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22 Jan 2022

One More NZ Six Pence ---> one that got graded

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So, one more that got straight graded. This one actually recieved an AU grade, yet I think there is a weakness in the planette..They didn't see only problem with it though, and they have proven to be much better at this than me.A word about this birdThe huia is an extinct species of New Zealand wattlebird last seen in 1907, Its extinction was triggered by deforestation and over-hunting. It seemed to be very dependent on old forest growth and rotting wood. The natives (such as there are natives since they arrived only about 750 years before the Europeans,) used their plumage and also put pressure on the birds. Personally, I think the pressure from aboriginal man is under estimated in these situations because of European guilt... so be it. Even still, the export trade for specimens was strong, and after the Europeans came, with their mammals and guns, it put a lot of pressure on the species. Interestingly, the natives kept them as pets, and they could be trained to talk. Usually that can protect a species, but not in this case. They weren't seed eaters and require larvae and insects. Tail feathers still trade on the market for thousands of dollars.New Zealand fascination with the bird seems to never end. Maybe it is a good candidate for genetic resurrection? They made a 2015 1 ounce silver for the bird, 2010 New Zealand $1 Silver Proof Coin, etc.

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22 Jan 2022

One Six Pence that didn't make it

Coins-World | mrbrklyn

Of the New Zealand Coins I sent out to ANACS, I had hopes for this one because it not only had great details in the strike, but it also had a lovely die crack. Somehow I missed the surface troubles with the coin and it came back details AU58 - Wire Brushing. I looked at it under the loop and failed to catch the problem.It does seem that Anacs is getting annoyed with me sending in cheap NZ coins. A few came back upside down in the plastic. Other than send tham back, there is not much I could do about it. How hard can it be to put the coin rightside up in the holder?

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22 Jan 2022

High Grade new Zealand Six Pence graded by ANACS

Coins-World | mrbrklyn

Over time I have had some fustrations with my growing interest in New Zealand coinage from the 30's and 40's. I fell in love with the six pences which protrayed an extinct bird called Huia bird sitting on branch. These 50% silver coins where widely cleaned harshly by native New Zealanders and finding high grade examples in the world is a challenge. A great number of what I think are fine coins end up coming back as detailed grading. I recently got back a batch I sent to ANACS and one came back MS65! So I was excited with that. These things can get quite price in high grades. I have a few more to show off, but I will break them out, including a lovely 1 Penny Red with an MS grade from 1942 with statutest feeling to it.

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20 Jan 2022

AU 58 mysteries

Coins | mrbrklyn

I got a wonderful Morgan 1883P VAM 20 that graded out at AU58. These are often a mystery to me. Reviewing the ANA guild for coins and grading, I really don't see any wear spots on this coin. I thought it should be Ms. It is certainly cleaner than many MS63s so I was hoping for a grade even higher than that. But it came back an AU58. I see no wear on the wing tips of the hair highlights of the portrait, or the breast. How would you grade this coin?

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12 Dec 2021

New Zealand Coins

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I share my collecting with my kids and they had fallen in love with the New Zealand coins circa WII. They have especially taken a liking to six pence silver coins and we collected more than a few and sent them off to be graded by ANACS. What returned was that many of these coins had detailed grades, which suprised me. I've gotten pretty good at recognizing when coins are cleaned, at least in the US series. The 50% silver mix and the history of these coins seems to have thrown me off as nearly half of them have returned detailed cleaned. We've been told that is is hard to get such series in decent condition from NZ withouth them being treated to polishing agents and harshly wiped. Alought, looking over the coins, I'm not certain what to look for in terms of signs of cleaning. Needless to say, this is a new learning curve. In a few weeks, the NY Internation coin show will being coming into town. I hope to get a crack at a few new NZ Six Pence coins at that time, and have a chance to discuss when we have at this point learned with real experts.

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