Well that's interesting! First real buys since January. And kudos to PCGS and Stacks btw.
I won a lot, a slabbed Japanese koban, at the Stacks Hong Kong auction. Was emailing about something and was told they were removing that item from my invoice as PCGS notified them it's a counterfeit and it was getting returned to PCGS. (I had not paid my invoice yet).
Interestingly, within a few hours I got an email from Heritage that an auction I was watching for a Japanese oban was withdrawn from their upcoming auction.
Kind of crazy that two old Japanese gold coins like that were pulled at the same time. I thought the one I won was a bargain price but now I suppose it's because someone in person may have identified it as a fake. Kudos to PCGS and Stacks for handling it BEFORE I paid for it. But I am seething with curiosity over the backstory. My imagination is running wild.
That said, I am excited about my purchases. A really cool date was buried in a multi-coin/mixed lot, plus a good upgrade, AND a super cool variety that seems to have been overlooked by other bidders. I haven't bought a coin that I can recall since NYINC so this was fun.
And on that note, anyone interested in a 1916 Russian kopek? It was bundled with a couple Japanese coins, one of which was super cool and the other is pretty darn cool.