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  1. Cheap! (I paid a bit more than that )
  2. Brilliant Rob! Excellent detective work, thank you. Is it illustrated by any chance?
  3. Thanks Clive. Maybe it isn't Seaby. But neither is itlike JonCummings, Dolphin, Colin Cooke, M Trenerry or Dawson ... that's as far as I've got so far! As to price £30 could be early 1980s- late 1990s I guess .. bit of a wide range ..
  4. Oh, and if anyone can help with the provenance it would be much appreciated! The shilling came with the following small slip of paper (both sides) Appears to be cut from adealer catalogue. Could it be a Seaby catalogue? 1980ish from the price? If anyone can confirm the format matches Seaby I can try to pin down the details a bit further... Anyone?
  5. siege coin images

    Very nice kal. Worth the wait!
  6. I bought this a little while ago but have been away so haven't had the opportunity to photograph it until now. S.2799, Sharp G1/2 Privy mark triangle in circle dating it to between 15 Jul 1641-28 May 1643. Not the easiest mark to find both with a pleasing portrait and on a decent size flan, so I'm fairly happy with this one:
  7. Elizabeth I Shilling martlet?

    I haven't any reference books with me right now but yes, I see a martlet mark too.
  8. Literature recommendations

    How far back did you want to go Matt? There are roughly three periods, from hammered (hand struck) coinage (- 1662), through early milled;use of mechanisation (rollers and presses) in themid-1500sto the modern machine made milledcoinage we have today (1816-) Some people probably don't worry so much about the hammered as it produces very different looking coins from the current ones. There are different books covering the different periods.. In the meantime have you seen this: http://www.predecimal.com/p1celtic It's a short overview of the history of British coinage written by Ken Elks. You might find it of interest?
  9. Strategy & etiquette for purchasing coins

    They occasionally go for as little as £8 on eBay if you are prepared to wait a bit. Otherwise Lloyd has it listed at £18 (which I believe is new, if in stock): http://www.coinsofbritain.co.uk/pages/books/books-details.asp?ID=5
  10. Strategy & etiquette for purchasing coins

    Only on here! (It's Richard)
  11. Strategy & etiquette for purchasing coins

    LOL Two thingsto remember about the gold coins of Charles I. 1) As Rob touched upon , the earlier privy (mint) marks are generally commoner, almost the reverse of the situation with the silver coinage where the first few issues arescarcer (although quality control seems to have gone down as output of silver coinagefrom the Mint increased, making nice examples of some later marksmuch trickier to find in pleasing condition than would be expected from the mintages). And 2) before you buy it's worth checking out the size of the coin against a modern one. Gold was way out of most people's reach at the time and some of the coins, such as crowns are quite small by our standards. (Tiny by comparison to their silver counterparts). While they are nice, you don't want to buy a lovely looking example from online images only to have a nasty surprise as to how small it is when it arrives! 3) Hammered coinage has it's own quirks and challenges way beyond those struck using machinery. Almost no hammered coin is perfect and so compromises usually have to be made. But each collectorwill developtheir own standards, views about whichquirks they can and can't live with, what about a particular coin appeals or not and that takes time. There's always the temptation to rush in and buy something. In fact we all (probably) have to make a few mistakes to learn from on the way. But if you think of collecting as a long term, if not life-long hobby it might help a bit. And of course, people here are always happy to offer an opinion on a coin before you buy! Or even after
  12. Strategy & etiquette for purchasing coins

    Many if not most dealers will welcome 'wants' lists from clients Wayne. However it'll come as no surprise that clients that regularly spend money will be remembered more quickly when that key coin turns up! Having said that, I've had some excellent help from some dealers (locating old sales lists etc) who I've not recently bought from. It's a business so keeping the customer is (usually!) a priority. So in theory your scheme could work. Some dealers even have a commission page on their website where they will list client's coins. It's certainly a safer step than going straight into trying to deal for yourself. Though a fair few dealers are, or have been, collectorstoo of course...
  13. Strategy & etiquette for purchasing coins

    Mmm .. not sure if I'm quite getting the turnaround time here. For example, Alan Morris collectedcoins of Charles I for over a decade or more. A lot of them he bought from the dealer Lloyd Bennett. He had a good relationship with him so, years later when Alan decided to sell up he asked Lloyd to sell the bulkof his collection, which Lloyd did. But if you're thinking of a timeframe more like months between purchase and sale, then surely it would be just as easy for the dealer to hold onto the coins themselves and sell for a bit more than the original budget? Otherwise it sounds like quite a bit of paperwork/admin for the dealer to me. Unless he sells to the customer but doesn't actually send him the coins but immediately puts them up for sale on his website? In which case I guess so (for example the auction house Heritage allow you to buy coins then put them straight up for sale through their "Make Offer to Owner Option") That way the dealer gets the money, the seller can ask for coins to be returned if they decide not to sell or get a bit of profit. Win, win. BUT does require trust, particularly on the part of the customer!
  14. Strategy & etiquette for purchasing coins

    I knew we could sway you from George V to the dark side sooner or later Wayne!