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Copyright Theft
Perhaps we should be flattered by the number of people including dealers who continually infringe our IP (Intellectual Property) rights by using our copyright images, but we do not find it amusing, and will take legal action against any copyright thieves.

Truman & Co Roger Westerling (
Truman & Co Roger Westerling (, Truman & Co., 2579 Hamline Ave North, Suite C, Roseville, MN 55113, USA, are just one of the many coin dealers and websites worldwide who commit copyright theft by using our copyright images without our permission.

The British Sovereign Page
On their "The British Sovereign" page, which we reproduce here, they are clearly using our year 1902 Sydney Mint Sovereign obverse and reverse images which they have obviously taken from the 1902 Sovereigns page of our Gold Sovereigns website.
We wondered if they had also pirated our text, but it seems like they simply copied and pasted their "information" from the Wikipedia page, along with over 800 other copyright artists.

British Sovereign
A Gold Sovereign is a gold coin first issued in 1489 for Henry VII of England and still in production as of 2011. The name “sovereign” comes from the large size and portraiture of the coin,
The British Sovereign
A Gold Sovereign is a gold coin first issued in 1489 for Henry VII of England and still in production as of 2011. While the coin typically had a nominal value of one pound sterling or 20 shillings, the sovereign was primarily an official piece of bullion with no mark of value anywhere on the coin itself. The name “sovereign” comes from the large size and portraiture of the coin, the earliest of which showed the king facing, seated on a throne, while the reverse shows the Royal coat of arms on a shield surrounded by a Tudor double rose.
Original sovereigns were 23 carat (95.83%) gold and weighed 240 grains or one-half of a troy ounce (15.552 grams). Henry VIII reduced the purity to 22 carats (91.67%), which eventually became and remains the gold coin standard (so-called crown gold) in both the United Kingdom and the U.S.; the weight of the sovereign was repeatedly lowered until when it was revived after the Great Recoinage of 1816 law of 1816, the gold content was fixed at the present 113 grains (7.322 g), equivalent to 0.2354 Troy ounces.
Sovereigns were discontinued after 1604, being replaced by Unites, and later by Laurels and broads, and then guineas. Production of sovereigns restarted in 1817. The initial reverse type for gold coins was the shield and crown motif, supplemented on the sovereign with a heraldic wreath. This was succeeded by a portrayal of Saint George killing a dragon, engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci. This same design is still in use on British gold sovereigns, although other reverse designs have also been used during the reigns of William IV, Victoria, George IV, and Elizabeth II.
In Victorian times it was the practice of the Bank of England to remove worn sovereigns and half sovereigns from circulation and have them recoined. Consequently, although a billion sovereigns have been minted in total, that figure includes gold that has been coined and recoined a number of times. In addition, when coins were sent to places such as the United States for international payments between governments, coins were frequently melted down into gold bars because of the Federal regulations then in force. When gold coins were finally withdrawn from circulation in 1933 in the US, many thousands of British gold sovereigns were consigned to the melting pot in this way.
It is estimated that in circulation, a sovereign could have a lifespan of up to 15 years before it fell below the “least current weight”, that is, the minimum amount of gold below which it ceased to be legal tender. English law allows a sovereign to be legal tender so long as it weighs 122.5 grains, or more; and the difference between this and the full standard weight, or 0.774 grain, represents the margin allowed for abrasion. It was actually the half-sovereign that had the most circulation in Victorian Britain. Many sovereigns languished in bank vaults for most of their lives. It is estimated that only 1% of all gold sovereigns that have ever been minted are still in collectable condition. In 1891 a proclamation was made that members of the general public could hand in any gold coins that were underweight and have them replaced by full weight coins. Any gold coin struck before 1837 also ceased to be legal tender. This recycled gold was subsequently re minted into 13,680,486 half sovereigns in 1892 and 10,846,741 sovereigns in 1900. (Both figures for the London branch of the Royal Mint).
During WWII and recently as Desert Storm Air Force and Navy pilots had Gold British Sovereigns as part of their survival kits for money.

Truman & Co Home or Index Page
Similarly, his or their front page uses not one, but four, of our high quality coin photographs, without any acknowledgement, as part of an impressive looking slideshow graphic, which also includes the words:

European Gold Coins
The #1 (sic) choice of our clients. small denomination
European coins offer easy divisiibility & privacy.
Unusually for a heavily manipulated image, our Digimarc watermark embedded into each of our four original component parts has been retained, providing prima facie evidence of copyright theft.

Home Page Text:

Invest with a company you can trust. Truman & Co. has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

The Drivers
You have civil war in North Africa and rebellions in the Middle-East. In this kind of geopolitical situation, in the past the US dollar would always rally, but this time it can’t even bounce.
Gold is incredibly resilient and looks coiled for an explosive move higher. We started our initial probe of the all-time high this week closing in on $1,430 before backing off. Look for another probe of that $1,430 level very soon. It won’t be long before Gold hits an all time high.
We have anticipated the dollar starting to dive for some time which is why we have had such high price targets for both gold and silver. Without exception everybody is saying that demand is off the charts for both metals.
If you get some serious physical buying in the absence of above ground inventories that are available for sale, that the paper manipulators would basically get overrun. Right now we are in the process seeing that unfolding.
I definitely think a short squeeze is underway in silver. The evidence will be if the price of silver moves sharply higher from here. I think you will know if you have a real short squeeze if this thing starts piling on gains in the next week.
The price of silver has been held back for so long and this is not something that can be cured with existing mine production because mine production has been sticky. People are coming after silver as a monetary asset because it’s so much cheaper than gold and this is creating an explosive situation.”
Keep in mind the moves will not stop for long. There are two many drivers in the market and long term demand will continue to move the market.
Currently there are 60 million middle class people in China and roughly the same in India. In 5-8 years those numbers are expected to increase to 500 million. China and India already acquire half the world’s gold production annually, so what happens when there are 4 times as many investors?
Silver is at a 30 year high. Investment demand in Asia is unprecedented.

Why Truman & Co
Through Truman & Co. Roger continues to buy and sell coins and also acts as a coin supplier for several local marketing firms. He is a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association-ANA, the leading hobby organization in numismatics-and his firm Truman & Co. has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Swiss 20 Franc
Truman & Co.s Swiss 20 Franc page uses the obverse and reverse photos of our 1900 Swiss Vreneli 20 Francs, taken from our Swiss Vreneli 20 Francs page of this website.

What's Wrong?
Copyright theft is dishonest, and he has used at least four of our high quality, copyright coin photographs without our permission.
If Roger Westerling is such an expert, and so trustworthy, why does he not have the resources or desire to use his own photographs instead of using ours?
He has used our photographs on numerous pages of his website, including its Home or Index page, and:
British Sovereign, Swiss 20 Franc, Gold, and The British Sovereign PDF pages. .
We guess there may be others, but we do not have the time to trawl through the whole site, or other sites his company may own or operate.

Domains by Proxy, Inc & Copyright Theft
We have noticed a significant number of copyright thieves hiding behind organisations designed to help them stay anonymous, like the shady dealers they are.
Domains by Proxy, Inc claims to exist to help individuals from having their names and addresses made public, which we believe is probably fair. Nominet in the UK allow private non-trading individuals to withhold their address details. However, it is obvious that there must be many individuals who wish to avoid publication of their details for other reasons.
There are many reasons we could imagine which would make it desirable for individuals to conceal their identity and whereabouts, including being criminals, terrorists, copyright abusers, child pornographers.
Domains by Proxy appear to be equally happy to protect these undesirable elements of our society. They do publish a "Subpoena Policies" page on their website, which states that they charge the enquirer or complainant for "compliance costs", which we believe could be an attempt to obstruct anybody with legal reasons for wishing to know the identity of domain registrants.

Domain Lookup

Domains by Proxy, Inc.
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
Created on: 24-Jan-11
Expires on: 24-Jan-21
Last Updated on: 24-Jan-11
Administrative Contact:
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Domains by Proxy, Inc.
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
(480) 624-2599 Fax -- (480) 624-2598
Technical Contact:
Private, Registration
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
(480) 624-2599 Fax -- (480) 624-2598
Domain servers in listed order:

Reverse IP: 14 other sites hosted on this server.
"Domains by Proxy, Inc." owns about 979 other domains

"Contact" Page
Phone: 877-334-4990
Fax: 877-334-4991
Truman & Co.
2579 Hamline Ave North
Suite C
Roseville, MN 55113
By Appointment Only

Dealer of Pseudo Expert?
The Truman & Co. website gives the appearance of being an "expert advice" site, however much of the information contained could be found elsewhere.

Copyright Notice
Please see our "Copyright" page for further information.

Copyright Infringements Remedies
Our suggested draft remedies for copyright abusers dependent on category - competitors, bloggers, pseudo-expert & advice sites acting as eBay & Google portals, eBay & other auction site sellers.

Other Copyright Abuse

Other Copyright Abuse

Our Images
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Other Web Sites
All comments about copyright also cover content of all our other websites including, but not limited to:-

Truman & Co Home Page
Truman & Co Home Page

Our Images
Obverse of 1900 Vreneli Swiss 20 Francs
Obverse of 1900 Vreneli Swiss 20 Francs

Reverse of 1900 Vreneli Swiss 20 Francs
Reverse of 1900 Vreneli Swiss 20 Francs

Obverse of Edward VII Sovereign
Obverse of Edward VII Sovereign

Edward VII Sovereigns

Reverse of 1902-S Sovereign
Reverse of 1902-S Sovereign


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