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  1. Taikonaut

    Coin cabinets

    Looks like from the mid or late 1990s when Peter switched from "Stamp & Coin Shop" label. I prefer the mahogany used before 2004, that was the year when there was some kind of restriction imposed and what we had since was smaller or younger pieces of mahogany buid up to size.
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    Coin cabinet

    In itself the production of coin cabinets has little to no effect on carbon omission but collectively as far as trading in mahogany and deforestation it will have an impact on the wood that is being available. Prices will go up. If other countries start putting mahogany on par with trading ban on ivory that will spell an end.
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    Coin cabinet

    COP26 world leaders commit end to deforestation by 2030. This will almost certainly have an impact if not the end of production for mahogany coin cabinet. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59088498
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    1666 Crown

    What doe sthe elephant below the bust means?
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    Coin cabinet

    Any more coin cabinet news? I picked up a very nice late Victorian Lincoln style coin cabinet from an auction that use to belong to Paul Munro Walker. Its the better version with well fitted smooth/none sticking sliding trays, not the stacking trays type. Must be were he keeps his prized ancient coins that was once the envy of the world 😛 I checked it over and given it a good shake to make sure there is no secret compartment or coins hidden away😉
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    1666 Crown

    Hi All, I don't usually collect British milled coins but I'm looking for a 1666 crown as a one off.
  7. This from research by Darwin. In my case although its been only 3/4 months the amount of soil increase in the area were the coins laid was between 0.2 to one inch. Its basically worm shit😣 http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/content/articles/2009/02/20/west_earthworms_darwin_s15_w7_video_feature.shtml
  8. Another theory is earth worms burrowing and moving the coin elsewhere. I notice earth worms and increase soil in the area that looks like worms has been habituating. Obviousely disappointed the coins arent found but its a different sort of excitement trying to find it.
  9. Magpies is worrying as I've seen them quite often. The coins werent shiney, one was almost patinated but I wanted it darker still, the other is dull light patina forming, they were quite dirty with soil the last time I saw them.
  10. I left couple of Roman sestertius on top of soil and shallow grass in my back garden to help patinate them back in early October. Went to check this morning and I could not find them. I know there has been some storm and rain these past few months. The soil has slightly more grass now but I notice there has been build up of soil about were I think the coins are . My garden is not accessible and I was the only person who goes there. How did the coin disappeared? Could it be submerged, carried by rain water or encased in soil. Have no idea. I just ordered a hand held metal detector.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    He has listed it again. Bloody amazing. You can actually see more of the legend missing from his latest photo because pieces were broken off when I recieved it. That crack at the top legend I reglued that back in. Current listing https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TRAJAN-98-117-AD-E-Sestertius-FELICITAS/353247180118?hash=item523f2c3556:g:~MsAAOSwBWFfkbR0 Previous listing when I won it https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TRAJAN-98-117-AD-E-Sestertius-FELICITAS-EF-/114418131133?nma=true&si=3qWHrFC%252F9J1ic%252BqNH0j%252FZN5mCBM%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Got my money back but still cost me £8 sending it back
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Just got a reply from the seller Sasa Stankovic "This coin is my personal find and it's 1 000 000% authentic.The guy who told you that it's a fake coin has no clue about Roman coins. But no problem I will accept a return." Is it a genuine mistake from him? Well I don't need anyone to tell me but anyone who never collected coins will know its a piece of mortar and not metal. Its been doctored and painted and if you touched ancient coins before this feels and look like resin, even though the photos look convincing which is enhanced to look real. The seller listed as from Greece but actually from Serbia (again why the deception?). I dont doubt there is great ancient coins in Serbia but everytime I bought a fake coin its from that part of the world or the seller has an eastern european name including one based in Britain. I would have automatically avoided if it was listed as from Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania. I'm sure its a great place to holiday and lovely people, unless I get to visit a dealer in those countries and see the coin up front I just don't buy coins online from sellers based there because I've yet to come across a genuine coin that came from these places.
  14. Taikonaut

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    It look so convincing with the patina and aged appearance it even partly coated in varnish you often see in some ancient bronze coins, the detail all looked right which is hard to replicate in most casts made from metal but can be more successful if in cement or resin. The pieces already broken off were quite signficant chunks and was still packaged wrapped in thick tissue and sent to me so I dont understand why the seller would still want to proceed with the sale. It was just too obvious, and its also obviouse I will make a case to ebay to get my money back and wasted both our times returning it and then risking reputational damage in collectors forums such as this one as a seller we should all avoid. Crazy!!!!
  15. Taikonaut

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Afters many years of collecting I still get caught out. Recieved this today, turned out it was a fake, made out of cement of some kind, pieces broke off when arrived showing fresh grey mortar https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TRAJAN-98-117-AD-E-Sestertius-FELICITAS-EF-/114418131133?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=3qWHrFC%252F9J1ic%252BqNH0j%252FZN5mCBM%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc