eAuction 9, Lot 592.

    Mexico: silver 8-reales "cob" of Charles II, ca. 1665-1682, from the 1682 "Johanna" shipwreck off South Africa
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    Presently uncertified; ex- "@Paddy54", CoinTalk forums.

    Great Britain (England): silver crown of Charles II, 1679; "broadstruck" mint error
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    PCGS F12; no population data for errors; labeled "broadstruck" by PCGS, but more likely just slightly off-center.

    Great Britain: silver South Seas Company sixpence of George I; double-struck mint error (2nd strike 25% off-center)
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    PCGS F12; no population data since errors are unique, but a rare error for the type.

    United States: Capped Bust quarter, large size, 1818, Philadelphia mint
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    PCGS F12, CAC verified; population 87 with 730 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    United States: gold quarter-eagle ($2.50), 1843-O, Small Date variety, New Orleans mint
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    PCGS XF40; population 63 with 310 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    United States: bronze patriotic Civil War token, undated (ca. 1862-1865); battle implements and Union shield
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    PCGS MS64 RB; population 2 with none higher as of 3/27/2019.

    United States: silver 20-cent piece, 1875, Philadelphia mint
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    PCGS F12; population 35 with 967 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Hawaii (Kingdom): silver hapalua (half-dollar) of King Kalakaua I, 1883
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    PCGS XF40; population 132 with 690 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Japan: silver yen of the Emperor Meiji, Year 27 (1894)
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    PCGS AU58; population 68 with 220 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Peru: silver half-dinero, 1897-JF
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    PCGS MS67; population 77 with 7 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Philippine Islands (US Insular government): silver 50-centavos, 1921

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    PCGS MS62; population 25 with 72 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Canada: silver dollar of George V, 1935; "Voyageur" type
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    PCGS MS64; population 767 with 931 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Egypt: silver 2 piastres of King Farouk, AH 1356 (1937)
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    PCGS MS62; population 6 with 9 higher as of 3/27/2019.

    Australia: silver 1-ounce bullion dollar; Australian Kangaroo, 2016-P, Perth Mint
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    PCGS MS70; population 4,072 with none higher as of 3/27/2019.

    United States: silver proof National Parks quarter; Cumberland Island National Seashore, 2018-S
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    PCGS PR70 DCAM; population 869 with none higher as of 3/27/2019.
     
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  10. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I am a closet lover of civil war tokens. I have never seen a nicer example than this one. This is absolutely striking!
     
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    Noah Finney Morgan / Gold Indian Member

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  12. NSP

    NSP Well-Known Member

    I think my new favorite coin (unsurprisingly) is the 1818 quarter! In case you care about die marriages, it is B-10, R3.
     
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    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

  14. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I don't, usually, but thanks. It's always nice to have the specialists' view on things, since (as you may have noticed), I'm a generalist who dabbles in a little bit of everything and specializes in almost nothing.

    (That's how I ended up selling the 1806 O-129 Bust half discovery coin for 75 bucks, back in 2006- before it was discovered. Oops.) ;)
     
  15. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    I love the Thrace and the double struck six pence. Very cool additions :)
     
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  16. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Less than a hundred bucks! In the slab! With a TrueView image! :happy:

    Got a lot of "bang for the buck" with these 18 newps, considering I siphoned off around $4K of the collection's value in the recent sales, yet managed to knock out my credit card debt and still keep the collection the same size it was, with a bunch of fun and interesting stuff.

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    dipping back into those now paid-off credit cards, I might add. While I'll miss the beauties I sold, it was the right thing to do, and all this fun new stuff has taken the sting out of the recent downsizing.
     
  17. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I get it. Debt is an awful burden for a man to have to carry. You did quite well!
     
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  18. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Somebody in a recent post referred to the satyr on that Thracian/Pantikapaion coin as "the Wolfman", which is an apt resemblance, and pretty funny. Now instead of seeing the head of Pan there, I'll always think of ancient Greek werewolves! LOL

    That coin is supposedly Uncirculated. We shall see if NGC confirms that. It is nice, regardless.

    PS- as to the South Sea Company sixpence error, it's not only super cool, but also makes up a little for the loss of the sweet SSC shilling I swapped away some while ago.
     
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  19. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    That’s too funny! I can see it though. The coin is just all around beautiful and interesting.

    It’s always nice to find something that replaces something you liked. I love errors, so it’s doubly cool (pun intended) ;)
     
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  20. LaCointessa

    LaCointessa Supporter! Supporter

    I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition of your coins @lordmarcovan !! That egyptian coin made me laugh because it makes me remember when my maternal grandmother used to say about someone: "Who does he think he is...King Farouk?" And as a little girl, I always wondered..Who is this King Farouk?
     
  21. brg5658

    brg5658 The Horse Coin Guy

    In no way taking away from the beauty of that patriotic civil war token (CWT), but it is a very common token in high grade. The PCGS populations are not a good indication of how many are around in high grade, because PCGS has been grading CWTs for such a short time. NGC has been grading CWTs for decades, and has graded 22 of this token in MS65 or higher, 7 of those in RB (red/brown).

    Again though, that is a superbly eye appealing example of the token that LordM has added! :cool:
     
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