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Dipped: Know the Tell-Tale Signs

February 28, 2017 in Antique Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, E-commerce, Ebay, Education, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Pennies, Rare Coins, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Increasingly on Proxibid, HiBid, and eBay, I am encountering dipped coins, making me wary about placing any bids, even on Morgan dollars like this 1902 one depicted above. That’s not how a 115-year-old silver coin is supposed to look, unless it was broken out of a bank roll, in which case the seller would have offered more than one in this condition.

This coin was expertly dipped, meaning it still may slab at PCGS or NGC.

You can buy dips at coin shops, at shows, and online. Each dealer or expert hobbyist has his or her formula, usually diluted with… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The Volatile State of Online Estate Auctions

January 9, 2017 in Auctions, Coins, Collecting, E-commerce, Ebay, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, Technology, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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For the past seven years I have bought and sold coins almost exclusively via the Internet, preferring estate auctions on Proxibid over other venues. I even created a blog, no longer active, called Proxiblog.org, to monitor the company. I still prefer Proxibid over other portals, even eBay—too much competition there, too little oversight, and too few actual auctioneers.

But even auction portals like Proxibid may be falling behind technological trends, and that can spell dire consequences for the hobby.

Before 2011, I bought coins almost exclusively from dealers and coin shows. When I started bidding on Proxibid, I discovered that I could… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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