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  1. I would say that you should never touch the surface of a Proof coin, as it will immediately impair the surface, as Pete has said with micro abrasions, which can be seen a mile away on a proof coin. Any cleaning the removes or alters the surface will damage a Proof, which will leave it almost impossible to sell as anything other than weight(might be exceptions when it comes to rarity). On bullion I wouldn't even use a "school rubber",---if you really can't live with marks on a bullion best bet rubber wise is to use a really soft artist putty, however really small area's at a time.
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  3. I love platinum, as a metal.I started off with gold, however Platinum slowly took over. I am more of a collector, than a stacker, however have found it hard to find any Platinum at a reasonable price, never seems to be as readily available, as Silver or Gold.
  4. I am not sure if this will help, however looked up what it should be if you try the test ---USA Gold coin 17.18 to 17.2 ----Pure Gold 19.32.
  5. You could do a gravity test on it, to find out if it is the correct gold content, if it's fake, these mainly came from the middle east along with Sovereigns and other's in the 50 to 70.I know that a lot of sovereign fakes, where made ,however their gold content varied so are not always correct, so you still see coins now with 18K or whatever their gold content is stamped onto them. The difference in weight could be attributed to wear, however the coin seems to have little wear (not really sure what a worn one would look like). You could probably work it out with the PIE R thing
  6. It's London mint so it's a stab vest.
  7. LCGS is part of London Coins or a companion to them. The coin shown is an early version of their capsule,with the EF at 70,They now class around an 78/80 as their bench mark to UNC which roughly equates to an MS 64,however as with any cross over this is an approx, as I have seen a 78 make 64 and also an 82 make a 64 through NGC/PCGS. They mainly deal only with British coins,and have a website that is pretty good for research, however I stopped using when they started to charge for the service. I would say that these are truer grades than American graders,as they also list British v
  8. The main brits that are showing will eventually look like they have tiger suits on with the finger prints, that I can see on them, however with the offer a replacement it would be up to yourself. Silver won't take long to show a finger print, and once it is on the coin it etches itself to the surface. If these are all from the same batch those marks could be from a damaged die.When a die is damaged the marks show up as an opposite, so a dig in would show as a bubble out on a coin. Can't really tell by the picture, however would be good to look around on other sellers sites
  9. This is a platinum 2006 Proof Piedfort I have, which has a milky residue on it ,I bought the coin like this, and it hasn't got any worse, since. To be honest I think it is more a production problem, and the Royal Mint not doing a good enough job cleaning the residue from the blanks. AS HH has said finger prints are a lack of care, however with Platinum they tend to sit on the surface of the coin, rather than tarnish it, you can get rid of most of the oils and such with pure acetone (not the wife's ,however has to be pure)leave in for a few minutes depending on the finger print,most
  10. Hi,I think with brilliant uncirculated and uncirculated, it is more to do with the dies rather than the blanks,if you have a uncirculated coin it is struck once and the coin is then ejected, however with a brilliant uncirculated the dies have been hand finished/polished and each is struck twice to give extra detail,so a £1 from the bank and a £1 from a definitive package will be slightly different. Having said this the blanks are not treated any differently which mean that as a result the mint can cover most imperfections as part of the minting process as a standard uncirculated coin wil
  11. Hi, looks to be ex-mount, from the wear I would say it would be from a watch chain, rather than a ring or necklace due to how it has worn. The rim looks almost undamaged so would indicate that the coin has been held in a frame for most of it's life. I can't tell which mint it is from, due to the wear, however in 1900 London had produced 10846741,plus approx 10000000 from the other mints if not more, so you can basically pick up a perfect coin for the same price as bullion, which would be a lot easier to sell on when the time comes.
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