Restitutor Posted July 23, 2022 · Administrator Author Share Posted July 23, 2022 3 minutes ago, JeandAcre said: This regards the second, resonantly brilliant foray I've made into the Cabinet as a buyer. Here's the link. (@Restitutor, could you open it up so that I could give the transaction a rating? --Same with the equally memorable Athens tetradrachm from @CPK?) I need to just paste some of what I wrote @GregH about it. Got the shilling today. I am quietly but profoundly ecstatic. Yikes. Let's start with how it is in hand. Started with the obverse, since that was what was showing from the flip. As noted before, for anything in my frame of reference for Charles I, the detail on the profile is exceptional. --From this example, it's very evident how low-relief the engraving was in the first place. And I really, really like the lettering style; it's almost as iconic, never mind distinctive, as either Julio-Claudian or Carolingian legends. And the lace collar (thank you, ubiquitous in contemporaneous painting) is even more resonantly connotive of the (relatively brief) period. Yes, what I can remember of my favorite Metaphysical poets is playing in my head --Herbert no less than Donne. ...Gestalt moment: It's Just So Great. More broadly --literally-- it's been years on end since I've had a shilling of Elizabeth or James I --right, never one of Charles. And the module is just, Wild. ...Thank you, the earlier medieval I collect that much more of runs pretty ubiquitously to deniers and their variants, along with the occasional fraction. We're talking anywhere from 20 to 10 mm. This is, Yeah, Wild. It's palpably larger than an American half dollar. That in itself is lighting up some unfamiliar synapses! ...And when I turned it over --you have my word and bond-- the detail on the coat of arms elicited an involuntary gasp. I did look up the auction page, and can confirm that your photography is better than the auction house's, by an order of magnitude or two. (Along with, ahem, the magnanimity of your asking price ...not to mention shipping! The note you included is no less duly appreciated.) ...But it really takes seeing it in person to fully appreciate the detail, especially with that beautiful, even, deep gray toning. Yeah, so I guess this means, Thank you, That Much [end of quote]. In my part of the world, anyone who does collect anything along these lines pretty much keeps to themselves. It's impossible to overemphasize how gratifying, and just fun, it is to actually buy stuff from fellow collectors. In that, as in every other way, this forum is restoring my faith in what the internet was supposed to be about in the first place. Thanks again, @GregH, and @Restitutor, for making it possible. What a great experience, and a fantastic coin! Love it 😄 I have unlocked the advert so you should now be able to post a review! 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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