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  1. DaKine

    1878 six pence

    These are pretty rare in higher mint state; to me the real magic one in higher mint state is the 1893 Jub Head....1854 not too shabby either in MS63 and above.
  2. DaKine

    1878 six pence

    Mine is the PCGS specimen, ex-Spink....What did the NGC coin go for?
  3. DaKine

    1878 six pence

    Not to divert, but I seem to recall an 1878 with Die Number 6 that was NOT the Dritanniar error. Also have knowledge of an MS64 Drit - I wonder how much that would go for at auction these days...
  4. Yes, Panamanian coins were a staple of the Franklin Mint (USA) and they really ramped up beginning in 1975 with the gold 100 Balboa as the feature coin - there was a big deal at the time. These were released in proof, proof like uncirculated, and the much scarcer matte uncirculated. They then went on to mint these much larger 1.2 oz gold 500 Balboas in the same format with the matte uncirculated very rare - I believe around 10 or so pieces minted. They went on to strike 500 balboas (as well as the 100, for a while 50 and 20 Balboa coins that were in gold) on through the 1985 year. Some are very scarce to rare and the cheapest now seem to be about 2400-2500 dollars. In 1980 they switched from 0.900 to 0.500 fine gold, and the gold content dripped to about 0.58 ounces by memory....
  5. I have noticed that gold and silver Britannias and gold Queen's Beasts are very hard to get in the one ounce size here in the USA without paying near to $200 premium on the latter. Almost all - APMEX, BullionExchange, JMBullion, SDBullion, Pinehurst, GoldSilverBullion do not have any available. All are notify by email when "available". What do readers think?
  6. Thanks for your response! So the same is not true for gold then? A 1600 pound price from them would be 1612 or so to us?
  7. I can't seem to find this info clearly although I have inquired at the Royal Mint site. When the quote, let's say L1600, is that the actual delivered price to USA plus shipping? When I buy silver or platinum proof issues, the net price is always quite a bit less, I guess because of VAT, etc. Thanks for your helpful answers.
  8. DaKine

    eBay half sovereign

    Hmmm, could not buy off that photo, and has some appearance consistent with casting, esp on the bust.
  9. IMHO, idea and event great, the execution not so much. A bit cartoonish and not first rate engraving - I always hate to say a coin looks good because it is not as bad as another...
  10. This coin's HYPE is straight out of "The Emperor's New Clothes". Take one of these coins out of a slab or the monster box and identify it as Philadelphia as opposed to West Point. You can not! Can you? No, it is exactly the same with no marker or markings. Absolute craziness - this should be the "LUNAR(TIC)" cover coin!
  11. DaKine

    Half sovereign valuation

    Hmm, 1844 except in absolutely top grade has not been that difficult IMO. Don't think I 'd put much premium on it. These two quite close to bullion, and 400 for both is in range I believe. Now if you had a mint state 1845, that would be something else....
  12. This is not certified and also has nothing to do with the strike order of the coins. No real value. That mess in the USA over the reverse S mint Eagle with the mint director's signature is absolutely ridiculous. I do like the 2020 platinum Britannia and got one myself.
  13. I bought the 1/4 Charlie from the Royal mint and it came to $212.50 delivered here in the US. Seemed pretty cheap.
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