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Posts posted by Diaconis

  1. 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. 

  2. 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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  3. 10 hours ago, Rob said:

    The Pembroke sale may well be the first instance when this was included in a catalogue, as it wasn't printed in say Thomas Thomas, Durrant or the Devonshire collection which were all important sales of that decade, nor any other earlier catalogues I possess. The scale was subsequently included more often than not in Sotheby's catalogues up to the mid 1920s. The Bruun sale in 1925 and Middleton (1926) both had the scale, but Huth in 1927 had a scale in inches as did all the catalogues here subsequent to that. I don't know why they dropped it. 

    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😉


    Leake, 1854 Dickeson,
    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  
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  4. Always on the look out for interesting information I can add to a ticket. I was just browsing through the Pembroke Collection catalogue and I happened upon the Scale of Mionnet. How have I done without it? :blink:. Very similar to the scale of Dubonnet if you ask me.Mionnet.jpeg

    T.E. Mionnet
    Description de Medailles Antiques.
    Paris, 1805.

  5. On 5/18/2018 at 3:09 PM, jasonsewell said:

    Couple of beauty's coming up at Heritage. Think they'll be a little out of reach for me...


    I fully agree jasonsewell, that halfcrown is a real beauty, and though not my line of collecting I can still appreciate the DeS' busts, real works of art, and I do have a penchant for an off-metal rarity to boot. The reverse is of equal merit, beautiful work, one of the better halfcrown reverses I find, and in gold it is more impressive. Would be a joy to behold and hold in hand I'm sure.

    On 5/18/2018 at 11:00 PM, rpeddie said:

    1927 PF62 1/2 Crown sold recently for £53000 :) link

    Above, I see two 'expertly' graded NGC boxes where, if you swapped the labels around, it might be closer to the truth (imo).

  6. 2 hours ago, alfnail said:



    The digital microscope I use was bought around 4 years ago, so I expect there may be some better ones out there for similar price, but I haven't checked recently. You can see on the following link:-


    P.S. You need a good stand as well to focus in accurately. 



    Video may be of interest, hope so.

    I had a Firefly, now expired, was comparable with a Dino-Lite. Looking to purchase a new one. Might try one of these.

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  7. 7 hours ago, InforaPenny said:


    You are correct in that it is not Freeman Obv 1. It is instead a rare 'early obverse' pattern type that was rejected by Queen Victoria on 4 July 1860, but had already been used in some trial coining runs at the Royal Mint. Fortunately for us bronze penny variety collectors, these were not destroyed but were later released for circulation.

    Best Regards,


    Hi InforaPenny,

    Interesting, thank you for enlightening me


  8. Strangely interesting thread, not quite sure I can fully follow without the photographic justification but most interesting nonetheless. Valid point Peckris, Larry's hypothesis might then indicate a re-mastering of the mother matrix. Looking forward to the images with bated breath DrL.

  9. I rue the day we become a totally cashless society. It's bad enough as it is imo (nuff said). With disbelief, I witnessed first hand the distressing effects on a couple of Greek friends with whom I was working in the US in 2016. The financial crisis hit home and from one day to the other they had no access to funds, their bank accounts were frozen and their credit cards were blocked. Technically, 'someone' decided to  render them penniless overnight. Luckily for them they were not stuck in Greece at the time where no-one could buy anything without cash.

    I see it as relinquishing power to someone who has no regard for who I am, in which situation I am and views me purely as a cow to milk. 'They' would have the power to sentence me to a life of penury without recourse.  They could incite chaos and anarchy at the push of a button so to speak. No thanks. With cash in pocket we have the power to make at least some decisions and choices if the etherial pot of electronic money ever decides to go pop again. Call me paranoid, a Luddite, or more appropriately here maybe, a Ramage if you will, but I honestly believe that it should be resisted at all cost.

    That said, and in answer to 1949threepence thread question, Yes, I think we probably will.

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  10. 1 hour ago, Paddy said:

    Quite right Paddy. It looks cast to me. Good filler if you can't afford or even find an original. That said, it still is a high price for a poor copy.

    There are but 4 genuine examples known (Henfrey double counted) , two in private hands and the other two in the Hunterian and British musea. One of those in private hands was sold in 85, (if memory serves me correctly) at the Harrington Manville sale for the sum of £10,000 (£30,000 today). The other privately owned example surfaced more recently in 2017 and was sold by Stacks. Interestingly, the location of the latter was generally unknown for some 140 years having been sold by a dealer to “a gentleman in America”, an unknown collector, in 1877. That particular example is also interesting and distinctive by the fact that there are traces of gilt present and this is also noted in several old sale catalogues prior to its sale to the American gentleman. I find the Simon sixpence to be an interesting subject, it's absolute rarity - why?, poor condition of all known examples - why?, etc. I half suspect that there is a box hidden or buried somewhere that is full of the beggars and we shall all be able to buy one for a more affordable price. 

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