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  1. Yes, indeed, life is too short! I’ve recently lost another close relative to Covid-19.
  2. @Melon, I don’t read the dude’s comments anyway. He’s still on my ignore list.
  3. I’ve seen a lot of scams in my time as a stacker/collector but for someone to send you an empty capsule without the coin you ordered is the lowest of the low. It reminds me when someone ordered a PlayStation from eBay and got sent an empty box.
  4. I collect gold for both investment and numismatic reasons. I love to regale forum members with the history of the royal characters on my sovereigns. The coins wouldn’t be as interesting if they were just blank gold discs. My first introduction to gold first came through the constant James Bond Goldfinger repeats on TV which gave me the impression that you must be some kind of villainous zillionaire to own any kind of gold. The glamour of gold caught my attention all the same and I ordered a sovereign from the Royal Mint as well as a limited edition Lord of the Rings gold ring with Elvish inscr
  5. 1911 George V Sydney Mint sovereign bought from Sovereign Rarities. George V of Great Britain initially sought a career in the British Navy, but the premature death of his brother, Albert, placed him on the throne in 1910. However, it was not until 1911 that George’s portrait replaced that of Edward’s on coins. He played an active role supporting the troops during World War I. George’s last reputed words were: “Bugger Bognor!” (When told by his doctor he would soon be well enough to visit Bognor Regis.) DESCRIPTION George V (1910-36), gold sovereign, 1911 S, Sydney Mint, Australia,
  6. 2016 1oz and 2018 1/4oz Gold Somalian Elephants bought from @BleyerBullion and Atkinsons. Minted by the Bavarian State Mint, the Somalian Coat of Arms, dates and 1000 and 200 shillings face values adorn the obverses respectively. The reverses feature African bush elephants stomping through savannas and raising their trunks. The African bush elephant, aka the African savanna elephant, is the largest living terrestrial animal with bulls reaching a shoulder height of up to 3.96 m.
  7. @LawrenceChard, thanks for the fantastic Silver City post! I would love to visit that Time Travel company and bring back some Morgan Dollars from the past!
  8. The Marsh book comes with a 2017 price guide leaflet which lists all the approximate prices for the sovereigns back then. Sadly, the author passed away which is why the book has only been updated and revised up to 2017 by Steve Hill. However, it’s still an indispensable guide for any sovereign aficionados.
  9. The 1930 George V Melbourne Mint sovereign has a calendar year mintage of 77,588 and rated rare in Michael Marsh’s The Gold Sovereign which gives it a price tag of £500 back in 2017. The sovereign uses the smaller portrait of George V which makes it highly collectible. The Melbourne Mint sovereign is worth considerably more today than it was back in 2017. Chards sells the Melbourne Mint sovereign for a whopping £740.33 and BullionByPost for £744.80. They’ve not graded them in any way.
  10. I’ve recently ordered a sovereign which would have cost £300 at the time Michael Marsh’s The Gold Sovereign came out in 2017 but now costs a whopping £375 after checking the price list from the 2020 Spink Standard Catalogue of British Coins.
  11. I might do that if the price is right! However, I’m still in two minds about selling because the lockdown has sent me on an Empire mint mark run of George V sovereigns. Let’s see... I’m three down at the moment after bagging four different graded George mint marks. I was initially just interested in the 1914 and 1918 George sovereigns but a dealer set me on a mint mark run after sending me a Melbourne Mint sovereign by mistake.
  12. I’m glad that Hatton Garden Metals is reopening for business. I have no problems buying gold and silver coins online but prefer to sell in-person. If any of you are quick enough you might be able to bag a sovereign beyond bullion grade if I sell one of my George V sovereigns to them. I’m in the habit of selling off my low-graded sovereigns for higher grades like most numismatists.
  13. One important choice numismatists must make is whether to buy coins “slabbed” or “unslabbed.” Slabbed coins have been graded and encapsulated in a plastic holder by a third-party grading service, while unslabbed coins have not. Do you prefer coins slabbed or unslabbed and why? Please feel free to cast your votes.
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