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Greek Coins / Re: I do not believe grading
« Last post by Lech Stępniewski on Today at 10:41:18 am »
the modern coin guys are nuts for this grading stuff

I know. And that's why I am on forum ANCIENT coins.
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Greek Coins / Re: I do not believe grading
« Last post by esnible on Today at 09:59:58 am »
The Salton coin looks aXF to me.  However, I haven’t seen it in person.
Your coin looks XF.

Your coin must be a higher grade as there is less wear on the owl.

Athena’s chin usually looks bad on these.  Both you and the Salton example have nice chins.  A good chin makes a coin more impressive than a high technical grade, so congrats to you and whoever bought Mark and Lottie’s coin.

When NGC started slabbing ancients I was very confused about their system.  I don't have the luxury of apprenticing to a dealer to learn grading.  I taught myself how to guess what NGC will grade a coin.  At an auction preview, go through a box of slabs backwards, write down the grade you think each coin is and an estimate without looking at the front.

Then, when you go home, write down what NGC graded the slab as and the estimate the dealer assigned.

You will learn a lot that way!  (After this exercise, online bid on the coins for which your estimate is higher than the dealer's.)
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Thanks to Sorin and Joe the voting issues have been fixed and this Contest has been restarted.

Thank you all for your patience.

Please vote now

*Alex
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Thanks to Sorin and Joe the voting issues have been fixed and this Contest has been restarted.

Thank you all for your patience.

Please vote now

*Alex
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Greek Coins / Re: I do not believe grading
« Last post by Ron C2 on Today at 07:40:59 am »
Lech, while I agree for ancient coins, the modern coin guys are nuts for this grading stuff, and not just investors.
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Greek Coins / Re: I do not believe grading
« Last post by Lech Stępniewski on Today at 07:24:19 am »
Grading is for investors. For people who are interested solely in prices. When collector can't judge by himself if particular coin is beautiful or ugly, he should give up on collecting.
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Greek Coins / Re: I do not believe grading
« Last post by djmacdo on Today at 07:16:15 am »
Whatever some grading service says, I say that is rare and nice coin.  I have written this before--for me there are only two grades:  I want it and I do not want it.  Your coin certainly belongs in the first category!
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Może kolekcjonerzy już się rzucili, bo kurs najwspanialszego boliwara znów odrobinę wzrósł.
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Krzyż jako główny symbol chrześcijaństwa to jeszcze nie ten wiek.

Jak to z krzyżem było, to - jak wiadomo - sprawa kontrowersyjna. Na monecie z tego wątku z pewnością żadnych krzyżyków miało nie być, ale co widział w tych krzyżykach ten, co je stawiał? Tego nie ustalimy. Wydaje mi się jednak, że krzyż jest na tyle "archetypiczną" figurą, że odróżniano go (niezależnie od podkładanych pod niego treści) od różnych wariantów "iksowatości". Owszem, niechlujnie stawiany X mógł czasem przypadkowo wyglądać jak krzyż. Ale na przykład na tych Magnecjuszach przypadek jest raczej wykluczony. Choć dalej nie wiadomo, co autor miał na myśli. Czy stawiał te krzyżyki "po chrześcijańsku", czy bez żadnej specjalnej idei, a tylko ze świadomością "geometryczną", że być pionowa pałeczka przecięta poziomą: równo i starannie.
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Identification Help / Re: A Roman moneyer in training?
« Last post by djmacdo on Today at 07:09:58 am »
"Do I have a remarkable double struck here or a totally messed up coin?"

Those are not necessarily different things.
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