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  1. BIRCHALL, SAMUEL (of Leeds) c. 1761 - 1814 I hadn't seen this one already posted, so hopefully this isn't a repeat. This was from the recent DNW auction that had the BRITISH COINS FROM THE COLLECTION OF SAMUEL BIRCHALL OF LEEDS (1761-1814), which I thought was pretty neat seeing such an old collection become available. It is a 32mm ticket written in fountain pen ink. Not sure what the paper is, so I tried to also give a close up of the material.
  2. Hi, I was looking for suggestions if anyone could point me to a good single reference for hammered Scottish coinage (primarily interested in silver, but I assume books will likely cover most). Or if there are any particularly good articles highlighting James VI coinage (as Morrieson did for James I in an article for BNJ). Any advice appreciated! Thanks Michael
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    James I shilling, mm Mullet

    Hi all, I am looking for a James I Shilling mm mullet, or if someone has a shilling with obverse mullet overmark? I actually asked DNW if they could relay a message to the winner of Dec2020 auction Lot 26, and surprisingly, I did not get a reply (kidding, it’s not surprising). If anyone has something they are willing to part with, I would be interested. Thanks in advance!
  4. I agree, it was more of a fun/relevant attempt to combine discussions of beer and numismatics 😄 Based on @Rob‘s post, I assume you acquired the glass? That is a cool way to add one to a collection. While cracked, any chance the glass was used one more time before liberating the coin? A neat notion to think you might have drank a beer from the same glass as someone almost 300 years ago
  5. I got some of these glass-bottom pewter tankards for my friend and his groomsmen as a part of his sending off. Again my astute research skills looking at Wikipedia say the glass bottom was legend to be a way to (1) refuse the King's Shilling, or (2) see someone about to punch you. Imagine finding a nice GIII shilling in your mug? Less great would be the resulting conscription...
  6. I had no idea that the dimple pint almost went extinct: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27188915 Researching for fun, I could not find any instructions on proper use of a dimple pint - but it was mentioned that using the handle was designed to keep the beer cooler longer (which makes sense I suppose with heat transfer from the hand). This is assuming the beer is hanging around long enough to really warm up I suppose
  7. I have to believe there are some other beer fans out there... rather than dive into the obvious category of beer types, thought I would ask about the vessel. Now I know there are certain glasses for certain beers (theoretically), and maybe it is my beer preference talking through tangible objects.. but I lean towards (1) 'Nonic Pint' and (2) 'Willi Becher'... I don't think I can make a poll to simply tally total votes given these options, but it would be interesting to see the results
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    Alternative coin storage

    I'll admit when I started this topic I thought I may see posts possibly about map cabinets converted, or flat files or maybe old letterpress cabinets. The avenue of anti-theft didn't really cross my mind, but has definitely brought to light some considerations. I will definitely be keeping this machinist tool chest, it may just eventually get secured in some fashion behind locked doors. Insurance seems like a no-brainer on my to-do list. I suppose we could learn a few things about collection security from the good folks at Gringotts... but likely not how to care for a pet.
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    1611 James I Shilling Mullet over Bell

    @kildonan Not sure why I missed your response, but thank you for the offer (3 months late haha) - I ended up buying the copy on eBay. It looks like BNJ uploaded the scan of the article I sent them from my copy, so now it is available to the world for free on their updated website (and I have a nice book)
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    Alternative coin storage

    Also, the gorgeous sideboard was artfully crafted by yours truly 😁 white oak with red oak inserts (*pats self on back)
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    Alternative coin storage

    I forgot to mention that everything is glued to the floor! (just kidding) I am still relatively new to collecting coins, so my collection is not equivalent to 50k on a table, but the point is well taken. I like the thought of accessing my collection without digging under the sofa or radiator, so eventually will probably go with a big safe that cant be walked off with, or a strong-locked closet door. Although, I must say the sofa and radiator are cool ideas. I have the notion (hopefully not naïvely) that B&E thieves are generally opportunistic, so things like cameras and home security alarms may be enough of a deterrent should they try. I also agree about adequate insurance.
  12. I just wanted to share an idea I had recently, that an old machinist tool chest might be a good fit for coin storage. Many of them (built back in the day) were very well made and nicely finished. The one I ended up buying had unique patterning on the front panel that I have not seen often. The panel is held in by brass pins on the bottom, and pins on the top which are depressed by the top lid so that it can end up locking the entire box. Ended up that the drawers are the perfect size for slabs, and the top is deep enough to accommodate some tubes and small boxes. I thought the variable size drawers are also neat. I suppose me thinking 'outside the box'... results in a box. I was wondering if others had alternative ideas for storage of collections? If so I would be curios to see!
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    1611 James I Shilling Mullet over Bell

    @Rob Do you happen to have any photos of this coin you mentioned? I saw the one in the Ashby collection, and just acquired another with the overmark on obverse only (while slightly double struck, it seems apparent to me). What do you think?
  14. So a quick update if anyone is interested, I did win a lot at the last auction and the processing was super fast. The total was 240EUR, 17% commission, and shipping brought my total to 305.8EUR. For what I got I thought it was a good price - shipped same day as payment (they accepted PayPal which was convenient), shipping from Germany to USA door to door was 3 days via FedEx with signature. I placed my max bid like a month early, and just waited for the results to come in and like they mentioned it sold for the lowest possible (I assume because it wasn't my max bid). Overall, I thought it was a pretty nice buying experience. I will say though, all four hammered coins in the lot came in one plastic flip sleeve, all on the same side? Is this normal? You would think for 300 EUR they could at least spring for two plastic flip sleeves. I understand the ticket is on one side and all the coins are on the other which is convenient for tracking, but I thought the last lot I bought from LCA they were all separate. I can say though, that the single coin sleeve was in Self-Adhesive Corrugated Wrap labelled as "Coins Inside!", in another bulkier cardboard package, inside a FedEx bubble sleeve, inside a FedEx box... which overall all seems secure. Just wanted to share if anyone was interested in future auctions, it didn't seem like there were many on here who had purchased from them before.
  15. This was an interesting comment based on the recent DNW auction I was watching. It made me think more - what does the "Estimate" mean? I thought it was a best professional judgment on what the Lot would be worth, but is it now acting more as simply a reserve price for the auction house? Or is the recent "market" just overpaying? At what point would the market force the conclusion that these are simply under-estimates? (But if they up the auction, the minimum bid may deter bidders? I know I would not have considered the coin I was watching had the estimate been more correct). After a month of hopeful anticipation, and waking up at 5am with some coffee to watch the auction, having submitted a bid three times the estimate in hopes of easily winning, for a lot estimated around 100£...