My first Top Pop coin.

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by MontCollector, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. MontCollector

    MontCollector Well-Known Member

    I don't usually buy graded world coins but I saw this for sale and had to pick it up as I am currently putting together a set of these.

    PCGS says this is the only one graded MS64 with none graded higher for this year. 1902 2Centimes.jpg
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Nice! I like the Belgian lion types.

    It's not hard to have the top pop example when yours is the only one graded!

    So you have the only 1902 Belgian 2-centimes graded by PCGS, it seems!

    I had the only 1874! :)

    (Somebody bought it from me last year- was it you? I can't remember now.)


    Sure, the Pop.1 thing is fairly meaningless with most World coins (and some would argue that TPG populations are generally meaningless anyway), but it's still fun.

    I have several Pop.1 / none higher coins, but it's mostly by virtue of the fact that nobody has bothered to send any others of those particular dates and types in. That's fine- I'll proudly wear my "Top-Pop" T-shirt anyway, since stuff like this is the only time I'll ever be able to claim top-pop status.

    I do have one "top-pop, none higher" US piece, but it's a token, so again, one of those more esoteric things that not too many folks have submitted. When it comes to mainstream US regular mint issues, that's a different story, of course. Ain't so easy to be at the top of those pops, except with moderns, when you're tied with thousands of others at the top.
  4. MontCollector

    MontCollector Well-Known Member

    @lordmarcovan How did you find the population report. I was looking for that and couldn't find it. Like I said I do not buy world graded coins or any graded coins too often so don't really know how to navigate the PCGS website too well.

    Oh and no I was not the one that bought your 2 Centimes coin.
  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Here is the certification page for your coin.

    It was likely submitted to PCGS in Paris (it has the Euro-style full-slab cert page images instead of US-style TrueViews).

    The hyperlink on the PCGS # goes to their CoinFacts page (not a whole lot there), and you'll note the population number is also hyperlinked on the page.
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  6. MontCollector

    MontCollector Well-Known Member

    @lordmarcovan Got it!! There it is. I guess it is the only one graded by them. Oh well.

    This probably was submitted in Paris or somewhere over there as the seller is in Luxembourg.
  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    By the way, your photo has it right and the PCGS TrueView on my former coin has it wrong: the monogram side should be the obverse.

    (Edit: actually, I suppose that's open for some debate, but I subscribe to the common convention that the obverse of a coin is the side on which its country of origin is named.)
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