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  1. I'm not convinced it is genuine. The shape of the truncation is more akin to the penny, the weight is 0.4g below the 8g spec of the halfpenny, the tie ribbon area behind the bust doesn't match either penny or halfpenny very well, with the bottom curl detail as for a penny and the bit above reaching almost to the G, whereas on all the pictures I have available both are quite wispy.

    Compare with my halfpenny. Apologies for the scan and crap on the scanner.

    1786 IOM halfpenny.jpg

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  2. 8 hours ago, Diaconis said:

    It could be a 'She' Rob

    This offering from the same seller made me titter


    I'm sure it would stretch to a 16 or an 18 too if you put your mind to it. 


    Maybe it is a woman in that case.

    Not sure it would stretch to 16 or 18 - it's managing all of 2 at the moment.

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  3. Why would anyone who claims to know nothing about coins find one in a slab lying around the house? You might find a loose coin here and there, even if the coin in question is stretching things a bit, but not a slab. I suspect he genuinely knows nothing about coins, or would have realised the incongruity of what he is saying.

  4. Maybe the buyer only uses ebay for whatever reason. I've sold things to a couple buyers on ebay who promptly disregarded the business card included with the order, preferring to pay at least 15% more for something available on the website. You can only do so much to direct them.

    There are many people who will only use ebay/facebook/preferred dealer etc for purchases. There is a distinct correlation between ease of purchase on ebay and a reluctance to explore beyond the site, and presumably the same applies to members of facebook.

    The buyer could of course be taking a punt on something rumoured to be valuable - just like the numerous invitations to buy I receive of rare 50ps. Never underestimate the herd mentality of the general populace. Andrex anyone?

  5. Based on a mintage of 100K and a clear excess of demand over supply, it would place humans just below 20th in the British sheep populations by breed using industry statistics.

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  6. On 8/18/2020 at 4:04 PM, TomGoodheart said:

    Long shot, I know as it's an envelope not a ticket.  But anyone any ideas?  Cheers.


    I'm going to hazard a guess and say nobody important in numismatic terms. 'Very Rare Ancient British Coin' suggests a person who doesn't know too much about coins given the numbers known even in the 19th century, though I suppose the individual die pair is probably relatively rare

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  7. It is a disappointment, but by the time I pop my clogs there will still be plenty more unfilled gaps in the collection, so in that context not a disaster.

    However, some good came out of the 2006 debacle because I played devil's advocate and queried whether the coin had been shipped at all. At the time they used USPS which was tracked only within the UK. As it hadn't arrived in the UK, I queried how I could be certain it had left Heritage - after all, tracked should mean you know where it is at any point in the journey and not have to rely on hoping it reaches a point where tracking starts. After that they only used fully tracked Fedex or UPS, which although more expensive, did at least provide a chain of responsibility. I call that a win for common sense.

  8. 47 minutes ago, JLS said:

    I wouldn't give up hope on it being delivered or safely returned by the postal service...an item I sent to Singapore in February landed in my post box a few weeks ago, envelope was covered in stickers from Germany, who ended up receiving it in error - I assume it got stuck to something on the way...

    Yep, just like the parcel of Northumbrian stycas I sent to France that went awol for 10 days before turning up in Tahiti. Still, I suppose it is French, so close............

  9. 35 minutes ago, rpeddie said:

    is there an inventory list somewhere of what is missing from Stewart collection?


    Presumably there is, but I've never seen it. It's reasonable to say based on his English that it will be comprehensive with a mixture of choice and low grade examples. I don't know how many coins are involved, but presumably sufficient and varied enough to make disposal problematic.

  10. 1 hour ago, mrbadexample said:

    Financially, maybe, but what about the loss of a scarce coin to the collecting community?

    You own a number of coins that are probably unique, some of which you've likely had your eye on for years. What if they were lost on the way to you from the auction house? You are refunded, as is the auction house. Has anyone lost out? :unsure:

    Coins have always been lost to the collecting community. The mint has been melting demonetised coins throughout its existence, or in the case of current coppers is trying to withdraw as many bronze coins as they can. Burglaries such as Willis in the 1970s it must be assumed have resulted in a number of unique gold coins being melted for scrap because they haven't appeared in the market in the ensuing 45 years. Stewartby's Scottish collection is still missing, which although destined for a museum still constitutes a loss. It's a fact of life that many bequests are made to museums, thus saving the coins in question for posterity, but in the case of many, safe from the public. I would like to assemble a full run of Somerset mints, but thanks to the only Petherton in private hands (the Lockett coin) being donated to Somerset Museum, this is no longer possible. I have to live with it because I certainly can't do anything about it.

    On a personal level, as per your above point, the unique Freeman 689A did a 7 month tour of the world's postal system before finally returning to Heritage in 2007. It was accompanied by a Peck 1156, so a potential loss where there were 1 and 4 known respectively, but the money was reclaimed following their non-arrival and the coins subsequently repurchased at the prevailing exchange rate once they had reappeared. That is the only unique example I have that has gone awol in the past.

  11. Things are not normal as far as the PO is concerned as for some reason they continue to be in panic mode. A lot of things are not documented on track and trace at present, which is not altogether too surprising given they aren't asking for a signature on delivery. Although this is an internal shipment, there is no clear pattern as to how they are providing their service. I have had several items take an eternity where track and trace just said received at the post office, but then the next day something arrives quicker than the last half dozen shipments. When people ask me when it can be expected to arrive, I usually say any time in the next few weeks. For all the delayed items, nothing has gone missing with Royal Mail in recent times because even when you think something is lost it has turned up eventually.

    At the end of the day, it is insured, so nobody loses out.

  12. Edward IV half angel with mm. cinquefoil over pierced cross both sides. This is Blunt & Whitton obverse XX and their reverse XXI, though they don't record the reverse overmark which based on the underlying mark would be reverse XX, which they don't record. The extensive cinquefoil issues appear to approximately postdate the second pyx trial (1st December 1475) of the second reign.

    A notable feature of the cinquefoil group is the almost complete absence of muling with other marks, whereas prior to cinquefoil there is extensive muling of marks giving a clear chronological sequence. Only a single groat mule is known, where a cinquefoil obverse is paired with a XIX reverse. A characteristic of the this overmarked die is the 4 line ship whereas later cinquefoil coins have a 5 line ship. There is a cinquefoil 4 line ship from a different reverse die (TWW rev. 13) in the BM from the Clarke-Thornhill bequest in 1935, but it is not clear from an illustration if this is overmarked. Whatever, cinquefoil over anything is notable for its general absence and possibly only seen on the approximately 5 or 6 half angel coins extant. There appears to have been a wholesale withdrawal of existing dies, with completely new dies introduced for the new mark.

    For further reading of Edward IV & V gold coinage 1465-85 see Tim Webb Ware's excellent article in the 1985 BNJ. This coin from his dies 5*/14.

    c2200-Ed.IV half angel cinquefoil over pierced cross.jpg

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  13. They don't always enter the transfers in a timely manner, though have to say that Special Delivery has been the only part of the postal service that has functioned reasonably normally. I've had everything from a second class to somewhere south of John O' Groats taking one day, to a tracked to Liverpool taking 3 weeks. It is a genuine lottery.

    If it has unintentionally gone astray then it could go anywhere, including worldwide which might take a week or two to appear (from wherever) on the tracking. If it entered the international chain it is safe to say it will take a minimum of a couple weeks to reappear as most of my tracked international shipments have taken 2 weeks to be registered as leaving the country.

    Even though it went Special Delivery, I wouldn't panic yet.