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Great Britain: gold half-sovereign of Queen Victoria, 1901, from the Terner Collection28 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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USA: Pilgrim Tercentenary commemorative half dollar, 192026 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Great Britain: gilt copper proof halfpenny of George III, Soho Mint, 180629 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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USA: gold Liberty half-eagle, 1842-D small date28 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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USA: silver three-cent piece, 186024 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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USA: bronze Civil War token, "Our Little Monitor", 186324 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Japan (Meiji Era): gold Nibu-Kin (2 bu), ca. 1868-186928 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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England (Anglo-Saxon): silver penny of Aethelred II (978-1016 AD), struck ca. 997-1003 AD25 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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England: silver Short Cross penny of King John (1199-1216), struck in the name of Henry II, ca. 1205-120740 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Italy (Venice): silver grosso of Antonio Venier, ca. 1382-140026 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Poland (Lithuania): silver half-groschen of Sigismund II, 155020 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Great Britain, silver "South Sea Company" shilling of George I, 172321 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Ancient Rome (Imperial): silver denarius of Tiberius, ca. 14-37 AD: the biblical "Tribute Penny"19 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Ancient Rome (Imperial): bronze as of Claudius, ca. 41-54 AD22 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Ancient Rome (Imperial): silver denarius of Otho, ca. January-April, 69 AD29 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Ancient Rome (Imperial): silver denarius of Domitian, (81-96 AD), struck ca. 92 AD27 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Ancient Byzantine Empire: gold tremissis of Justinian I, ca. 527-565 AD20 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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The box itself26 viewsHolds 20 slabs.lordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Ancient Greece: Ionia, Teos, silver trihemiobol, ca. 500-450 BC.22 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Ancient Greece (Thessaly), silver pseudo-Rhodian drachm struck by King Perseus of Macedon, ca. 175-170 BC26 views1 commentslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Ancient Greece: Seleucid Kingdom, bronze AE19 of Antiochus VIII, ca. 121-96 BC19 viewslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Ionia, Teos, silver trihemiobol, ca. 500-450 BC.15 viewsObverse- griffin seated right, forepaw raised.
Reverse- quadripartite incuse square, bold partition lines forming cross, irregular (unknown) shapes within incuse quarters.

10.5 mm, 1.47 g. In an NGC Ch VF (Strike 3/5, Surface: 5/5) slab. Ex-FORVM Ancient Coins, 7/18/2012. Lot# GA58821. Purchased raw. FORVM gave a narrower date range of ca. 510-490 BC.
lordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Macedonia: bronze AE15 of Alexander III ("The Great"), ca. 323-315 BC21 viewsObverse- facing gorgon at center of ornamented Macedonian shield.
Reverse- B-A to left and right of Macedonian helmet, caduceus below.

15 mm, 4.1 g. Ex-bargainbinancients.com, 5/15/14. Lot# B-G587.
1 commentslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Seleucid Kingdom, bronze AE19 of Antiochus VIII, ca. 121-96 BC19 viewsObverse- radiate and diademed head of Antiochus VIII right.
Reverse- eagle standing left on thunderbolt, lotus-tipped scepter transverse under right wing.

18.9 mm, 5.49 g. In an NGC VF (Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, "sand patina") slab. Ex-FORVM Ancient Coins, 7/18/2012. Lot# GB57125. Purchased raw.
lordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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Thessaly: Rhodian Mercenaries, silver drachm of King Perseus of Macedon, ca. 175-170 BC45 viewsObverse: head of Helios three-quarter facing right.
Reverse: rose, bud right.

2.54 g. Ex- "SmEagle1795" (Collectors Universe), 3/18/2014. Prior provenance to Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., Buy or Bid Sale #186, Lot 90, with description"Ex-Philip Davis Collection. Some iridescent toning. Choice Mint State."

HJB attribution & notes: "Price, KME-pp.241-2, SNG Keckman-794. Although the attribution of this issue has been debated, it seems likely that it was struck by Perseus to pay Cretan mercenaries, who would have been familiar with Rhodian issues, in the Third Macedonian War against the Romans (see R. Ashton, NC 1988, pp. 29-30)".
3 commentslordmarcovanMay 15, 2014
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USA, Type 3 Indian Princess gold dollar, 188951 viewsThis appealing little coin represents the end of an era, as 1889 was the last year the United States Mint struck gold dollars. (REAL gold dollars, I mean- not what they call "golden" dollars now.) Gold dollars are the most commonly encountered US gold holeys. As such they were popular gifts at the time, and gold dollars were not far behind dimes in popularity as host coins for love token engraving. This one isn't a love token- just a holey- but I'm fond of it. I had several others on my hat but one year a friend wanted to buy a pair to make his wife some earrings for Christmas.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, gold Classic Head quarter-eagle, 183429 viewsI love Classic Head gold- it's the earliest US gold within the budget of a mere mortal like me. With a contemporary hole, it's even more affordable, or was, back when I bought this in 2006 or so. Holed or not, you must admit it's an appealing little piece. I have had a few unholed Classic Heads in the past, but what I'd really like is one with the little "C" or "D" (Charlotte or Dahlonega) mintmarks above the date. That isn't likely to happen unless my financial means change for the better, and even then, finding a holey example might take a very long time.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, gold Liberty Head quarter-eagle, 1856-S24 viewsAn early San Francisco mint issue. When purchased, this coin had a crude and ugly plug of some blackish material, probably solder, in the hole, which I then drilled out. Why bother plugging a holed coin if you're not going to make the plug match? I restored this to being the "honest holey" it once was. I love the cramped-up placement of the mintmark on the reverse.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Indian Princess three-dollar gold piece, 186025 viewsThis coin looks a bit like a train wreck because there was once a counterstamp on the obverse which someone did his level best to obliterate, and he partially succeeded. For all that tragic attempted murder, this is still a desirable coin, and not just to me. $3.00 gold pieces are all pretty scarce, and this is the only one I've ever owned. With my budget, it's likely to remain my only one, too. I'm told the 1860 is a bit of a "sleeper" date in this series. It was a pivotal year in my country, since Abraham Lincoln was elected and we all know what happened next.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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Canada (Newfoundland), gold 2-dollar piece, 188166 viewsA sweet little gold Vickie.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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Great Britain, "Spade" type half-guinea of George III, 178938 viewsOld British gold is always fun. I wish I could afford a full guinea, but these days that seems less and less likely. Truth is, I wouldn't be able to afford all the gold that's on my hat now, and wouldn't have it I hadn't bought it back in the early- to mid-2000s when bullion was a lot cheaper.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, fractional California gold 25-cent piece, 187283 viewsThese are tiny little things. Replicas and fantasy issues abound, but I'm pretty sure this and the other one I have are genuine.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, fractional California gold half dollar, 187237 viewsHere's a rather sourfaced Lady Liberty on a tiny little California fractional. Replicas and fantasy issues abound, but I'm pretty sure this and the other one I have are genuine. I like the octagonal shape.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, gold dollar love token ("LM"), 185230 viewsI made an exception to my usual "holeys only" rule for this, since it has initials matching my Internet username. Now if I can just get one with my real-world initials on it, that would be great. (The 1861 dime in my love token collection has those.)lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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Germany, Nurnberg- silver ducat klippe, 165031 viewsThis is one of my favorite non-gold holeys. I had long wanted a klippe and I still want more, but they aren't always cheap. I traded a high grade (unholed) Spanish colonial 2-reales piece for this one, and have been very happy with the swap. You've got to love the little boy with a stick horse. When I saw the design, I simply HAD to have this. lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Nova Constellatio copper, 1783100 viewsThe rectangular holes in some colonial-era coppers were often caused by the old "square" cut nails. This looks to have been more neatly cut than that. Some early coppers and large cents were affixed to beams or rafters in newly constructed buildings, but I guess this could have been put to other purposes as well.1 commentslordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA- Flying Eagle cent, 1857112 viewsWow, an otherwise Mint State holey! This is actually nicer than any of the unholed Flying Eagle cents I've owned- I think the best of those was in a PCGS XF45 holder. It's strange how beveled the hole is on this. I wonder what caused it. This coin is a "heartbreaker" to many mainstream collectors, but I like adopting homeless heartbreakers. They're right up my alley sometimes.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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Holey Coin Vest I, ca. 200051 viewsThe "coin garment" idea is not original to me. I stole it from Jim and Johnny Atha, brother coin dealers from the Raleigh, NC area. Jim used to be my local dealer here before he moved to North Carolina. Johnny came into the shop one day with this crazy western shirt, covered in clinking coins sewn all over it. I remember some coal mine tokens and a Draped Bust quarter on there. For some loony reason, a little lightbulb went on over my head and I started my own vest. I decided to refine the idea a bit and pioneered the use of fishing swivels, which enabled me to add and remove coins from the vest without additional sewing. Here I am in the fall of 2000, outside the NCNA coin show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. The facial hair was a brief experiment and I shaved it all off not long afterward, but have since reverted to it, so I look more like this than I do in the later HCV II picture ... just fatter and older now.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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Holey Coin Vest II, ca. 200466 viewsThis picture was taken outside the ruins of the slave hospital at Retreat Plantation, St. Simons Island, Georgia. The front side of the vest was pre-1900 US and world coins, while the back side was a nearly-complete date set of US large cents. I've since sold off the large cents and was going to replace them with a date set of Seated Liberty dime love tokens, but that collection soon took on a life of its own and expanded beyond mere holey coins, so they ended up in an album rather than the back of the vest. (You can see that collection in a separate album.) In 2011 I disassembled the vest in order to have the coins photographed, but editing all the photos has been a very laborious project. It will eventually be reassembled and the front will likely be taken over by all world and ancient coins, while the reverse will be a 19th century US type set. The last time I attended a show and wore all my regalia was at Charlotte ANA in 2007.1 commentslordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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The Holey Gold Hat35 viewsA closer shot of my trademark headgear. The beads are semiprecious gemstone beads which I bought for something ridiculous at a museum gift shop- like two bucks for the entire lot. I thought they were classy. Will add pictures of the coins themselves when I can, and then move on to the non-gold coins on the vest. That's a work in progress. All of the gold coins on the hat, as well as the other coins on the vest, range in date from ancient times to the year 1900. I chose to cut it off the entire collection the end of the 19th century, because I had little interest in more modern holeys. I also exclude anything with a mintmade hole, or else I would be forced to wear 300 pounds of Chinese cash coins.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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Roman/Byzantine Empire, AV solidus, after 476 AD40 viewsZENO the Isaurian (474-491 AD), AV solidus, Victory, ex-Eliasberg, struck after 476 AD.
Obverse- D N ZENO PERP AVG, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed three-quarter facing bust, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy.
Reverse- VICTORI-A AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long cross, two stars in field, CONOB in exergue.
Ex- Stack's auction of the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, 4/15/2005, Lot 24.
Original description: "Zeno (emperor of the East, A.D. 476-491). AV Solidus. Thessalonica, A.D. 476 or later. CHOICE VF / RIC 941. Metcalf 223. Choice VF. 4.27 grams, 20.40 mm. Obv Helmeted, cuirassed bust three-quarters facing of Zeno, holding spear and decorated shield. Rev Victory standing l., holding long cross, two stars in field. A scarcer issue. Scratched in right obverse field and holed, otherwise Choice VF. ($80-130)."
(Price realized: $310.50.)
Comments: (Thessalonica? I thought CONOB meant Constantinople?) This has long been a sentimental favorite of mine, and is likely to remain my only ancient gold for a while. The famous pedigree doesn't hurt, either, though this was probably a "junkbox" item for Eliasberg (haha). This is the centerpiece of my trademark "Holey Gold Hat", which I wear to shows.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 188957 views"FHI" or "FHJ" in script with flourishes and fancy borders. Very intricate. Ex-"rarecoinsgallery" (eBay), 04/2008. Total number of 1889 dimes struck at all mints = 8,352,678.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 188349 views"PETE" on fence, with chick hatching from egg below. This nice pictorial was superbly engraved by a master craftsman. I think the symbolism of the hatching chick indicates this was once a christening gift when Pete was born. I have the same theory about the "stork" themed pieces in this set. This one has had some admirers in the past. Ex-eBay. Total number of 1883 dimes struck at all mints = 7,674,673.2 commentslordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 188519 views"WJH" in banner across inverted horseshoe. Ex-"love-tokens" (eBay). Total number of 1885 dimes struck at all mints = 2,576,187.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 188622 views"P. L." below lighthouse and seascape, with partial ornamental border and scroll above. Ex-"rarecoinsgallery" (eBay). Considering the technical proficiency shown in the superb engraving on this piece, it's rather surprising that the artist let his tool slip and caused the apparent flaw on the "P". Perhaps a master carved the design and the coin was kept on hand until somebody else later added the initials? Total number of 1886 dimes struck at all mints = 6,583,208.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 188743 views"MA-MA" with Statue of Liberty scene and rope border. Like the 1884 "Brooklyn Bridge" piece in this set, this host coin dates to within a year of the opening of the landmark it portrays, and continues the New York theme. Ex-Heritage Long Beach Tokens & Medals Auction #110, Lot 29116, 09/2008. I forget the closing price, but I think it ended up being an upper two-figure price tag. It might be difficult to acquire a similar themed pictorial like that under $100 these days! The engraving on this is skilled but simple, giving it a sort of folksy, whimsical feel, and it's easy to imagine why somebody once chose this as a gift for his mother. If only we knew the rest of the story. Were they immigrants who passed the Statue of Liberty on their way to Ellis Island? Maybe not, but it's fun to think about such things. Needless to say, this piece is a sentimental favorite. Total number of 1887 dimes struck at all mints = 15,737,679.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 188826 views"Ivy De" or "Joy De"(?) in script, with parachute (!) and ornamental border. It's rather fascinating to see a parachute portrayed on a love token whose host coin was struck 15 years before the Wright Brothers ever flew! Of course the engraving could have been added years after the coin was struck, but still may date to the late 19th century. I guess the invention of the parachute must have preceded the airplane by centuries, but it is still a quirky and unusual portrayal for a love token. I can't tell if that's supposed to be a little person hanging below it or not. Ex-"engraved" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1888 dimes struck at all mints = 7,215,655.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 185125 viewsOld English "L" within ornamental border w/sunbursts. Part of a matched pair of clothing studs with an 1853 identical twin which is not displayed as part of this set, since I have a nice pictorial 1853. Ex-eBay, from seller "ernie", I think. Total number of 1851 dimes struck at all mints = 13,273,010.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 188123 views"A", "H", and "W" in monogram, with flourishes. KEY DATE. Rare, especially as a love token. Ex-"Minerscoin" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1881 dimes struck at all mints = 24,000 (minted at Philadelphia only).
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 188218 views"E" and "L" through "C" in small monogram, below horse's head. Ex-"engraved" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1882 dimes struck at all mints = 3,910,000.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 188424 views"J.J.T." above river scene with boats and the Brooklyn Bridge. A nice companion to the 1887 "Statue of Liberty" piece in this collection, forming sort of a New York theme. Both this and the "Statue of Liberty" piece date within a year of the dedication of the landmarks they portray! A rare topical piece tied to a famous landmark. I had to fight tooth and claw to win it! Love tokens are underappreciated enough that they are usually quite affordable, but this and a few of my other important pieces did cross the $100 mark. Ex-eBay, 2011, closed for around $126.00. Total number of 1884 dimes struck at all mints = 3,930,474.1 commentslordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 187617 views"Papa" in fancy script below landscape with church scene. Ex-eBay. Total number of 1876 dimes struck at all mints = 30,150,000.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 187722 views"ELB" in inverted horseshoe, with flourishes and border. Ex-"coinsjewelry" (eBay). Total number of 1877 dimes struck at all mints = 17,350,000.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 187825 views"D", "H", and "M" in monogram. Ex-"eirikrtripartite" (eBay). Total number of 1878 dimes struck at all mints = 1,877,200.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 187923 viewsA" and "J" in monogram with ornamental border. KEY DATE. Rare, especially as a love token. High grade host coin, too! Came with an 1876 companion piece which had a different monogram but shared the "J" initial. That and their similar style indicate to me that they were probably from the same family and maybe were engraved by the same person. I'm not displaying that 1876 here since I already have a pictorial 1876 for this set. Ex-"seanq" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1879 dimes struck at all mints = 14,000 (minted only at Philadelphia that year).
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 188013 views"C", "I" (or "J"), & "L" in monogram with ornamental border. KEY DATE. Rare, especially as a love token. I found this piece in a bulk lot for only $7.50! Not long before that, I had bought a similarly monogrammed example for about $125.00. I resold the $125.00 example at cost, and kept the lucky cherrypick. Both were remarkably similar in grade. Both ex-eBay. Total number of 1880 dimes struck at all mints = 36,000 (minted at Philadelphia only).
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 187227 views"JWD" with geometric design and stork in well-executed marsh scene with flying birds in sky. Ex-eBay. As previously mentioned, I believe these "stork" themed pieces were christening gifts for new babies. Total number of 1872 dimes struck at all mints = 2,620,980.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 187312 viewsSingle masted schooner sailing left in seascape with waves and birds. Ex-"legacycoins_collectibles" (eBay). Total number of 1873 dimes struck at all mints = 4,431,891.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 187415 views"J", "O", and "W" in monogram with fancy border and rays. Ex-eBay. Total number of 1874 dimes struck at all mints = 3,190,117.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 187516 views"Will" and two-masted schooner sailing right over textured waves. Ex-"exo" (eBay). Total number of 1875 dimes struck at all mints = 24,065,000.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 185715 viewsFloral design in geometric border. Probably once mounted on a hatpin or similar piece of jewelry.
Ex-"yoyolz" (eBay). Total number of 1857 dimes struck at all mints = 7,120,000.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 186316 views"J", "K", and "S" (or maybe I,K,S?) in monogram. Old center mount- probably was a button or cufflink.
Semi-key date. Scarce, especially as a love token. Ex-"engraved" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1863 dimes struck at all mints = 171,500 (minted only at Philadelphia that year).
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 186824 views"C", "E", and "F" in monogram. Ex-"engraved" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1868 dimes struck at all mints = 724,000.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 187019 views"B", "B", and "W" in monogram. Ex-Sunday & Sunday Antiques (goantiques.com). Total number of 1870 dimes struck at all mints = 520,500.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 187116 views"Dio" in Old English letters, with flourishes & border. Ex-"lkrarecoins" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1871 dimes struck at all mints = 1,246,850.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 185615 views"H" and "W" in monogram with ornamental border.
Ex-"mrcrest" (eBay). Total number of 1856 dimes struck at all mints = 7,030,000.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 185817 views"QP" (or maybe "PP"?) in script with wreath, flourishes, and ornamental border. Original suspension ring. Ex-eBay. Total number of 1858 dimes struck at all mints = 1,890,000.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 185917 views"C", "E", and "P" in monogram, with ornamental border. Ex-"engraved" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1859 dimes struck at all mints = 970,000. lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 186124 views"RWS" with marsh scene and stork. These stork pictorials might have once been christening gifts. Not only do I live in the coastal marshlands, but a stork flew right in front of me on the day I bought this. More amazingly, it has all three of my initials in sequence! Ex-eBay. Total number of 1861 dimes struck at all mints = 2,055,500.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 185013 viewsOld English "P" in concentric circles. From a bulk lot purchased on eBay. Total number of 1850 dimes struck at all mints = 2,441,500.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 185218 views"Claribel" in script below lighthouse. Probably from a bracelet. Ex-eBay. Total number of 1852 dimes struck at all mints = 1,935,000.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 185322 views"Minnie" around top hat, with "89" and flourishes below. Presumably the latter indicates that the engraving was done in 1889, or something important to Minnie happened that year. Could this have been a wedding gift? Did Minnie's new husband wear a top hat like that, and present her with this ... or did Minnie give it to him? We'll never know, but it's fun to speculate on. Since the best known of my Internet avatar pictures features me wearing a top hat covered with holed coins (my trademark "Holey Gold Hat"), I simply HAD to have this piece. Others wanted it, too, so a scuffle ensued. I won. Ha! As it happened, I had just sold off an 1873 with the name "Minnie" on it when I upgraded that date to a pictorial piece. Ex-eBay, spring 2012. Total number of 1853 dimes struck at all mints = 13,273,010.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 185425 viewsOld English "D" in fancy star. Probably once mounted on a button or cufflink. Ex-"pinetreecoinandjewelry" (eBay). Total number of 1854 dimes struck at all mints = 6,240,000.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 185515 viewsOld English "A" within wreath. Part of a matched pair with the 1842 coin in this set (maybe once made into a pair of earrings?). Ex-"zebiak-maritime.intl" (eBay). Total number of 1855 dimes struck at all mints = 2,075,000.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 184217 viewsOld English "A" within wreath. Part of a matched pair with the 1855 coin in this set (maybe once made into a pair of earrings?) Ex-"zebiak-maritime.intl" (eBay). Total number of 1842 dimes struck at all mints = 3,907,500.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 184322 views"H" and "M" in monogram, with ornamental flourishes. Ex-"engraved" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1843 dimes struck at all mints = 1,520,000.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 184522 views"X" in ornamental border. Ex-Charles Rickard (wcsdeals.com). Total number of 1845 dimes struck at all mints = 1,985,000.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 184815 views"CFW" in script. Semi-key date. Scarce, particularly as a love token. Ex-"engraved" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1848 dimes struck = 451,500 (minted only at Philadelphia that year).lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 184918 viewsFancy "R" initial in border. Ex-"engraved" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1849 dimes struck at all mints = 1,139,000.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 183720 views"C", "L", & "M" in monogram. Gift from "savoyspecial" (Collectors Universe). Total number of 1837 dimes struck at all mints = 682,500.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 183817 views"Toler" in script with ornamental border. Ex-Charles Rickard (wcsdeals.com). Total number of 1838 dimes struck at all mints = 2,398,534.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 183915 views"WBM" in script initials. Ex-"shelbind" (eBay). Total number of 1839 dimes struck at all mints = 2,376,115.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 184014 viewsMonogram with three letters. One is obviously a "K". The others could be "A" and "R" but it's hard to say. Late 2011 acquisition, provenance forgotten. Total number of 1840 dimes struck at all mints = 2,534,000.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 184118 views"JNM"(?) in script. Ex-"love-tokens" (eBay). Total number of 1841 dimes struck at all mints = 3,630,000.lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Barber dime love token, 189920 views"A", "C", and "P" in monogram with ornamental border.
Ex-eBay. Total mintage of 1899 dimes at all mints = 24,097,493.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Barber dime love token, 189424 views"E", "F", and "M" in geometric style monogram with ornamental border.
Ex-eBay. Total 1884 dime mintage at all mints = 2,050,000.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Barber dime love token, 189230 views"DF" in fancy script. First year of issue Barber dime.
Ex-eBay. Total mintage of 1892 dimes at all mints = 16,952,410.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 189169 views"CEB" script initials, with flourishes above and below.
Ex-"mrcrest" (eBay). Total 1891 dime mintage = 23,046,116 at all mints.
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 189067 views"SPL" (or "SPI"?) monogram on high grade host coin.
Ex-"oscarsaab" (eBay). (11,334,027).
lordmarcovanJul 16, 2012
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40- STRAITS SETTLEMENTS (MALAYSIA), 1/4 CENT, KM14.29 viewsSize: 21.5 mm approx. Composition: Bronze. Mintage: 2,000,000.
Grade: NGC MS62 BN (Cert.# 4080257-015).
Comments: Purchased raw from Tony Fein through VCoins, 11/22/09.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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41- STRAITS SETTLEMENTS (MALAYSIA), 1 CENT, KM16.66 viewsSize: 28 mm approx. Composition: Bronze. Mintage: 15,230,000.
Grade: NGC AU Details/Rev Planchet Flaw (Cert.# 4080257-016).
Comments: Small planchet flaw (lamination?) on reverse, but nice detail and color. Purchased raw from eBay seller "rdzcoins", summer 2009.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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VHC43-coin62 viewsSize: 17 mm. Composition: .800 Silver/.0697 oz. Mintage: 2,700,000.
Grade: NGC AU58 (Cert.# 4080257-017).
Comments: Purchased from an excellent eBay seller called "rdzcoins" in the summer of 2009.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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VHC44-coin57 viewsSize: 23 mm. Composition: .800 Silver/.1397 oz. Mintage: 600,000.
Grade: NGC AU58 (Cert.# 4080257-020).
Comments: Purchased raw on eBay.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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37- INDIA (BRITISH), 2 ANNAS, KM488, (1901-C).30 viewsSize: 15 mm. Composition: .917 Silver/.0430 oz. Mintage: 8,944,000 (Calcutta)- 1,706,000 (Bombay).
Grade: NGC MS65 (Cert.# 4080257-018).
Comments: Purchased raw from VCoins seller Frits A. Bodde of Moneta Nova (Germany). I really need to get a proper picture, because the NGC slab image is pretty wretched.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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34- INDIA (BRITISH), 1/12 ANNA, KM483, (1901-C).26 viewsSize: 17.5 mm. Composition: Copper. Mintage: 21,345,000.
Grade: NGC MS62 BN (Cert. # 3260363-003).
Comments: Purchased slabbed on eBay, sold, and later bought back when I found it harder to replace than anticipated.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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28- GREAT BRITAIN, 1/2 CROWN, KM782.20 viewsSize: 32.3 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.4204 oz. Mintage: 1,577,000.
Grade: NGC MS63 (Cert.# 4080257-0110).
Comments: Purchased raw from Jeffrey Zarit, through eBay.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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29- GREAT BRITAIN, 1/2 SOVEREIGN, KM784 (Terner pedigree).21 viewsSize: 19.30 mm. Composition: .917 Gold/.1177 oz. Mintage: 2,037,999.
Grade: PCGS MS64, with Terner pedigree on label (Cert. #90089936).
Comments: Ex-Dimitri Gotzamanis and the Dr. Jacob Terner collection.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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31- HONG KONG, 1 CENT, KM4.3, (1901 "plain").22 viewsSize: 27.6 mm. Composition: Bronze. Mintage: 5,000,000 (without mintmark)- 10,000,000 ("H" mintmark).
Grade: NGC MS63 RB (Cert.# 4080257-012).
Comments: Purchased raw on eBay. This is the lower-mintage variety without mintmark.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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32- HONG KONG, 5 CENTS, KM5.27 viewsSize: 15.53 mm. Composition: .8000 Silver/.0349 oz. Mintage: 10,000,000.
Grade: NGC MS64 (Cert. # 3356207-006).
Comments: Acquired in a trade with Hayden Tubbs, who let us trade up from a toned NGC MS63 example to this blast white beauty.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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33- HONG KONG, 10 CENTS, KM6.320 viewsSize: 17.84 mm. Composition: .800 Silver/.0698 oz. Mintage: 25,000,000.
Grade: NGC MS63 (Cert.# 4080257-013).
Comments: Purchased raw from an eBay seller with the ID "999_omen".
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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23- GREAT BRITAIN, 3 PENCE, KM777.21 viewsSize: 16.26 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.0420 oz. Mintage: 6,100,000 (circulation strikes)- 8,976 (Maundy issue).
Grade: NGC MS65 (Cert. #1756441-014).
Comments: Ex-Dimitri Gotzamanis, Richard Abrahams ("greattoning").
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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24- GREAT BRITAIN, 4 PENCE, KM778.15 viewsSize: 17.63 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.0561 oz. Mintage: 12,000.
Grade: NGC MS63 (Cert. #1756441-015).
Comments: Ex-Dimitri Gotzamanis, Richard Abrahams ("greattoning").
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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25- GREAT BRITAIN, 6 PENCE, KM779.16 viewsSize: 19.5 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.0895 oz. Mintage: 5,109,000.
Grade: PCGS MS64 (Old Green Holder- cert. # 2302317).
Comments: Puchased from Tom Carroll, 11/20/09, replacing a really nice AU+ I'd bought from him years before.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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26- GREAT BRITAIN, 1 SHILLING, KM780.19 viewsSize: 23.5 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.1682 oz. Mintage: 3,426,000.
Grade: NGC MS64 (Cert.# 4080257-009).
Comments: Received raw as a generous gift for Victoria from Dimitri Gotzamanis.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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27- GREAT BRITAIN, 1 FLORIN (2 SHILLINGS), KM781.22 viewsSize: 28.3 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/0.3364 oz. Mintage: 2,649,000.
Grade: NGC MS64 (formerly NGC MS65, current cert.# 4080257-010).
Comments: Ex-Brett Smith. Purchased raw, with the original NGC insert included. Resubmitted in 2011 and it only got MS64.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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18- GREAT BRITAIN, 1 FARTHING, KM788.2.27 viewsSize: 20 mm. Composition: Bronze. Mintage: 8,016,000.
Grade: NGC MS61 (Cert.# 4080257-007).
Comments: Purchased raw from Tom Carroll, 11/20/09.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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19- GREAT BRITAIN, 1/2 PENNY, KM789.17 viewsSize: 25.5 mm. Composition: Bronze. Mintage: 11,127,000.
Grade: PCGS MS64 RD.
Comments: A gift from Don Rupp, 04/2010.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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20- GREAT BRITAIN, 1 PENNY (BRONZE), KM790.18 viewsSize: 30.8 mm. Composition: Bronze. Mintage: 22,206,000.
Grade: NGC MS63 RB (Cert.# 4080257-008).
Comments: Purchased raw from Don Rupp in 2009, to upgrade a less Red example.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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21- GREAT BRITAIN, 1 PENNY (SILVER MAUNDY), KM775.18 viewsSize: 11.15 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.0140 oz. Mintage: 18,000.
Grade: NGC MS63 (Cert. #1756441-012)
Comments: Ex-Dimitri Gotzamanis, Richard Abrahams ("greattoning"). The apparent haze on the obverse picture is actually a reflection from the holder.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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22- GREAT BRITAIN, 2 PENCE, KM776.16 viewsSize: 13.44 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.0280 oz. Mintage: 14,000.
Grade: NGC MS65 (Cert. #1756441-013).
Comments: Ex-Dimitri Gotzamanis, Richard Abrahams ("greattoning").
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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11- CEYLON (SRI LANKA), 1/2 CENT, KM91.21 viewsSize: 18.5 mm. Composition: Copper. Mintage: 2,020,000.
Grade: NGC MS63 RB (Cert.# 4080257-005).
Comments: Purchased raw from Stephen Album Rare Coins, 04/2010.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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12- CEYLON (SRI LANKA), 1 CENT, KM92.19 viewsSize: 22.5 mm. Composition: Copper. Mintage: 1,014,000.
Grade: Raw F+ (borderline VF).
Comments: Just a cheap coin I picked up somewhere; probably eBay. It will do until I find a nice BU example.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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15- CYPRUS, 4-1/2 PIASTRES, KM5.16 viewsSize: 19 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.0561 oz. Mintage: 300,000.
Grade: NGC XF40 (Cert. #1787397-054).
Comments: Ex- Dimitri Gotzamanis. Might have had a light cleaning long ago, but NGC obviously considered it gradeworthy.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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16- CYPRUS, 9 PIASTRES, KM6.13 viewsSize: 23.7 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.1682 oz. Mintage: 600,000.
Grade: Raw AU.
2009 KM catalog values: $15.00 F, 40.00 VF, 100.00 XF, 200.00 UNC, 1,250.00 PR.
Comments: Ex- Dimitri Gotzamanis.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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17- CYPRUS, 18 PIASTRES, KM7.28 viewsSize: 29.8 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.3364 oz. Mintage: 200,000.
Grade: NGC VG10 (Cert.# 4080257-006).
Comments: Purchased raw on eBay. Modest grade, but superior eye appeal- far better looking than a lot of the typical cleaned ones out there.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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06- CANADA, 5 CENTS, KM2.24 viewsSize: 18.5 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.0346 oz. Mintage: 2,000,000.
Grade: Raw VF+ to XF (some nicks, but also some pretty toning- which may be heat-induced, but I don't care).
Comments: Purchased from Bobby Hurst, aka "forvm" on eBay. Though not perfect, it will serve as an attractive "filler" until I step up to a full UNC.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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07- CANADA, 10 CENTS, KM3.14 viewsSize: 21.5 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.0691 oz. Mintage: 1,200,000.
Grade: ICG MS62 (Cert.# 2748922901).
Comments: Purchased at a show on my behalf by Don Rupp, who let me swap him some other coins for it, 11/2009.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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08- CANADA, 25 CENTS, KM5.20 viewsSize: 28 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.1728 oz. Mintage: 640,000.
Grade: NGC VF30 (Cert.# 4080257-002, Ex-ICCS VF20).
Comments: Purchased in an ICCS holder from eBay, later crossed to NGC.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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09- CANADA, 50 CENTS, KM6.15 viewsSize: 35.5 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.3456 oz. Mintage: 80,000.
Grade: NGC G6 (Cert.# 4080257-003).
Comments: Purchased raw on eBay. These are tough. I find this one pleasing for a low-grade example.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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10- CEYLON (SRI LANKA), 1/4 CENT, KM90.18 viewsSize: 14.3 mm. Composition: Copper. Mintage: 216,000.
Grade: NGC MS63 BN (Cert.# 4080257-004).
Comments: Purchased raw on eBay. The nice colors were a pleasan surprise. Tiny but beautiful, and undervalued, in my opinion.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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01- AUSTRALIA: 1 SOVEREIGN, KM13, (1901-M)60 viewsSize: 22.05 mm. Composition: .917 Gold/.2354 oz. Mintage: 3,012,000 ("S" mintmark)- 3,987,000 ("M" mintmark)- 2,889,000 ("P" mintmark).
Grade: PCGS AU58 (Cert. # 5820151).
Comments: Purchased 3/1/10 from eBay seller "akbeez".
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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02- BRITISH GUIANA (GUYANA), 4 PENCE, KM26.30 viewsSize: 19.5 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.0560 oz. Mintage: 60,000.
Grade: Raw VG (minor nicks and marks).
Comments: From an eBay seller in Mexico. I paid around ten times catalog price at the time, but these are tough to find and likely undervalued.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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03- BRITISH HONDURAS (BELIZE), 25 CENTS, KM923 viewsSize: 27.5 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.1728 oz. Mintage: 20,000.
Grade: Raw F+ (borderline VF).
Comments: Ex-Dan Lewis, Black Mountain Coins.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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04- BRITISH HONDURAS (BELIZE), 50 CENTS, KM1022 viewsSize: 35.5 mm. Composition: .925 Silver/.3456 oz. Mintage: 10,000.
Grade: NGC VF Details/Scratches (Cert. # 4080257-001).
Comments: Purchased raw on eBay.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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05- CANADA, 1 CENT, KM7.20 viewsSize: 25.5 mm. Composition: Bronze. Mintage: 4,100,100.
Grade: PCGS MS64 RB. (Cert. # 10095298).
Comments: Acquired in a trade from Don Rupp, 06/2009.
lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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Late Roman (Arcadius?) AE2, GLORIA ROMANORVM28 viewsSo why is this in my gallery, you ask? Looks like something you'd maybe see in a $1.00 pick bin, doesn't it? Well, the truth is, it cost me less than that, because I FOUND it. Here... in GEORGIA. I was walking a sand roadbed on a colonial site in Liberty County, GA, casually looking for artifacts, though I didn't even have my metal detector with me. In a washout caused by recent rains, I noticed a gunflint from an 18th century firearm and some old plantation-era pottery sherds. And this, lying right there exposed in the washout. Though it's possible it was lost the day before I found it, I doubt that. I think it had been there 150-200 years. I have two pet theories. Either it was lost by an early collector (a famous 19th century antiquarian happened to have lived nearby), or it came over a bit before that, on a boat from England during the colonial era. In the early colonial period, small change was so scarce in this area that people spent just about any kind of coin they could get their hands on. I've dug some pretty strange stuff. This might have circulated as a farthing in the 1700s, and I guess nobody would have given it much thought at the time.lordmarcovanJul 13, 2012
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ZENO the Isaurian (474-491 AD), AV solidus, Victory, ex-Eliasberg, struck after 476 AD535 viewsObverse- D N ZENO PERP AVG, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed three-quarter facing bust, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy.
Reverse- VICTORI-A AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long cross, two stars in field, CONOB in exergue.
Ex- Stack's auction of the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, 4/15/2005, Lot 24.
Original description: "Zeno (emperor of the East, A.D. 476-491). AV Solidus. Thessalonica, A.D. 476 or later. CHOICE VF / RIC 941. Metcalf 223. Choice VF. 4.27 grams, 20.40 mm. Obv Helmeted, cuirassed bust three-quarters facing of Zeno, holding spear and decorated shield. Rev Victory standing l., holding long cross, two stars in field. A scarcer issue. Scratched in right obverse field and holed, otherwise Choice VF. ($80-130)."
(Price realized: $310.50.)
Comments: (Thessalonica? I thought CONOB meant Constantinople?) This has long been a sentimental favorite of mine, and is likely to remain my only ancient gold for a while. The famous pedigree doesn't hurt, either, though this was probably a "junkbox" item for Eliasberg (haha). I don't mind the hole a bit, as I have a large collection of holed coins. This piece does not reside with my regular Roman collection but is the centerpiece of my trademark "Holey Gold Hat", which I wear to shows.
3 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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JULIA MAMAEA (d. 235 AD), AR denarius, VESTA47 viewsObverse- IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, diademed & draped bust right.
Reverse- VESTA, Vesta standing half-left, holding palladium and scepter.
RIC 360, RSC 81, 19mm, 3.26 g.
Ex- Mathew Baca, through a swap on Collectors Universe, February, 2012.
Comments: This coin looks a lot sharper and more lustrous in hand. I initially had a casual "take it or leave it" attitude when we were haggling out this swap- I liked this coin but didn't feel like I absolutely HAD to have it. When I got it in hand, though, I was quite happy with the deal.
2 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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PHILIP I "The Arab" (244-249 AD), AR antoninianus, struck circa 247 AD50 viewsObverse- IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse- ROMAE AETERNAE, Roma sitting left, holding Victory and scepter.
RIC 44b, RSC 169, 22-23 mm, 3.26 g.
Ex- Mathew Baca, through a swap on Collectors Universe, November, 2011.
Comments: I could buy these affordable antoninianii for quite a while before getting sick of them. They just pack a lot of visual bang for the buck, and often come really nice, like this.
3 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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LUCIUS VERUS (161-169 AD), AE sestertius, Victory, struck ca. 164 AD43 viewsObverse- L AVREL VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS, laureate head right.
Reverse- TR P IIII IMP II COS II S-C, Victory standing right, placing a shield inscribed VIC/AVG in two lines on palm.
RIC 1396, 33.79 mm, 23 g.
Ex-Ancient Imports, May 2007, through VCoins store.
Comments: This bronze sestertius is well worn and the legends are a bit weak in places, but it is impressively large and thick and has a nice clear portrait, even if the emperor does look a bit stern. This is a holdover from my first Roman Imperial collection and was one of the first coins I bought as a novice; certainly the first sestertius I ever owned.
1 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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TRAJAN (98-117 AD), AR denarius, Victory, struck ca. 103-111 AD31 viewsObverse- IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate head right, draped far shoulder.
Reverse- COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory standing left, naked to hips, holding wreath & palm.
RIC 128, RSC 74, 19 mm, 3.3 g.
Comments: Ex- Mathew Baca, through a swap on Collectors Universe, November, 2011. I liked the Trajan denarius I had in my old collection a little bit more, but there is really nothing wrong with this moderately toned piece. I got it along with a Hadrian denarius I really liked. Mat is of course an excellent person to trade with, and I've benefited from his advice a time or two. When I am shopping for a particular coin, I'll often solicit his opinion on two or three contenders and more often than not I end up buying the one he favors most.

1 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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HADRIAN (117-138 AD), AR denarius, Roma68 viewsObverse- Hadrian Denarius. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust right, draped far shoulder.
Reverse- P M TR P COS III, Roma seated left on cuirass, shield behind, holding Victory and scepter.
RIC 77, RSC 1103, 19 mm, 3.5 g.
Ex- Mathew Baca, through a swap on Collectors Universe, November, 2011.
While it's not super high grade or anything, I just really like the look of this coin... a lot. With a nice expressive portrait, full legends on both sides, good centering, and some handsome grey-brown toning that sets off the devices superbly, what's not to like? Got this in a trade with Mat, who's been good to deal with. I've been pleased to take on a few of his castoffs. A pretty decent Trajan denarius also came with that deal, but this was the coin that cinched the swap for me.
3 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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DOMITIAN (81-96 AD), AR denarius, Minerva, struck ca. 92 AD71 viewsObverse- IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P P TR P XI, laureate head right.
Reverse- IMP XXI COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, holding spear and shield, owl at feet.
RIC 730, RSC 274, 18.2 mm, 3.63 g.
NGC Ch VF (Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5), cert. #4095350-005.
Ex-Zuzim Judaea, January 2011, through VCoins store (purchased raw).
Comments: I think this type is relatively common but the coin is a really bright and lustrous example and grabbed my eye. I was frankly surprised it didn't grade XF or better, but I don't really care so much about technical grades anyway- I slabbed my Twelve Caesars coins mostly for display purposes. NGC did recognize the super sharp strike on this piece. I see they attribute the object Minerva is standing on as a "prow", while Wildwinds has it as the "capital of (a) rostral column". Eh, whatever. I really like this piece and it will serve my set for quite some time unless a similarly attractive and lustrous piece with a more interesting reverse comes along.


4 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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Roman Imperial AR denarius, Vespasian (69-79 AD), "Judaea Capta" issue struck ca. 69-70 AD62 viewsObverse- IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right.
Reverse- Captive Jewess seated right, hands tied before, trophy of captured arms behind, IVDAEA in exergue.
RIC 2, RSC 226, 3.17 g.
NGC Ch F (Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5), cert. #4095350-004.
Ex- eBay purchase (perhaps from seller "antiquarica"), January, 2011 (purchased raw).
Comments: If you're going to have just one Vespasian coin, it really should be a Judea Capta. Not only does this one have a poignant and strong historical association with the Roman conquest of Judaea, but an excellent strike and full obverse legends as well. One can't help but think of the tragic siege of Masada when holding this coin.
3 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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TITUS (79-81 AD), AR denarius, draped throne, struck ca. 80 AD41 viewsObverse- IMP TITVS CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right.
Reverse- TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, draped throne with triangular back.
RIC 124, RSC 313a, 16-17 mm, 3.11 g.
Ex-Lars Rutten of Rutten & Wieland, Switzerland, from a swap through his VCoins store.
I had a "capricorn with globe" Titus denarius in my old set and wanted another (since that's my zodiac sign). But when this piece came my way instead, I was quite pleased with it. I liked it for the somewhat unusual reverse. When it arrived, I got a pleasant surprise- the difference between the coin and these overexposed photos was like night and day. In hand it has lovely iridescent "envelope" toning with pinks, golds and hints of blue-green, unlike the off-white of this picture, which does it no justice. There's a tiny scratch or two on the portrait but the toning more than compensates for that. I really should get this piece rephotographed.
1 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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VITELLIUS (69 AD), AR denarius, LIBERTAS485 viewsObverse- A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head right.
Reverse- LIBERTAS RESTITVTA, Libertas, draped, standing facing holding pileus and long rod.
RIC 105, RSC 47, 16-19 mm, 3.05 g.
Ex-Lars Rutten of Rutten & Wieland, Switzerland, from a swap through his VCoins store.

Another fairly scarce Civil War emperor who ruled from April to December of 69 AD. This coin has some moderate goldish-colored toning which does not show in the slightly overexposed photos, and it is more attractive in hand.
2 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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OTHO (69 AD), AR denarius, Ceres67 viewsObverse- IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right.
Reverse- PONT MAX, Ceres standing left, holding corn ears in right hand, cornucopia in left.
Silver version of RIC 20 (an aureus), 3.1 g.
NGC F (Strike 3/5, Surface 3/5), cert. #4095350-003.
Ex- Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., November, 2007.
Comments: "Rare second issue of reign", according to HJB. This was the keystone of my original Roman Imperial collection, and the only coin for which I crossed the $500 threshold. When forced to sell my collection after a 2008 layoff, I put it on eBay and took a loss. It went to a buddy, however, and he let me buy it back in August of 2010. I was always fascinated by this short-lived emperor who only lasted three months, and this coin is probably tied with my Zeno solidus as my favorite Roman.
4 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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GALBA (68-69 AD), AE as, DIVA AVGVSTA, Spanish (Tarraco?) mint, ca. 68 AD55 viewsObverse- SER GALBA IMP CAESAR AVG P M TR P P P, laureate head right.
Reverse- DIVA AVGVSTA, female figure (Livia?) standing left, holding patera and sceptre.
RIC 67, 28 mm, 11.6 g.
Ex-"king_radio" (eBay), UK, February, 2012.
Comments: Galba can be moderately tough. A lot of his coins (at least the ones within my budget) are pretty miserable looking. I thought this one was pretty decent for the price (which worked out to just a hair over $200 with the exchange rate). I liked it for the clear portrait and name. The almost black patina is not bad at all. The British seller was very friendly and easy to deal with- we ended up swapping several chatty emails.
2 commentslordmarcovanJul 11, 2012
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NERO (54-68 AD), AE dupondius, Victory, struck ca. 64 AD75 viewsObverse- NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P, radiate head right.
Reverse- VICTORIA AVGVSTI/ S-C, Victory flying left, holding wreath, II (mark of value) in exergue.
RIC 196 (?), 34.5 mm, 15.5 g.
Ex- Mike R. Vosper Coins, UK, November 2011, through eBay.
Comments: Here's a thick and chunky orichalcum dupondius with some of the brassy color showing. I just liked the look of it. What's fun is that the rendering of Victory's wing makes it look like a space shuttle is flying behind her and is about to whack her in the head! Just imagine what flights of fancy some "ancient aliens" theorists could come up with, using this coin as "evidence"!
2 commentslordmarcovanJul 10, 2012
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GAIUS "Caligula" (14-37 AD), AE as, Caesaraugusta, Spain57 viewsObverse- C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS IMP, laureate head of Caligula left.
Reverse- C C A LICINIANO ET GERMANICO, II VIR in exergue, two bulls, led by man behind.
RPC 371, 11.12 g, 26 mm.
aVF with brown and black patina, a few old scratches.
Ex-Hellenika Ancient Numismatics, July 2012, through VCoins store.
Comments: Most Caligula portrait coins available under $500 seem to be the VESTA-reverse bronzes. I had a decent one of those in my previous collection, but didn't want another unless it was nicer than my old one, and finding one I liked within my budget proved difficult. Then I spotted this provincial, with a more interesting design and a much friendlier price (under $200), so I bought it. Yes, it has some old scratches, but I can live with those. I thought it had a lot of "meat" on it for the price. The seller had speculated as to whether the scratch on the portrait represented a damnatio attempt, but I don't think so- to my mind, a damnatio would have involved much more deliberate and vicious damage.
2 commentslordmarcovanJul 10, 2012
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CLAUDIUS (41-54 AD), AE as, LIBERTAS77 viewsObverse- TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left.
Reverse- LIBERTAS AVGVSTA/ S-C, Libertas standing facing with pileus, extending left hand.
RIC 113, 28 mm, 9.03 g.
NGC Ch F ("sand patina", Strike 3/5, Surface 3/5), cert. #4094567-003.
Ex-?, probably eBay, July 2011, purchased raw.
Comments: I've always liked "sandy" or "desert" patina on late Roman coins from the eastern empire, but have hardly ever seen it on earlier Imperial coins like this. I've forgotten who I bought this from, though I think it was off eBay. I saved some partial notes, though unfortunately they didn't include the seller's name or the exact cost. I do remember being happy with the price. The seller said this was struck at Tarraco, circa 50-54 AD. I'm not entirely sure of the attribution.

5 commentslordmarcovanJul 10, 2012
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TIBERIUS (14-37 AD), AR denarius, "Tribute Penny"51 viewsObverse- TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right.
Reverse- PONTIF MAXIM, Livia as Pax, seated right on throne with ornate legs, single line below, holding long scepter and olive branch.
RIC 30, 18 mm, 3.77 g.
NGC Ch F (Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5), cert. #4095350-002.
Ex-Michael Swoveland (aka "Aethelred") through private deal on Collectors Universe, January 2011. Purchased raw.
Comments: For Tiberius, one simply HAS to have the "Tribute Penny" of Biblical mention (Mark 12:15), right? Everybody knows these were circulating during the life, ministry, and crucifixion of Christ, so they're eternally popular and historically important. The Tribute penny from my original collection in 2007 came from Michael Swoveland, and by coincidence, when it came time to find another, I bought this one from him as well. It is of similar grade with my first one, though I like the toning on this one a bit better. Both were around the same price.
2 commentslordmarcovanJul 10, 2012
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JULIUS CAESAR (d. 44 BC), AR denarius, struck February-March 44 BC, moneyer C. Cossutius Maridianus80 viewsObverse- Wreathed and veiled head of Caesar right, DICT IN PERPETVO behind, CAESAR before.
Reverse- moneyer's name with Venus standing left, holding Victory and resting elbow on shield on globe.

RSC10, 19mm, 3.17g.

NGC VG ("bankers marks", Strike 3/5, Surface 2/5), cert. #4095350-001.
Ex- Imperial Coins & Artifacts, January 2011, through VCoins store (purchased raw).
Comments: This coin might be an "ugly duckling", but it's got a ton of history. When it came time to pursue a Twelve Caesars collection, I knew that nothing but a lifetime portrait issue of Caesar would do for me, though I probably could have had one of those interesting "elephants" or a more attractive "goddess head" design in better condition for less. This time I chose historical significance over eye appeal. This coin would have been struck just before Caesar's assassination on the fateful Ides of March, perhaps in that very month. It wasn't easy finding one within my $500/coin budgetary ceiling at the time, but this one came in under that price... barely.
4 commentslordmarcovanJul 10, 2012
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AUGUSTUS (27 BC-14 AD), AE as, struck ca. 7 BC, moneyer M. Salvius Otho139 viewsObverse- CAESAR AVGVST PONT MAX TRIBVNEC POT, bare head of Augustus right.
Reverse - M SALVIVS OTHO III VIR AAA F F around large S C.
RIC 431, 27.5mm, 11.4g.
NGC VG (Strike 3/5, Surfaces 4/5), cert. #4094567-002.
Ex-Incitatus Coins, Canada, May 2007, through VCoins store (purchased raw).
Comments: I find it interesting that the moneyer's name on this coin is the same as that of the emperor Otho who ruled 76 years later. I suspect the circa-7 BC moneyer named on this coin was the grandfather of that short-lived 69 AD emperor. This coin was part of my first Roman collection, was sold in 2008, and bought back in August 2011.
3 commentslordmarcovanJul 10, 2012
     
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