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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 inscription. Unfortunately, I sold off both items to some unscrupulous pawnbrokers at a big loss. However, those first gold purchases were enough to whet my appetite for more of the yellow metal.
  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, bare head left, B.M. raised on truncation for engraver Bertram Mackennal, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT:OMN:REX F.D.IND:IMP: (“George V, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India”), rev. struck en médaille, St. George on horseback slaying dragon with sword right, plumed helmet with three-strand streamer, horse with long tail, ending in three strands, with one spur higher up at curve, broken lance on ground-line to left, tiny WWP raised under lance for Master of the Mint, William Wellesley Pole, mint mark S at centre of ground-line, date in exergue, tiny B.P. raised in upper right of exergue for engraver Benedetto Pistrucci, edge milled, weight 8.00g (Bentley 727; McDonald 237; Marsh 271; M.C.E. 639; S.4003). Toned with light bag marks, otherwise good extremely fine. Ex Randy Weir Numismatics, Unionville, Ontario, Canada, purchased 14 January 1992. Calendar year mintage 2,519,000.
  6. Can you spot the odd one out in my collection of circulated 50 pences? The odd one out, of course, is the uncirculated 50 pence celebrating the life of Stephen Hawking. The reverse was designed by Edwina Ellis and features a stylised depiction of a black hole with the inscription ‘STEPHEN HAWKING’ and the energy equation.
  7. 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.
  8. @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!
  9. Call me crazy for saying this but we would all miss Kim Jong-un terribly if he died on us. I’m such a big fanboy of his in a funny sort of way 🇺🇸🇰🇵
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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