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  1. I'm trawling through American auction catalogues to find the provenance of a Cromwell coin I own and came across, "Ralph Barker's Collection dd 1904". I was stunned to see full-colour plates in such an early catalogue, beautiful quality. The Newark siege half-crown looks particularly identifiable with the red wax identifiers, unless NGC have 'conserved' it that is.😂
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    More Pennies

    Mike, you could mount your phone on a stand and use a remote control to avoid motion. This one mentions control of the camera for photographs but I would think that video control should be possible. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Satechi-Bluetooth-Multi-Media-compatible-Microsoft/dp/B00824948U
  3. If they’re not up to scratch we know where to find you Wayne 🥾 😂😂😂😂 i’m sure they’ll be great and if not you’ve still pointed us in the right direction 😉.
  4. Me too, good idea, thanks Wayne👍🏽
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    Proof there is no god

    Welby is gullible enough to believe in the immaculate conception (by accepting that Jesus is the son of God) so why does his naive credulity not extend to the more plausible notion of Jesus being born white? Surely, to an intelligent mind, a genetic malfunction is more plausible than believing that Mary was impregnated by an intangible entity. Of course, Jesus, being a Nazarene, is more likely to have had a dark skin, that is obvious, but then one would think that Welby would do better not to pander to the lowest common denominator but address the more important question of how did he get here in the first place. To quote Mr. Hitchens “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence”
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    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    I was contemplating bidding on this on Ebay as an F/E but then decided it was a filled die, what do you think? It went for £50 with 23 bids so I suppose others might have thought likewise.
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    Cracked ring

    I was watching Larry’s portrayal of Hamlet last night and my ears did prick up, yea verily. Hamlet, 2.2.428-429: "a piece of uncurrent gold, be not cracked within the ring" A piece of uncurrent gold: a gold coin that is not legal tender, i.e, cracked within the ring: Apparently, if a coin had a crack from the edge into the circle surrounding the monarchs head (was "cracked within the ring") it was "uncurrent," i.e, not legal tender. Is this mentioned in any numismatic reference books, cracked coin not being legal tender? This seems plausible as one does encounter more cracked silver than gold. What sayest thees or thous?
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    Cracked ring

    Adulterous desires being compared to false coining, whatever next? - a false coyner in natures mint. Who'd have thought our humble coins conjured up so much sexual imagery in bygone days. Love it.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I agree, what about an 'Ebay's BEST Offerings' Topic, where we all share our doozies and say what a great selling site it can be?
  10. I agree with Sword When compared to the example on the RCT site it does look poor. https://www.rct.uk/collection/443347/victoria-proof-jubilee-head-crown
  11. Kunker have excellent videos accompanying their upcoming auction offerings. I feel quite moist😋
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Most of Science-Kenneth's coins seem to have had similar 'treatment'. 😎 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1723-GEORGE-I-Shilling-In-Superb-UNC-condition-really-needs-to-be-seen/233620251762?hash=item3664da2472:g:pQIAAOSwrHNe59YG Such a shame, if genuine as there are some nice examples in there.
  13. That reminds me Mike, I was once asked to come up with a list of 10 sexual innuendoes... I inadvertently came up with 11, so I had to rub one out.
  14. This topic is turning in to a script from Finbarr Saunders and his double entendres😂
  15. Ooh err missus. I do miss Frankie Howerd.
  16. hear hear, i’ve grown to detest that rag, drinks all round.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Pfff, Mum's sure aren't what they used to be🙁
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    Cracked ring

    I hadn't heard of Henry's snicking episode before, thanks. It brought this interesting article to my attention. https://www.cointalk.com/threads/medieval-all-the-moneyers-who-were-in-england-should-be-mutilated.290165/
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    Cracked ring

    Set in Denmark Rob, Elsinore castle in the 1600’s, around the same time it was written. Good question, I hadn’t thought that maybe Shakespeare could have been referring to a Danish law at that time. Then again, the term appears to be colloquial, ‘cracked in the ring’, more for use before a contemporary, English speaking, audience who would have been conversant with the term. I’ll continue to delve. thx
  20. If I had to chose, I think that Charles II would lead the way in the Portrait stakes, he cuts a dashing figure. And thank goodness for small mercy’s, no Hapsburg jaws.
  21. I agree, bordering on the ugly I'd say, a face only a mother could love. However, if the beauty of the monarch was high up on the list of selection criteria, there would be a lot of empty cabinets around😉