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  1. 11 points
    My 1879 narrow date penny from the recent DNW auction has arrived. I'd estimate at GEF with some residual lustre. Really pleased, as this particular variety is extremely difficult to get in high grade, but not too scarce in grades up to VF. Bit like the 1864.
  2. 10 points
    Another type gap filled: 1886 Sixpence
  3. 8 points
    My latest purchase. Looks even better in hand and starting to tone.
  4. 7 points
    Also: 1825 Sixpence 1745 Lima Shilling
  5. 6 points
    I have not posted for a while however here are 2 recent additions: 1708 Shilling 1750 Sixpence
  6. 6 points
    What an abominable post, you've definitely put your Big Foot in it 😋
  7. 5 points
    1701 Halfcrown, looks like it was historically lightly cleaned but it is still a nice example.
  8. 5 points
    Ok, I don't expect to get caught in the stampede given it has only had 57 views in a week and no replies. The appearance of this https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/baldwins-of-st-jamess/catalogue-id-srstja10031/lot-3b393123-8bdd-4927-9e94-a94c00d6b2d5 in tomorrow's BSJ sale prompted me to revisit the reason for the large cross to the right of the bust, which is something I have long had on the list of things to do. In his article on the coins of Williams I & II, P W P Carlyon-Britton noted the following varieties for the sword type. Var. A - a modified reverse at Ilchester; B - two pellets one side, and a large cross the other i.e. the above; C - two small crosses to the left of the King's neck - these two at Dorchester; D - annulet by face; E - cross by face - these two at Wareham; F - a variety of crown seen at London. I am sure it is no coincidence that of the above locations, Dorchester and Wareham are adjacent mints separated by only a dozen miles. The question therefore is why do coins from these two mints have the symbols by the bust when no other mints striking in type 6 have them? Despite their proximity, North only gives one moneyer common to both mints (Godwine), but Oter is unquestionably the resident engraver at Dorchester for a considerable period including this issue. This would indicate the marks are not the work of an idiosyncratic moneyer. The fact that more than one moneyer is involved says it is done for more than a whimsical reason. The next nearest mint locations striking in Sword are Chichester, Shaftesbury and Ilchester, with Ilchester the closest - again a location for a variety. What happened in that area to warrant unusual die features? There must be a link somewhere. Sword type is thought to have been struck in the period Michaelmas 1080-1083. My initial thoughts were directed towards a connection with Abbotsbury Abbey, which is reasonably close to Dorchester. The case for a connection was stengthened when I discovered that it was founded by one of Cnut's thegns, Orc, in the early years of Edward the Confessor. Orc and his wife lived at Portesham which is between Abbotsbury and Dorchester, however, it is not close to Wareham. It would be appropriate to celebrate their largesse, and with a timing that is about 30 years after the abbey was founded, could be related to the passing of a major benefactor. William was in France for much of this period and before, leaving his half-brother (Bishop of Bayeux & Earl of Kent) in charge of the kingdom. The latter outstripped his authority by hoping to succeed the Pope, which wasn't in William plan, causing him to return whereupon he intercepted him on the Isle of Wight. Again, geographically separated from the two mints. Thoughts anybody? Fortuitously, I have ticked the Dorchester box with a coin of the same type, but as you can see, mine has the much smaller crosses to the right (var.C) and is a completely different die pair. So we have different moneyers at separate, but relatively close locations adding features only seen at the two locations, with more than one die with additional features cut at both locations. Sword is the second rarest type for William I after Profile Right. The search for plausible reasons goes on.................
  9. 5 points
  10. 4 points
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Superb-Unc-1893-2-Victoria-Penny/323461050495?hash=item4b4fc7f07f:g:B0IAAOSw7E1bn-zr This is totally out of order. In a CGS slab and he does not even own it. UIN is 40402 The coin was sold at LCA 18/3/2018 LOT 2435 then put straight in a slab...I know the GUY who has it. Wonder what he is going to send the buyer instead ☹️
  11. 4 points
    My father was stationed at Hall Place / Bletchley Park during the war.... Later transferred to occupied Germany... He had NO connection with the code breakers, just army stationed there... I think he said his ability to type put him in good standing.. I'll have to ask him again. ..... Anyway, I just wanted to mention that Hall Place has an exhibit of wartime memorabilia which includes my dad's library card, images, and other items...
  12. 4 points
    Hello everyone! This is my first post on www.predecimal.com. I look forward to participating in your forum and getting to know all of you. Born in the U.S.A., I lived in England during the period 1966-1970. That's when I became fascinated by British coins. Back then I'd occasionally find well-worn Victoria pennies in circulation. The first time I found one of those, it was so worn that the lettering was almost completely gone. I had to ask my father who that was on the obverse side. It didn't take me long to figure out that I could learn the history of the monarchy just by going through my pocket change. I don't know much about grading British coins but I'm hoping to learn more through this forum.
  13. 4 points
    Actually, that's a little bit of a security hole that I've just fixed! Guests were able to start topics within the technical support area and were allowed to reply to stuff elsewhere. Guests can no longer post anywhere and for the last couple of months I manually approve every new member. I did not approve Andeson because his email address looked odd and his IP is from Bangladesh, which is more well known for its spamming bots than it is for collectors of British coins!
  14. 3 points
    Ebay does not make things that straightforward. That would allow bidders to be identified. The username is encoded into a random sequence, probably containing few of the original letters. In this case, the m and o are just coincidental as you can see that the seller has 125 feedback whereas the bidder has 234.
  15. 3 points
    I agree that Britain did not quite "stand alone" after the defeat in France. Members of the Commonwealth had made their own independent declarations of war on Germany. India as part of the Empire declared war in 1939. Nepal for example was at war and was not a member of the Commonwealth. Thousands of Irish moved to Britain to fight. Even though France, Poland and Czechoslovakia were defeated, thousands of their soldiers, including those evacuated from Dunkirk fought with the along side the British and as members of the RAF. De Gaulle was leading the Free French forces. However, Britain was the only country in Europe that was at war with Germany and had not surrendered. In that sense, she was proudly standing alone.
  16. 3 points
    We stood alone militarily, although the help we got from the USA pre 1941, was considerable, despite a still strong isolationist leaning in the States............But,. I'm reminded of the words of Roosevelt's representative Harry Hopkins on a visit to the UK to see Churchill in January 1941:-
  17. 3 points
    back to the original question - saw him last year up in Scotland. Friendly chap.
  18. 3 points
    Someone's hoping to snare one of his relatives.
  19. 3 points
    The other one was this Henry II Northampton Penny as an upgrade:
  20. 3 points
    Well both my major purchases at DNW were hammered. Edward the Elder Penny to fill that gap in my sequence of Wessex monarchs:
  21. 3 points
    Upgrade, done with this one now
  22. 2 points
    I've been on the other side of the fence. When I started working for myself over 30 years ago, the handful of manufacturers each had their own little competitor in a former employee who had set up. If things got a bit technically complicated we would regularly suggest to our customer that such and such a person was the right tool for the job, depending on the instrument concerned. You didn't need to rule the world, just make sure the customer was happy, as it guaranteed he would return to you in the future. Slabbing however is a different matter. It is much simpler, despite the TPG claims, and any collector could assign a grade based on an accurate appraisal if they took a bit of time to get up to speed. It isn't rocket science, which is why they are never going to look a gift horse in the mouth and will always do the job. To claim slabbing something was pointless would bring into question their whole raison d'etre. Hang on a minute..................
  23. 2 points
    As requested by Rob, this ticket from my new Henry II Penny. Apparently this is a "Ray Inder" ticket.
  24. 2 points
    Isn't that Chewbacca after a big night out?
  25. 2 points
    Quite extensively, by the looks of some of them. I'm not sure how far you'd get these days trying to spend your Charles & Diana 25p on sweets.