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    Putin wanted to know if Zelensky was still alive... Zelensky himself decided to send Putin a letter in his own handwriting to let him know he was still in the game. Putin opened the letter which appeared to contain a single line of a coded message. 370HSSV-0773H Putin was baffled, so he emailed it to Lukashenko, and his aides had no idea either, so they sent it to the KGB. No one could solve it at the KGB, so it went to the CIA, then to NSA. With no clue as to the meaning. The FBI finally asked the Australian Military for help. Within a few seconds they called back with this message: “Tell that Neanderthal Putin he’s holding the message upside down." .
  4. 4 points
    What's the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don't know and I don't care.
  5. 4 points
    Some heathen humour 😁
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    Here are the stats from my 5 years capture of YH penny ebay listings, from over a decade ago. I think if I were to now repeat the exercise (which I won't!) there will no longer be as many 1856's appearing. It seems that for Plain Tridents the small and large numeral types appear in similar numbers. I was a bit surprised when I did this exercise to find that approx. one third were OT's; I had expected fewer. It is still one of the few coins I seek in high grade for my collection, so it's annoying that there were examples like the one pictured below which got away from me!
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    My latest acquisition arrived today a 1929 PCGS MS62. While a common coin this one is a pleasing example with the thistle on the reverse well struck with the base of the thistle showing the detail a feature often missing on even high grade coins.
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    I have just put on eBay a reasonable grade 1858 large rose (large date, sadly!!) penny, which members might be interested in, along with a few other lower grade scarcities and date width varieties. The link to the listings is : https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?item=285024221493&_ssn=1970kit&_sop=10 Hope they might perhaps be of use to members... Cheers!
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    Rob I'm not sure where you found that JB has the signature in a different place. As you say, they are all obverse D (Freeman 2). I agree about the Je to Jk repairs. I'm assuming that collectors have sent in photos of these repairs to Michael who decided to include them, purely for illustration. The list of die repairs is virtually endless and I personally don't regard them as particularly noteworthy, other than the occasional spectacular example, e.g. N over Z, E over P etc. Clearly, these repairs are of interest to some collectors, viz Larry's numerous examples of similar repairs on halfpennies on this Forum.
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    More like a children's book of anatomy required, with a particularly large section on asses and elbows.
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    Even though fully lustred, there's personally no way I'd ever buy such a coin as so much detail is missing. Although I guess we're all different and some collectors prefer the full lustre to the detail. These are my 1918Hs, with much better detail:-
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    I thought you would have found my half penny more amusing....I feel sorry for us half penny collectors we lack the lustre of the spend a penny guys
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    Same here Ian. High grade 1856 OT pennies seem distinctly rarer than high grade 1843, 1849, 1860/59 currency, and 1839 & 1853 proofs. Even at low to middle grades they are hardly ever seen. I did notice an a/UNC specimen on offer from Dave Craddock a year or two back (for about £1600 I think), but hadn't read until the e mail had been in the in box for a day, and on enquiry, it was, as expected, gone. All the more frustrating, looking at your chart above (for which many thanks by the way), where is can be seen that they formed over a third of the 1856 total.
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    I have just put on eBay a reasonable grade 1858 large rose (large date, sadly!!) penny, which members might be interested in, along with a few other lower grade scarcities and date width varieties. The link to the listings is : https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?item=285024221493&_ssn=1970kit&_sop=10 Hope they might perhaps be of use to members... Cheers!
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    Every now and again I am lucky enough to find boxes made for the Lauer Coins in particularly with what I assume to be a full set. These have been useful in that they give greater insight into the original contents. They also throw up some strange anomalies , for example I purchased a set of the German coins in it's original box with the 100 Mark note on the top of the small gilt box and inside were 2 examples of quite a rare american Lauer 2 cent piece. The box is uncirculated and as are the coins. The set came from the US and is still inside the shop box made for it supplied at sale. Whether these were tasters I can't be sure . the box contained 2 20 mark ;3 5 mark (gold) 2 x 2 mark;2 x 1 mark ; 3 50 Pfennig ; 2 x 20 pfennig (silver) ; 7 x 10 Pfennig 3 in brass with the Kaisers head and 4 in zinc with the eagle ; 3 x 5 pfennig in zinc (eagles); 4x 2 Pfennig eagles 5 x 1 pfennig (copper) eagles As I mentioned the copper USA 2 cents and 4 playing counters in plain metal uniface marked 5 and 10 . The box is the standard Horse jumper but with a blue 100 Mark note . marked Nurnberger Spielmunzen although interestingly it also has the sailing ship lid type in the same box Rogers #4700 he had never seen the box himself and is described as RRR* Roger's notes that he is unsure of the issue types and I am hoping this small box helps someway. Note it contains no 10 mark Gold coins and is a mix of the portrait and the double headed eagle , all the heads are the old head type . All are uncirculated as is the box so we have some indication of the set (perhaps) With this in mind I thought I would start with the sets and the boxes . all coins are 12 mm to 14 mm
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    Well if Mr Wyon had not made any mistakes, the bronze coinage of 1860-63 would have been a lot less interesting.
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    Just got another conterfeit 1s6d Bank Token - both obverse and reverse are new. So I now have a total 17 different variations (with 15 different obverse and reverse dies) of the 1811 date.
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    The obvious answer is that when the bronze coinage was introduced the Mint faced many challenges involving short lived dies. Very many die pairings were tried out, without long term success. By 1863 much of this had been overcome when the best working die pairings had been put into effect, 6 + G for pennies, 7 + G for halfpennies and 3 + B for farthings. That combination of die pairings then remained in effect until the next major changes in 1874.
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    yes it must have been quite exhausting. They could, with a bit of artistic licence create quite a good soap opera or period drama out of it involving all sorts from the die setter to the Queen and all the intrigue in between . Of course a bit of light relief when Wyon goes on his annual 6 weeks holidays in the middle could always add a bit of scenery . But then perhaps it might only intrigue a few old guys that collect some old coppers or bronze. I'd watch it LOL
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    Smiles all round chez Rob today Even bigger than the one when news of Stremousov's 'car accident' came through 2 days ago. Hopefully get an update in the not too distant future regarding the status of her home (or what's left of it). A potentially big problem is that Chornobaivka was a main base for Russians and according to its own wiki page about the war was that Ukraine hit it on 39 occasions before they abandoned it a fortnight ago, so praying there weren't too many stray rounds. Hopefully there will also be a resumption in communication once Kherson is safe(r) so she will be able to check up on Mum too. She lives just off the other end of the airport.
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    Had delivery of a few coins that have been waiting in the US for a while . I think the 8 over an 8 farthing still remains my favourite
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    That was a brilliant sketch.
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    Hi Cliff, hope all well with you. Over the years I have seen several YH pennies with similar weak dates. Here are some examples
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    I had an email from the idiot, and he suggested that I only posted this because I have too much time on my hands. The uninformed twat doesn't realise that no-one on the forum has time to waste being ripped off....typical unprofessional seller- everyone's a bloody expert nowadays, when actually real experts are thin on the ground. And on this forum.
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    I got it wrong 106 times at about £2 a shot , but I just donate them to MADaboutART charity I set up 20 years ago. My mistakes have raised enough to keep them going each year , I have 75 1862's 116 1861's with some kind of error or rare die and 85 1860's with some kind of error . So really that's not a bad hid rate ...these days I only buy them when I am sure there is something there. I have only been collecting since 2015 but I have enjoyed building up the collection for the charity. It has helped my brain heal after Chemo along with painting of course.