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  1. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I also asked which 'numismatic agencies' a couple of days ago - so far no answer. Frank
  2. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    In view of its size and thickness as a hammered coin, I reckon the weight given may be in the ballpark for a genuine coin. However, I agree it looks 'dodgy' and could be a casting which because thicker would add weight to equate with a thinner gold coin. Frank
  3. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    1650 ENGLAND UK Oliver Cromwell PARLIAMENT British ANTIQUE OLD Medal Coin i88197 | eBay He's at it again!
  4. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    STEPHEN 1136-1145 AD KING of ENGLAND ANGLO-NORMAN SILVER Ar PENNY 1,55 gr. | eBay Yet another very blatant con from Eastern Europe! Frank
  5. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Further to my last post, this is a follow-up article about Richard II fakes... http://britnumsoc.blog/2021/01/02/caveat-emptor-ii-modern-forgeries-of-richard-ii-d-i-greenhalgh/ Frank
  6. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    http://britnumsoc.blog/2021/01/01/caveat-emptor-some-modern-fakes-of-henry-iii-long-cross-pennies-rob-page/ This BNS-Blog article is very concerning and mentions these items showing up on eBay. Furthermore, the Eastern European fakes cited are very convincing compared to others from that region that always seem to 'jump out' as counterfeits. This is worthwhile reading for all hammy collectors! Frank
  7. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274544880664?ul_noapp=true Who's this seller trying to kid?
  8. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    If you look at his other items it seems that he is rather partial to using the Duraglit! For example, the Jersey 1/12 shilling he offers with a similar brassy shine and cheeky description. Mind you we could forgive I suppose because in somewhat Pidgin English he does say, "We believe on Collecting valuable objects uniquely rewards me with beauty, history, personal satisfaction, and more. Honesty and fairness must define every facet of our life"!!! ...and we can further forgive a bit of polishing because, "Part of our sales goes to charity for Elderly People and Young Children"! How pleasing it is to have such generous sellers on eBay! Frank
  9. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The seller of this is optimistic.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Elizabeth-I-Medieval-Silver-Threepence-Coin-1/193490871283?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144
  10. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I picked this snippet from Cointalk concerning a discussion that was taking place on the ebay community website about 3 months ago... https://community.ebay.com/t5/Selli...w-the-sale-or-purchase-of-Coins/td-p/30666292 Does this spell the end of this thread?? Frank
  11. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Undoubtedly the latter!
  12. hibernianscribe

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1430AD-GREAT-BRITAIN-UK-King-HENRY-VI-Silver-Fourpence-Groat-Coin-NGC-i80916/233362367085?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D225086%26meid%3D89d4a7567cc4414a9aa1dc14ddca03fc%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D7%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpf%26sd%3D184299768716%26itm%3D233362367085%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DSimplAMLv5PairwiseWebWithBBEV2bDemotion&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 Yet another obscenely overpriced example from this seller who speciously purports to be "an expert, enthusiast, author and trusted dealer in numismatic coins", which also begs the question, what other sorts of coin are there? Furthermore, in the FAQ section of his eBay pages he claims to be "world-renowned"! This is full-blown cringing material! Even in unclipped condition, this Calais groat would be worth far less than a tenth of the asking price! Frank
  13. hibernianscribe

    Commonwealth 'Overdates'

    I see what you mean Rob, now that you have pointed that out, although I would not have easily noticed this without foreknowledge of the variety. Frank
  14. hibernianscribe

    Commonwealth 'Overdates'

    Thanks for this, that's an interesting point and a bit of lateral thinking. It could certainly explain how such a coin with little evidence around the concerned digit could be diagnosed with certainty. Frank
  15. hibernianscribe

    Commonwealth 'Overdates'

    I have been collecting English hammies for nearly sixty years but have never been completely sure or confident about identifying specific date-change varieties such as the coin shown, which I have owned for a couple of years. It is a 1652 over 1 halfcrown (ESC 26) with excellent provenance, but my problem is that I really can't see for sure that it is a 2 over 1. Often where such a die alteration has been made there is a serif or other remnant that is evident, but not in this case. Indeed, I am unable to see even any 'ghost' of a 1 below the 2, unlike the clear example illustrated on page six of ESC, but is it just me I wonder? The fact that mine differs so much from the ESC illustration obviously indicates that more than one die was altered, which would be expected. What I can see is darker 'scuffing' evident around the 2 on my coin (see photo) so is this the evidence that this is a changed digit? Actually, I have never asked this question before, so maybe the answer is as simple as it being evidence of 'disturbance' around a digit. I've not seen any written account of how to identify these varieties but I have yet to trawl through BNS journals to discover if there is any recorded opinions. The 'sun and anchor' website <www.cromwellcoins.com> does not go into much detail and North does not list any of these Commonwealth varieties, just a 'general' categorisation of N2722. Regarding this coin's provenance, it was sold by Knightsbridge Coins on 11 August 1985 and then was subsequently sold by Spink on 6-7 December 2017 (lot 152) and listed in that auction as being from the 'Tisbury' Commonwealth collection. In fact the coin was illustrated on the front cover of the sale catalogue, which further reinforces my certainty about its identification - I just wish I could see it! Any advice on this would be appreciated. Frank
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