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  1. Most are a bit cheaper than Paypal, but there isn't much between any of them. Paypal however are less conventional when acting as a banker, being prone to holding on to your money at their discretion. Some of you may remember I fell out with PP in 2007 and received compensation when I took the case to the ombudsman for that reason. Wind the clock forward 14 years and it seems not much has changed. To make things easier for an international customer a couple weeks ago, I said he could use the wife's account to transfer the money (as he had done 3 years ago) rather than set up a bank transfer. Paypal are now holding the money indefinitely until they are satisfied it is legitimate. How they propose to do this is not explained. I can feel another Soho pattern coming on. I've never had a problem with a credit card payment. If only for that reason, people could consider prioritising payment by card over Paypal because there more people to consider than just the buyer.
  2. Do we know for certain that it is silver? If it was a trial struck before the dies were hardened, then something not fully struck up becomes a possibility.
  3. Rob

    NGC grading OMFG!!!

    There is a benefit to returning overgraded or not genuine coins for re-evaluation, but that benefit is entirely NGC's as it removes them from the population reports and enhances their reputation for accurate assessment. You also have the contentious assumption that a coin which was incorrectly graded in the first place, is then correctly graded at the second attempt. Given they supposedly use a fixed set of standards for grading, it should be inconceivable that anything submitted for re-evaluation receives a different grade second time around from the same TPG. A far better public service is offered by collectors who point out the inconsistencies.
  4. As per the title. Quite obvious. Probably just the one die.
  5. If it was an Edward VI Bristol shilling with this as the initial mark, I'd be happier We shall see how much interest there is. I might keep it if nobody wants it, but I already have a 1st bust SSC shilling.
  6. Google Chrome did an update last night. Maybe that's the issue. Mine's a bit sluggish this morning.
  7. Rob

    Mungo Park

    According to Krause, Gambia did 5 0.925Ag 20 Dalasis silver proofs that year on various subjects (World Cup, Queen Mother, Endanged Wildlife, Mungo Park and Olympics 1996, but no other denominations for Mungo Park.
  8. Things do genuinely go missing as opposed to joining 'The Collection of a Postman'. My parcel of stycas to Paris three years ago which ended up in Tahiti, and a couple of lots from a Heritage sale in June 2006 that did a 7 month tour of the world's postal service before returning to Dallas, both spring to mind. Very few properly tracked items go awol, and then I presume it's mostly down to being put in the wrong sack, or quite legitimately, the auto reader/sorter can't decipher the address label correctly.
  9. Quite possibly. Venues are a mess at the moment. The regular bookings of pre-Covid are essentially cancelled and people are starting from scratch. Wakefield happened last month for the first time since lockdown in ................Huddersfield. No Wakefield in Huddersfield or Wakefield next month due to a prior booking - probably a Christmas party even if it is the end of November. Wakefield is back in Huddersfield for January and February with a possibility that Wakefield will be in Wakefield at the end of March, though sticking with Huddersfield given the better room lighting would be preferable. Simple.
  10. Which basically means that without being able to view because Kent is a long way to go and they no longer go to Wakefield, that bids will be few and far between from me. I'm not sure where it will be held, so will have to wait for the catalogue to arrive in order to find out. That doesn't look very good from the surfaces perspective. I've never seen a solid raised narrow rim before as they usually have some tooth detail. It would be good to see if the edge is milled as it should be
  11. Rob

    NGC grading OMFG!!!

    I'm going to say dye polishing lines - trying to remove the colour seen inside the crown.
  12. Looks undergraded at aEF. Mine is better, and was previously in a 66 slab ex Terner. Apologies for the faulty auto-focus.
  13. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    There are a lot of people out there who refuse to accept that these are modern copies. A few days ago I was asked by someone who wanted me to authenticate some American 1940s cent rarity. I recommended he use PCGS or NGC as I knew nothing about US coinage and US coinage was their bread and butter. He said he wanted a professional to do this as he had no confidence in them. He had paid his subs to both companies and submitted a load of coins as he had all the rarities - 1933 penny, 1954 penny...... and they hadn't authenticated a single one. So he reiterated he wanted a professional appraisal. I suggested he use PCGS or NGC as US coinage was their bread and butter. I could go on...........
  14. Buy two or three, mix and match the trays to suit your requirements, and move the surplus on.
  15. Is that the same reverse die as mine? The 3 is a good match. If so, it is a later strike as yours has rust spots.
  16. I'm struggling with the microscope to get a decent image of the remnants of the plume, but viewed obliquely, it is better
  17. Another one for the collection - purchased from me. It had been on the website for 5 years with b****r all views or interest at fairs, so in keeping with my philosophy of buying stock wherever possible which I would be happy to absorb in the event of it not selling, I have gained A while ago there was a discussion about a 1723 SSC 6d which I can't find right now, but the discussion about the 3 being over a 7 prompted me to dig a little deeper, and as I suspected the reverse die is a reworked 1717 R&P die as there is a trace of a plume under the base of the C in the first quarter. So, a new variety, with S over a sideways S and R over B in BR on the obverse, and 23 over 17 on the reverse. R over B is noted in ESC, but nothing else.
  18. That's a good obverse! I don't have anything on it at the moment, but I'm currently ploughing through catalogues to image a lot of assigned provenance coins.
  19. Or this 1697B halfcrown has both large and small rust spots on the obverse.
  20. And this 1762 quarter guinea has a few on the obverse too
  21. The only real option if the coin is genuine is a rusted obverse die. It is somewhat comforting to see there are no spots on the reverse which you would expect to see if it was a cast copy, as casting bubbles would almost certainly be on both sides. Rust spots can be big or small. Here are a couple of coins from rusted dies. A Henry VII angel with a heavily rusted obverse.
  22. Could be the same situation as with the dump halfpenny no obverse stops, where I suspect that a guide stop was lightly tapped in, but was never completely entered, leaving you with just a pimple that could easily be filled. To be a genuine 'no stops' I wouldn't want to see a trace of anything, even in high grade, and as a result I think the jury is still out as to whether it really exists.