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  1. GEORGE V 1927 MATT PROOF SHILLING PCGS PR65 The matt proof finish was used on coins from the Royal Mint for photographic purposes from the mid-1920s. As flash photography was used to illustrate promotional material, the brilliant proofs caused too much reflection in the resulting imaging at this period of time. It became much easier for the Royal Mint to strike one or two coins with a satin matt finish to not reflect the flash bulb in the days before digital imaging was possible. Previously graded by NGC, it has now been conserved and upgraded by PCGS to a resounding P
  2. It has already been sold, prior to the launch this morning. My guess is that it has gone to a private collector. It is rumoured to have sold for £700k+
  3. Is anyone else surprised that the 2oz Una sold for £62,000 (with premium + vat)? I was expecting/hoping it would hit £80k, to match the Una hammer price on that Far East auction that for the life of me I cannot find online... The Three Graces gold 5oz and 2oz are coming out of the block strong!
  4. I had originally thought the 2oz Una would crack the £100k mark (or come very close, £85+). There’s still time, but a huge gap to cover!
  5. It’s a beautiful coin but you gotta have some very deep pockets for it. After the Three Graces spending spree, all I have left in my pocket is an old Snickers wrapper and a bit of lint.
  6. That is fantastic advice. The only way to learn is by trial and error. Yes, the errors may cost you financially (or quite a lot in my case), but you definitely live and learn. if you come out of it with more knowledge or a better understanding of grading, you have gained something that is worth so much more than a few extra quid in the bank. Do I dare ask what coin you are selling raw? 😁
  7. A BIG thank you to Sovereign Rarities for this absolute beauty. Fantastic customer service and always fair. A pleasure to do business with as always. Looking forward to your upcoming auction at the end of the month 😄
  8. There is a 5kg gold floating around somewhere if you’re interested 😉
  9. I’ll DM you 😉 Yes The 1kg Three Graces is the first denomination of this type in the series.
  10. You and me both buddy! To get that £8500 for a 10oz, I do think it now has to be graded.
  11. I think at £8500, the 10oz is overpriced. When it was first released, unbeknownst to many people, there was a lot of excitement. At that point, I do think a 10oz would have gone for £8500. However, over the last couple of weeks, the prices have softened for any raw Three Graces. The release of the 1kg silver by BCC would have also put further pressure on pricing for the 10oz. The starting price of £8500 at auction was just too high. Maybe a start point of around £7000 would have garnered more interest.
  12. I tend to have all my coins graded. I prefer the safety of the plastic coffin. Although it may take several months before a grade is returned. Like you, I may wait a bit. I submitted a few coins to NGC nearly 3 weeks ago and they have yet to be registered on their system. I called them up and they are very busy... so my coins are sitting in their safe, waiting in the queue.
  13. Happy to point you in that direction 🙂 The big question: do you plan on having it graded or leaving it raw?
  14. What I find with most auction houses is that the estimate means very little. With the bigger auction houses, I usually take the estimate, multiply it x2, and a bit more on top... and that is likely what the hammer price will be. Heritage Auction estimates on coins are usually far lower than the actual final amount once the hammer strikes down. My guesstimate for the 2oz gold Una is £95k.
  15. If this is true, will they change the name of the series to The Great Engraver? The 5oz gold is stunning. But it will be VERY difficult to complete the series in 5oz gold. Do you have the link for the auction in Japan where it sold for £80k? I can’t find it anywhere... Sovereign Rarities has a 2oz good Una PF70 coming up at auction in a couple of weeks. It’ll be VERY interesting to see what that sells at. AMAZING if it crosses the £100k mark. It is one to hold on tightly for years to come!!
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