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Posted on Sep, 09/25/2007

Every now and then there's an auction that really sets a new
benchmark in a sector of the market, and for really nice Commonwealth
silver, the last sale was it!

Stewart Wright had managed to obtain a few key shillings in finest known grade
for this sale, and these were very...

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Posted on Sep, 09/25/2007

I always have to remind myself that honesty is the best policy, at least when someone asks me: "So what do you collect?"

I think some clients / potential clients ask a dealer what they collect as some kind of litmus test - if the answer is as they expect, the dealer gets a tick - if not, better steer clear of him. (A bit like checking out the pipes of a plumber, if you know what I mean...

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Posted on Sep, 09/25/2007

I like to consider myself to be a relatively organized person (I think that's a result of getting it bashed into me when I was in the Scouts), and I've always felt it important to take copies of the Krause catalogues with me when I travel to coin shows. As any collector of world coins will tell you, you need no less than 3 editions to cover coins dating back to 1700 - each of these books...

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Posted on Sep, 09/25/2007

Now I know that stamps aren't exactly coins, however they are still
portable and tangible collectibles, and news in their market is always
relevant to us in numismatics. If you cast your mind back a few months,
you'll recall I mentioned that the MD of one of the largest bond
trading companies in the world was an avid stamp collector - he sold
part of it through...

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Posted on Sep, 09/25/2007

The Sydney Morning Herald (and quite a few other newspapers as well) ran a story last week about some counterfeit polymer $50 notes circulating in Hobart. Due to the pretty good security devices incorporated into the polymer notes these days, it...

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Posted on Sep, 09/25/2007

The 1933 Double Eagle made headlines around the world when it sold at a Sotheby's auction in New York in 2002 - it made US$7.6 million, which was split 50/50 between the dealer that owned the coin and the US government. A new chapter is unfolding in this story right at the moment, and it involves the...

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Posted on Sep, 09/25/2007

There's a really interesting article on the issues that arise with the introduction of electronic payment methods for parking in the UK. Several councils and government bodies now accept payment by text message or over the telephone (using...

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