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  2. PWA 1967

    Had a field day on e bay......

    Yes i agree Terry maybe a bit less 15 to 1......As a guess 🙂 You can buy them off dealers in UNC -BU for £50 / £70 so either nobody wants them or plenty about and if they were much harder to find people would be selling them for more maybe.
  3. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    Thanks Terry - useful info.
  4. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bic-Crystal-Ballpoint-Medium-Point/dp/B000JTOYLS Wonderful.
  5. So much clever shill bidding goes on to achieve exactly that. Very sad.
  6. Today
  7. I was going to comment on how I hate all the 'made for profit' rubbish that various mints churn out, but then I decided not to.
  8. terrysoldpennies

    Had a field day on e bay......

    There not that rare Mike , I had a count up of the 1940s pennies put away by my mother back in the 1960s, there are 86 Double and 12 single . that's about 7 to 1 . that proportion my have changed due to hoarding of the single type
  9. I dont have a clue what the issue price was but the ones selling in completed istings on ebay are a lot less than the one in your link ,one is in an ebay auction now if you want one and plenty as a BIN , some will probably still be for sale next year. The Chard one is a perfect example of buying to (try ) sell at an inflated price when they have sold out and have put a price on that i doubt anyone will pay. The circus is just that and some dealers may have them collecting dust for years if they are too expensive. My own opinion is the RM dont put enough in circulation ,so they can sell a 10p for £3 as they are doing with the alphabet ones and next week will be the same just another design maybe a £2, I would think most £2 / 50p coin collectors are loosing track due to how many designs have been produced over the last couple of years......Most in Limited numbers
  10. All dealers are business people. If I buy and sell my coins I also become part that circus. Trial pieces were experimental coins. Victorian patterns is were artist showing off their designs. I wish I got this one when it came out. Its a homage of a coin that came 200yrs before. It now rocketed in value and pretty hard to get hold of. I guess I dismissed it as another modern RM fad that only worth its bullion value🤔 https://www.chards.co.uk/2017-gold-sovereign-sovereign-piedfort-proof/2924
  11. Victorian Patterns were trial pieces and were not made by the Royal Mint for profit. Hence, they have historical significance. I rather suspect organisations like the London Coins Company have some agreement with the Royal Mint and can return some unsold coins to minimize their risk. Anyway, I will say no more. Enjoy your coins.
  12. It is unlimited as long as people continue to order until sometime before the end of the year. Assuming most people who ordered are not selling and some made multiple orders to sell it is very likely the surplus of these coins available in the market are a lot fewer than the numbers of coins available if they were released in circulation with a limit even to that of the Kew Garden 50p. The Snowman 50p BU is no longer made for sometime, its a 2018 coin and a production period of only a few months. Victorian Pattern were a niche product back when they were made and so is modern RM offering. Unless you are Marty McFly you would'nt know whats comming next week let alone 20yrs🤣
  13. "I see them the same as those Victorian pattern proofs albeit a bit more legit." Problem is that there are only a finite number of collectors for modern coins and they have a finite amount of money. However, the number of Royal Mint offerings is totally unlimited. Each issue might have a low mintage but the combine total is already colossal and increasing by the month. A Victorian pattern will always maintain it's value and fascination. But a modern Royal Mint offering can easily be bullion value 20 years after issue.
  14. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    I have heard of non mint darkened specimens of 1944, 1945, and 1946 pennies - can anybody confirm? Or are they just showing variance in the extent/quality of the mint toning over the time involved?
  15. I know, I remember you saying so.
  16. Peter

    Had a field day on e bay......

    When google was in the infinite stage I googled 1698 farthing everyday..both got a home back in blighty. I paid $10 Canadian for my exurge and a bit more (so called XF legend)...but I kept them and filled my collection.....well 1718,1693 a decent both G's over...just got a small trident ....can't be saying.
  17. Nick

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    A worryingly good fake. I wonder if the weight is anywhere near accurate.
  18. I live near there👍
  19. There is limit of 3 per household. Mine has arrived, no203 of 225 so if that reflect numerical order of sales then 90% soldout
  20. Totally superb a great place to spend a day out
  21. I know what you are saying, commemoration none curculating coins generally don't havs appeal of circulated ones. The difference here is these are legal tender official coins of the year. I see them the same as those Victorian pattern proofs albeit a bit more legit. RM in in recent years has issued many novelty coins that went into circulation and all with a few exception could command respectable price. So I think its a good move to make official coins but lower the mintage figure not aimed for circulation but you can still use it if you ever find them in your change.
  22. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    Indeed, well spotted. As Chris says though, they are rare. I'd bet that less than 1 in 100 of 1940 pennies on e bay are the single exergue line F226, in any condition.
  23. ozjohn

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    This one looks like a fake probably better than most being offered? No mention of copy restrike etc https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bare-Bust-GEORGIUS-IV-Garnished-Shield-HalfCrown-DIEU-ET-MON-DROIT-1829/312578853060?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D56113%26meid%3Dc65e2f9db94745fd91752f9e5724ce48%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D312578853060%26itm%3D312578853060&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A848977e4-633c-11e9-a5b4-74dbd18024e9|parentrq%3A399c7e3f16a0ab66e3220cc6ffe4a76f|iid%3A1
  24. PWA 1967

    Had a field day on e bay......

    I have had a few decent ones off ebay Mike not attributed and that is how i found the one you have just bought.
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  26. I've had this for at least 25 years and only this evening bothered to get it out and take a proper look ('Ooh Matron'). I've been Googling for information on ancient merchant's test chop marks but haven't come up with all that much so far. There's plenty to be had on 18th and 19th century silver coins with Chinese chop marks and I see also, who knew, some collectors clubs. I have found a few mentions of ancient test marks on tetradrachms but the information is scant to say the least. Should anyone here know about these I'd be grateful if you'd take a few minutes to share. Ta.
  27. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    He always prices very fairly. I feel very fortunate to have dropped on a good quality one so relatively soon after starting to search. Never even thought about the possibility of Dave Craddock having a high grade one until this afternoon.
  28. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    aUNC - 30% lustre. You did well to spot that other one Pete. I searched e bay repeatedly and missed it. ETA: It's not marked as one, so I probably went right past it without checking properly.
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