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blakeyboy

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  1. 'Stunning' sums it up. It's stunning for an 1874, but it's a f69!!!
  2. blakeyboy

    2021 Unc set mystery

    Sorry, I couldn't resist- a bit of a red flag.....
  3. blakeyboy

    Coin robbery in Birmingham

    This is horrible news. How would anyone expect to be able to sell the coins, unless they already have someone who buys the result of a robbery?
  4. Time this was wheeled out again, I feel. It is my favourite, and just sums it up for me, sadly.
  5. blakeyboy

    Coins for 70th Jubilee

    My god what did they spend it all on ? Most folks of that era lived quite frugally as they lived through the war years - bet they had a lovely garden and nice holidays !! Exactly!! When we cleared the house, we found fifteen potato peelers in the kitchen!! I mean the utensils, not hired staff:-)
  6. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    Oops- I didn't mean to infer that Mike is a 'worn example'. Just thought I should make this clear!
  7. blakeyboy

    Coins for 70th Jubilee

    I just like the silence that results just after pointing out the King's lack of clothes.....
  8. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    Ah...knew it was someone on here... Oh- did anyone get penny folder before Xmas that had a strangely good 1919KN in it?
  9. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    I maybe see one very couple of years. Mike tipped me off about the last one- a worn example, but clear.
  10. blakeyboy

    Coins for 70th Jubilee

    Yes, when you look at my parents- middle management and a headteacher- £40k a year coming in when they were both 92....! By the time I was starting a private pension, in the early 90's, that beano by the 'Golden Generation' was well and truly over. Now it's bizarre ancient history. Young people now are often advised not to get a pension what are they supposed to do then? How that's going to work out when half the population will be over 65 in a few years time is anyone's guess..... My pension is a molehill of beans.
  11. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    Just received this:
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    Books Section

    ...and not too expensive a read. Thriftymost on the bankee balancer! Deepjoy in your thorpus.
  13. blakeyboy

    Storing penny

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze_disease
  14. blakeyboy

    Storing penny

    ....and not forgetting that if you collect tin issues, 13˚C is the point, below which, pest starts....
  15. blakeyboy

    Coins for 70th Jubilee

    Even having this open conversation about it _proves_ that there is no investment opportunity here. As soon as everyone is doing something, the trend is over. People make money through 'investments' by selling/promoting them, and fooling people into thinking that the 'investment' is a good one. Nearly all ideas pushed like this are bad, but not as bad as the bad stuff, so look the best to people. It only then need a small push in marketing to make them seem positively _good_. So many people crow in a pub about how much their house is worth, but often, when calculated, taking into account interest, repairs etc, they all have gone backwards. It's cost you to live there. The unique fact about houses is you can compare that figure to what you would have spent in rent, and it's worth doing because you have to live somewhere.... Personal pensions are a good idea merely because some money exists at the end, rather than having been frittered away. Once again, the pension companies take a big whack. You don't actually profit. You were just forced to change your behaviour. If you do the same with the concept of having bought a coin a month instead of having a pension. it's easy to find coins that have lost in real terms over 30 years. Mainly the 'rare' ones that everyone knows. There's the rub- 'everyone knows'.....to make future genuine profit, takes calculated risk. You hunt down future rarities- what will suddenly become the new variety to look for, before everyone else is. People can't / don't want to take calculated risks with their money, so they pay other people to do it. The other people are therefore the only ones making anything. You don't need coins to live, but to get more than just enjoyment from collecting, i.e. getting a future return requires canny thought, which nearly always, first up, involves ignoring ALL 'pushed' product. The people selling such coins are the ONLY ones making money out of it. Every time I get an offer of future riches from someone who wants me to join them in some scheme or other, I always ask them why they don't just do it quietly on their own, and keep all the profit, rather than giving some away. Moral? Find your _own_ future rarities at the bottom of a tin of cheap coins. I haven't spent 10% of my collection's current value to obtain it. That'll do, and I have the fun and satisfaction of the hunt as well, which you don't get from paying other people large markups to sell you heavily advertised stuff. I could sell all my audio gear I've collected over 30+ years, and make a killing. This would knacker up my future earnings. If I did that, and I bought loads and loads of coins from the RM or LCA for example, for sure I could do some glorious posting of the 'look what I've got' variety, but in the long run I'd have a bleaker retirement. If that's what you enjoy, and you find it keeps you sane and happy, and you can afford it, then fine. Do it. I know that me drinking different expensive beers and whiskies, and eating different expensive cheeses, ain't gonna make me rich in the future, but I still do it.... "It's a penny for your thoughts, but you have to put your 2¢ in. ............ Some guy's making a penny." - Steven Wright.
  16. I have decided not to listen any more to people who selfishly have too many children in the state the World is in, and call them Boniface, Wulfric, Leyson, Pius, Anselm, Wentworth, Lettice, or Apollo..... Does any else have one? Happy New Year!
  17. blakeyboy

    New Years Revolutions?

    Wolfie Smith's brother?
  18. is it just me, but whilst travelling about over the last month, I realised that I had seen way more cars parked up with a puncture, than at any time I can remember. What's causing this? Sharp objects on the road now since no-one cares any more about securing loads etc, or is it the sharp edges of potholes? I always seem to see cars parked up when the road is wet......the water lubricating the ingress of foreign objects? Or are the foreign objects the result of Brexit? Coming' over 'ere, piercing our tyres.........
  19. blakeyboy

    Post to Germany

    Agreed- so, in Germany, all shipping is done in wooden crates, plastic containers, or metal drums? No cardboard boxes allowed? I didn't believe Rob at first ( I think is is unsurprising, given the bizarre arcane nature of this) so I looked uo the German Postal Rules, according to the RM site, and yes, he was quoting.....
  20. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    Nice one Jerry! I should say 'sorry'- not you- I bid you up!!!!!! I was rather hopeful at Xmas- good beer, pile of interesting cheeses, penny £3.00 with a minute to go....:-)
  21. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    Anyone here buy the unattributed 1911 hollow neck this week off ebay? I was second bidder- not enough spare cash, but it was a nice bargain for someone!
  22. Apparently I've been informed it's a small (!) tooth from Carcharodon Plicatilis, a big shark from the Pliocene.... Condition vf( rev) gvf ( obv )
  23. blakeyboy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Warts and all, eh?
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