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  1. Rob

    Adding pictures

    I just drag the required file into the reply box. I've no idea about choosing files from a menu.
  2. Which is how I treat it. The rarities were never very accurate and always seemed to be one person's opinion written on the back of a fag packet. TBH they are redundant for most applications because as long as there is enough to go around - nobody cares. Somewhat depressingly, the one area where they could be of use is the least attractive to collectors (proofs and patterns), but even then things seem to be based on a number plucked out of the air.
  3. For many less widely collected varieties they were a guesstimate 70 years ago and mostly remain so. Nobody has the time or inclination to revise the complete book and so it is down to individuals to do their homework in their chosen field. Nobody has all the coins in the world at their fingertips, so any estimation of rarity will be just that. I'm sure we all have R's that we have seen but one, and R7s where you can pick and choose. Know your subject or be prepared to be pleasantly surprised or disappointed.
  4. Rob

    Counterfeit Penny Pieces 1813

    Counterfeit eighteen-penny pieces, not pennies. i.e. BoE 1s6d tokens, of which there are many varieties.
  5. Rob

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    Best deal of all time for me on ebay was this in 2005. An 1889/8 halfpenny for £3.56 delivered - from Australia. It ended up being culled in 2009 due to a surfeit of much better 17+S examples.
  6. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-ABRAHAM-LINCOLN-2006-2-Pound-coin-2/363024349356?hash=item5485eff8ac:g:FQQAAOSwFpBe3Sn1 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Abraham-Lincoln-2-Pound-Coin-Mega-Rare-Printing-Error-By-Abraham/224051810434?hash=item342a875082:g:eTkAAOSwClZetqJx https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Abraham-Lincoln-2-Pound-Coin-Minting-errors-and-Misprint-2006/283483266327?hash=item4200eb5d17:g:mv4AAOSwWM1c2Uha etc. etc.. People have gone mad! There's at least a dozen and a half of these on the first page of a British Coins Lincoln search.
  7. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I concur. I can't see anything wrong. Quick checks are 4 berries - is a twopence and on a penny the Trident points to the right of the second N compared to at the N for the 2d, 1/2d & 1/4d, with the last two unlikely to appear on an ebay listing where the vendor doesn't have a clue.
  8. Rob

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    This appeared at the back end of 2003. The vendor had a reserve on it, which usually means unrealistic expectations. I put in a bid of 600 which I considered reasonable given the only other known example (VF) had sold for £2K a few years before, making this the second known. I picked it up for 500. The underbidder went to 151 hoping for a bargain.
  9. Very good, that's what I like to see.
  10. That's John Hulett's, he often expressed it so. Seaby will have purchased it in 1966 for a couple quid before listing it in the Bulletin.
  11. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Except on eBay where the opposite applies. All things bright and not beautiful are described as lustrous.
  12. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Assuming the holder is genuine, that might just be dipped. For some reason, dipping (and 'conservation') isn't considered cleaning by the TPGs.
  13. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Hopefully designer sunglasses are included for this price. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1787-George-III-Shilling-VERY-RARE-1-OVER-MIRRORED-1-Superb-coin-see-photos/233588897551?hash=item3662fbb70f:g:k3EAAOSwh5pevrRM
  14. I tried to click on the link and was unexpectedly saved from viewing by the Daily Mail pointing out I had an ad blocker The ability to surf randomly in the knowledge the DM will block me from unnecessarily viewing their articles is as good as winning the lottery. Mine's a pint.
  15. Rob

    Cracked ring

    There is an alternative explanation for gold not suffering from striking splits in that it is softer and so can deform (spread) more easily. Silver has a problem in that it is extracted from ore whereas gold is found as nodules and not extracted from a salt. Being the path of least resistance, I don't think it a coincidence that gold was fine until debased by Henry VIII. Then you have the question of alloying in the case of silver, with the divergent melting points of the alloy constituents coming into play. I'm pretty certain the more extensive haymarking seen on silver is down to poor metal mix because copper's m.p. is 100 degrees higher than silver compared to 20 degrees between copper and gold, so in the case of the former, the silver will be melted long before the copper.
  16. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Someone inadvertently left detail on the coin?
  17. Rob

    Cracked ring

    The only thing I've heard of was the Henry I coins requiring to be snicked to be current. Coins were current as long as the inner circle was intact. Where are we talking about. England, Scotland, Denmark?
  18. Oops, red face time. Not sure what I was thinking about there other than not the response. Silly sod. I'm as mad as the bloke on the obverse.
  19. No idea, but a guess would be the need for pennies far outweighed that for halfpennies [and farthings], the requirement for which could be considered already served by the numbers circulating, whether genuine or not. Another angle could be that the security edge wasn't sufficiently developed for a currency issue, bearing in mind there was no security edge on the pennies or twopences. Or maybe it was down to a shortage of copper given the quantities needed for ships' hulls. The IOM being self determining could presumably issue what it liked. The head of state might have been Victoria, but the Tynwald passed the laws.
  20. And something more mundane - as it says on the label.
  21. Things are a bit dead at the moment, so let's try to breathe a bit of life into this place. P1163 Taylor restrike pattern halfpenny.
  22. Two volumes or five is probably not the issue. For the majority, it is a mindset because so many people view literature as a luxury. Colin Cooke mentioned in passing that a large number of his customers had nothing more than a basic reference. For some, Coins of England was too complicated, and for many, ESC or Peck were not even contemplated. If someone is only willing to spend a fiver at the most, they will never collect a series in depth. If they decide to collect in depth, the [potential] outlay on coins will justify the expense on books, with their typically limited print runs ensuring there is significant residual value should the owner decide to sell. I think the principle of doing a study on a particular topic as deeply as possible is the way forward, however complicated, because if it is only limited in scope, then the chances are that it would be covered by existing publications. i.e. Why bother? As an aside, the number of people who visit the table at fairs asking for 1961 halfpennies, 1947 threepences, 1923-5 pennies etc is a good indicator that for a lot of casual collectors, no books is the norm.
  23. It's because for the most part he has given a whole page to a specific die pair. Put in that context, it isn't so surprising. Half of the die pairs (2&1/2 vols.) are Tower mint with the provincials, Scottish and Irish making up the rest. As for the question re well struck round pieces, it will depend on the issue, but your guesstimate may not be wide of the mark as an average.
  24. Rob

    Quiz for members with a prize.

    A bit of everything for everyone. 9 or 10 could be got from Coins of England, 1 coins of Ireland, Scotland etc, 5 from ESC, 5 general knowledge, 1 google street view, 3 from Peck. So even with a copy of Spink (which I assumed most would have), plus either ESC or Peck, you are at least half way there. It's not a question of knowing all or not bothering - it's supposed to be fun. At our club quiz, I can't remember anyone getting more than 75-80%. Same goes for the intercounties quiz we go to at Crewe every year. When it's my turn to set the questions for the club I usually aim for a mix of ancient, early & late hammered, milled, tokens, designs/designers and general knowledge in equal measures. Do I know the answers? Yes if I set them, otherwise no. I still have to look things up to get suitable questions for ancients and tokens about which I know very little. It's actually quite hard to find a balance between the condescendingly simple and the challenging for the simple reason that most collectors sit in a niche, with very few who collect everything. Consequently, 20-50% is quite normal.