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    Some amusing road signs from The Sun:
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    And I like this one best. 50km northeast of Budapest https://www.escape.com.au/news/funny-road-signs-from-around-the-world/news-story/a79c5b5e7637dd5bc3ddad63ace2823e
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    #16,490 A pirate walks into a bar. He's got the whole pirate look down. He's got the peg leg, the hook hand, an eyepatch and the hat all going on. The bartender takes all of this in, impressed. There's just one odd thing and he just has to ask. "So Mr. Pirate, your look is pretty cool. I gotta ask though, what's with the chocolate wrapper on your hat?" The pirate replied, "Arrrrgh, I've a Bounty on me head!
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    Just landed, type 3a2 with welcome provenance and tickets, the plate coin from Maurice Bull's "The Halfcrowns of Charles I" vol 2 (with his tickets too, I believe)
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    I think its Garys on here Jon as seen it before and seem to remember it was his 🙂
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    Unless they were collected (eg: the H's KN's and ME's of this world) absolutely. The vast majority would have been totally unaware, for example, of many varietal types of Edward VII and George V & VI. Hence, as I referenced in an earlier post, why some which are now extremely rare, were never collected pre demonetisation. Some weren't identified until Freeman's time, and the enthusiastic collectors of the mid to late 60's were probably using those small "Check your Change" booklets, which, whilst obviously very useful, did not cover the lesser known varieties. So they nearly all disappeared in the melt and probably many more in the subsequent unofficial melts which still go on to this day. Having now got nearly a full complement of Coin Monthly's from November 1966 to February 1971, it's also noteworthy that there is absolutely no mention whatsoever, in the sales ads, of many of the 20th century Freeman types we now know so well. A 1913 penny, for instance, was a 1913 penny. No more than that.
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    For silver, I guess George III crowns are not difficult to find in near UNC condition as they were delivered to the banks warped individually in soft paper. The crown had not been minted for such a long time and many people wanted to save an example. Young Head crowns are very rare and expensive in UNC. There is a big price difference between EF and VF also; VF or below are common. I guess the limited mintage coupled with the large number of years in circulation before the Jubilee and Old Head kicking in have created many worn examples. I can understand why the 1887 crowns are common in UNC because it was the first year of mintage and it commemorated Victoria's Golden Jubilee which was an important event. But I am rather surprised why the later years of the Jubilee crowns are still relative common in UNC given so many books have commented on the unpopularity of the design. Why save something that's unpopular?
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    A related question, and may I say, a very interesting one. The "UNC" percentage seems to vary considerably from coin type to coin type, and although there is obviously some absolute relation to overall rarity, there are some definite real terms differences, which can be difficult to explain. For example, off the top of my head, amongst the rarest coins there are some, such as the F14 penny, the F8 and F9 mule (all 1860), and the 1862 F38 mule, which seem to have more than you would expect as UNC examples. There are others. Whereas such pennies as the 1864 (plain and crosslet), and the F98 1879 narrow date, which are not that desperately rare in lower grades, are extremely difficult to locate in top grade. The F90 1877 narrow date penny, which is roughly on a rarity par with the F8 & F38 mules, has nothing above fine among its ranks. Obviously I'm talking exclusively pennies here, as it's my specialism, but the same principles must apply across the board. In some cases I think there are more UNC specimens available because they were collected by default shortly after mintage, as part of a date run (the collector having no idea of the coin's significance at that time). In other cases, it's very difficult to know the precise reasons for either a surplus or deficit of UNC examples. I imagine we never will and are left to speculate.
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    Apologies for the industrial language, but I do think it's otherwise funny and just about sums up facebook at times.
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    And this a short while ago. Ticks the B initial mark box
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    Court estimated that something like 77% had been reclaimed by 31st March 1972, and although that was specifically in relation to pennies, one would assume by logical extension that similar percentages applied to all other immediately withdrawn denominations. Although people would probably have been in more of a hurry to exchange (or spend pre 15.2.71) halfcrowns, than pennies. My own view is that probably something like 85% to 90% of pre decimal currency was eventually reclaimed and melted down by the Royal Mint. But that's purely an inspired guess. It may be +/- 8 of say 86%. Probably a much higher percentage of some than others went for melt. Many will have been held in collections. Many more would have been shoved away in drawers, old clothes, jam jars etc, and forgotten about. Any other opinions on this question? I think it's an important one as it may provide some clue as to how many of certain dates/varieties remain extant in the present day.
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    Probably. Ingram and Ingram definitely. The booklet mentions the LT, H's, KN's & the ME. Undoubtedly they got hoarded.
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    They're a bit of both really and fall into the unofficial farthing series of tokens. There is a wide variety of different trades covered from bakers, grocers and tobacconists through to tea dealers, wine and spirits merchants and photographers
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    I saw Alistair Campbell on a ABC program called Q&A which is a current affairs program with the panel and audience stacked against some hapless right wing politician who is stupid enough to appear on the program. Much of the content is focused on climate change. In this case Campbell was attacking Brexit , the world's about to end , economic ruin, the electorate are stupid etc. etc. without any justification for his views.
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    As you say, insulting. Not to mention supercilious and breathtakingly condescending.
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    If Alastair Campell doesn't want to accept the Brexit 50p, then it is simply his choice and he is not bothering anyone. However, I do find the statement "it should be boycotted by all literate people" somewhat insulting. It implies that you are not really literate if you don't agree with using the "oxford comma". I am rather inclined to think that the majority of "literate" people believe that the "oxford comma" is optional in this situation. It's like saying to someone that they should never wear a blue suit to an interview and grey must be colour. It comes across as opinionated and rather out of touch.
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    I was fortunate enought to pick up the residue of a 1902 13 coin specimen set, Matt proof, the other day. Only 5 coins remained - Crown down to sixpence. (The Gold and the Maundy were long gone.) Of the remainder, the best 3 were the Crown, Halfcrown and Florin, so here they are. (The box is good too and even scarcer than the 11 coin version!)
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    Nice sixpences. I picked up the 1700 shilling in the recent Noble auction. Need a sixpence like yours now ! cheers (image from Noble)
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