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  1. Is EasyLive the one they have on Bargain Hunt?
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    Teaching coins by S G Onions

    I see your name is Trebor. Have you ever been employed at the Mint?
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    Pre-decimalisation coin still legal tender?

    I doubt anywhere would accept Maundy, and I'm prepared to bet that wasn't the answer to the quiz question.
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    Pre-decimalisation coin still legal tender?

    This, from the interweb (source not stated, sadly): ""In 1891 a proclamation was made that members of the general public could hand in any gold coins that were underweight and have them replaced by full-weight coins. Any gold coin struck before 1837 also ceased to be legal tender." so it would seem that Guinea may have ceased to be legal tender in 1891 as they were made from gold and struck before 1837." However, this from Wikipedia: "The Coinage Act 1889 also authorised the Bank of England to redeem worn gold coins from before Victoria's reign but on 22 November 1890, all gold coins from before her reign were called in by Royal Proclamation and demonetised effective 28 February 1891.["
  5. I'd agree. The 1953 reverse is more or less identical to the George VI reverse. I don't know exactly when the 'plastic sets' and proof sets were struck, but obviously not until they'd changed the reverse to be the beaded type that became standard. Probably not until the (pennyless) currency was well under way as that would have had priority.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Bloody US eBay and their infernal cookie requests. 😠 I backed out of there tood sweet.
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    Pre-decimalisation coin still legal tender?

    Just before decimalisation? I'd go with shillings and sixpences dated 1816. Halfcrowns had ceased being legal tender, florins were decades away, and crowns didn't appear for a couple of years.
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    Proof there is no god

    He makes the Emperor Caligula look like Nelson Mandela.
  9. The way it shows most is coins where the wear is more obvious. Pre-1920 large silver rarely has more than half a grade difference between obverse and reverse. The shallow portraits - most obvious on halfcrowns - are often encountered with more than a grade difference. For example, the obverse not even F but with a reverse hovering around the VF mark. Yes, between 1914 and 1918 it can be difficult to find fully struck up examples due to the huge increase in mintages during WW1, but it's not hard to find examples in EF especially as many were hoarded. However, I'd amend my original comment to say "harder to find the shallow portrait in high grades" rather than strictly UNC - you only have to look at that portrait and it begins to wear. Agreed - and all the way to 1926, maybe even 1927 too. But the ones I meant are a small number of pennies where there are flecks of yellow (brass?) long after the lustre has gone. These metal flecks are actually embedded in the metal of the flan and give the coin a very odd appearance.
  10. I think the shell casings applied more to bronze? You do see some 1920 and 1921 pennies (huge mintages) with brass coloured flecks in them, even on worn coins. I personally think the grey tinge was more to do with them not quite getting the alloy right - you also see very yellow examples between 1920 and 1922. Did you find it as easy to get UNC examples of halfcrowns and florins between 1920 and 1926?
  11. That's not usual - the 50% 1920-1926 issues are generally much harder in UNC, as the shallow portrait wore very much faster. However it's probably true to say it is more noticeable on florins and halfcrowns. If any 'shallow portrait' denomination was going to be put aside, the shilling was more likely.
  12. The whole coin is decent - we all make allowances for H & KN pennies with worn hair detail. You should see my EF+ 1919H - no hair detail at all!
  13. I do like those very early milled coins.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Interesting - very nice coin .. but it says 0 bids?