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  1. It's an old one but it did make me laugh out loud when I first heard it.
  2. Thanks Rob, most interesting. I later found the following table which Earle Caley drew up to compare various contemporary scales; Mionnet / Leake / Dickeson / Prime and Head scales. Can’t recall seeing the other scales mentioned in old catalogues though. They didn’t seem to enjoy quite the same popularity as Mionnet😉 Scale Number Mionnet, 1805 Leake, 1854 Dickeson, 1859 Prime, 1861 Head, 1887 1 8.9 I 9.3 9.5 7.5 9.3 2 12.1 II 12.1 12.5 14.0 12.3 3 15.4 III 15.3 15.3 20.1 15.3 4 18.1 IV 18.1 18.3 24.2 17.8 5 21.2 V 21.2 21.3 28.2 21.0 6 23.7 VI 23.8 24.2 32.1 23.9 7 26.6 VII 26.6 26.6 40.4 26.1 8 28.9 VIII 28.8 28.9 43.0 28.4 9 31.8 IX 31.4 31.3 45.7 31.2 10 35.2 X 34.9 33.9 48.3 34.7 11 37.7 XI 37.5 36.5 52.3 37.5 12 40.5 XII 39.7 39.0 55.1 39.7 13 43.4 42.1 57.8 43.2 14 51.8 50.4 60.3 51.0 15 56.7 54.9 62.9 55.9 16 60.6 58.7 65.8 60.1 17 64.5 62.8 68.6 63.2 18 70.9 68.8 71.6 69.8 19 78.3 75.9 74.6 77.0 20 83.1 82.1
  3. Always on the look out for interesting information I can add to a ticket. I was just browsing through the Pembroke Collection catalogue and I happened upon the Scale of Mionnet. How have I done without it? . Very similar to the scale of Dubonnet if you ask me. T.E. Mionnet Description de Medailles Antiques. Paris, 1805.
  4. Diaconis

    Gold proofs

    I fully agree jasonsewell, that halfcrown is a real beauty, and though not my line of collecting I can still appreciate the DeS' busts, real works of art, and I do have a penchant for an off-metal rarity to boot. The reverse is of equal merit, beautiful work, one of the better halfcrown reverses I find, and in gold it is more impressive. Would be a joy to behold and hold in hand I'm sure. Above, I see two 'expertly' graded NGC boxes where, if you swapped the labels around, it might be closer to the truth (imo).
  5. Diaconis

    More Pennies

    You're welcome DrLarry, somehow I knew that YOU would like it
  6. Diaconis

    More Pennies

    Video may be of interest, hope so. I had a Firefly, now expired, was comparable with a Dino-Lite. Looking to purchase a new one. Might try one of these.
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    Come on ENGLAND

    i’m not so optimistic i’m afraid. my money’s on pobjoy 😉
  8. Hi InforaPenny, Interesting, thank you for enlightening me Diaconis
  9. It looks like an aged fake to me, the wear, on obv. and rev., is not consistent with the relief, the effigy shows several differences in both shape and form to the Freeman Obv. 1. The 'verdigris' and pieces of cake mask much. I'm no specialist in pennies, please correct me if I'm wrong.
  10. Though not a ticket per se, I thought that it may be of interest to some, to see one of J.MINSHULL's Certificates of Authenticity. Rob posted an envelope earlier in this thread.
  11. Henry Christensen Inc. New Jersey, USA.
  12. don’t want to be pedantic mrbadexample, but i believe that it is CJ Boismaison👍🏽
  13. Diaconis

    The JOY of forensic coining

    Strangely interesting thread, not quite sure I can fully follow without the photographic justification but most interesting nonetheless. Valid point Peckris, Larry's hypothesis might then indicate a re-mastering of the mother matrix. Looking forward to the images with bated breath DrL.
  14. I rue the day we become a totally cashless society. It's bad enough as it is imo (nuff said). With disbelief, I witnessed first hand the distressing effects on a couple of Greek friends with whom I was working in the US in 2016. The financial crisis hit home and from one day to the other they had no access to funds, their bank accounts were frozen and their credit cards were blocked. Technically, 'someone' decided to render them penniless overnight. Luckily for them they were not stuck in Greece at the time where no-one could buy anything without cash. I see it as relinquishing power to someone who has no regard for who I am, in which situation I am and views me purely as a cow to milk. 'They' would have the power to sentence me to a life of penury without recourse. They could incite chaos and anarchy at the push of a button so to speak. No thanks. With cash in pocket we have the power to make at least some decisions and choices if the etherial pot of electronic money ever decides to go pop again. Call me paranoid, a Luddite, or more appropriately here maybe, a Ramage if you will, but I honestly believe that it should be resisted at all cost. That said, and in answer to 1949threepence thread question, Yes, I think we probably will.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Turn left at the double Leopards?