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  1. Another one, 1561this time. (Spink 2020 plate coin). B&B 21 dies 2/2 (NEF?)
  2. Still in the post, one of the abundant Mestrelle sixpences. Borden & Brown 24-O3 24-R5 - easy to spot this one with the die flaw on the reverse, below the shield. This one appears to have a tail on the 6, I'll be interested to see if it was cut into the die.
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    Help identifying coin

    Hi Colin, Looks like an Indian temple token - Good King Ram. Here's a link to get you started: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_temple_tokens
  4. Even the Government saw the benefits
  5. There’s one of these coming up for sale in an auction i follow soon. There were some amazing toys around for kids back in the day, before HS & E kicked in. Good times😂
  6. Keep it together Secret, there's always a light and usually not a train coming the other way. It's nothing new......
  7. Agree, does seem a strange choice of coin to copy though there are differences with Wayne’s coin don’t you think?
  8. Looks like different dies so probably not a restrike. What's the weight? Should be spot on 19g
  9. There are differences in the ear which look rather odd along with the double strike at nose and lip. Looks dubious IMO.
  10. I just thought about the start of that classic Abbott and Costello sketch, Buck Privates. Shady street vendor Bud asks his shill Lou how much money he has, "I have in the vicinity of twenty-eight dollars, in the vicinity", Costello replies, "but in the neighbourhood, I got three bucks. And when you smoooooooth it all out, I got a dollar".
  11. What a lovely piece👍🏽 I wouldn’t have gone past the lemon juice stage myself, but still looks great all buffed up. Well done.
  12. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    it’s the grubby prosthetic bubble wrap that puts me off.
  13. Diaconis

    Proof there is no god

    If madness is defined as a mental disorder where a person is unable to comprehend present circumstances then I think this applies to the majority of politicians and indeed to most of the general population. This is clearly demonstrated by him being elected in the first place.😂
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    1860 penny variety

    The suspense is killing me
  15. Diaconis

    Commonwealth 'Overdates'

    The only time I can see Simon's hand is in the competition pieces of 1651. Even 'fine work' pieces dated 1651 are of a much lower standard and probably, as you point out, cut by the under-gravers. Upon re-reading Oman it is now clear to me that he is referring to reproducing the breeches design for the 1651 milled pieces. Simon probably, therefore, had little or no involvement with the original 1649 engraving, maybe assisting only in helping to sketch out a design (?). Brooke then is also correct, in referring to the 1649 pieces, by stating that they were indeed the work of the under-gravers. Clear now, thanks👍
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    Commonwealth 'Overdates'

    Not strictly related to the topic at hand but still a question related to the Commonwealth coinage however after the appointment of Simon. Brooke, in English Coins, mentions that the breeches coinage was probably the work of under-gravers East and Burgh whereas Oman, in the Coinage of England, states "... Simon, the talented engraver to the mint, must have chafed sadly at the bald design that he was directed to reproduce." Considering that both books were published within a year of each other, and by such learned scholars, I find it strange that they held such varying opinions. Any thoughts?
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    only Rod Serling could make sense of all this...
  18. Phew, I just looked it up, it’s a palm. It looks very triffidesque to the uninitiated. Found this by chance, en route Should read One touch (without protection) can induce nine months of intense reoccurring throbbing pain.
  19. Diaconis

    2009 Blue Peter Olympic 50p

    This is getting silly now 😝
  20. Diaconis


    Looks like SW Coins are no more. Some poor Ebay feedback toward the end of 2019 and no longer a registered user. His website is no longer functioning and Company accounts confirmation is overdue. His wife also resigned as director end of 2019. He did have the odd, often overpriced, item of interest.
  21. Should be CGS85 (in very minor areas). Quality assurance shouldn't be tainted by vested interests. It doesn't seem like much change since 2015. http://www.predecimal.com/forum/topic/9818-shocking-experience-from-cgs-coin-grading-services-forum-advice-pl/ except for marital status, that is.
  22. I hope it can cock a leg
  23. and why not, it certainly is a talking point👍🏽