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  1. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Pretty awful cast copy at an exhorbitant price, and I seriously doubt that it’s silver https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1658-Oliver-Cromwell-Shilling-in-a-nice-collectible-grade/142972630441?hash=item2149d535a9:g:NBAAAOSw5nxbcTt3 and authenticated by Bonhams no less
  2. Rob, In October 2017 I reluctantly coughed up £70 for a photographic reproduction, as the coin was a from a specific collection I had little choice. I must say though that, despite the high price, it is very well done and the detail is superb at 10MB.
  3. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    That 'treasure chest' is just awful, "You’re George III coins are displayed a fabulous wooden sea chest, just like the Captain of the Admiral Gardner may have owned". Talk about anachronisms. If the Captain of the Admiral Gardner had owned a chest like that, then along with inventing the cross head screw, Henry Phillips must have had access to a tardis.
  4. This one's from 1954 and concerns the chase for Edward VIII experimental brass threepenny bits which made it into circulation. I pity the young lad who was honest enough to return No.3 to the mint and have it confiscated, he'd get about £60,000 for it now.
  5. Much appreciated MrBadE, thanks, I think I've got the hang of it now. Here's another, worthy of a film, a short one though I'll give you that. Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James and little Alfie Bass.
  6. The recent thread concerning the myth of 1922 pennies containing gold caused me to reflect on how much numismatic and social history is buried within the pages of long-lost newspapers. Over the years I've found several such clippings between the leaves of old discarded books, invariably put there by our predecessors for safekeeping. I thought some of you might be interested to see some of them. Would make a great read in book form, for those so inclined. The right-hand clipping in the first photograph also refers to the 1922 penny as being valuable....maybe because of the gold myth? Don't want to incite a rampage down to the Vicarage stable at Chard but.........
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    Craigy, check out: http://www.coinbooks.org.html
  8. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Probably find most here: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ The 1955 - Birmingham Daily Post (November 1st) is there but I'm not a member.
  9. It's an old one but it did make me laugh out loud when I first heard it.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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).
  13. Diaconis

    More Pennies

    You're welcome DrLarry, somehow I knew that YOU would like it
  14. 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.
  15. Diaconis

    Come on ENGLAND

    i’m not so optimistic i’m afraid. my money’s on pobjoy 😉