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  1. Diaconis

    This made me smile

    The thing is full of dings, perhaps a new definition of MS, Mediocre Scrap 62 ? Looks like someone has attacked it with a chasing hammer. Nevertheless, I’m sure there will be someone who will give it a loving home.
  2. @jaggy very interesting Fullerton pattern sixpence soon up for auction at Künker. A beautiful rarity with interesting history. https://coinsweekly.com/counterfeited-coins-or-not-counterfeited-coins-that-is-the-question/ I read with interest of Matthew Young’s role in the creation of the patterns. I’ve a couple of coins that have passed through his hands. Always good to connect some dots. (I’m sure that the recent discussion on how best to handle the other half after a hefty purchase will be useful to the lucky winner. Methinks the €10,000 reserve will be blown out of the water.)
  3. Yes Asda, i think you are correct. I can see traces of unbracketed serifs which replicate the form of the overstruck ‘I’. thanks
  4. Hello, Here's an interesting oddment which I spotted this morning. Has anyone seen one before? There is an overstrike error I/(?) in BRITANNIARUM and it is not mentioned in ESC or Davies. May have been given a light clean at some time, not sure, and also not mentioned by the seller. I'll be able to judge better when in hand. (Sold as AU but it looks a higher grade to me). Thanks.
  5. Diaconis

    More Pennies

    oh, the tides they are a-changin. (sorry, carry on)
  6. Diaconis

    Had a field day on e bay......

    Paddy, it's called Photoscape X (for Mac) and it is free.
  7. Diaconis

    Had a field day on e bay......

    Paddy, thanks for the tip, it works great, lots of possibilities (found it in the Mac store ) Just couldn't resist quickly trying it out, here's a plugged, decapitated, and 'defe(e)ated' obsidional Pontefract shilling, very intuitive, don't need to read a book👍 thanks, Paul
  8. Made me smile. Remember those innocent good old days, before the plague really took hold ⚰️ (couldn't find a perspex coffin)
  9. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Came across this website the other day, The Old Currency Exchange. MB1 left a comment on Sept 16. Clearly was aware of 1933 penny and the various forgeries. Her command of English was better back then😉 https://oldcurrencyexchange.com/2014/08/20/rare-coins-the-1933-british-penny/#comments
  10. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1676-CHARLES-II-SILVER-SHILLING/392380831600?hash=item5b5bb85770:g:4IsAAOSw2QtdUoT3 Cast shilling (no stop after HIB).
  11. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

  12. Can't think of a more endearing theme for a coin collection. Not for the savvy Investor.
  13. Mike is probably spot on here, (no pun intended) humidity and acids are the cause. A chap in China made a study of the effects of sweat causing pitting corrosion on brass coins using synthetic sweat. Here's a snippet which might be of interest. "Corrosion behavior of brass coinage was investigated in synthetic sweat solution by electrochemical measurement and surface analysis methods including scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX). It is indicated that chloride ions in sweat solution accelerate the anodic active dissolution of brass, which is the main reason for pitting corrosion and dezincification corrosion. Meanwhile, lactic acid and ammonia water also promote the anode reaction. The corrosion products on the surface are mainly composed of basic copper chloride, cuprous oxide, the complex consisting of urea in association with copper, and few lactate ions. The kinetics of pitting corrosion development obeys the following equation of J0=0.3735(t+185.93)−1/2, and the process is controlled by the dissolution of salt deposited on pit surface." So, it would seem that if your coin is dehydrated then, the brake is on for pitting. 'Handle with gloves' and keep them in a very dry environment would seem the way to go here.
  14. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Wow, now there’s £+7000 worth of fakes sold.
  15. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Could just be the awful toning but I'd want to see this one on the scales before I bought it, my scales that is😉 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/123849889017?ul_noapp=true "t is a superior collectors coin with a superior tone one for the big boys and LADIES and is worth every penny "