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  1. All dealers are business people. If I buy and sell my coins I also become part that circus. Trial pieces were experimental coins. Victorian patterns is were artist showing off their designs. I wish I got this one when it came out. Its a homage of a coin that came 200yrs before. It now rocketed in value and pretty hard to get hold of. I guess I dismissed it as another modern RM fad that only worth its bullion value🤔 https://www.chards.co.uk/2017-gold-sovereign-sovereign-piedfort-proof/2924
  2. It is unlimited as long as people continue to order until sometime before the end of the year. Assuming most people who ordered are not selling and some made multiple orders to sell it is very likely the surplus of these coins available in the market are a lot fewer than the numbers of coins available if they were released in circulation with a limit even to that of the Kew Garden 50p. The Snowman 50p BU is no longer made for sometime, its a 2018 coin and a production period of only a few months. Victorian Pattern were a niche product back when they were made and so is modern RM offering. Unless you are Marty McFly you would'nt know whats comming next week let alone 20yrs🤣
  3. I live near there👍
  4. There is limit of 3 per household. Mine has arrived, no203 of 225 so if that reflect numerical order of sales then 90% soldout
  5. I know what you are saying, commemoration none curculating coins generally don't havs appeal of circulated ones. The difference here is these are legal tender official coins of the year. I see them the same as those Victorian pattern proofs albeit a bit more legit. RM in in recent years has issued many novelty coins that went into circulation and all with a few exception could command respectable price. So I think its a good move to make official coins but lower the mintage figure not aimed for circulation but you can still use it if you ever find them in your change.
  6. So people who likes snowman should build one instead of buying a coin with the Snowman? Strange how its all sold out and costing an awful lot more in the secondary market
  7. Design with popular culture such as Paddington and Snowman tend to go up in value and desirability as long as mintage figure is low enough. Some royal weddings and other event celebration coins still sitting there despite its low mintage figure. Wedgwood is popular being its first coin and also their design has inspired "proof" coins or was it the other way round? https://www.wedgwood.co.uk/content/be-inspired/royal-mint/
  8. I don't often buys modern commemoratives but I have a soft spot for this Wedgwood coins and the low mintage that I placed an order for a gold and Piedfort. Its already hit 60% reserved for the gold £2. London Coins is already asking £1250 which is most likely the immediate selling price after it is sold out. Its a no brainer for me.
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    Peter Nichols cabinets

    If there is a secure place at work it might be useful to leave your collection there. Our university has a museum that might come in handy for me.
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    Coin cabinet

    Most modern coin cabinet are directly or indirectly an evolution or inspired from those marketed by Spinks in from the late 19th century. The wooden door beading and wood across the front of the trays did not originate from Swann but cabinets made popular when Spink was selling them. Other dealers such as Lincoln also sells these cabinets and they were all most likely made by the same company. This is a Nichols cabinet made for the British Museum with a Spink cabinet style locks which differ from the RM cabinet
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    Coin cabinet

    Although similar there is notable departure from the current Nichols cabinet. There is no mention of a RM edition on their facebook which you would expect though its not the first time a cabinet maker sold their cabinets through different companies. Would not surprise me there will be a RM label on the back and no indication it came from Nichols. I do like this design as it looks like a homage to the old turn of the century Spink cabinet.
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    Coin cabinet

    Royal Mint is now selling coin cabinets. I wonder who is making these? https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/ranges/historic-coins/ancillaries/
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    Coin cabinet

    Mahogany use today are generally not of the quality of the so call "big leaf" mahogany that is banned since around 2003. I've notice Nichols cabinets particularly the larger ones made after 2003 are constructed from joining more than one piece of wood to make up the size. In older Nichols cabinet multiple construction are only present on the back of the cabinet were it is not often seen.
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    Coin Cabinet

    Hi Frank, Did you manage to replace the 2 trays? Your cabinet is known as "the Lincoln style" probably because collectors have got use to associate this style with the cabinets sold by the dealer Edgar Lincoln after they moved to Holles Street in 1900, though I'm sure this style exist long before Edgar Lincoln. I think a company started making coin cabinets in various style in the late 19th century, built themselves a reputation and won orders from leading coin dealers. Feedback from Richard Bishop from Spink who also thinks one company was making cabinets for other dealers with ivorine labels added for the retailers that include Spink & Son, AH Baldwin and Lincoln. ThIs company might have stayed in business for a couple of decades or more probably even into the early 1920s as the design has not evolved that much they can be quite difficult to accurately date when they were made. Some of the "Lincoln style" have runners for each tray. Must admit I prefer it that way, much more practical than stacking.
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    Arthur Conan Doyle

    Until recently little is known that the author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is an avid coin collector. Reading some of the articles here http://fourthgarrideb.com/2014/10/05/holmework-assignment-arthur-conan-doyles-coin-collection/ it appears at one time ACD collected Anglo Saxon to Charles II but auction the lot in 1913 at Sotherby because he decide to devote exclusively to ancient Greek and Roman coins. His collection of ancients were eventually broken up and sold by Manfra in 1968. I suspect coins with tickets with ACD writings would command a premium. Here is a tray from a cabinet that belong to ACD