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  2. dcdoberman

    Now that's a story

    Looking at the metal content of south african "coppers" it's clear that prior to 1942 these coins had a much higher content of tin , therefore making them bronze coinage ( Copper 0.955, Tin 0.030, Zinc 0.015 ) after 1942 much less tin ( Copper 0.950, Tin 0.005, Zinc 0.045 ) and prior to 1937 bronze coinage was "blackened" by the mint.
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  4. Pierre_Henri

    Now that's a story

    In the following picture, two coins are shown graded BN (Brown) by the NGC – the top one looks more black to me than brown, but it seems the NGC does not differentiate between black and brown: - notice the absence of lustre on both coins. In the following picture, two of the three coins are graded Red Brown (RB) and one is graded Red (RD) – it is hardly worth saying that there is actually no difference between the colors of the coins. The one on the left is according to the NGC a “red” coin – how they come to that conclusion is beyond me. In the following picture there is a very clear difference between a red and a red-brown coin – both Pennies dated 1960. The one on the left was graded by SANGS who seems to get the color right here whilst the NGC simply loses it. Overall, in my opinion, and I have said it before, the whole color grading system by the grading companies is just a money making racket. The more different colors they can grade, the more “varieties” there are to collect by collectors of slabbed coins willing to fill their coffers.
  5. Pierre_Henri

    Now that's a story

    The initials RB on slabs stand for “red brown” and not “red bronze”. (The SA Union coins were struck in 95% copper with the rest of the alloy being Tin and Zink. Bronze usually has a 12%–12.5% non-copper alloy, so the Union coins are rather copper than bronze coins) If one looks at the NGC population reports, Red Brown (RB) farthings before 1942 are indeed rare, but that is not the case for the Half Pennies and Pennies struck from 1929 onwards – the RB issues are fairly common. That being said, I think NGC is missing the boat with their color grading – they seem to give all lustrous coppers a RB grade whilst unc coins that are not lustrous are graded BN (Brown). Of late, their gradings of RB (Red Brown) and RD (Red) are even more difficult to understand and differentiate – it seems that when a copper coin is “very” lustrous – it suddenly is “red” according to the NGC. I will post pictures soon of what I think the difference between a Brown (BN), Red Brown (RB) and Red (RD) copper Union coin is.
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  7. A read worthy article on collecting: https://www.iol.co.za/personal-finance/my-money/collecting-its-not-for-the-money-23727659
  8. GROOVIE COINS

    Now that's a story

    As far fetched as this story is, knowing gold was removed from circulation in 1932 if I'm not mistaken and knowing people of the time wouldn't be as ignorant to confuse gold for bronze (Perhaps in today's age where the general population doesn't know how anything above 9ct looks and feels). This has got me spinning in self doubt at the moment. Were early farthings deliberately darkened or are all the black coins a result of toning as I have always assumed? Why does 1942 seem to be a transition year for black and brown farthings? If it's indeed toning, why have no post 42 farthings subsequently blackened over the years?
  9. I have to tip my hat, I do believe this one takes the cake: " FROM 1923 to 1942 ALL BRONZE COINS WERE ISSUED WITH A BLACK FINISH SO THAT THEY COULD BE READILY DISTINGUISHED FROM THE CURRENT GOLD COINS. FROM 1942 GOLD COINS NO LONGER CIRCULATED RED BRONZE COINS WERE ISSUED.....CONSEQUENTLY ALL RED BRONZE COINS ISSUED BEFORE 1942 ARE RARE AND SCARCE." https://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/412916060/1935_UNION_S_A_GEORGE_V_1_2_penny_RED_BRONZE_RARE_See_note_in_the_discription.html
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  14. jwither

    Why do we collect coins?

    No coin with 3000 survivors is remotely hard to buy, unless it is worth so little it isn't worth the trouble of selling.
  15. testrarossa

    Why do we collect coins?

    He can have 99.9% of all mintage and he still won’t be cornering the market due to its high mintage. Definitely not rare in anyone’s book unless you trying to hoodwink. Put in perspective. Take any Protea with a (tiny)mintage of less than 3000. Much rarer than 10M isn’t it. Now it’s hardly difficult to source one today if you have to.
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