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    Collectible bullion & Semi Numismatics
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    Queen's Beasts, modern bullion sovereigns, other modern UK bullion coins

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  1. I would certainly take delivery of the 5 Lions and the Griffin if I was looking to maximise the sale price. At worst (and certainly the least hassle) you could sell them to another bullion dealer, some of them currently pay over spot for those.
  2. That 1822 sovereign is about VF in UK grading. The obverse possibly slightly better, but no more than GVF. The reverse is definitely sufficiently worn on the high points that it's nowhere near EF and certainly nowhere near AU. I agree with @sovereignsteve on the grading! Even if collecting these was my thing (it isn't) I certainly wouldn't pay anywhere near £1300 for it. It isn't an especially scarce coin. Book value for a VF one in Nov 2019 was about £750. Gold was about £1150 per ounce back then - and I would not expect the numismatic premium of this coin to rise as f
  3. I think there is/will be much larger pool of buyers for the relatively recent special reverse sovereigns than there would be for the George III and IV sovereigns. For the older coins you are definitely looking for sovereign collectors and probably serious ones with fairly deep pockets. Most other gold coin collectors/stackers would buy a 1oz bullion coin over an older sovereign if the prices were the same. So I would advise buying the 2017, 2012, 2005, 2002 and 1989 sovereigns (if you haven't already) and then probably going backwards in time from there. Next would be a nice Gillic
  4. @AndrewSL76 - you might want to buy the coin again if the price is/was right - see the example sold by London Coins on 9 Sep 2017 - auction 158, lot 3347: http://www.londoncoins.co.uk/?page=Pastresults&searchterm=Shilling+1825&category=9&searchtype=1 "Your" example appears to be struck from the same die pairing. I'd grade 'yours' as similar, but with better eye appeal than this one. I'd pay more for 'yours' than for the other, but I don't know what a fair price would actually be. Perhaps the knowledgeable folks over at predecimal.com might be able to help?
  5. My advice would be to stick to bullion sovereigns and pay bullion prices unless you have acquired an excellent knowledge of grading, dates and varieties. Unless you are collecting for pleasure of course - then buy the coins you like at prices that you are happy to pay for them 😄
  6. Late to this, but I agree it looks like wear, rather than an overdate. The George IV silver coinage is some of the very best-made, in my opinion and even pretty worn examples still look great. Anything VF or better (in UK as opposed to US grading terms) is generally rather lovely 🙂
  7. I waited bloody ages for a platinum coin from the Royal Mint earlier this year - over two months for a replacement for a returned coin. The replacement was little or no better than the one I returned in terms of the underlying reason why I returned the first one. Given how long it took to get the replacement I didn't bother asking them again. I have bought another, different platinum coin from the Royal Mint subsequently and it arrived very promptly and in perfect condition. Basically it's a lucky dip with the Royal Mint in my opinion. I will now only buy from them if I ca
  8. And me! Looking forward to it arriving already!
  9. The mask idea is awesome - nice one @Zhorro! And the balloons have given us all a lift 😉
  10. I think you would struggle to get anything more than melt value (less a percentage) from a dealer, apart from maybe the 1942 rupee if that coin is viewed as desirable. It's in much nicer condition than the others and the only one I would consider buying if I was indeed in the market. Hopefully some coin collectors would give you more, but I think these are probably a difficult thing to sell at a price close to retail unless they are scarce or rare years (the 1915 shilling is not scarce, it's worth about £4). Good luck though, the above is just my personal opinion 😀
  11. Another vote for mainly buying bullion gold, especially if you're buying primarily for investment. Sovereigns and Britannias bought close to spot if you're in the UK. Can't go far wrong with that strategy. Also, you are likely to be much more unsentimental about selling. If you hold commemoratives, proofs or sets you will probably struggle to part with some of them. That's absolutely fine if you're a collector but a bit of a wrench if you need to realise the cash and decide "which of your favourite children" to sell...
  12. Stop fannying about!
  13. In my opinion - moderately perhaps, significantly no. It's a bullion sovereign and although it's a one-off design, there were loads of them minted and therefore fairly easy to get hold of in decent condition. If it was a proof, my answer might be different... I doubt that it would enhance the value by more than the cost of the grading, but then again I struggle to see the appeal of graded bullion coins. I just put mine in capsules (at a lower cost than grading of course) and then enjoy looking at them.
  14. Couple of my favourite big ones...
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