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Posted on Oct, 10/03/2016

It’s now been a few weeks since the NGB $5 notes were released into circulation, and although a lot of people are yet to see them in their change, they’re slowly but surely making their way around the country.

It’s been 15 years since the last note was issued into circulation in Australia, and although I was actively involved in buying and selling all the different types of...

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Posted on Jun, 06/29/2016

One of the 6,835 emails I got a few weeks back mentioned a series of webcasts recently recorded by PCGS called “Learn to Grade Coins”. I filed it away to read “when I got time”, which of course meant I didn’t get to it until much later.

Now that I have taken some time to check the videos over, I’m pleased I did.

Reason being,...

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Posted on May, 05/22/2015

The Australian numismatic market has been fundamentally affected in the past two years or so by the advent of the PCGS registry set.

This new factor in the market has fundamentally altered the way many Australian coin collectors build their collections, and may well have permanently changed coin collecting in Australia.

This article explores just what...

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Posted on Jan, 01/06/2015

The first 2 weeks of the year are incredibly active for the world numismatic market - while most Australian collectors are resting on a beach or recovering from their Christmas break, the US collector market is in absolute full swing.

The NYINC (New York International Numismatic Convention) is being held...

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Posted on Jan, 01/06/2015

An article posted online about how collectors interpret the grades independently assigned to coins raised a few interesting questions, here’s just one quote from it that I believe will be of interest to Australian collectors:

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Posted on Sep, 09/14/2012

There are many, many auction catalogues I receive that elicit no reaction at all - some include not a single lot that hold any interest for me.

That certainly wasn't the case a few months back however, when a set of dusty old books made an appearance. They had an effect on me very similar to that I understand which catnip has on a cat.

Of course the books weren't simply any old...

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Posted on Sep, 09/10/2012

A career change from IT Pharmaceuticals in the UK, to an Apprentice Coin Dealer in Australia!

Firstly let me introduce myself, I’m Sean Forrest, Andrew’s right hand man, offsider, that English bloke who answers the phone, or officially known as his apprentice.

It was around this time 3 years ago that I graduated from university with a degree in...

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Posted on May, 05/16/2012

I don’t know that if this is an indication of the adage that when your wife falls pregnant, all you see are pregnant women everywhere, however this seems to be the week when there is further news about the impact that independent grading has had on another market for world coins, this time the market for Mexican / Latin American coins.

The commentary came by way of a newsletter mailed...

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Posted on May, 05/16/2012

I thought that a recent online article out of the USA about “Certified Acceptance Corp.’s recent announcement that it will now accept copper-nickel clad and silver-copper clad circulation strike Eisenhower dollars for grade review…” was really interesting, not least because it provides something of an insight...

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Posted on Feb, 02/06/2012

Coming off the back of the Professional Numismatist Guild's (PNG) recent efforts to reduce the quantity of counterfeit coins offered for sale via eBay, PNG has just published a revised definition of a (draft) policy they are seeking to...

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