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  2. Thanks Rob, just checked and mines the same but ending 444!
  3. Mine has L08147448 on the hologram
  4. Hi I have got into collecting coins in circulation over the past year. I went to an auction last week with my dad as he collect stamps and there were some coins. I won an Olympic carded set with a completor medal which I was delighted with. When I got home I was looked through and noticed the aquatic has lines over the face! (I'm glad i found oit after!) I'm trying to verify if this is real and welcome advice please. I have been told it's the low numbered carded ones which it appears to be. Am I best contacting the mint or does anyone have one and can show me the number and or a photo? The photos when I google differ greatly. Many thanks in advance.
  5. Hi I have got into collecting coins in circulation over the past year. I went to an auction last week with my dad as he collect stamps and there were some coins. I won an Olympic carded set with a completor medal which I was delighted with. When I got home I was looked through and noticed the aquatic has lines over the face! (I'm glad i found oit after!) I'm trying to verify if this is real and welcome advice please. I have been told it's the low numbered carded ones which it appears to be. Am I best contacting the mint or does anyone have one and can show me the number and or a photo? The photos when I google differ greatly. Many thanks in advance.
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  7. 2nd attempt!

    Very true I will! Like you said I'm sure lots make mistakes in the beginning but not everyone may admit it tho, plus I wouldn't have the heart to sell it back to some other poor bugger I'm not that type of person. A good learning curve stepping point 😀
  8. 2nd attempt!

    Do keep that first one though WC. It may not have much numismatic value, but it will be well worth what you paid as a little reminder of what not to buy. You'll look back at it one day and think: "Blimey, did I really buy that?" Anyone who says they haven't done the same is a big fibber.
  9. 2nd attempt!

    Ha ha I'm sure he meant well😁, yes there is definitely a certain difference between the two after googling a few photo's! With all the help I'm sure my next purchase will be a right bobby dazzler! But not polished 😂
  10. I don't, or at least not with regard to people like this. The world will run out of bad people long before it make a serious dent in the numbers of decent folk. Low profile policing without a sub-machine gun in hand, or a checkpoint on every corner or some official checking your papers on every bus is a price you have to be willing to pay if you want to live in a free society. Unless of course you want to live in a police state, for which we have a number of tried and tested models.
  11. Thanks VS, that's what Colin Cooke graded at (GVF or Better).. Aye I was surprised at the remaining lustre in hand to be honest, nice example for my budget.. Very happy indeed Cheers Jamie
  12. Many thanks indeed. But I don't think I will be in a position to specialise anytime soon. At the moment, my approach is to buy coins which have eye appeal for me and then find out more about them afterwards. However, my modest hobby budget means that it can a while between purchases...
  13. It's nice to see someone articulating something we all want to say, and the BBC as well!!
  14. GVF as there is still some lustre hidden under the lettering and on reverse, wear to the devices and possibly a bit of field polish, esp. on the obverse.
  15. 2nd attempt!

    In fact flush the crap away !!! As far as polish vs natural lustre. You honestly won't need that greater depth of experience to be able to distinguish between the two at a single glance, WC.
  16. Would you guys kindly give me an opinion on grade on this Gothic Florin Cheers Jamie
  17. More Pennies

    Very politically correct Ian - excellent !
  18. That's what I was referring to given their general classification as proof sets, but even then it isn't up to scratch. I hadn't even considered a frosted Cu-Ni or silver proof.
  19. I agree with his sentiments but the population that stood up to Hitler and the Nazis is significantly different to the demographic now. I genuinely do worry about the future for my kids.
  20. Although I can no longer see the CGS population report, as I have not paid a fee, I believe the 1855 variety with the 3 dots has been documented by them as their variety PE.V1.1855.03, and described along the lines of “a raised dot giving the appearance of a 3rd colon dot after FID”. I attach a close up picture of one of my own pieces for reference. Unlike some dots which we see on Victorian pennies which are clearly unintentional, and result from flaws or specks of dirt getting into the strike, I think that the top dot near the rim on this 1855 is most likely an intentional repair to the weaker ‘clogged’ half-dot seen immediately below.….but a repair done rather badly. This would not be unreasonable as several other examples of repaired / re-struck colon dots are seen in this series. I prefer to think of features which are created by a person, either intentionally or unintentionally to be regarded as true varieties rather than random dots which are not man made. I realise that this will no convince those with an 1897 dot or 1875 canon ball penny!
  21. It's probably a specimen issue that came in the presentation pack.
  22. I found it loose in a job lot of other Crowns in a junk/bric a brac/2nd hand shop, I was after the 1960 Crown so brought the lot, so I don't think it has had much of a Proof life (if it ever was). Only noticed the difference when I was trying to decide which would go into the album and which into the spares box.
  23. I dont know anything about them but the linear circle / rim appear different. Although maybe just the picture and shadow.
  24. Don't know if the left hand one is a proof, but these appear to be two minor varieties of the 1977 crown. The left hand one has smaller beads and the gap from beads to the legend is larger. On the right, the beads are larger and the gap is smaller. However, the only caveat is that the pictures are not exactly the same size, so I'm not 100% sure.
  25. 2nd attempt!

    This is it Pete, know one knows everything so it's nice to learn new things, everydays a school day! And yes the people on here are very helpful indeed it's refreshing to see.
  26. 2nd attempt!

    Won't make this months but will come and have a look and chat with you in April in the hope of getting a nice gothic florin.
  27. 1977 Proof Crown?

    Nice way of saying the OP coin is NOT a proof, I would think. Better struck, yes. Proof standard, no Details still not sharp enough, field not right, rim just not close..
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