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  1. sabrejv

    Refused compensation by Royal Mail

    Some changes to Royal Mail signed for service... https://www.royalmail.com/coronavirus
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    Refused compensation by Royal Mail

    I've just received a Royal Mint presentation pack in the post and noted it was sent 'Tracked 48' no signature by the Royal Mint. According to the Royal Mail site the Tracked 48 service details are - https://www.royalmail.com/sending/uk/tracked-48 I note there is mention of up to £100 compensation, so for low value items that should cover the loss. Not sure why the Post Office is not honouring the compensation claim.
  3. I've found this paper on silver and light on the English Heritage site that may be of interest. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/siteassets/home/learn/conservation/collections-advice--guidance/effects-of-light-on-silver-tarnishing.pdf
  4. Just a heads up several new Gazette notices mentioning possible Royal Mint issues have been posted on the Gazette website. I search for 'coin' related notices using the term 'coinage act' https://www.thegazette.co.uk/all-notices/London/notice?sort-by=latest-date&text=coinage+act One notice mentions the 50p brexit coin now dated 31 October 2019. The 29 March ones probably have been melted down! And there is another 50p that is somewhat 'cheesy' with an inscription of “CASEUS PRAESTANS” and “WALLACE GROMIT" Finally other notices note 100 anniversary of the first published Agatha Christie's detective novel and also 75 years anniversary/commemoration of VE day, these will be £2 coins.
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    50 Years of the 50p (Set)

    The BU set appears to be unlimited mintage see under under specification tab.
  6. sabrejv

    Stephen Hawkings 50p

    Just managed to get onto the RM website and apart from the BU pack all have been sold out, even the BBC was 'advertising' the coins release on Breakfast TV. Result another another frenzy on the RM website . Coins already on ebay!
  7. sabrejv

    Matte sovereign

    Just noticed that the issue limit may be 20,000 - but I'm not sure if that is overall.
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    Matte sovereign

    It seems an unusual combination BU+matt. I have not found mention of an issue limit/mintage and it looks like this could become an annual release given the packaging for different occasions! Royal Mint Bullion sales have 'normal' 2019 sovereign's for around £263 a coin, so this matt version seems to be at a significant premium for the finish. RM bullion have also issued a 2019 The Royal Arms 1oz £100 gold coin.
  9. I think it is a coin, because it was mentioned is such in the following Royal Proclamation... https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2538345 The other gold coin mentioned in the Proclamation, the £25 Shakespeare coin is listed in Spink vol2 4th edition, on page 95 as item O1. So perhaps was just missed by the Spink catalogue last time. However I may have missed the £25 Peter Rabbit in Spink, as I find searching the listing not easy! I wish all coins with the same face value and metal were grouped together in a single list by date rather than having them split in sections for commemorative's, Britannia's etc.
  10. I read that the Paddington Bear 60th anniversary is in October this year, so The Royal Mint may release then to coincide! 'The Gazette' proclamation in February had this Full text of The Gazette can be found here - https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2965747
  11. Just some news of a proclamation in 'The Gazette' dated 9 February 18, it lists a new series of 26 reverse designs one for each letter of the alphabet on ten pence coins. I'm guessing but I don't think all 26 will be released in one year. The silver and nickel plated mild steel coins are to be legal tender. The designs are as follows - quote... The design of the said ten pence gold, silver and nickel plated mild steel coins shall be as follows: ‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “· ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE ·” and the date of the year, and for the reverse either: (a) a depiction of the Angel of the North and the letter A; or (b) a view down a gun barrel with the James Bond logo and the letter B; or (c) a cricketer striking a ball and the letter C; or (d) a depiction of a double-decker bus and the letter D; or (e) a depiction of an English breakfast and the letter E; or (f) a depiction of fish and chips and the letter F; or (g) a globe with a marked line to indicate the Greenwich Meridian and the letter G; or (h) the badge of the Houses of Parliament and the letter H; or (i) an ice cream cone and the letter I; or (j) a depiction of the Gold State Coach and the letter J; or (k) a depiction of King Arthur and the knights of the round table with the letter K; or (l) a depiction of the Loch Ness Monster and the letter L; or (m) a Mackintosh and the letter M; or (n) a stethoscope and the letter N to denote the National Health Service; or (o) a sprig of oak with an acorn and the letter O; or (p) a postbox on a street and the letter P; or (q) a depiction of people queuing through the letter Q; or (r) a robin and the letter R; or (s) a view of Stonehenge and the letter S; or (t) a steaming tea pot and the letter T; or (u) part of a Union Flag and the letter U; or (v) a depiction of a village street and the letter V; or (w) a spider’s web and the letter W; or (x) a ship off the shore of a coast and the letter X; or (y) a Yeoman Warder and a key with the letter Y; or (z) a zebra crossing and the letter Z. The coin shall have a grained edge.’ The original document can be found using the link below. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2965802 Does anyone have any other information about these coins?
  12. sabrejv

    The Gazette - New 10p Designs

    Looks like the Royal Mint has started releasing these coins. https://www.royalmint.com/coinhunt/early-strike-uncirculated/ I'll look out for in change as and when later in the year but I won't be buying any. It may be fun to put together a set of Scrabble tiles from change if they become common.
  13. This looks to be The Gazette Proclamation for these coins... https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2905774 It may help with the specification, and it also looks like a copper plated steel version may be issued sometime as well (2018 ?).
  14. sabrejv

    Arm and a leg

    A difficult argument, my view if a 'coin' has a value struck on it then it is a coin. But perhaps they could be considered patterns? But I can see other problems - for example is it circulating coinage or not, for example the £20 silver coins since 2013 that are non-circulating according to the Mint but are legal tender. I think I'm going to have to go back to the Royal Proclamations that have been made quoting the Coinage Act and perhaps use that as the determining factor. Maybe Chris's forthcoming 2018 'Collectors Coins' book on decimal issues will list these limited issues? I don't know what the answer is - but the lack of official Royal Mint information is disappointing. It is going to be difficult in the future to know if all the issues have been documented for completeness if nothing else. These 'private' issues certainly make things more difficult.
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    Arm and a leg

    I've just got the latest Spink 2018 two part catalogue (late Christmas present to myself) the Decimal Issues part doesn't appear to have the Peter Rabbit 1/4 oz £25 gold coin listed as far as I can tell. The foreword of the Decimal Issues part the editor Geoff Kitchen does say quote - "The increase in the size of the catalogue clearly reflects the number of new coins offered by the Mint, but I have personally noted numerous issues that have not been offered to their retail collectors, apparently being especially produced of overseas trade customers. As they are Coins of England they should be included and I await further information from the Mint - and then further additions to the Catalogue." Perhaps when previously unknown issues are 'discovered' a note to the editor of Spink's Decimal Issues should be sent, to try and make the list as complete as possible in the future.
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    Arm and a leg

    Last year's silver set was slightly more expensive! https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/ranges/annual-sets/the-2017-united-kingdom-silver-proof-coin-set/ 1500 mintage limit but still available. Then the Royal Mint is issuing all kinds of 'specials' that don't get included in the annual sets. This year there no doubt will be the four 2018 Beatrix Potter 50 pence designs. I think there are several RAF £2 coins due and the list goes on. That 25 pound gold Peter Rabbit coin mentioned in craigy's earlier thread was just one example of limited run coins that I was unaware of! What else has been produced? Looks like it is very difficult or maybe impossible to find out...
  17. Mystery solved perhaps! The Royal Mint now has a webpage for Trial of Pyx pieces... https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/events/trial-of-the-pyx/
  18. No idea how that works! I thought that all UK coins when a new/change in design is to be made are supposed to have a Royal Proclamation published in 'The Gazette '. I've looked through 'The Gazette' notices for any coin proclamations again and found the relevant notice. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2538345 see Twenty Five Pound Coin section 5(b) However I don't remember the other £25 coin mentioned in this proclamation and also it seems that neither gold coins were stated to be legal tender! A Two Pound silver coin is mentioned and I also don't remember but this one being issued but this one was to be legal tender. All very strange and confusing.
  19. sabrejv

    didn't know they existed

    Looks like the specification is the same as a 1/4oz Britannia in size weight and gold fineness. It is strange though that this issue seems to have been kept quiet by the Royal Mint.
  20. sabrejv

    20 pence Bailiwick of Jersey 2014

    Looking at the mintage figures here... https://colnect.com/en/coins/coin/7721-20_Pence-J20_-_Twenty_Pence-Jersey Then sorry but I doubt if it has any more value than 20 pence.
  21. sabrejv

    didn't know they existed

    The NGC number verifies on their site. https://www.ngccoin.com/certlookup/2817631-005/70/ But like Craigy I was unaware of this issue! I don't remember anything on the Royal Mint site, and I've also searched The London Gazette for any proclamations about a £25 gold coin with Pter Rabbit but haven't found any mention of this issue. Does anyone have any thoughts on this ?, or is this something that is not from the Royal Mint that has fooled NGC.
  22. sabrejv

    would you

    I agree e-bay for such a high value coin is too much of a risk, unless you know the seller and you also have a chance to see the coin in hand and not just in a photo. However in this case it seems this could be genuine as the seller/dealer on looking at his website (not e-bay listing) and checking members on the BNTA site as he is also a BNTA member. Direct contact may be an option to explore before purchase, as possibly this also avoids a commission to e-bay!
  23. Another good differentiator in the two images is the edge at the back of the neck/bust, and where it is in relation to the BR in BRITT: The left hand image (Obv. 1) lines up to the trailing edge of the B, but in the right hand image (Obv. 2) it nearly lines up with the leading edge of the R in BRITT.
  24. sabrejv

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Looking at the shop link there is a real variety of items on sale not just coins, maybe he's hired a suite at the Hilton to store the stock. But back to coin related, I like the description 'EDWARDVS' given to this item and no mention of a copy/reproduction... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KING-EDWARDVS-VII-1902-Five-Pounds-St-George-and-dragon-/162730014601 I'm almost tempted getting one to see how it looks and feels in hand, as I'll never be able to afford a real one! but I'm going to save my money towards genuine coins.
  25. Hi, I'm a newbie to the forum but have been reading for a few months. A further link from the same site Terry mentioned... https://www.thespruce.com/grading-cameo-contrast-on-us-proof-coins-768387 Sadly the link does not show UK examples but it may help clarify cameo/proof variations. Hope it is of some use.