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  1. It's a grey area. If you are willing to bid up to XXXX, then you cannot complain if it costs you that amount. It's the circumstantial evidence of never winning anything at a figure below my max that irks, especially when everyone else tells the same story. It raises suspicion but isn't in itself proof of wrongdoing. The solution is to get someone to bid in the room if you have someone willing to act as your agent, but not many people have this facility available.
  2. A great shame it is going through Noble, as the knowledge I will only ever win something at my maximum bid means I gave up on them years ago. I don't know anyone personally, but has anyone else ever won something at a price below their commission limit?
  3. Difficult not to if you believe in the freedom to believe in or display anything other than the characteristics of Erdogan and his ilk. I suppose you are allowed to be a Kurd as long as you don't profess to want your own homeland. Not too keen on his migration towards the religious elements either - religions are divergent in every respect expect for one and that is the unwavering belief that any other religion is profoundly wrong. So many peaceful existences sacrificed on the altar to the great God of Intolerance.
  4. If a die was used until deemed unsuitable and if only the faulty die was exchanged, it stands to reason that more than one die will be known paired with a specific die. A good job really, as the pairings observed give useful information for the chronology, and in the case of a simple series can demonstrate the order of die use from start to finish.
  5. Apologies Rob I did not know you were a book man.  I am searching for books on Counterfeit Georgian coins.  I have heard of a book by Atkins and a book by R Coleman could you direct me to any sources.  I was hoping one might be online or digital I do possess one digital format of a book called  Forgotten coins of the North American Colonies  


    Your help would help me  lot 



  6. Halfpenny 3 punch possibly if the small protrusion to the right of the upper section is related. My screen also shows a thin line continuing across the vertical level with the base of the top bar.
  7. Rob

    BCW AN-1 Elizabeth Halfpenny

    Yes, but the portcullis is double struck (at least). Use the translated strike and it is in the right place. The question is which bit refers to which impression - which is why I said 'I think'
  8. Rob

    BCW AN-1 Elizabeth Halfpenny

    That's all right. I think this is the same obverse die as the Cypher over Anchor I got from you. Different reverse though.
  9. Rob


    I have to say that I don't think we could have wished for more considering we took in someone with whom we have nothing in common for as long as it takes. She will have been here for 4 weeks this coming Friday. Language is a bit of an issue as it is proving difficult to find her work where there is minimal customer contact, but every day I hear a few more words used, so hopefully within a few months the communication problems will reduce. The first few weeks have been a bit labour intensive on my part carting her around to get the basics sorted such as signing on, registering with a doctor, taking her shopping, trying to teach basic English and write benefits logs and job applications etc, but that's part of the deal when there's no common language and will ultimately pay off when she is able to stand on her own feet comfortably. Frankly, the above post where someone claims they have spent a lot of money on the refugee is complete b******s. Additional costs for taking someone in - a gas safety certificate and some energy, set against which the host will get £350 a month paid in arrears for the first year. There's no obligation to feed them at your expense, though most would at least until cashflow is established. The host would be quids in if calculated on an honest basis, even if food was provided. How much does a set of house keys cost for God's sake?
  10. And do they both use Davies groat obverse 1, or is one a later obverse (apparently from the threepences)?
  11. I reckon so. It is the only way you can reconcile a third head (where the earliest known use is 1880) proof sixpence obverse paired with an 1839 reverse. The mint shut for refurbishment in 1882 when the old Soho presses were replaced, making this a possible terminal date for the sets, unless the die fixing mechanisms were compatible. I suspect they ran off a handful to order in this late period, the number of said sixpences extant giving a rough estimate of total sets produced. There was one in a Heritage or Goldberg(?) sale a few years back, but the sale date eludes me at present, so I would have to check the library. I vaguely recall it had the opposite die axis to the sets with the regular obverse sixpence, which leads me to think that the 1839/41 halfpenny in my possession may well be concurrent with this oddball sixpence as it also has an inverted die axis and is correspondingly rare, contrary to the regular 1839 or 1839/43 halfpennies. There is an 1839 proof groat with an inverted die axis, noted in ESC as being rarer than the regular en-medaille proof. Is this a third instance of a late strike? If so, the scored reverse would tie in well with the article I wrote in the BNJ about the inverted die axis 1841 halfpennies, where they had used the same worn reverse die. The condition didn't matter as the obverse was the die of interest. By extension, it is also possible there are trials extant of all the denominations if there had been a long period without any 1839 sets produced.
  12. Perhaps it was nothing to do with an 1862 proof groat at all. Maybe they were trying out replacement obverse dies for the late run of 1839 sets.
  13. I think I'll wait for a later version - which may well not be the 8th edition. Better still, just use my own database.
  14. I had a not far off as struck gilt 1854PT which I sold to a forum member in 2006.
  15. Bits missing from letters are usually filled dies, and much less often from a broken punch. In the case of the latter, the character would normally be repaired, e.g an 'F' with the bottom bar added separately to make an E.