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Posts posted by oldcopper

  1. 19 hours ago, Bruce said:

    A real bargain for the large rose, great👍


    20 hours ago, PWA 1967 said:

    A couple i bought at the weekend.

    1929 Missing waves and rocks ,clear nice example and hadnt seen one for the year before.

    1858 Large rose ,not the best although have seen worse and only £10 not attributed.



    The Baldwins large-rose example coming up next week, cleaned but eye-catching in the photo, is at £1200 when I looked yesterday. 

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  2. On 6/12/2022 at 10:16 PM, 1949threepence said:

    Yes, as you say it should have started 5 days ago on 7th June, but it's still greyed out. Not good and doesn't inspire confidence.

    I've not seen anything of interest on their website for a very long time.  


    Spink are always doing that - put a teaser date on a forthcoming auction then either keep on putting it back every few days or don't even bother. It's annoying.

    Some of these auctions are like their SNC "Collectors Corner" quality (which lasted a  couple of years about 20 years ago), selling items for £5 upwards. Junk mainly.

    Talking of gilding the lily, I like their description of the Northumberland in the Wootton sale. It's got worn gilding, it's low grade and there's an impressively large hole in it. Apart from that it's 

    "a good opportunity for a type collector to source a prohibitively rare type".

    If you say so!

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  3. 10 hours ago, secret santa said:

    I agree (although the Victorian copper proof penny prices seem to be going through the roof), but I used the comparison just to say that I didn't think the Medusa price was unreasonable. 

    I think the key desirability factor in the Medusa if it you can see her face, and this SARC specimen isn't too bad an example of that.

  4. I wonder if everyone has found this, but when I type "Noonans" or "Noonan's" into Google all the results are for the (previously unknown to me) genetic disorder Noonan Syndrome. So I wonder how they are going to differentiate their website location from that? I don't think they've thought this through.

    They'll hardly want to, or even be able to, displace important medical information off the top of the search results.

  5. On 5/6/2022 at 4:40 PM, 1949threepence said:

    Well he didn't with the bronzed ones mentioned. Are we to assume they were bronzed post mint as well?  

    Yes, of course, they are bronzed, mainly currency pieces. The reason he didn't list them is they're unofficial as well.

  6. 26 minutes ago, 1949threepence said:

    At page 408 he mentioned the gilded coins, alongside the bronzed versions, as though they were official Royal Mint issue. If you'd missed the earlier point on page 391 (not difficult in a book that size), regarding no officially gilded copper or bronze, post George III, you could be forgiven for thinking he meant they were from the Royal Mint. It's the way it reads anyway.    

    Perhaps he phrased it ambiguously but if he did think they were official surely he would have given them a Peck number.

  7. 3 hours ago, secret santa said:

    I bought a bronzed 1857 from Sovreign Rarities a while ago.


    That might be the coin originally sold by Baldwins as a bronzed proof (sale no.52) where Roland Harris bought it for ~£600. I saw it then and it was obviously a currency piece, so why Baldwins said it was "undoubtedly a proof" I don't know. 

    People presumably sussed this as it only made £190 at the Harris sale (LC 2009), with LC's description somewhat ambivalent about the proof designation.

  8. 51 minutes ago, 1949threepence said:

    Should have noticed that the footnote in question continues over the page into 408, to include the 1858/7, the small date 1858, the 1858 no ww (and the 1859 copper proof, which isn't a currency penny).

    In the same footnote, Peck also goes onto say that there are gilded specimens of the 1841 no colon after reg and the 1853 OT. Although that somewhat contradicts his comments on page 391 where he says: "Gilt specimens of the copper and bronze coins of George IV to Victoria are occasionally met with, but these are only current pieces which have been gilded after leaving the Mint: no gilt specimens have ever been issued by the Mint".

    There was an unofficially gilded 1841 in the Colin Adams sale of 2003. Peck is saying that these post Soho examples are all unofficially gilded so he isn't contradicting himself.

  9. On 4/7/2022 at 4:17 PM, PWA 1967 said:

    Thank you so much for the lists which arrived today ,i am really greatful 👍


    My first list from FS was just after John Minshull had got this fancy new typewriter with all the new fonts. Pre-computer it was cutting edge. It was a bound A4 light blue catalogue. The ones after that were just stapled I think and were always different colours, light green, orange etc. Always an exciting moment when his latest one popped through the door! They were all chucked out after I went to University but the dates were ~1977-1983. I wish I 'd kept some for memory's sake. 

    He really went to town on the rarities,  I remember a 1685 Charles II tin farthing got about a page of write-up.

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  10. 12 hours ago, VickySilver said:

    Ah thanks, when I saw it for sale I had to jump. Sadly, where we live the humidity is not kind to copper and so some of the "redness" has subdued. The lustre however is astonishing. Yes, wish it was the italic date/number 5.

    Here's mine, bought DNW auction Sept 2008 - quite a steep price (£260 hammer), and good lustre on the obverse, but a dark reverse. 


    DNW's photography is somewhat flattering to the reverse!

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  11. 31 minutes ago, Bruce said:

    Crazily high.  Not only this one, but also other Crown, Halfcrown, Florin.....

    Hope it's not one of those fake Godless that were doing the rounds not so long ago in "NEF" condition. The colour does seem suspiciously uniform!