I raised the question of inaccurate figures with the RM and got this response:
"Good afternoon Paddy,
All 2017 mintage figures will be updated on the website following the release of our Annual Report.
UK Account Manager"
I raised the query again regarding the 2016 figures being incorrect for the £1 coins and got:
"Yes, we will ensure these are updated the same time.
So here is hoping!
I've been in contact with Heritage about the 20% VAT charge by FedEx on their shipments to the UK, and I've received the following information from Win Callender at Heritage:
I have been in contact with our shipping department and am informed that the general VAT rate in the UK is 20%. If coins are shipped into the UK without proper documentation, the carrier (in this case Fedex) would charge the regular rate. If the coins are classified properly they do qualify for the reduced rate of 5% and in cases where the coins can be classified as investment gold they are actually VAT exempt. How the items are classified determines what VAT rate would be applied. We classify our coins correctly and will provide the proper documentation, and so the VAT should be 5%.
Quote: "Very nice and rare coin, doesn’t look to have much wavy ness but personally I wouldn’t attempt to flatten it "
The flan is more crumpled than the photo suggests. However, I've had it for nearly 30 years and do not intend to try flattening it.
I am really impressed with the work you did with the John penny that is the subject of this post.
I found a new place to buy rare items (https://oldlouis.com). Did anybody had any experience working with them? I know that there only stamps but mb someone collects both coins and stamps.
In fact, I want to buy these two stamps 1919 Japan Airmail https://oldlouis.com/lot/226464/ . Should I make the bid?
Thank you in advance.
I'm afraid it's just a metal detector find that has been cleaned, either with a barrelling machine or some sort of dilute acid like vinegar or citric acid. As Jelida says just above, cupro-nickel coins out of the ground have a coppery tone when cleaned - I know, having been an active detectorist for years!! This is because the nickel leaches out into the ground a little, being slightly ferrous in its chemistry, leaving a higher percentage of copper remaining, especially on the coin's surface. Additionally, 20p's are struck in 84% copper and 16% nickel whilst, before they went clad steel, other denominations were struck 75:25 copper to nickel, so there's more copper to start with!
Sorry, but it's just worth 20p!
I'd send it to the Royal Mint and ask them to verify it, if they do, you'll get a letter back which will confirm it, and this will give you and the buyer confidence that it's the real deal.
This will also help it achive the best possible price, be it on ebay or through a major coin auction.
The first thing is how do you know it’s copper? Coins that have been in the ground often have a coppery sheen, the tone of yours does look a bit uneven. A very accurate weight measurement with a jewellers scales might help. The Royal Mint or internet could tell you what it should weigh . Don’t expect to get rich on this coin though even if a genuine mint error. EBay is usually the easiest place to sell this sort of thing .