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  1. Rob

    Henry V Halfpenny sub type?

    The sub groups are determined by the punctuation. Unless you can identify or eliminate saltires and/or apostrophe contraction marks, the coin must remain a generic type 5. If it only has a single saltire on the reverse, that makes it a reverse (i). Best bet is to identify the bit after HENRIC.
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    Pennies High grade.

    I think the only relevant attribution here is a CAC sticker. The others simply don't convey the same sense of realism.
  3. I think the left's reaction to the Thatcher years was a whinge in the realisation that the cozy life in the union-run country of the 1970s was disappearing in a puff of smoke. People complain about Thatcher in the 80s, but what about the 70s where a walkout was determined by a show of hands. The example where Derek Robinson shut Longbridge with a clearly small minority favouring a strike - yet the vote was deemed to be passed, that and similar actions set the seeds of Thatcherism because it was clear the country was in danger of being run by the unions. From my own experience, I was given a warning for working too hard when at the post office after graduation. I was told in no uncertain terms that it took 10 minutes to load this van, 20 for that, 45 for another. And the funereal pace of the mail bag folding area would have embarrassed even the most lethargic, with a rate of 2 per minute, the bags neatly folded with such perfection that it would have put many a laundry to shame. They could have relieved the boredom by doing a bag every 15 seconds, but that was the agreed rate. Only available to permanent staff, the list of people putting their name down for this jolly was lengthy. That was my life in the 70s, and I didn't like it either. It is the difference in view of work ethics that explains this country's lack of productivity when compared with other developed nations. Ultimately, nothing happens in isolation.
  4. Crown cushion ends vary a little. The harp strings are different and partly filled on the bottom coin, the date is differently aligned, the stops by date are a different size. You could check to see if the Garter Star rays are from the same punch. If the central garter is not part of the same punch as the rays, it could be rotated on any die by a quarter turn or multiples thereof.
  5. Simple. Serving a market using a combination of greed, gullibility and ignorance. The Daily Mail and other rags have been telling the public for years that the coins in their pocket are all worth many multiples of face value. This despite the banks continuing to issue them at face value - and they are hardly slow to make a quick buck. Consequently, many people are now convinced that they should be wealthy beyond imagination. Many buyers want to buy into the dream. Gullible, because many have bought into this dream, and believe any coin to be worth a lot of money without doing any research. After all, with electronic banking, coins are clearly anachronistic, so must have increased in value. Ignorant because mob rule rules. You don't need to do homework because we are all on the same bandwagon - allegedly.
  6. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Will somebody tell him it's a copy (and not silver) please. I did and he said he would look into it, but hasn't looked very hard so far. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/unresearched-medieval-hammered-silver-coin/223185588269?hash=item33f6e5d02d:g:kdgAAOSwfr1bv5KI
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    1887 6d's

    Is that not due to the shallow impression of the underlying letter? With only the top of the punch relief entered, you would only see a bit of the punch, but presumably end up with the sides showing as two parallel lines once fully entered. It's the sort of detail that you could only check for by looking at V(ICT..) on an uncirculated example.
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    1978 2pence coin

    Maximum picture size is 500kB. But if you try to upload an image larger than that and then try a smaller file, the program remembers the earlier attempt and adds it to the total uploaded. Don't ask why. If you leave the thread and come back into it again, it seems to clear the memory and you then have 500kB at your disposal again.
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    1978 2pence coin

    Keep the size under 500kB and it should be ok, but best leave the thread and re-enter.
  10. Rob

    Madness' Coin Grading Training Ground

    Without knowing you future intentions, there's no right or wrong answer. If you have bought it for the grade number with a view to selling it in the future as you think prices are going to increase, then it is clearly an investment decision and taking it out of the slab shouldn't come into it. If you are collecting as opposed to investing, then it is entirely up to you. I have removed many 65 & 66 graded coins from the slab to put the coins in my cabinet, some the 'finest known'. i.e The biggest number on the slab to date from that TPG. As this number doesn't translate across TPGs and in any case is not necessarily reproducible even if the same coin is submitted twice to the same TPG, I don't get too tied up agonising about removing them from the plastic. For me the question is whether the coin is an integral part of the collection, and if so, it has to fit in the tray - something slabs manifestly don't. It's horses for courses as we have discussed many times.
  11. How much did they charge for it? Just wondering, because when I wrote my article on the Weyl patterns, they wanted £60 a side for the seven coins in their collection. £420 for images to include in a BNJ article I was doing for free with no chance of financial gain. Didn't take them up on the offer. The pictures of the other 85 coins I was able to locate cost me nothing.
  12. I wondered who had the other one