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Griqua Coin Controversy

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arobus

Can someone please give me an unbiased explanation of the seemingly scummy dealings of Scott Balson and his claims about the Griqua tokens? Who is Brian Hern? What evidence is there to support both sides of the argument about whether or not the coins circulated?

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Pierre_Henri

For me personally, the question “did the Griqua coinage circulate” is of little importance anymore – I believe they did and others believe they did not. I really do not care anymore…

I actually now believe that if they did not circulate, they would have been worth / valued even more.

Brian Hern is the editor and compiler of the “South African Coins & Patterns” series of catalogues for many years.

Scott Balson is who he is - Google him.

Here is more info on the Griqua series – totally unbiased and ONLY based on contemporary evidence …

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griqua_coinage

Welcome arobus,  to the forum and the wonderful world of numismatics.

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arobus

Thanks for the response Pierre. Are Hern's catalogues worth looking into? I would like a good reference on South African numismatics and exonumia as sometimes details online can be hard to come by.

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Pierre_Henri
22 hours ago, arobus said:

Thanks for the response Pierre. Are Hern's catalogues worth looking into? I would like a good reference on South African numismatics and exonumia as sometimes details online can be hard to come by.

Hi arobus

There are currently two South African Coin Catalogues on the market being Brian Hern's "South African Coins & Patterns

https://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/321703307/_2017_2018_Brian_Hern_Hardcover_Catalogue_Coins_and_Patterns_Signed_copies_Limited_edition.html

and ...

Morgan the Brave's "Graded Coin Pocket Guide (SA Coinage 1874 - 2000)"

https://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/316181367/Clearance_Sale_of_2016_17_Graded_Coin_Pocket_Guide_SA_Coinage_1874_2000.html

(Incidentally, both editors believe that some of the Griqua coinage actually circulated).

Another excellent source regarding South African coin values is BidorBuy itself, where one can  check on recent sales prices here ...

https://www.bidorbuy.co.za/jsp/category/Winners.jsp

...... and then click on the Coins & Notes category - - you can then narrow down your search from there to specific coin sub-categories

Kind regards

Pierre

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jwither
On ‎1‎/‎15‎/‎2018 at 12:36 PM, arobus said:

Thanks for the response Pierre. Are Hern's catalogues worth looking into? I would like a good reference on South African numismatics and exonumia as sometimes details online can be hard to come by.

The Hern Guide is a price guide, not a reference book.  Not sure where you live but it's equivalent to the "Red Book" (US coinage) and Spink's catalogue (British coins).

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