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1  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [Interest Check] Complete Set of Ravenbit Brass Colors on: July 28, 2017, 10:41:01 PM
I hate to break in on it this way, but I only see 5 rounds here... there's 7 in a full set - grey, yellow, green, blue, violet, red and orange.  Do you have the blue and violet ones also?  If so then I'm also watching this intently.

And, anyone happen to have a violet one they'd be willing to sell? There's a few floating around and hoping someone has an extra they'd be willing to part with.

From what I remember, the violet and blue were only part of the bronze set. You can see the original brass node sales thread here:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1209286.0

And the bronze node here:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1090921.0

Thank you for the offer DebitMe, it's helpful to get an idea of what buyers will pay at the moment
Wow, I completely forgot about that series... I stand corrected.

GLWS   Smiley
2  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [Interest Check] Complete Set of Ravenbit Brass Colors on: July 28, 2017, 08:50:33 PM
I hate to break in on it this way, but I only see 5 rounds here... there's 7 in a full set - grey, yellow, green, blue, violet, red and orange.  Do you have the blue and violet ones also?  If so then I'm also watching this intently.

And, anyone happen to have a violet one they'd be willing to sell? There's a few floating around and hoping someone has an extra they'd be willing to part with.
3  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [AUCTION] BITNICKEL BONANZA - Casascius 5BTC 2012 S1 & S2 - LESS THAN 1HR ⭕️ on: March 19, 2017, 10:07:14 PM
6.5BTC S1
6.75BTC S2
4  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [AUCTION] BITNICKEL BONANZA - Casascius 5BTC 2012 S1 & S2 - LESS THAN 1HR ⭕️ on: March 19, 2017, 09:43:15 PM
6.4BTC S1
6.65BTC S2
5  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [AUCTION] BITNICKEL BONANZA - Casascius 5BTC 2012 S1 & S2 - LESS THAN 1HR ⭕️ on: March 19, 2017, 09:17:35 PM
6.3BTC S1
6.55BTC S2
6  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [Auction] Casascius 0.1 Physical Bitcoin on: March 18, 2017, 10:29:35 PM
I'll bid 0.45BTC
7  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [Maybe WTS] 2013 Casascius Silver/Gilt MS-70 on: March 18, 2017, 04:06:10 PM
Thanks for that.
So it's pretty much a crap-shoot.
Geez... wonder if people are having a bad day and look at a coin for 10 seconds... bad grades all around.

10 seconds??? seems pretty unprofessional to me.
Sounds like we could all do a better job grading crypto coins than most of these services. Tongue
Well, all depends.  I've been a collector (normal coinage) for probably 20+ years, and if I see a decent close up shot of a coin I can usually guesstimate grade within 1-2 points with a 10 second look at the photo.  And that's just as a hobbyist.  Imagine if you're a professional grader and all you do day in and day out is look at coins.  They've probably each seen 90% of all coin types and conditions ever graded, and can easily peg a coin with 95% certainty what it would be very quickly just by picking it up before it goes under the loupe.

Now, there's exceptions to the rule as well.  I'd guesstimate that at least 85% of the coins going through a TPG are "common" - Morgan/Peace/Ike dollars, ASE's, all general US Mint coinage from the past 100 years.  Those I would say a pro grader could pick a spot-on grade in probably under 5 seconds since they see them all the time.  The "uncommon" ones - and those that are high value of any series - are usually flagged and go to a special panel of graders who spend much more time examining them and this time they all talk and come to a consensus on what it is.  Now, we're talking coins that are worth many thousands of dollars here... anything we're talking about with our rounds and most modern mint issues are not anywhere near that.

And the reason why its so quick is that they're looking at certain areas of the coins, not the whole thing.  Certain areas of the coin count towards the grade, others not so much.

Each series of coin has a set of "focal points" where your eyes naturally tend towards when you look at it.  This is what the graders concentrate on, and the grade is 99% of the time derived from.  It's easy and quick to examine the focal points of most coinage when you know them.  I can look at an eisenhower dollar and in under 10 seconds usually come within a point of a professional grader.  They don't examine the parts of the coin that "don't matter", such as the edge, and ignore most rim dings.  Especially in our case there's usually a hologram covering a good chunk of the reverse, which is mostly ignored unless it's mangled.

You're not too far off tho with your comment about the "bad day", graders are human after all, and they will get it wrong enough.  I'm sure there's more than a few coins in a 69 slab out there that should have been 70's, which is why 70's are held with such a higher premium.  It's so hard to get everyone to agree that a coins is that good to deserve it.
8  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [Maybe WTS] 2013 Casascius Silver/Gilt MS-70 on: March 18, 2017, 03:13:31 PM
For my reference, does a world renowned mint strike MS-70 coins off the press? Or is it a mixed bag or MS-68's, 9's and potentially no 70's? Also, what is the check and balances for attributing an MS-70 rating? It seems as though there's such a fine line between 69 and 70, no? What's to stop a collector knowing he's got a coin of superior quality and buy an MS-70 rating over a 69?
No mint grades their coins, they all come off the assembly line as-struck and usually put into either a "mint tube" roll of 10/20/40 (depending on coin size), or put into capsules (they will charge extra).  There is no way to know how any coin, round, or bar will grade from the mint, they are all put through the exact same minting process.  Usually you will have a variation of anywhere from MS-67 through MS-69 in most tubes of modern pressed coins (government or private mint), with a very few getting the 70. 

All grading is done by a 3rd party Grading company (TPG).  The "Big 3" are PCGS, NGC and ANACS.  ICG, SEGS, and some others round out the lower tier.

Each grader is human, and while there are written and pictoral guidelines, any grader can slightly differ from the other.  Most of the top TPG's use a trio of graders per coin, with none of the others knowing who graded before them or after, each coin raw, and no notes shared.  Each coin goes under a loupe/magnifier at a certain X number (I think it's 30, can't remember) and any imperfections are noted and count towards the grade.

Each coin usually spends less than 10 seconds with each grader, where they have to find imperfections and notate everything.  Think about that.  10 seconds or less.

There is such a fine line between a 69 and 70 -  some 70's could be 69's and vice versa.  There are many stories where people will re-submit a 70 and get a 69, or a 69 and it comes back a 70.  Most non-professional graders can't tell the difference between them, and with pros, you will also vary widely.

9  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [AUCTION] 3x Dignitas Designs 1oz Silver Crypto Storage Bars - last hour on: March 15, 2017, 10:49:31 PM
0.15BTC
10  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [AUCTION] 3x Dignitas Designs 1oz Silver Crypto Storage Bars on: March 15, 2017, 06:47:30 PM
I'll bid 0.11BTC
11  Economy / Collectibles / Re: Alitin Mint Adam Smith Coins compromised! on: March 07, 2017, 12:23:12 PM
Man, this just sucks for everyone involved - everyone has lost when something like this happens.  As an owner of several physicals every time I read something like this it sends a chill.

I hope the source is found, and that Alitin honors their pledge to offer refunds.  If you can find proof of when your coin was swept, and the value at that time, it is worth trying to go through something like renters or homeowners insurance and see what they say.  Sometimes you do need an extra rider on your policy to cover these things, sometimes not, depends but at least worth a try.

I know it won't really replace what was lost, but add me to the list of interested parties for any resale of these, peeled or still intact but de-funded.  PM me your asking price, for either series and/or multiple coins.
12  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [AUCTION] Kialra original #16. - 0.72high bid - under 12 hours left. on: March 05, 2017, 01:44:47 AM
0.73BTC

if I didn't miss it... I hate having to figure time out... Smiley
13  Economy / Collectibles / Re: 2016 Titan Physical Bitcoins for sale - Silver and 24k Gold on: March 04, 2017, 03:57:33 AM
Hey guys, my coins arrived as well, safe and sound, although the box looked like it was used in a Samsonite commercial...

I think I sent a PM on it, but just in case, if you could fund the coins that would be very much appreciated.

I'll echo the comments about the beauty, they are stunners in hand.  Awesome job.

Thanks AnalogKid!  These are funded.  Just sent a PM with funding confirmation.

Confirmed!

Thank you!
14  Economy / Collectibles / Re: 2016 Titan Physical Bitcoins for sale - Silver and 24k Gold on: March 04, 2017, 01:48:11 AM
Hey guys, my coins arrived as well, safe and sound, although the box looked like it was used in a Samsonite commercial...

I think I sent a PM on it, but just in case, if you could fund the coins that would be very much appreciated.

I'll echo the comments about the beauty, they are stunners in hand.  Awesome job.
15  Economy / Collectibles / Re: Silver Wallets - A New Kind of Physical Storage on: March 03, 2017, 09:22:12 PM
I am sorry if I sound a bit nooby with this basic question, but I have explored the beauty of the collectibles in this forum just recently. So, what I do not understand is how do I conceale the QR code exactly? I get that I put the QR code into the collectible then what do I do to conceale it?
Each wallet ships with 3 self-stick holograms.  Once the code is put into the spot on the coin, you take a hologram and slap it over the code.  The hologram is only sticky around the edges, so it won't stick to the code and have any chance of destroying it.

The holograms are tamper-proof, meaning that if they are peeled, there's a residual part of the sticker left there so it can't be stuck back on over itself and look like it was never touched.  The residue can be cleaned off and a brand new holo applied for re-use, which makes these rounds useful longer.
16  Economy / Collectibles / Re: Silver Wallets - A New Kind of Physical Storage on: March 03, 2017, 09:17:40 PM
Have you considered using gold other than 99.9 purity? There's upsides and downsides to using less pure gold, the upside being it's easier to drum up interest due to the cheaper price (and it helps you as you need less capital to produce your initial run), the downside being that people might not be as allured by the coins if they aren't completely pure.
Yeah, 3rd point above was about looking at mixing another alloy in to keep diameter, and it would also lessen the cost.

But BitcoinNewsMagazine is right, if you start mixing in and taking away the purity, it's not the same to collectors.
17  Economy / Collectibles / Re: WTT for 2016 TitanBTC #16 on: March 03, 2017, 03:31:45 PM
Since there's been a couple threads already on the lower numbers, I figured I'd try and see if the holder of #16 (silver and gold) would be willing to swap.  PM me if you have it and are willing to entertain the idea.

Thanks.

what number do you have buddy? I believe I know the owner.
PM incoming.
18  Economy / Collectibles / WTT for 2016 TitanBTC #16 on: March 03, 2017, 03:28:21 PM
Since there's been a couple threads already on the lower numbers, I figured I'd try and see if the holder of #16 (silver and gold) would be willing to swap.  PM me if you have it and are willing to entertain the idea.

Thanks.
19  Economy / Collectibles / Re: Casascius 25 BTC 2011 -- anyone interested? on: March 03, 2017, 03:13:18 PM
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I wouldnt see you getting much more than 0.5BTC premium

Okay, I was thinking more like a 100g of gold premium,
but seems it needs few more years for that Smiley

Thanks for answers!
The premium on a 25 has historically been low, even when BTC was in the $200's.  There's just not a big premium on the 25's and 5's, you'll pay proportionally much higher for the .5 and 1 BTC coins, and exponentially higher for the 0.1 silver.  The problem is that there's not too many people who can pop off purchase of a 25 today.  Back when they were introduced, yeah, many could afford them at the time.  Now with BTC where it is, very few would be willing to part with that much fiat to buy one, and anyone who has that much in BTC is not willing to part with that much of a premium.

Also, premiums are usually calculated in BTC, not tied to fiat or PM's, so a 0.5 BTC premium today will still be a 0.5 BTC premium tomorrow.  The only thing is what BTC is comparable to at that time.  So, it will be a very long time before that premium could be turned around to buy you 100g of gold, but either way it's still a 0.5 BTC premium.

If you want to sell it for the premiums mentioned, PM me.  It's worth that premium to keep someone from peeling it, but not much beyond that unfortunately.
20  Economy / Collectibles / Re: Silver Wallets - A New Kind of Physical Storage on: March 03, 2017, 12:47:40 AM
I can confirm, we are planning a series 4 Silver Wallet, and the initial target is mid-to-late summer.  Now I guess I gotta get off my lazy butt and draw up the guidelines for this design competition, huh...
Do you have an estimate price per coin? I'd be interested in picking up more silver wallets depending on the price. Also please get rid of those airtities with rings in them. Tongue
Most likely pricing would be around where the other series have been, but that's currently being discussed and we won't know until we get all the numbers in.  Silver spot has been reasonably cheap lately so if it stays where it is, that will help.

As for the air-tites, sure we can look at options for direct fit.
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