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  1. I wonder if collecting ‘Pedigree’ coins provides an alternative to simply collecting say years, shields, young head sovereigns etc? I’ve just acquired a 1915-S Australia sovereign NGC MS63 Pedigree ‘Samaszko’s Carson City Gold Hoard’ and an 1870-SY Australia Sovereign PCGS MS62+ Pedigree ‘The Duoro Cargo’ which forms a basis for a ‘Pedigree’ Collection. Others I am looking for include Louis E. Eliasberg, Pittman, Terner, Cheshire, Reserve Bank of Australia, Remick, Rive D’or, Quartermaster, Ezen, Bentley, Borg, Samaszko Carson Ciry etc. to name but a few. I understand that the advice is to buy the coin but surely a ‘Pedigree’ helps to provide a further interest? The RMS Duoro sank on 1st April 1882 following a collision with a Spanish Steamer ‘The Yrurac Bat’ off Cape Finisterre on the 1st April 1882 and the records of the collision and salvage provide compelling reading. Any thoughts? Bryan
  2. I would add that there is a die break running through the 6 of 1863
  3. Given the slightest friction on the highest points I would think it’s AU-55 to AU-58 ... nice coin. B
  4. I have a 1913-C Ottawa Sovereign PCGS MS-64 Marsh 222 (R4) Exceptionally Rare with a Mintage of 3,717, only one coin graded higher, sold by Drake Sterling, Sydney. I understand that only ‘189’ 1913-C sovereigns have been graded by both PCGS and NGC combined. Excluding the major rarities of George V Colonial Mint Mark Sovereigns my suggestion is to go for Marsh S to R3 rarity but in the highest grade affordable. My thoughts are to look for graded NGC/PCGS sovereigns where the combined numbers graded are low, such as 1924-S (R3) ‘68’ Graded, 1921-S (R3) ‘64’ Graded, 1919-M (S) ‘98’ Graded etc. If you’re looking for a brace of sovereigns then s.3970 1909-C (R2) Mintage of 16,273 and s.3970 1910-C (R2) mintage of 28,012 are worth looking at, particularly if you wish to own some gold from the Klondike! Happy hunting...... B.
  5. I’ve just sent my ‘Una’ half way round the world to get slabbed in the US by PCGS via Eric Eigner of Drake Sterling, Sydney.
  6. Great topic and great replies ... Of the 6 Colonial Mints I think the Canadian Sovereigns are well worth collecting. Many of these sovereigns were produced from gold mined in the Klondike. The tales of the Klondike Gold Rush are quite enthralling .. In August 1896 Skookum Jim Mason, Dawson Charlie and George Washington Carmack found gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory. A certain Fredrick Trump made his fortune in the Klondike Gold Rush which no doubt has benefited his direct descendent the current President of the USA! But I digress ... whilst I have collected some PCGS Ottawa Minted Sovereigns of George V the PCGS set registry also includes the Edward VII 1909-C and 1910-C. I know nothing about these coins and whether or not they are collectible and if so, how much should I think about paying for these coins in say MS 63 or MS 64 grade? If anyone is interested my ‘efforts’ to date in collecting George V Ottawa Sovereigns can be found in the PCGS registry under Guineapig. i just love the Christian name Skookum! Best wishes ’G’
  7. Many thanks AZ&M ... such an interesting update on the two coins. I hadn’t realised that the gold 1967 $20 100th Anniversary Coin was part of a set. Do you know the size and weight of the specimen gold 1967 $20 100th Anniversary of Confederation? I agree with you the price of the set on EBay appears high relative to the number produced but the gold content of the $20 could have a bearing on this, although it seems unlikely, as the $20 looks to be the size of a sovereign? I note that Drake Sterling currently have two exceptionally high grade 1914 $10 Canada Reserve Fund... PCGS MS65 at AUD $5,750 and MS65+ at AUD $7,500. In my view I don’t think these prices are justifiable? They may be rare from a grading point of view but certainly not from the point of view of the number released by the Bank of Canada in 2012. I contacted a London ‘Numismatist’ yesterday as I couldn’t understand why the 1913-C Sovereign was rated R4 by Marsh and yet to date 188 have been slabbed by PCGS and NGC combined. Marsh in the 1980’s defined R4 as 11-20 examples estimated to have survived - Extremely Rare. My London contact reckons that around the time The Bank of Canada released the Reserve Fund $10 & $5 coins they also released Ottawa minted sovereigns to the market place? I wonder if you, or any other members, have any information on whether the Bank of Canada released any Ottawa minted sovereigns after the 1980’s when Michael Marsh wrote his book ‘The Gold Sovereign’? Clearly with #188 1913-C coins slabbed together with other non-slabbed 1913-C sovereigns in circulation these can hardly be considered to be extremely rare? In his somewhat characteristic way my London dealer dryly commented that in his opinion he now considers the 1913-C to be ‘common’ ...... (Marsh rarity definition).
  8. Hi Dicker Hopefully the link to the $10 Canada Reserve Fund Gold Coin and the Canadian $20 Independence Centenary 1967 Gold Coin work? Thanks AppleZippoandMetronome for providing more information on these stunning gold coins. I think the $10 and $5 coins released by the Bank of Canada were all high grade and I wonder if any PCGS $10 and $5 coins are currently available. I have seen them on EBay but often the sellers are unwilling to ship to the UK. I did manage to get a $10 PCGS MS63 from a Heritage auction recently. It’s a substantial coin weighing 16.72 grams containing 0.4838 oz of fine gold - Mintage 149,232. I believe the 1912 $10 and $5 were minted from gold from the Klondike and the later coins from the Ontario gold fields. I haven’t seen a Canadian $20 Indendence Centenary 1967 Gold Coin ... do any members know anything about this great looking coin?
  9. Hi All By way of introduction to the Silver Forum:- I started collecting gold coins some years ago after my nephew, who is a stockbroker, said to me one day “Hi Uncle, I no longer have any confidence in the markets, why not join me and collect gold coins .... what about Guineas?” I built up a reasonable collection of Guineas including a few ‘Terner’ Guineas ... some of them were the ‘best known’. I sold these a few years ago through Heritage Auctions Dallas to help my son after his divorce at that time. Earlier this year I decided to rekindle my interest in gold coins and rather than collect Guineas I decided to collect Sovereigns but which ones? For the right or wrong reasons I decided to collect George V Commonwealth Sovereigns minted by the 6 Commonwealth Mints of Pretoria, Ottawa, Delhi, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and also some choice Sovereigns minted by the London Mint. Steve Hill of Sovereigns Rarities kindly introduced me to Eric Eigner of Drake Sterling, Sydney, Australia who specialises in PCGS slabbed coins and between Drake Sterling, Heritage Auctions Dallas (Caranett Collection) and other coin dealers from around the world I build up a collection of PCGS slabbed George V Commonwealth Sovereigns. Eric suggested putting the sovereigns in the PCGS Set Registry under ‘British Commonwealth Sovereigns George V Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1911-1932)’ I chose the name Guineapig and much to my amazement the collection is now No 2 All-Time Finest (All Eras) with an average PCGS grading for the 22 Sovereigns of MS 64.636 ... I am indebted to Eric for searching out and making these highly rated coins available to me. Well worth a visit on his website www.drakesterling.com if you are interested in sovereigns. In addition to the coins for sale under the heading News Wire you will find Eric’s article ‘Sovereign rarities from George V from top to bottom‘ which covers the rarity of all 83 coins produced by the Commonwealth Mints in George V’s reign. He has also just finished rating Edward VII sovereigns. I have been encouraged in my collecting by Auda Abu Tayeh of the Howeitat who exclaimed ‘SHOW ME THE GOLD’ ..... in sheer desperation as he rifles through a chest full of paper money in Acaba, which he throws into the air screaming paper, paper, paper! .... Lawrence had promised him payment in gold when they captured Acaba but discovers only chests full of paper currency ... whereupon Lawrence promises him 5,000 golden Guineas (meaning of course Sovereigns!). The sovereigns, the very thing so desperately wanted by Auda Abu Tayeh of the Howeitat, soon vanished like sand hills in a desert storm, and so would the world it financed. Due to the ravages of war and the Great Depression if the 1930’s, gold coins disappeared as an everyday medium of exchange throughout the world. The sovereigns were used to settle huge debts to the US and most sovereigns of the period were melted down into gold bars .....’Thus’ producing ‘rarities’ in the form of Gold Sovereigns. Enjoy collecting ... ‘It’s about the chase!’ Best wishes Guineapig
  10. Recently I acquired a 1913-c Sovereign ... very expensive but I needed it for my PCGS set registry (Guineapig) but this doesn’t visually compare with the following.:- $5 and $10 Bank of Canada Gold Coins from the Canada Exchange Fund - these are, in my opinion, absolutely exceptional coins and visually quite exceptional. I also came across EII 1961 $20 Gold Specimen coins, which are even more visually acceptable... I have yet to find a PCGS example. i wonder what members views are on these coins? Best wishes Guineapig
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