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  1. Rare Australian variant?, mm. Emu (en passant regardant)
  2. Diaconis

    Mintage figures

    "Actually", I think you covered most of them there 😉
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    Mintage figures

    One of my pet peeves, “awesome” being used for something as banal as a cup of coffee or in place of “thank you”
  4. Yes, there do seem to be a few about Rob. However, they don't often pass unscathed through a couple of reputable auction houses beforehand.
  5. I was interested to see an extensive selection of Queen Anne pattern farthings come up for sale at the recent DNW auction. I noticed a Peck 748 (Cu) for sale and they don't seem to surface that often. It was Lot 796 (photo below, RH image). At first sight, it looked a fine example , EF, nice toning, but on a closer inspection, it just looked odd. It hammered at £1800 (excl costs) which may be about the going rate for one these days, maybe more, I don't know. The auction catalogue lists it as Peck 748 (Obv. 4 + Rev. D). As a comparison, I've added the LH image which is Peck 747 same dies, (Obv. 4 + Rev. D) (ex. CNG 2012). When compared side by side it is apparent that they are not from the same set of dies. The DNW example being of a slightly cruder design and workmanship. The reverse (Rev. D) on the DNW example also exhibits small dissimilarities and crudeness of design yet curiously still exhibits the die flaws on the right hand portico column and after the NIA in BRITANNIA. It would be nice to think it to be a rare, contemporary variant of Peck 748 but imo its more likely to be an imitation, there to deceive. I suppose that had the die-break not been there on the reverse then it could have been an unrecorded variant but the very presence of the die flaw should surely preclude the smallest of differences elsewhere on the coin. Any thoughts?
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  13. 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.
  14. It's an old one but it did make me laugh out loud when I first heard it.
  15. 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