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  1. custard1966


    I volunteered in the other thread, but no harm in repeating it here
  2. custard1966

    Read this first if new here.

    I've been thinking about the pros & cons of the collectors guide vs Spink Pros price - as a penny collector I feel most of the £18 I shell out for Spink is wasted because it's irrelevant. portability - of vital importance when attending fairs Cons prices - are somewhat out of date IMHO breadown - if you collect copper pennies you need both the George III guide and the 1820 onwards. This tends to offset the cons. If the cons could be addressed then I for one wouldn't bother with Spink. There are other reference works available for identification which don't need frequent updating & what I want from the Collectors Guide is up to date prices.
  3. custard1966

    Ended up with Free Newspaper.

    The Phoenix is a newpaper format sales list, with the usual Coincraft stuff as well as antiquities and some collectable hammered & milled stuff. I've just started receiving it again after a gap of about three years - no idea why.
  4. custard1966

    Read this first if new here.

    I'd also like to offer my most enthusiastic contrafibularities. Sounds like a great opportunity and somewhat daunting as well. If I can offer any help with copper/bronze pennies then I'd be glad to chip in.
  5. custard1966

    Some really ridiculous eBay listings

    I think this is the third time this one's been up for sale: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...3910902302&rd=1 I didn't bid because I've already got one of those 'rare' pennies with Britannia 'upside down'
  6. custard1966

    who owns the...

    I think I read somewhere that the 1954 is in the British Museum
  7. custard1966

    How was the Radio show?

    I see Chris' radio appearances have earned a mention in the news section of the latest edition of Coin News
  8. custard1966

    Do you have an extremely rare coin?

    I'd still swap it for one though
  9. custard1966

    Do you have an extremely rare coin?

    Well, it's only about fine so I cherish it for its rarity, but not its looks I'd say my favourite is either my 1839 proof - rare AND beautiful Or a choice uncirculated cartwheel penny with about 50% lustre - shows Bolton's handiwork at its best
  10. custard1966

    Do you have an extremely rare coin?

    I've got an obscure rarity An 1863 penny with the open style 3 According to the Satin reference there are only 6 known Don't know if mine is a seventh
  11. custard1966


    There are dozens of varieties of pennies and no general catalogue will list them all - you need more specialist reference books OT stands for Ornamental Trident (as opposed to PT for the plain trident). This refers to the shape of the trident head on copper pennies (i.e. Pre-1860) All PT pennies have the colon after DEF close to DEF (referred to as 'near colon') All OT pennies have the colon after DEF away from DEF (called 'far colon') 1839-1851 are all OT, from then onwards both types occur (and for 1853 there's a varierty with the colon between near and far) The 1902 low-tide penny has the sea level noticeably BELOW where Britannia's legs cross - on the high-tide (common) variety the sea-level is at the point where the legs cross. For the 1897 high-tide variety, the sea level is just below where the legs cross, on the low tide variety it's noticeably lower.
  12. custard1966


    A good way to distinguish the 1926 ME is to look at the colon dots between GRA and BRITT on the normal reverse the colon is midway between 'A' and 'B' on the modified effigy the colon is clearly closer to 'A' than 'B' this is helpful when the coin is worn and Heaton mint pennies of the 1870s and 80s have the H central, below the date. Another variety one worth looking out for is a 1940 with a single exergual line - one on sale for £95 in aUNC (no lustre) on E-bay recently.
  13. I seem to remember a poll on this subject in Coin News a couple of years ago and the Cartwheel Penny was voted favourite
  14. This one seems to have reappeared again http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...8&category=3397 When the original was listed there was another listed at about the same time with an almost identical description.
  15. custard1966

    Coin values

    Since Spink is used by so many dealers to set their prices I have seen the question raised elsewhere as to whether Spink are reflecting increased market prices or causing them.
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    How can i tell?

    Unlike Peck/Freeman this one's still in print and available direct from the author http://www.michael-coins.co.uk/BPbook.htm You still need catalogues for current prices though.
  17. custard1966

    How can i tell?

    Yes, Spink have made an interesting attempt - and it's a pretty good one for a general catalogue. But there are so many varieties that they can't possibly cover them all. The Gouby book has an interesting format, it's split into three horizontal sections, covering reverses, obverses and a bottom section listing combinations, rarity estimates and some very out of date values. The three section approach means you can select obverse & reverse views independently to get the complete view of any given coin. There's an even more specialised work by John Jerrams which covers just the years 1860-65 and lists over 60 varieties of currency penny (!) Peck and Freeman and the most well-known reference works, but Gouby & Jerrams are more up to date and more useful (& have cross-references to Peck/Freeman).
  18. custard1966

    How can i tell?

    If, like me, you collect bronze pennies, you MUST own the British Bronze Penny by Michael Gouby it has detailed pictures of every reverse and obverse and clues to help you detect the often subtle diferences It's the best tool for coin identification I've seen
  19. custard1966

    How can i tell?

    Well that's a challenge The nose looks pretty straight and the head is pretty adjacent to the B of BRITT (I think) so I think we can narrow it down further to being between 1881 and 1894. They didn't change the reverse very much between these dates. Impossible to be more precise with it in that condition.
  20. custard1966

    How can i tell?

    The bit of rock just to the right of the lighthouse suggests its 1875 or later so we've narrowed it down to 1875-1894 If you could post the obverse we might do a bit more
  21. custard1966

    Number of pennies made...

    Mintage figures are a complicated issue Is the number the number made in that year or the number issued with that date? (overdates, for example, mean these are not the same thing). I think the numbers in the various catalogues are the mint production figures. They also don't tell you anything about the relative numbers of the variants within each date that were made or are still extant.
  22. custard1966


    Wth regard to the profit issue, does anyone know if profits made from coins require payment of capital gains tax (assuming the profit goes over your personal allowance)?
  23. custard1966

    What is your best buy?

    A handful of years ago I bought an UNC F16 penny for £70 there's one for sale on E-bay now http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...7&category=3397 for £490 & it's nowhere near as lustrous as mine. I think that price might be a bit OTT, but even if you go by Spink or the Satin Reference it's worth £400
  24. custard1966

    How can i tell?

    If there's no Heaton mint mark (H) below the date we can safely eliminate 1882 If it has a beaded border (as opposed to toothed) that would mean 1860 If 'L. C. Wyon' is visible on the obverse (just under or just on the bottom of the bust) and/or on the reverse (under the shield or foot) that would help. Other things like the shape of the lighthouse or the configuration & position of the rocks around it can be diagnostic. There are other identifiable features too. If you can post some pics, I'll have a bash - but no promises
  25. custard1966

    I've been pruning!

    Back now The real shame is that all my previous posts now show as unregistered. Also noticed that when following the link from the activation email it doesn't actually log you in (or ask you to login) - this also caught me out the first time I registered Thanks for the nice comments. Good to be back. Can I suggest that it would be better in future to only prune members who don't login? I tend to post only when I feel I've got something worthwhile to contribute.