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Welcome to Arhea Coins! Arhea Coins was established in 2006, and is a family owned business owned and operated by Charlie Tripodis.
Our first and number one priority is to provide the highest quality Australian coins and Banknotes in the marketplace and guarantee to provide you with honesty, reliability and personal integrity.
We offers unparalleled expertise and service in the areas of Ancient, Australian and World Coins & Banknotes.
Our business philosophy is to gain loyal repeat customers by doing the utmost to ensure customer satisfaction -- providing NICE COINS, at the BEST PRICES, with the BEST SERVICE.
It is our sincere desire that your visit here is a rewarding and worthwhile one.
As a family owned business, We pride ourselves in handling some of the Finest Australian coins in the market place and look forward to working with you in building a superb quality collection.
So allow us to assist you in enjoying the truly unique passion we share for the Numismatic World..

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Your bid is accepted under the terms and conditions set out below.
You understand and agree to the terms and conditions.
You accept FULL responsibility for the shipping of uninsured items which may become lost or damaged during shipping. I will accept FULL responsibility for the shipping of insured items.
One payment reminder will be issued fourteen days after the auction. In order to obtain a 'Final Value Credit', a 'Unpaid Item Strike' will be reported if payment (or advice of payment) is not received within fourteen days after the listing end date.
Returned items marked 'Uncollected' or 'Not Called For' (or similar) will be subject to additional dispatch costs (typically the cost that was originally charged but is subject to change) and will be retained until those costs have been paid in full.
I always try to describe items accurately where possible, but, mistakes can sometimes be made/overlooked but are never intentional. I will under these circumstances refund the invoice total. You are required to return such items back (at your expense) within 30 days of receipt and provide proof of posting. You accept FULL responsibility when returning insured and uninsured items which may become lost or damaged during shipping. If you do not agree with these terms and conditions, please do not bid on these items. This is for your benefit as well as ours.

GRADING

PCGS & NGC Slabbed Coins
Rarity and condition are key elements in establishing the value of a coin. Rarity is easy to establish, as there is widespread agreement on the rarity of most coins. Evaluating condition is more of a challenge. In the early years of coin collecting, three general terms were used to describe a coin's grade:
Good: Details were visible but circulation had worn the surface.
Fine: Details were less worn from circulation and a bit of the mint luster showed.
Uncirculated: Details were sharp and there was a luster approaching the state of the coin at the mint, prior to general circulation.
As the collector market for coins grew rapidly in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it became apparent that a more precise grading standard was needed. Some coins were simply more fine than others, and some uncirculated coins showed more luster and far fewer marks than others. Terms like "gem uncirculated" and "very fine" began to see use, as more precise grading descriptions allowed for more precise pricing for the booming collector market.
In 1948, a well-known numismatist by the name of Dr. William Sheldon attempted to standardize coin grading by proposing what is now known as the Sheldon Scale. His scale, which runs from one to 70, was originally devised specifically for large cents, but it is now applied to all series. The Sheldon Scale was a vast improvement over grades such as Good and Fine, but there was still substantial room for disagreement among two parties based on subjective opinion.

For a buyer with an untrained eye, this was a problem. If you were unable to distinguish between an MS 63 and MS 65 coin, you were at the mercy of the seller who established the grade. Even a one-point difference in grade could mean hundreds or even thousands of dollars difference in value. With so much riding on opinions that varied widely, it was difficult for collectors to justify purchasing coins of any significant value.

PCGS & NGC has assembled the finest, most respected team of graders in the industry.

In 1987, coin grading was raised to a new level of consistency with the unique approach to have each coin evaluated by a minimum of three full-time grading experts with decades of experience. The graded coin is designated with its grade, attribution and registration number, and is then sonically sealed in a secured holder, providing protection and easy storage.

Certified coins offer guaranteed authenticity and grading expertise so that collectors may buy and sell even the most expensive coins with greater confidence. Millions of collectible coins, and a remarkable number of the world's finest-known coin rarities, have been entrusted to PCGS & NGC for grading.

For the Collector new to PCGS & NGC we have provided a list of what all the numbers mean:
MS67-MS70 - FDC
MS65-MS66 - Gem Uncirculated
MS63-MS64 - Choice Uncirculated
MS60-MS62 - Uncirculated
AU55-AU58 - almost Uncirculated
EF45-AU53 - Extremely Fine
VF35-EF40 - Very Fine
VF20-VF30 - Fine

Grading Uncertified or Raw Australian Commonwealth Coins

Grading, by its very nature, will always embody a degree of subjectivity. Next to it being authentic, correct grading is a fundamentally important aspect when purchasing a coin, so for that reason we have adopted and will grade our uncertified or raw coins & Banknotes to the standards below.

Gem-Uncirculated - A superior coin with an almost perfect Strike. May show just a few minute Detracting Marks, barely visible to the naked eye. Viryually Full Luster or Mint Bloom is present. An attractive toning (if present) may enhance Eye Appeal, on silver coins, but is less desirable on bronze coins. Overall, a close to perfect coin.
Choice Uncirculated - Quite well struck, and only minor detail may be missing from the high points of the design. A scattering of fairly insignificant Detracting Marks may be present, but should not attract undue attention. Mint Lustre or Mint Bloom should be of at least moderate presence. A very pleasing coin with much Eye Appeal.
Uncirculated - May display some weakness of Strike and a small number of Detracting Marks of a moderate nature. If any of the above are exessive in an otherwise uncirculated coin, (i.e. no wear is apparent), then such impediments should be mentioned separatly, as they affect the coins value. Some Mint Bloom or Luster should still be present but may be subdued. Quite desirable due to the adsence of wear. almost Uncirculated - Mostly similar to UNC, though may still feature a good Strike. The major difference is faint traces of wear on the high points of the design. Some Mint Luster usually remains, particularly in the legends. Occasionally may have more Eye Appeal than UNC, but does not allow for a higher grade. Care must be taken not to mistake a weak strike for wear.
Extremely Fine - Light wear is apparent on the high points of the design on both sides. A fair number of small Detracting Marks are likely to be evident. Luster may still be present, but if so, then only in the legend around the rim. On George V coins, the Centre Diamond in the band of the Monarchs crown should be well raised, and the pearls to the left of it should be well separated.
Very Fine - Moderate wear has resulted in flat spots on the high points of the design, generally more evident on George V coins than later issues. Detracting Marks and minor Edge Nicks may be present, but if excessive, should be mentioned seperately. On the Obverse of George V coins, the centre diamond should show all four edges, but the pearls to the left have worn away. A pleasing collectors coin.
Fine - Extensive Wear is evident on all design features, though the outline of the design is still fairly raised. Detracting Marks may be many, but should not be of an excessive nature. Prominent gauges or scratches are not acceptable. George V coins: Reverse: Flat emu body with virtually all feathers worn away. Advance Australia is still bold. Obverse: Centre Diamond is worn away, but six pearls are still present.
Very Good - Wear is around 4/5 from what was the top of the feature design. There may be many Detracting Marks, but not to the extend that a coin appears damaged. On the reverse of George V coins, Advance Australia may still be partly readable. This grade can still look attractive if shading (dirt) from everyday use highlights the outline of the design.
Good - Quite worn, but must still show the full outline of the design, even if only faintly. There may be many Detracting Marks, but somr Eye Appeal should remain. With George V coins, all letteres are readable except Advance Australia, which is worn flat or nearly so. A "true collectors coin".

Grading Australian Banknotes

Uncirculated - Perfect note, never mishandled. Paper is clean, crisp and firm. No discolouration with sharp, square corners. Paper may be slightly rippled however the design is as it was the day the note was printed. Original sheen.
almost Uncirculated - Almost perfect note with very minor handling. May show evidence of a slight centre fold (but not strong) and/or a tellers flick. Paper may be rippled however no hard creases can be seen. Corners are not rounded, paper retains sheen.
good Extra Fine - Very close to aUNC, may have a slightly more evident centre fold and/ or 1-3 minor creases. Colours bright and original sheen.
Extra Fine - A very attractive note with minor handling. max of 3 light folds or 1 strong crease. Paper is clean and colours very much above average.
almost Extra Fine - Note is flat with some creasing and minor wear and tear. Overall, an aEF will show circulation but not excessively. Colours will be better than average, colours bright and paper holds original sheen.
good Very Fine - A note graded gVF shows minor wear and tear. may have folds both horizontally and vertically, minimal dirt and no smudging. There will be NO tearing and edges are good, may show some wear where creases occur.
Very Fine - Attractive note with a little more evidence of handling. May have several folds but paper still retains crispness. There are NO tears to the border area and design shows little (if any) wear. Colours will still be clear, any other detractions will be detailed in item listing.
good Fine - Note shows circulation but is still attractive. Folding, creasing and wrinkling may be present but not excessively. May have one tear up to 3mm long extending from the border (if so this will be mentioned in the listing). Colours clear, not so bright but still very good. Up to 3 pin holes (would be mentioned in the listing).
Fine - Note shows circutation, with many folds, creases and wrinling. Design is still very legible but colours lacking some brightness Edges will show handling, and possibly minor border tearing which will not extend further than 7mm into the note (will be mentioned in listing if so). Some pin holes may be present (will be described in the listing).