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  1. The completely OTT prices aren't a problem. The problem is the dodgy photos, the slightly fuzzy ones which appear to show the features of the rarity you're looking for, but in reality are just the bog standard version. People seeing what they want to see is the problem when paying over the odds. On this piece, one must presume the elevated price is just a reflection of the additional work he has put in to make sure you can see the whole coin and on both sides. Usually, he only gives you a picture of 60% of the coin, and fuzzy at that, so I automatically ignore his listings.
  2. Sorry, I should have said discerning collector.
  3. I've got a super-duper mega UNC love token at a bargain price of only £249.99 if anybody is interested. A must for the discening collector.
  4. Rob

    Housing Sovereigns

    Hi Peter. I keep all mine in trays, but I'm getting to the point where I refuse to buy any more storage space. A clear out is necessary!! As regards information in the event of my demise, I have put it all in a database including pictures of all the rare or EF or better bits which tie in with the tickets and should provide Mrs. Rob or the kids to sort out what is what so that provenances don't get lost and rare varieties don't get sold for a quid. It gets a bit bulky in terms of storage space on the computer, but at least you can keep all the info, more than you could write on a 2x2 space.
  5. Rob

    Housing Sovereigns

    Surely if you wouldn't use 100% plastic flips, you wouldn't choose to use cardboard/plastic window types either. Self sealing flips have the added disadvantage of solvent vapours being present, which incidentally should improve the mobility of the plasticiser if used and help it leach out. Sorry, that was me.
  6. Rob

    Housing Sovereigns

    Plasticisers are added to virtually all man made polymers in order to make them flexible as they are quite brittle and inflexible otherwise. It is this that leaches out over time and can react with the metal and is why all plastic should be avoided.
  7. Rob

    Housing Sovereigns

    It depends on whether you like to look at them or not. If they are just going to be stored in a box in a safe, then 2x2 acid free paper envelopes for coins are fine. If you enjoy looking at them, use coin storage trays as you then avoid the potential problem of dropping them when you get them out of the envelopes and they look nicer like this. Either way they must be stored such that they don't come into contact with each other.
  8. Thanks Kuhli, that isn't a million miles from Burma so could explain how he acquired it. Now for my next question. What does all the inscription mean?
  9. I thought it could be Burmese or Singalese although 4 armed women and lotus flowers strongly suggests India. It belonged to my father and he probably picked it up in the far east after the war. When he was released from a POW camp in Thailand at the end of the war, he returned home via Rangoon and Columbo hence the above assumption. The other thing that struck me is that it could be a railway token of some sort. NR - Northern Railway or National Railway. There is or was a Northern Railway in India. Burma used Indian coins until full independence in 1948, Ceylon used regal issues.
  10. And the other side. thanks.
  11. help please. what is it?
  12. I don't think she would be so stupid as to list a silver halfpenny with buy it now @ £28. Suggest it has been obviously silvered when seen in the hand with probable test scratches on the edge - out of sight. Either that or it has been heavily polished and the colour balance changed. It would also be described as silver if it was. She sells enough to know that silver 1/2ds are not the norm.
  13. Rob

    Coin Insurance

    Try your house contents insurer first as an add on to the policy. Some will cover collections and some won't. If they do cover collections, they are invariably classed as a specified item with an insured value which you will have to monitor to ensure it is up to date to prevent under insurance. They will require proof of value, so keep all your receipts as a basic precaution to prove you spent the money in the first place. Given the time value of money, you should find if you have bought well that the collection has a higher value than that paid, so if you want to insure for full market value you will have to get a regularly updated valuation done by a third party such as a reputable dealer or similar. If you go down this route your premiums will increase proportionately and they generally seem to be a bit less than 1% of the collection value. Depending on the total value they will demand various levels of security on the doors and windows and if high enough may demand a full blown system with Red Care or similar where the alarm is connected to a monitoring company together with an insistence that they be kept in a safe. If a safe is required, get one that is big enough not to be portable, otherwise a thief would simply walk off with it and open it later.
  14. Rob

    Automatic toner

    Here we go. A dozen or so pieces all Charles 1st hammered, all cleaned and now retoned. One item is lot no. 8314352465 if the following link doesn't work. charles 1st 1/-
  15. Rob

    Automatic toner

    Don't forget the other two products for sale. item nos. 3978798869 and 3978801028
  16. To give an idea of value you will have to post a picture. However, 1925 is one of the rarest years for half crowns in the last century. Hopefully it won't have been cleaned as this will detract from its value considerably. If it is uncleaned, unworn and with no knocks or marks to speak of i.e. in top grade you will be looking at a sum well into 3 figures. Condition will be everything.
  17. Rob

    Automatic toner

    Footandankle is more of a buyer than a seller historically, but rockinghorsepoo, fenlord and thistledoonicely are dealers. fenlord sells mostly dug up hammered and is based in Cambridge, rockinghorsepoo is in Durham and acts as an outlet for one or two big spenders' surpluses, naming no names. The third is based in Warrington and leans towards hammered. A few other names in the list have been buying up lots of cheap lower grade items recently and are relative newcomers. For these the clue is probably in the number of feedbacks. Anyone with a 3 figure feedback in a month or two where the purchases are mostly low grade is either spending money for the sake of it or buying to pass things on quickly. After all, if you want to collect washers, you can get a box of 100 for less than a quid in the DIY store. the low price high volume approach can be very productive, a £2.99 starting price trebles your money if you only paid 99p. If it looks a bit better, you might make 10 times the cost. All very worrying given that one of the products is basically a variation on polyfiller.
  18. Rob

    Automatic toner

    It might be prudent to note the list of buyers of this item plus the other two "repair kits" currently offered by the same seller. There are some names on the list who frequently offer higher value and rarer pieces on ebay. The other lot numbers are 3978798869 and 3978801028. Sorry, don't know how to insert links.
  19. As you appear to have cleaned it to make it shine, it will probably be worth less than it was before. Cleaning coins is not recommended. You will need to post some pictures for anyone to accurately grade and hence value the coins as condition is everything, particularly for the 1742 which is rarer than the 1806 which is quite common even in high grade.
  20. Rob

    A big fraud on eBay

    And for my final posting on this topic, the high bidder likes the seller. Of the last 9 things he has bid on, 8 were from the same seller where mostly he came second despite the eclectic mix of items and the on the ninth they bid against each other. Clearly no connection thus.
  21. Rob

    A big fraud on eBay

    And I forgot to mention, a very expensive and expansive taste in numismatics.
  22. Rob

    A big fraud on eBay

    The high bidder is ancient_aramic for both items. Could be the seller given the same ebay name configuration i.e ancient connotations separated by underscores. Private feedback too.
  23. Rob


    6528956125 because I let the vendor take it for £1100 last November and within 2 minutes thought - "you silly sod". Sorry, I don't know how to add links, so you will have to access it via another posting.
  24. The Cheshire Collection that Emperor Oli is drooling over in a separate thread and currently listed on ebay is a prime example of an interest in maximising the return when selling. I'm 99% certain whose collection this is and if right, 100% certain he is English. The idea that English collectors are not interested in profit will clearly not apply in this instance - so I'm on Wybrit's side. They are all slabbed and some have been acquired and slabbed very recently, presumably for the auction. If estimates are reached, the seller will be quids in over a very short space of time -grrrr, should have bid higher.
  25. Rob

    Colourful toning opinions

    Correct, such as dip them.