>It's a tad on the expensive side for me too but there aren't all that many
>of these pieces kicking about and if you will go after the scarce or the
>esoteric....that's the price you have to pay :-). I'm wearing the T-shirt
>on that score! It is an interesting piece but at the price I personally
>would prefer to obtain one with the bust of Bathori on it and with the
>accoustic guitarist fingers on the reverse ;-)
Pulling this one out of the mothballs.
I don't know how many people are into old talers/crowns here, but I want to
ask something of those with an opinion ...
How do you feel about coins that have been previously mounted? And we can
subclass these into loop mountings (rim attachments) and holes ... open
holes and plugged holes.
I ask because I did latch onto this piece. Only to realize that it's been
holed and plugged (well, the dealer pointed it out, in a sense). Mind you,
it's hard to tell, but it has been. Since the design on this coin is
rather, well, scant ... small and centered in a large coin with plenty of
flat edge, it doesn't really detract even when you see it. Which you can't,
I played with the notion of sending it back, but I believe I've decided to
keep it. And I'm not sure why. I still like it?
First, I'll say that I did not look at this thing too seriously when I first
saw it (summer ANA). I figured I was going to pass, simply on price. But I
know what was on the flip ... I copied it down for my own notes. When I
received the coin via mail, there was a penciled-on notation about the plug,
and upon inspection, sure enough, there it was. This note wasn't there at
Now, I've purchased plenty of nice Talers with "mounts removed", and even a
couple that seemed to be more than just "the edge" mounts. Thinking about
it, some of these purchases still went into the 200 range. I dunno, I
guess I'll be happy and see what happens if/when I ever decide to dispose of
Oh. I didn't have to ask for a discount ... one was offered up front. But
no discussion of the apparently new-found flaw was made at that time. He
left me to read about it once I received it. I suppose he was honest
enough, leaving it on the flip so I couldn't possibly miss it.
I'll ponder it until tomorrow, then finalize a decision.