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  1. All generalizations are false, including this one.
  2. No finger pointing here NRP😉 Funny thing is that it started out as F-VF in the Bridgewater sale, then got upgraded by DNW to VF and again by ex-Baldwin employee (?) to EF. So we have a coin has miraculously gone from F-VF to EF. Seems a purely greedy profit making exercise to me😂
  3. Here's another example from the Benjamin Button 'Rejuvenation issue' Coin collection. A 'Very Fine' Cromwell farthing became an 'Extremely Fine' Cromwell farthing with a concomitant EF price, all within the space of a year. DNW 2013 BALDWINS FPL 2014 Always struck me as strange.
  4. Speaking as a collector, or NPME (non-profit making entity), I do, wherever possible, try to obtain coins with a provenance. I find it important that a coin that I want to keep has some extrinsic baggage, a life story if you will, and I would pay more for that. I'm sure that we'd all like to own unique coins, well I like to think that, to some extent, a provenance gives you that. For each coin, I like to compile a file of information containing not only the physical specifications and historical details of the piece but also the tickets, auction catalogues, and any information that I can find relating to previous custodians. I do not then have generic examples of such-and-such a coin or medal, but examples with unique alter ego's, thanks to their provenance. A provenance can give an unobtrusive cookie-cutter coin a unique aspect. Of course, there are provenances and there are PROVENANCES and that's another interesting discussion. I suppose you're either into it or you're not, as the actress said to the bishop. Here's a recent example. I'd been looking for a Lilburn acquittal medal for a while and I passed on a better looking (and cheaper) example to select the one below. I chose it above the better grade for its interesting, albeit tenuous, non-numismatic provenance.
  5. For me, it is variable depending on who it belonged to and how far back in time it goes. I do consider it when buying certain coins.
  6. Diaconis

    Peter Nichols cabinets

    A cabinetismatist, lovely piece that🤤
  7. Diaconis

    Great investment

    I'll bet he has a receding hare line and likes to read novels by Edgar Rice Burrows.
  8. Diaconis

    Shire Post Mint

    Interesting article showing the process behind the design and manufacture of fantasy coins. The one below is loosely based upon A Viking silver penny of Sihtric Silkbeard, circa 990-1000 AD. https://www.shirepost.com/blogs/news/how-a-fantasy-coin-is-made There's a half-hour video at the bottom of the page if you make it there.
  9. Diaconis

    Great investment

    in a few years you could be a millionhare
  10. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    mouth watering price reduction of £68k.🤤
  11. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    At least he’s up front about it.😂
  12. If so, let's hope they don't shrub each other up the wrong way
  13. Diaconis

    To see or not to see...

    Despite sounding like a family of 'ground and lofty' tumblers, achromatic triplets are intended to reduce aberration, that out of focus at various points. Triplet means that it has three achromatic, colour correction, antireflection lenses. I think they are cemented but I'm not sure. They show no distortion at all.
  14. Diaconis

    To see or not to see...

    Bryan, I can recommend the Belomo loupes, bit pricey but value for money. https://belomostore.com 10x and 15x. Made in Belarus, excellent quality, small, quite heavy and sturdy. Triplet and quadruplet lenses. They also offer a set of 5 (8x 10x 12x 15x 20x). They're on Fleabay of course too at about £25 each Paul
  15. Diaconis

    I.D info please.

    Interesting article here about Mehmed https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmed_III Of specific interest is the relationship with England and the brief exchange of goods. Could be that this coin made it back with one of the sailors or merchants at the time. Great find.
  16. Talking of well struck mo’s https://www.greatcollections.com/Coin/686600/Great-Britain-1911-Silver-12-Crown-S-4011-PCGS-Proof-66-Toned Pity about the ding on his head.
  17. what’s your favourite that you’ve picked up at the stall Paddy?
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    ...that she should be above suspicion? Frankie Howerd, titter ye not, may have uttered a few during the course of Up Pompeii.