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  1. I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients, I must not collect ancients.
  2. 1809M Napoleon Italian 20 Lire - the variety with the 5-pointed star on the reverse 🙂
  3. Very nice coin, the last few at this grade look like they went for ~500CHF with MS62/MS63 going for a bit less (350-450). Heritage did have two this year at MS64 which went for $1200-$1400 but looking at all the other prices these buyers seem to have overpaid! I guess they wanted one in a PCGS holder.
  4. As a collector of Napoleonic coins (France, Italy etc) this is always one of the auctions I wait for each year and try and save funds for - the prices were amazing and I was terrified of hitting the bid button by mistake, I did think I would try it at one point and see if my credit limit meant that the bid wouldn't be accepted. The catalogues are great but you need very strong book shelves. The gold EID MAR, also yesterday at ROMA XX, hammered at £2.7million so maybe these lots were bargains! It will be no surprise that all the lots I bid one eventually went over my limit and this is the
  5. A pet hate of mine is when auction houses do not include the certificate number - you have to assume the auction house has verified its authenticity - some times they get PCGS and NGC mixed up and you can tell from the prongs in the picture! At least some auction houses have realised this is a mistake and people like to look up the coin on the NGC or PCGS website and as a result now include a separate list of numbers rather than including them in the main catalogue. I picked up one coin cheap as the auction house picture looked like it had a scratch on, but having tracked down the PCGS ce
  6. Another Spanish silver 2 reales of Ferdinand VII - this one with an unrecorded overdate 2/0 and the only example I have seen I seem to finding lots of new varieties at the moment - the question is will NGC slab it as an overdate??? it will no doubt get a details grade due to the dig behind the bust but as the only example so far who cares!
  7. Finally managed to get my hands on the book covering the proof and patterns for the Napoleonic coinage in Italy. It also includes the auction history for some of the issues which I have not seen in a book before so that makes my life much easier. The quality of some of these issues also supports my thoughts that the Italian mints were a complete shambles compared to the French, Spanish, Dutch and German mints
  8. Another Napoleonic coin from Italy - this time a 1814 silver 15 soldi from the Milan mint. An odd denomination at 75 cents which is probably why it didn't last very long
  9. Finally picked up a bit of silver MS62 Spanish 1808 SCN 8 reales - one of the more common dates but it is from the Napoleonic period. There are just a few in higher grades but these are often marked, have pronounced die cracks and the strike on the hair is much weaker so I think this a nicer coin so more than happy. The piece of Napoleonic copper that I was after had an estimate of 150 went for 950 and I won't even mention the Napoleon 1812W gold 20 francs As a collector of colonial coins this sale is always full of spectacular top grade pieces so when the catalogue arrives I alway
  10. Prices are mad - just lost out on another - one little bit of copper so far and two other people wanted that
  11. Congratulations - I watched that go through - stunning coin. I have one coin so far in this sale as the ~20 I picked out have all gone for 7 to 12x estimate which was far too high. I have a few lots of interest left to go - at this rate it is not looking good!
  12. This used to bother me - it looks like NGC use the terminology used in Krause for world coins (even though Krause is terrible for varieties etc)
  13. Agreed - sixpences ran from 1551 until 1970 with numerous varieties and about 600 die numbers (1864 to 1879) - then there is Australia, South Africa, British West Africa, New Zealand .... Just writing that has made me think typesets are a great idea
  14. Over a hundred 100 francs currently up for auction at Heritage over the next few weeks - most dates available!
  15. I thought that - some of the fakes look to be better struck than the real ones
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