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  1. I think also the "in god we trust",is a slightly different size. Really hate things like these, can you get your money back if it's not legit? I was just about to say it would be nice to see a real one for reference.
  2. I would not want to say if it is or not ,however a good indication is the eye and the diamonds on the Crown, also the reverse (this might need further research) should be an almost matt finish rather than Proof like. The bar below is the most common Fake at present, I think that they are brass or bronze mix to get the weight. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1oz-Silver-plated-Bullion-Bar-Scottsdale-Mint-/143850989737?hash=item217e2fe8a9%3Ag%3AKvAAAOSwEflfnyj8&nma=true&si=QlQdPRshXAh7Rbb%2Fxtwr5uukjCo%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
  3. It looks like a de-lamination, which would have happened at strike or just there after, should have been picked up at least with the dealer ,not sure how well examined they are at the mint. In any case the small sliver of silver that popped off would have been part of it's weight to start with, no matter how small Modern day clipping.
  4. I think that the coins he sends are copies, as he has purchased a lot of Fakes, from the same account. Maybe the people are novices and unsure, of what the coin should look like. Either way this really hurts a collectors experience especially if you are new to the game. I really hate when I see this, and Ebay do little or nothing. I did the exact same thing as @Swampy and reported it once I saw this, however nothing changes.
  5. He has bought this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/383916145118 and it is now listed as another of his own coins.1822 Sov, the purchase is in his feedback along with a few other fakes he bought from same Chap. Might have a go at the Rolex that looks really nice.
  6. That looks like the coin from the Bentley sale with the marks, not sure of the price, however was new Ferrari money Grandad was a clever boy!!!
  7. You could collect the quarter oz Queens Beasts, not as big a collection, so would be a more manageable to start with.
  8. Some of the prices are unbelievable, however when people find out they are fake ,it will be the mint that they think about and not the seller, which in turn will hurt Scottsdale. I would never look to buy their bars now, unless from someone I trusted. @Heddersyour best bet to start with is research(which in itself can be as much of a pass time as collecting),then look to buy from the Forum, or at least get some advice. There is also a list on here, somewhere of bullion dealers so you can't go far wrong. I have an 1818 Half crown that cost me £450 it sits in front of the co
  9. Wampum

    0.001 or the 0.1%

    I would like to think it is the spent gunpowder from age old battles, from silver loot pillaged by buxom maiden Pirates from wealthy ne'er do wells on the high seas. However it's more than likely what Liam84 has said.
  10. I was just about to mention these almost all the Scottsdales "the one" are fake on Ebay at the moment,and a whole heap of PCCB slabbed coins all selling as real, some even state they are plated, however are still being snapped up at full price!!
  11. Polish or dipping will destroy your coins, so best never to use anything that will damage the surface, I have found that if you are putting into storage Silica Gel similar to what you get in shoe boxes works well with a few anti tarnish strips(town talk will probably have these),just make sure they are not touching your treasures when you store them, The silica removes the moisture and the small anti tarnish papers remove the pollutants, both however have to changed out now and again.
  12. Fakery has stopped me buying on Ebay, even today you can't find a real Scottsdale 1oz silver bar that's not a copy, and the second hand market in bullion dealers is non existent, as they are charging the 20% VAT when they shouldn't or adding to the premium, Look no VAT with a 120% mark-up on spot.
  13. I would say that it has been poorly dipped at some stage, or over dipped ,which leaves it the dull grey in the pictures you see, this however could tone down again depending on how long you keep it for should you buy, at least from the pictures it's not been polished which is irreparable damage, dipping will have removed any of the remaining lustre ,and left a halo effect around the areas where the toning was the best like the stars. if you are thinking of buying I would ask for more pictures in different lights, and also ask about the line that runs down to the foot,(not sure i
  14. They are really bad, the trouble is with slabs, people don't actually see the coin, all they see is the "security tags" and and the plastic, and think it's real. it's only a few months later that they see it's a con. Good for Ebay to have taken it down, I only spotted the same serial number as I had never seen slabs with a security feature that covered the coin, seemed counter intuitive to cover what should be displayed, hopefully newer collectors won't get caught out with these.
  15. Hi not sure what to make of these, alot a PCCB slabs appearing on Ebay ;- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2019-W-Silver-Eagle-1-OZ-999-Silver-Coin-COPY-/274670561898?hash=item3ff3a42a6a%3Ag%3AH7UAAOSw229gGvU5&nma=true&si=RUvIQObUoSfOSOTtNBRwN6zfuKk%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2019-W-American-Silver-Eagle-1-OZ-999-Silver-Coins/224340478349?hash=item343bbc098d:g:0XAAAOSwYoxgHTye Not sure what % if any are fake however would be wary of these, as both above have same serial number. Anot
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