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One of my white whales finally captured?

TwoKopeikiTwoKopeiki Posts: 8,678 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited May 3, 2021 6:53AM in World & Ancient Coins Forum

There are a number of key coins in the Mexico Mint Portrait series (1772-1821), especially if you get into varieties. Two of the most difficult and expensive coins to find are the 1778 with assayer initials FM and 1783 with assayer initials FM (vs FF). Only a handful of each type are known to exist. Yonaka, surprisingly, only calls it an R2 with 5 examples each documented. I guess from an absolute scarcity point of view he's correct, especially taking all other varieties into consideration with some varieties only having 1 or 2 examples documented.

To give you an idea of a price, here's an example in XF+ that sold at Aureo in 2014 for €12,000

Fast forward to my most recent NGC order. I knew the coin was nice with a touch of luster and some peripheral color not obvious in NGC scans, but i didn't realize it was this nice:

So nice, in fact, that it's able to change assayer initials on demand :D

Yes, it's a "mechanical error". And @coinkat I confirmed - it was submitted with the proper description on the form.

Thought the forum could use a chuckle this monday morning.



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  • pruebaspruebas Posts: 2,775 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 3, 2021 9:58AM

    I hope no whales, white or otherwise, were harmed in the making of that slab.

    By the way, it doesn't matter whether you put the correct information on the certification form or not. The slabbing company's job is to authenticate the coin as it is, regardless of what you think it is. They take the form as a guide to help them identify the coin, but their job is to independently identify it and authenticate it.

    I have seen some wild mistakes on PCGS slabs (yes, even after QA). ATS has their share of issues as well. But all of those are "mechanical" errors not caught by sleepy (or sloppy, you decide) QA folks.

  • JohnnyCacheJohnnyCache Posts: 1,099 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I liked your story, it was quite thrilling, for a while at least.

  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 20,419 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Interesting... before responding to this I did alittle recon on the 1772 8R that has the inverted FM. Just for fun, go to the PCGS POP report and look at the 1772 FM 8R... scroll down to the auction records and look in the EF45 column and the one that sold for $690. Then look at the one above. The one that sold for 690 is the rare variety. I checked and on the slab it does note MF instead which would be correct attribution

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  • TwoKopeikiTwoKopeiki Posts: 8,678 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 3, 2021 9:17PM

    @coinkat said:
    Interesting... before responding to this I did alittle recon on the 1772 8R that has the inverted FM. Just for fun, go to the PCGS POP report and look at the 1772 FM 8R... scroll down to the auction records and look in the EF45 column and the one that sold for $690. Then look at the one above. The one that sold for 690 is the rare variety. I checked and on the slab it does note MF instead which would be correct attribution

    It's one of the few improperly attributed MF's in PCGS plastic.

    Here are a few I have cataloged over the years. I also posted a few years ago the list of PCGS 1772 MF's that were all FM's.

    https://www.pcgs.com/cert/36886174
    https://www.pcgs.com/cert/34019925
    https://www.pcgs.com/cert/36016975
    https://www.pcgs.com/cert/27760014
    https://www.pcgs.com/cert/82945980
    https://www.pcgs.com/cert/30897639



  • bosoxbosox Posts: 1,410 ✭✭✭✭

    PCGS in their eternal quest for volume clearly gets some things wrong. In my Canadian cent world, it is usually 1859 double punched cents. I guess my question is: where would you rather go get your coins professionally graded? ICCS? NCGS (maybe for ancients)? Please.

    Owner of the Uncommon Cents collections.



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  • TwoKopeikiTwoKopeiki Posts: 8,678 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Found my previous thread on the 1772-MF from ... 9 years ago it seems. Time flies...

    https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/comment/10012546#Comment_10012546



  • thefinnthefinn Posts: 1,930 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TwoKopeiki said:
    There are a number of key coins in the Mexico Mint Portrait series (1772-1821), especially if you get into varieties. Two of the most difficult and expensive coins to find are the 1778 with assayer initials FM and 1783 with assayer initials FM (vs FF). Only a handful of each type are known to exist. Yonaka, surprisingly, only calls it an R2 with 5 examples each documented. I guess from an absolute scarcity point of view he's correct, especially taking all other varieties into consideration with some varieties only having 1 or 2 examples documented.

    To give you an idea of a price, here's an example in XF+ that sold at Aureo in 2014 for €12,000

    Fast forward to my most recent NGC order. I knew the coin was nice with a touch of luster and some peripheral color not obvious in NGC scans, but i didn't realize it was this nice:

    So nice, in fact, that it's able to change assayer initials on demand :D

    Yes, it's a "mechanical error". And @coinkat I confirmed - it was submitted with the proper description on the form.

    Thought the forum could use a chuckle this monday morning.

    Great to enter in a registry set.

    thefinn
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