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  1. Rob

    After lockdown

    Do it yourself or get the wife to do it. 20 or 30 quid up front and 10 minutes using a no.1 or 2 as required. The storage box is always open and no appointment is required.
  2. Yep. Working at Harvard in the mid 80s I was struggling for a couple days to improve the sensitivity of a test I was doing and getting nowhere. I retired to the bar, had a skinful and woke up at 3 in the morning with the answer. Promptly went into the lab to put the solution to the test (before morning came and I had forgotten) and...................... bingo. Happy man.
  3. The only 1882/1H I've had was quite obviously so despite being F-VF. I was surprised to sell this fairly grotty thing on ebay in 2008 for about £50. I didn't keep the picture because it didn't strike me as desirable considering the nicer examples of 1882/1 out there.
  4. We've done one big shop since lockdown, having made a concerted effort to get to the bottom of the freezer. We've eliminated those by appointment to Queen Victoria and are now working on the Edward VIIs
  5. In the days before collars were used, milled coinage was typically of slightly varying diameter and not necessarily regular. Excess force applied in the strike or a softer blank than usual could lead to a spread flan. e.g. here's a G3 halfpenny with a lot wrong. The diameter is 31.0-31.5mm as opposed to the quoted 28.5 - 30mm. The obverse legend has OR over O. Only the weight at 9.43g is within the right ballpark.
  6. Amongst a bag of military badges, I have two unidentified things as pictures below. One has CMSE on the arms of the cross, and the diamond shaped pin clasp back fitting is too high quality to be jewelry. Any clues? Ta.
  7. Thanks chaps. Recyclable scrap it is.
  8. Rob

    Charles I Tower Mint Halfcrowns

    You've been busy!
  9. BINs automatically relist, so it makes sense as a seller to put them up and just let them go round and round. Listing is a pain in the ****. Also, competitive bidding is virtually non-existent, so why sell as an auction and only get the opening bid price, assuming it gets even one bid? You basically have to set the opening price at a level you would be willing to sell at given eBay take a fee for setting a reserve. With regard to the number of items listed on eBay, they long passed the level at which it was possible to view most of the offerings. 15-20 years ago the average number of listings in the Britsh section was around the 3000 mark with a significant percentage selling. As I write, this number stands at 424,780, which further reinforces the rationale for listing as a BIN - eventually someone will view it, and one day someone might even buy it! What is certain is that relatively few people will see it when listed for 7 days, but furthermore be willing to bid it up. You need a few interested parties to generate a good price. Given the advances in computers, storage, processing speed and general all round capability, it is only likely to provide facilities for an even greater number of listings. If the capacity is there it will be used.
  10. Yes and no. For traditional coin collectors it was probably the equivalent of today's denigrators bemoaning the latest RM output, but I would have thought as an issue for the masses it was probably quite acceptable, being something of an antidote to the economic depression and a contemporary example of art deco. It didn't really circulate, so the people who acquired one bought it because they really wanted one - just like modern day purchasers of RM promotions.
  11. Food isn't a problem at the moment, but might be by summer if we can't raise enough enthusiasm amongst the locals to start picking. There's no reason for a shortage of food in the fridge as long as supplies to supermarkets hold up. I'm surprised that electricity use has apparently increased with the lockdown. Fewer buildings used in industrial production and dramatically fewer train journeys, trams etc I would have expected to exceed increased home computer, TV and other uses. Judging by the prices at DNW yesterday, money is not an issue. In fact the prices would suggest that what would be normally spent on leisure, was being diverted into coins. Some of those were eye watering for what was a fairly mundane selection of numismatic items.
  12. The real uplift in house prices was in the 1970s when inflation was rampant and prices moved up pretty much in line with the inflation figures, and the 1980s when inflation was markedly lower than the previous decade. When we bought our house in 1982 it cost 22k. Seven years later it was priced at four times that (inflation over the 7 years would have increased it from 22k to 31k instead of the market value 90k). The early 90s saw a fall of 20-30% in places, with a subsequent pickup from the lower base making the market appear stronger, but house price inflation has been relatively benign since the turn of the millennium. Obviously there will be local differences. So for those with a job and a decent income, I don't think a great deal will change, though there might be more choice.
  13. I've had these too. The major flaw in the system is that I don't have a webcam. Now I know technology is clever, but I'm fairly certain it hasn't mastered the art of hooking up an unpowered webcam on the shelf in PC World or wherever to my computer and capturing images of me from afar. What happens if the packaging is facing the wrong way? How does it cope with the store shutters being down due to the virus?
  14. In my view the minimal wear to the lions' faces is at odds with the smoothness of the obverse. That's why I said I thought it had been lightly cleaned.
  15. US slabbed values are in the main hypothetical in this country. Conversely, the US will price according to the local market just as everywhere else does, irrespective of what anyone else thinks. In the case of number chasers, the coin appears to be secondary. That's why an MS65 (or was it 66?) 1901 penny sold for a few hundred dollars in the US being the only example on the TPG list with that label, but would only make a local price of a few tens of pounds. And using the above table, I would be over the moon to get £180 for a double florin in a 50 slab. You struggle getting that for a real gem unless it is the flawed 1 (which is in itself mis-priced, not being a true error).
  16. Perish the thought. I don't bid any more either. Pity really, as they do have the odd thing that you wondered where it was for years.
  17. But to what end? The penny die is much bigger compared to the shillings or sixpences and the coins are in different metals and thicknesses. I'm not sure what you could compare. Maybe if they had used die numbers on the halfcrowns it might have stood comparison.
  18. The obverse looks to have been lightly polished.
  19. The sparrows were nest building this morning as were the resident blackbirds. A mouse was noted pilfering the seed we put out for the birds six weeks ago. One hedgehog has reappeared, though I suspect mum and dad didn't make it as one was found rotted away in next door's garden when the lawn was cut and the other appeared on a neighbour's patio a month or more ago having been shredded by a strimmer(?). Last year we had 6 in total.
  20. I do like pennies - they just have to be a thousand years old
  21. Just buy plenty of bulk lots of pennies. They might be low grade, but will give you the info you need. I've got 15 or 20 kgs here just waiting for the lockdown to lift, and absolutely no desire to check for miniscule variations in tooth pointings.
  22. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Lovely crisp hair detail - looks like it could have been made yesterday. Sorry, last month given shipping and listing delays..
  23. Rob

    Charles I Half crown ID

    J G Brooker 321, Rodney Smith (Lord Smith of Marlow) and H H Snellenburg. The latter is likely to have bought it during the 1950s, but could be one of many collections.