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  1. Many of these collections named other than the person involved contain an oblique reference related to the collector or where they live(d). e.g. North Yorkshire Moors - he worked there at some point. Slaney, middle name of the person who put the collection together. Alderley and Cheshire collection - they live there. etc etc. To throw people off the scent, I shall name my collection the 'Oddball Collection' given its eclectic character.
  2. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    It's not too much over melt and the reverse shows it to be an 1899P which invariably sells at a premium. Even if the obverse is a mess you can only lose 10 or 20 quid at the most. I don't think the vendor had much idea of what he was selling, o/w he would have put up a wrong image of an 1899 P.
  3. Rob

    Alternative coin storage

    You can get quite reasonable rates on insurance - say 0.4-0.5% of sum insured, and that figure will halve if you use a bank for storage. In reality, you will never look at the collection in its entirety more than a handful of times, but a policy that will give you cover for a smaller amount outside the bank/home allows you to study groups of coins of interest or gives the opportunity to show a couple pieces if giving a talk. You can set the lower limit at what you feel you will need.
  4. I've just taken one out of a slab and increased its value. With hindsight, I probably should have doubled it. Same description for type though I lowered the slab grade. Unslabbed, it was free of the baggage of a small number which frightened off all those collecting by numbers.
  5. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for pennies, I still regret being underbidder on the Adams coin. Such is life - must put money where mouth is.
  6. I can't confirm if it is true, but I'm lead to believe there are only two mint state examples available. There's one in an MS65(?) slab with questionable colour that was on Cooke's site for years and another in a private collection which definitely doesn't have any problems.
  7. A tad steep, but I'd still give him £100 for it and would go higher but for the spots. It's the best year by a country mile. Book of £90 is mean.
  8. It still requires someone who believes in the slab and his valuation to buy it. There's a huge number of people who only buy the slab number, so someone might go for it at that level.
  9. FEATURE The counterfeiting of British Victorian £5 gold coins in the 1960's The Public Records Office, Kew, has been recently given a "make over" and renamed the National Archives. Here are deposited the record books and official files of the Royal Mint. British law usually allows these to be examined after thirty years. One of these files, prosaically named: "Requests for examination of £5 pieces", Ref.2, allows us to find out about the glut of counterfeit £5 pieces which entered Britain in the late 1960's. The file is documented to cover the periods 1965 to 1969. It starts with a request, in November 1965, from the Customs and Excise to the Royal Mint to examine a 1887 £5 gold piece. This piece was one of a number imported from Kuwait by a Mrs.Akel, a Birmingham jeweller. It was alleged she was selling these pieces on to other small jewellers in the English Midlands. G.P. Warden, a principal scientific officer at the Mint, reported the piece was a counterfeit. This was based on the low weight and density of the piece, the incorrect number of millings on the edge and a number of visual defects on the coin. From the density of 17.05g/cc Mr.Warden estimated that the coin contained about 89% gold as against the 91.66% found in the genuine coins. The file contained a photograph of this coin and it is reproduced below. Photograph showing the 1887 Jubilee gold £5 ex. Mrs.Akel Type Weight Density Millings Mrs.Akel counterfeit 39.7204g 17.05g/cc 188 Genuine coin 39.87549 to 40.00507g 17.45 to 17.55g/cc 184 The file does not detail the visual faults of the counterfeit but examination of the photograph reveals a number. On the reverse, the body of St.George had not been completely "made" during the striking operation. Both The file does not detail the visual faults of the counterfeit but examination of the photograph reveals a number. On the reverse, the body of St.George had not been completely "made" during the striking operation. Both sides contained a large number of pimples and depressions. The pimples were especially noticable on the table next to the body and leg of St.George and on the bottom part of Queen Victoria's veil. There is also a small die crack visible near the top right hand side of the I of Victoria.
  10. There was a piece written about the 'Beirut' copies of 1887 £5 & £2s that came out of the middle east in the 60s. Attached are a couple of images showing the approximate die axis of the two copies and the bit that was written. Note the milling differences for the £5. FWIW, I think the £2 looks a bit iffy and the weight is low. Dodgy 1887 5 pounds.docx Doesn't seem to want to load
  11. Agreed, but he isn't trying to value it, just get as much as he can. And if someone bites..........
  12. Rob

    Sabine Schmitz

    Never heard of her.
  13. Rob

    1611 James I Shilling Mullet over Bell

    Same obverse die as mine.
  14. Rob

    New UNC Coins

    I wonder if they were restruck to produce another coinage? The RM has always done all sorts of non-currency strikes, which also offers a solution to the low numbers seen. And if you really want to speculate - how about the 1981 10ps being used as blanks for the uncirculated sets. Mintage of large 10ps for the period 1982 to 1992 is just over 1.9m. Add in another 955k or so for the proofs and you are left with approx. 0.5m. Does either total or both added together more accurately reflect the observed rarity?
  15. Rob

    New to collecting - my story so far

    The 1916 reverse surface doesn't look particularly natural to me. It may the coin has been over-dipped. It obviously has wear, so you would expect to see a little more toning rather than the uniformly flat surfaces. The 1887 is nowhere near VF. Somebody should be shot.
  16. That was fun, wasn't it. 12 hours and 2 minutes start to finish for 576 lots. There was some fairly ambitious bidding today. I thought I had done well in the morning session (which started at 10:00 and finished at 17:50) to make underbidder on one lot, albeit at nearly 3x book. When some things were going for up to 10x estimate and few lots reflected the book price, the overall results were always going to be good. Greg Edmund's comment that after half the lots in the morning, the lower estimate had been reached, was a good indicator of things to come. The afternoon session was halfway to lower estimate after 3 lots. On the plus side, I did manage to get 2 lots.
  17. Rob

    Henry III Double Struck Penny

    I think it has rotated nearly 180 degrees between strikes because you have HENRICV starting at 6:30 and NRICVSREX starting just past 12 o'clock. N & R are ligated and I'd say pellet in oval eyes, but still 3c. I'm not 100% sure about the mint, but it does look like it could end in OFER - which would be York. ION is everywhere which is unhelpful..
  18. Rob

    Possible Fake 1905 Halfcrown

    That's all wrong.
  19. Rob

    New to collecting - my story so far

    Fine, gVF but looks cleaned, aVF, nVF, VF and nVF. Don't worry about the grade if you like it - just don't pay too much without the necessary knowledge. Once you are up to speed it is possible to justify paying over the odds. At the end of the day, collecting is a selfish thing. It's all me me me.
  20. Probably having difficulty understanding the numbers, so he's used copy and paste from somewhere. He can't spell Leicester, so a lack of numeracy would merely be an extension of this.
  21. The Circular was online in the archive section until about 2011-12 when the previously very dysfunctional site was taken down and replaced by something a little less unpredictable. 15/6d for an 1857 penny was a lot in 1895 when the regular pieces were going for 9d up to 2/-. I see it was priced at about the same level as a Fine 1860
  22. I acquired mine for 350 when Stone sold up, which was ok given he paid 500 for it in Nicholson. Happy days