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  1. Absolutely true. Some of them are laughable but some will get past even moderate or better collectors. And you can't do any real tests on it until you have it in hand by which time it is too late. So what if the coin is shown on a scale with a weight that is proper. Was the scale tared correctly? Some are selling without realizing the danger their restrikes pose. eBay (and other venues) needs to really clamp down on this, they would just be enforcing their own policy (heaven forbid!) afterall. But, it took two years and dozens of reports to get rid of one of them who was flooding t
  2. Our reports must have finally had some effect, he went NARU. I guess better late than never but too bad it wasn't before the sales were completed. I'm guessing the buyers aren't going to be required to pay.
  3. Additionally, shoot manual and stop down a ways. A higher f/stop will give a sharper image with most lenses. Not only that but it gives a deeper Depth of Field which allows higher relief coins to be in focus at all elevations.
  4. I shoot on a "green screen" and then can remove the background and apply whatever surround I like in post processing. Rarely do I shoot one photo, especially when setting up and adjusting lighting intensity, temperature, angle, etc. And then, even after I think I have the "perfect" setup: shoot, review, repeat. Check focus each time (shoot a Piedfort and then a Lennox farthing and you'll see why!) If you can, shoot in raw. I have my camera connected to a laptop with a calibrated screen so I can preview the Liveview on screen full size. This helps for focus and orientation as well so you
  5. I'm one of those who is also into photography. Lighting is key. Key. A good work environment where you can set up helps a lot, too, because sometimes it takes a while to get set right and you don't want to have to dismantle it after one coin! I used to use a flat-bed scanner which produced some darned fine results and, honestly, you can get some good photos with phones, too. I use a tripod with cable release to avoid any movement of the camera (also do mirror lockup), variable temperature lights, and a 200mm micro lens...yes, a micro lens. It's macro/closeup photography but Nikon decided
  6. Wow, some lucky(?) soul got it for £126, well, plus postage; although that can't be too much for a 1st class large letter! Not bad for a 5-figure coin. Heck, the buyer comes out ahead even if he just melts it for bullion value 😁
  7. Nice piece, the '37 is one of my top as well, though mine is a little lower grade...PR63 Now, if we could include double-sovereigns...
  8. One other possibility is to start with one from each monarch. Then, fill in each type from each of the monarchs.
  9. Yep. Here is a link to the image he is using. He only shows the obverse but that is enough to nail him. Starting with the ray immediately to the left of the torch, count leftward four rays and there is a gouge going across the ray. Then, three more rays to the left a little more than halfway down on the ray there is a second gouge going across the width of the ray. Those two (as well as other marks) are identical to those on the image in his auction. (see attached photo) https://www.usacoinbook.com/coins/4448/gold-20-double-eagle/saint-gaudens/1907-P/high-relief-roman-numerals-mcmvi
  10. I had also messaged him, no reply, but then it wasn't really anything I expected him to reply to I've had very mixed results with eBay when reporting, it all depends who gets the report, I think. I've gotten some very quick responses/actions but most of the time it is like in this particular case...assured that they are looking into it, thanking me for my dedication to making eBay a safe place, and, of course, letting me know that, because of privacy policies, any actions taken against the seller may not be visible. But, perseverance does pay off sometimes, usually not for a particular
  11. Interesting, he just relisted it with the same photos and now with the title: 1760 george 11 gold guinea sold reslisted for my buyer https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/124585764781?ViewItem=&item=124585764781 And then ended it about 10 minutes later because it was no longer available.
  12. 1225 GBP was the final on it. Pretty sad. I suspect that the pictures he lifted from londoncoins contributed a lot to it. If it had just been the actual replica photos only, I wonder if it would have gone as high. Also sad is that none of my reporting nor any of the numerous other reports from the folks on this list, had any effect.
  13. I'm going to have to go with the original sovereigns; Edward VI being particularly interesting to me.
  14. I actually found this site and thread looking up the URL to this auction to see if anyone else had noticed this. I've reported this seller (and this piece specifically) a few times to eBay using both the report an item and the report a seller form. I've even used the useless "Report Item" link on the auction page, itself. As you can see, the auction is still running. eBay rarely does anything about these. A WRL Edward I (damaged to hide the mark but with enough detail to perform a match of other features) and an obvious replica Newark halfcrown sold for over a combined 1000 GBP a
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