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  1. 12 points
    Here's an article that I wrote for a Facebook group about a year ago - it might be of some use... "I often have a quick look through eBay on a Friday night. I find it’s at an altogether more sensible pace than the madness of Sundays. “A quick look through eBay”? How can you have a quick look through eBay? Wading through acres and acres of utter junk takes hours, doesn’t it? Perhaps I should share one of my trade secrets. Don’t tell anyone. This is a filtering mechanism that I have developed over many years, and tonight, it reduced the list of what was presented to me from nearly a quarter of a million results to 66,000. That means that 75% of the list is removed before I even see it, and if you sort your query by Ending Soonest, it means that I really can have a quick look through eBay to see if there is anything finishing tonight that takes my fancy. Make a cup of tea at this point if you’re still with me – I am going to go into some detail. All the examples I’ll use are my own personal preferences but I do understand that what I consider to be tat, others may consider to be treasure, so do forgive my ruthlessness. I start by listing everything in the British Coins category, sorted by Ending Soonest. Tonight it was around 225,000 items. I use a three-stage process to reduce this number to something a little more manageable. Stage 1: eliminate things I don’t want to see, like 50ps and 20ps. Stage 2: eliminate sellers whose tat I don’t want to see Stage 3: set a maximum price so I don’t see things I can’t afford. Stage 1: Eliminate terms used in an items description, in my instance, this could be things like “50p, 20p, pound, proof, gold”. You do this in the top search bar in eBay, using the syntax: -(xxx,yyy,zzz) I don’t want to see decimal coins, so a lot of my exclusions are dates. You cannot use wildcards. You used to be able to, but that’s a different story… Soon, after playing with this a little bit, you’ll run up against a character limit. eBay think that it is 100 characters, but I have found a workaround to extend that limit to 300 characters by enclosing three separate 100 character strings in three separate bracket pairs: -(100 characters here) -(100 more here) -(and another 100 here) Go one character over and it goes a little bit haywire, but you can always go back a page in your browser to recover it. 300 characters will keep you going for a while, but eventually, you’ll run up against that limit too, so you’ll want to use your 300 in the most effective way. Some terms exclude thousands of items, and some only exclude a few. “50p” excludes 35,000 records, while “brooch” only knocks out 127, so I rank the search term exclusions by how many records they exclude, and only use up my 300 on those that are worth using. As we are limited by character, a small term, like “50p” (3 characters), is a lot more economical than a long term, like “enamelled” (10 characters). This is where it can get complicated, and I leave it up to you, and the level of your own Asperger’s how far you want to go with this. It gets complicated because items have more than one word in their descriptions, and you may already have eliminated an item with an exclusion already used. Take gold sovereigns, for instance. A search using “gold” brings up 6,500 results, so we can knock out 6,500 items by including “gold” in our exclusion string. A search using “sovereign” brings up 4,000 results, but we cannot exclude a further 4,000 by using “sovereign” because most sovereign listings will also use the word “gold”. In fact, only 650 listings used “sovereign”, but didn’t use “gold”, so by including “sovereign” when we’ve already used “gold” we only reduce the list by 650. “Sovereign” is 10 characters, so at 6.5 items/character, “sovereign” is a very inefficient exclusion term. Once you are happy with your query, save it. I tend to save it in a text file, because eBay’s query management is not very intuitive. The last time I did this exercise, in January, it was all about getting rid of Beatrix Potter, now it’s all about eliminating pound coins from the list, so I refresh my query three or four times a year, as trends change. My 300 characters removes more than half of the items in the British Coins category, about 100,000 listings. That’s more than 300 per character, but it has taken many years to get it refined to that level of efficiency! Stage 2: Seller exclusion. Anyone who spends any time watching eBay will already know the sellers that they tend to skip through, and there is a facility to remove those sellers from your query, in addition to the exclusions settled on in Stage 1. Scroll down the left-hand side of the listings page, and you’ll see “More Refinements”. A tab in that section is marked Seller, and in that tab, there is an exclusion box. Select “Only show items from”, then “Specific sellers”, then choose “Exclude” from the drop-down. The text box to the right is intended to contain a comma-separated list of sellers to exclude. However, there is a bit of sloppy eBay programming in this form that needs a little workaround. You cannot add seller names to this list one at a time without breaking the query before long – it adds spurious commas and spaces all over the place and the database just can’t handle that, so I keep my “eBay blacklist” in a trusty text file, using the syntax: Seller1,seller2,seller3 No spaces, a single comma between names, and no carriage returns. There’s 100 odd sellers on my list, but I’ve been building it for a while. To update the seller list, update it in the text file first, then copy and paste the entire list into that little text box in eBay, in one hit. Editing the contents of eBay's text box directly never ends well… My seller list removes a further 40,000 items. Finally, Stage 3, removing items that are too expensive. This bit is easy, there’s a little box on the left-hand side that for once, is quite self-explanatory. I change this every time I run the query, depending on my budget that day, and it usually reduces the list by a further 20,000 items or so. If you made it to the end, congratulations, and I hope that’s helpful!"
  2. 10 points
    Thanks Chris for all your un-lauded behind the scenes work to host, moderate and maintain the most important and serious (generally) of numismatic forums. I am sure we are all very grateful for what you do, I know my existence would be much impoverished were it not for the Predecimal Forum. Jerry
  3. 8 points
    Now got an 1897 O .N E penny (F147) courtesy of Bob @RLC35 I'd estimate at EF. Nice coin and another Freeman currency type box ticked.
  4. 6 points
    Oh look, it's all new and has all new bells and whistles. It was a bit fiddly but I got there in the end. Hope there are no issues now.
  5. 6 points
    Yes - some great tips there! Just to reiterate a hint I put elsewhere, you can also use brackets for things to include. The minus sign "-" means exclude - the plus sign "+" means must include but putting in nothing defaults to a "+". So: (1903, 1913, 1927) +shilling -(florin, jersey) when used within British coins means "Give me anything in British coins that is dated 1903 OR 1913 OR 1927 AND has the word shilling in the title, but leave out anything which also has the word Florin OR Jersey in it." I use this to search for shilling upgrades in multiple periods without also seeing too many florins (because they are often described as "two shilling") or coins from Jersey (which often are described as "thirteenth shilling" or similar. You can save these searches in Ebay - the only problem at the moment is the title of your search will be the full search string you have entered. On occasions they change it so you can edit the title and give it a sensible name such as "Shilling upgrades" but they keep turning that function on and off!
  6. 5 points
    Let me tell you a tale, a tale so full of mystery and wonder that it will make your teeth curl, your hair turn an interesting shade of purple and your dog collect the morning newspaper whilst wearing an evening jacket. Eleven coins; Four world powers; A desperate, fledgling colony Let us begin with the words of Governor Philip King, delivered conversationally to an audience of several in Sydney, November 19th 1800: "19th Nov. The Currency WHEREAS Representations of the Want of small money, experienced here, has Induced His Majesty to take into His Gracious Consideration the Immediate relief from this great Inconvenience to all Classes of His Subjects in this Colony, a Quantity of Copper Coin has been received in His Majesty's Armed Vessel 'Porpoise', and will be circulated, by being paid for Grain and Animal Food supplied His Majesty's Stores. "A Twopence Coin These are therefore to give notice, that a Copper Coin, weighing One English ounce, and stamped with the profile of His Majesty on the one side, and of Britannia on the other, will be Issued as Above, at the rate of Two pence for each Copper; and that the same shall be paid and pass Current in the Colony, and is to Circulate at the Aforesaid Rate of Two pence. "The Legal Tender And that no one may plead Ignorance of the Rate or Legality of this or any other of the Coins circulating in this Colony, of which it does not appear that any regular Proclamation has ever collectively been issued, I have judged it most expedient herewith to publish the following Table of all the specie legally circulating in this Colony, with the Rates Affixed to each, at which they shall be considered, and be a legal tender in all payments or transactions in this Colony. . "Table of specie A Guinea, a Johanna, a Half-Johanna, a Ducat, a Gold Mohur, a Pagoda, a Spanish dollar, a Rupee, a Dutch guilder, an English Shilling, a Copper coin of One Ounce [editor's note: I have no idea how to insert tables or use the Pound symbol on my colonial keyboard, so this list must suffice for the time being] When a sufficient quantity of Copper Coin is received in the Colony, of which notice will be given, no private Notes or Cards will be allowed to Circulate. "Copper coin for small amounts only This Supply of Copper having been sent to relieve the Inconvenience of persons requiring to make small payments, no persons are to Collect the same for the purpose of making large payments, nor shall it be deemed a legal tender to offer the same in payment for any sum exceeding five pounds. "Coin to Be Kept in Colony And it is hereby declared that the Exportation or Importation, except from His Majesty's Treasury, of any sum in Copper exceeding five pounds shall be punished by a Fine of treble the value, and forfeiture of the sum exported or imported...." @DrLarry has recently been sentenced to transportation to the aforesaid penal colony for the period of no less than seven years for encouraging the indictable offence that is this thread. In forthcoming episodic posts we shall hear how this state of affairs came to be, how the author came to track its trail and, due to repeated insistence of many, the colourful language that Mrs King used to describe her convict servant on Thursday last.
  7. 5 points
    Note that some may experience bugs on the forum for the next day or so. I am trying to update and old version of the software to the latest version but only got as far as updating the server PHP version today, which may cause (and in fact already has caused) problems for some depending on browser and so many other factors these days. Sorry about that. It'll be worth it in the end!
  8. 4 points
    Well I haven't been actively collecting now for a year or two but have had a daily search set up on ebay for 1911. My interest is the 1911 Half Penny with the narrow date and hollow neck, I had managed to upgrade to about Fine like 10 years ago. I'm starting to think this must be the toughest variety amongst the 20th centry Half Pennies. Any way as luck happened a GEF turned up a few day ago. The lumps on Britania are very difficult to see on the coin in hand, even under magnification.
  9. 4 points
    R & I of BRITT touch at base & TT touch at top on obverse 12 - they don't touch on obverse 11. Not obvious from the pictures in Freeman's book.
  10. 4 points
  11. 3 points
  12. 3 points
    I couldn't say (apart from agreeing with the grade). When I was dealing, these could be picked up for £50 or even less. Probably much more now, but I personally wouldn't pay £100 even for an EF example. But that's a personal judgement.
  13. 3 points
    I was really happy with this one as purchased a while ago not attributed as a large rose in an auction.They are quite scarce in any grade ,so to send it to cgs for Freya and it come back as 80 was a bonus. Makes looking and searching worthwhile sometimes . Pete.
  14. 3 points
    Still hunting for Encased Farthings. Thought I would share a couple more that I received recently from a collector in Canada.
  15. 3 points
    The coin below is the most extreme example of this type that I have managed to find, It has a doubled line at the bottom of the O in ONE, and this is the aspect that is most evident on all the examples that I have so far come across, but this particular coin also shows a partly doubled line at the top of the O. The design of O in this font type is slightly elongated from top to bottom, with fatter slightly less curved sides than are to be found at the top and bottom of the O. Its clear that the inner extra line at the bottom is straighter than the curvy bottom of the O itself , and this suggests to me that the inner line is the side of a 90 deg. rotated O showing below the over stamped correctly positioned O, its not a rare variety as I have found it on Rev. Freeman J pennies from 1875 to 1880, though It does seem a little scarcer on the 1878s than the other years, but you can only find it on Royal Mint coins, and not at all on Heaton Js. Its missing on the 1876, as this is a Heaton only year, and I haven't found any so far on the 1881s that I have looked at ??. As its found covering so many years, and indeed even can be found on proofs, it suggests that it was present on one of the master dies, with many working dies being made from it all carrying the same error. Your thoughts .
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points
    I had a short break in the Netherlands and been to The Hague on a day trip. The entries for the "World Sand Sculpting Championship" were on open display. Winner of the World Championship 2018!
  18. 3 points
    Ah now, careful with that, Mick. eBay, in their wisdom, do not recognise the pound sign, so if you exclude £1 and £2, you are also excluding anything with the numeral 1 or 2 in the title. "2 bun pennies", thus will be excluded because you have put "£2" in your exclusion list.
  19. 3 points
    I am not a great collector of Crowns the only really true beauty I have is a 1746 Lima GII
  20. 3 points
    One of the greatest enjoyments I have had in the last 4 years is the collecting, of often very beautiful, miniature coins dating from the 19thC and early 20thC. Made by the company of L Ch Lauer and a couple of other toy manufacturers Balmberger and Cooke (in the UK ?) These tiny copies usually around 13 mm are almost perfect replicas of the coinages of Victoria, Edward VII and George V (rare) with a couple of others George IV along with sets for each country. A rather expensive book by D J de Solar Rogers cover the subject in some detail and there is a wonderful online collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum donated by this author. In the four years I have been collecting the price seems to have climbed in the rarer country types USA, Germany, Belgium, French, Spain , and others. The detailing is wonderful They were made essentially as toys of course for children but of course mostly for girls in part ,I am sure, as a learning tool to learn home economics hence the name dolls House Coins. They are made of zinc, copper, tinned, brass and iron coated with gold and silver and copper. I wondered if anyone else is interested in this more obscure numismatic area of interest?
  21. 3 points
    Still better to use the Secret Santa site - nice clear colour pictures and the differences very clear.
  22. 3 points
    https://youtu.be/5EcnUmnbyUQ Beautiful song about a collector of a different sort. Big Big Train are a contemporary Brit prog rock outfit. Lineup includes Dave Gregory of XTC.
  23. 3 points
    Boxers punch bag They dont hit you back Jerry and looking at him he couldnt knock the top off a rice pudding. Low life and ebay should ban him straight away.
  24. 2 points
    Pete said I should.
  25. 2 points
    We of convict stock have many Neanderthal genetic markers. To dispel another myth, not all of us are called Bruce. Many are known affectionately as "Dickhead" or "Wanker".