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Champagne Auction Seminary Of Nicolet

 
 
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 Posted 05/15/2017  08:23 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add NumisCat to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Did anyone track this auction. Anyone buy anything? General thoughts? There were some incredible medals (I bought two pieces). Prices seemed very strong for the first session, somewhat weaker for the second session.
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 Posted 05/15/2017  1:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fioti to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I know nothing of this auction. I opened your thread

expecting little nicols.
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 Posted 05/15/2017  2:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DBM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
"Dipping" is not considered cleaning...
-from PCGS website
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 Posted 05/15/2017  3:09 pm  Show Profile   Check jdmern's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jdmern to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I went to the viewing and purchased quite a large number of pieces... The medals were exceptional, and most of the photos did not do them justice... Numiscat, what pieces did you purchase?
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 Posted 05/15/2017  4:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisCat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
JDMern, I was bidding on Swappy and could actually see that you were bidding through iCollector. Your username was visible, which you might want to talk to Claude and his people about.

I picked up the Chicago Numismatic Society Progress in Aviation Medal (only 200 struck) and (my favourite) the 1853 New York Crystal Palace So-Called dollar. See my pictured and write-up below. It will be making its way to eBay shortly.







1853 New York Crystal Palace So-Called Dollar, HK-5, R.8, Gem Uncirculated. AE, 45mm, 45.7g. The 1853 New York Crystal Palace So-Called dollar (HK-5) is one of the most important rarities in this popular area of collecting. Little is known about them; Research is made exceedingly difficult by the strictly limited number of pieces believed extant, which totals five to 10 coins. The second edition of the Hibler-Kappen reference (2008) explained that these were probably sold as official souvenir medals. The design was executed by master medallist Charles (Karl) Stubenrauch (1819-c.1900) an engraver from Darmstadt, Germany who emigrated to St. Louis, Missouri with his family sometime during the 1840s. He moved to New York City in 1853 to participate in the Crystal Palace exhibitions - the first international exposition held in the United States. Examples are known in copper and white metal (HK-6), the latter appearing on the market with far greater frequency.
We have only been able to trace two auction appearances. The most recent was an example certified MS61 BN by NGC and offered as lot 8770 in Heritage Auctions' February-March 2014 ANA Signature sale. It realized $1,527.50. Another Choice Uncirculated piece was presented as part of the Gotham Collection of So-Called dollars (Presidential Coin and Antique's Auction 78, 6/2008) as lot 119. It was estimated between $1,000 and $2,000. The American Numismatic Society collection includes a VF example with severe rim damage (item #0000.999.8212).
This Gem Uncirculated medal features smooth mahogany-brown surfaces with flashy fields and iridescent cherry-red, violet, and mint-green color. The devices are fully brought-up in high relief without any trace of softness whatsoever. This piece received one blow from the dies before they were inadvertently rotated and used for another impression, resulting in broad doubling on all design elements, a characteristic unseen on other known exemplars. Quite possibly the finest known HK-5 So-Called dollar in existence.
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 Posted 05/15/2017  4:31 pm  Show Profile   Check jdmern's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jdmern to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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JDMern, I was bidding on Swappy and could actually see that you were bidding through iCollector. Your username was visible, which you might want to talk to Claude and his people about.


Thanks for the heads up, my username was showing up through iCollector? My bids for session 1 were all left bids as I was driving back, the second day I was bidding through Swappy...

Nice pickup on the Crystal Palace piece!
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 Posted 05/15/2017  5:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisCat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was watching Swappy live and saw you win your lots. I assumed you were on icollector because Swappy doesn't require a username.
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 Posted 05/15/2017  11:03 pm  Show Profile   Check 1960NYGiants's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 1960NYGiants to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was bidding on icollector. Went o for. Most lots went for double what I thought they would but I was not able to personally look at them so maybe in hand they were nicer than pictured / described.

BTW - what is "swappy"?
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 Posted 05/16/2017  09:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisCat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Swappy was another bidding platform. Similar to iCollector. I decided to give it a shot and found the interface to be simple and easy to use. Apparently, the only issue was that I could see who else was bidding...
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 Posted 05/16/2017  10:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DEVLEC to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Apparently, the only issue was that I could see who else was bidding...


..and likely, they could also see you..

It was fun watching "with a laptop in hand" where in the US or Canada, the bids were coming in from.

We had a very good idea who was "in the game " on each bid and on certain specific coins..
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