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  1. Further to the recent discussion regarding coin tickets and their attribution, the idea of having a stand-alone thread was mooted. Ideally this will be a list of attributed tickets alphabetically arranged by name with a different post for each person. It would also be useful if examples of handwriting attributed to distinguished past collectors could be added as this may assist in the future when confronted with an unknown ticket. There is a useful article in the 2001 BNJ entitled 'Coin Tickets in the British Hammered Series' by Robin Eaglen, but nothing directed towards milled coinage. A link to the BNJ article is http://www.britnumsoc.org/publications/Digital%20BNJ/pdfs/2001_BNJ_71_13.pdf It would help if the thread was a reference tool rather than a discussion board as this would keep the list clean and thus assist when searching. It would also help if admin were to contribute suggestions of what is and what is not possible when it comes to presenting the information in a workable form. I'm hoping (possibly unrealistically) that the ability of Admin to shunt files around can be extended to arranging the entries, or if not, at least an index at the head of the thread with the post number/name to aid searching. The ability to append information to an existing post would also be good.
  2. The first 6 is clear and unambiguous and consistently so across the date range, but the second is a thin winding line. I've seen this before, but never something that is unambiguously another 6. Anything with '6' as a last digit is invariably on a compromised coin. The Maundy 5s are considerably thinner than the farthing 5s despite being of similar height
  3. We were lucky in 1999 as we were in Germany and saw it from a point about 30 miles or a bit more west of Munich. Quite fortuitous as it was cloudy all morning, then it cleared up half an hour before totality. After the eclipse and within 10 minutes of getting back to Ammersee, it p'd it down for a couple of hours. Apparently, this was the clearest sky for viewing all the way across Europe until Romania. Quite chuffed as it had been a must do appointment in the diary for the previous 30 years.
  4. Nah, there's only one place in Wyoming worth mentioning - Armpit. See image from 1982. It's still there, but looking at recent pictures the walls of the sheds have been upgraded in the interim. When I was there, a guy lived in one of the huts over the summer, then went down into the valley during the winter to work on the oil wells at Lovell. As guests, we dossed in the other shed where he kept his dynamite and ammunition! The mining bucket in the right distance was inscribed 'Welcome to Armpit WY. The threshold of a new reality'. The place was one of three uranium mines from the 1930s, the other two being Groin and Earwax, both sadly no more.
  5. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1ymR82yFYnk&feature=share You couldn't script this.
  6. All is not lost - the tabloids are still printing.
  7. An error is simply that. There's nothing to say an overstrike should be logical, nor illogical. It could be absolutely anything.
  8. Hopefully the producer and scriptwriter
  9. Is anybody fluent in squiggles? Attribution of state and date would be appreciated. Weights as follows starting top left and clockwise 8.41g, 3.39g, 3.44g. 2.72g and the one in the middle is 0.41g. Thanks.
  10. Rob

    Indian Coins

    And the other sides.
  11. My eldest daughter was asked by her teacher, 'If the plural of hippopotamus is hippopotami. What is the plural of whataclotamus?' To which she immediately replied 'It's a whataclotareyou'. Result - 15 minutes extra work. Most unfair given the mental flexibility shown.
  12. Glad I'm not the only one. Try looking half a dozen posts up the page
  13. I too cubed some pie? What?
  14. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    We all are.
  15. More fool you for being a believer.
  16. That's normal. The E/N is quite obvious in hand. If it did exist for 1843, one could reasonably assume it likely to be the same obverse die carried over to the following year. E/N attached.
  17. The problem with all these bands of yesteryear is that their singing ability is mostly a pale reflection of what they were. People who remember the original albums and the contemporary concerts will have experienced the groups at their height. Today's vocals might as well come out of a care home, with tickets priced accordingly.
  18. It's not the first time a 20th century proof has gone through ebay. About 15 years ago there was a 1930 shilling listed which had all the appropriate attributes. Obviously I wasn't the only one who thought this, as I came a distant third despite going quite a few multiples of book.
  19. Rob

    Maverick Britain

    Not to mention overfishing. Many a quiet moonless night spent on Chesil Beach when the only thing you can hear is a boat's engine ticking over not far offshore. Needless to say, no lights showing That's where your fish have gone.
  20. Rob

    Maverick Britain

    That's because 40 or 50 years ago you could spend a couple hours on the beach and virtually guarantee a three figure haul. All the neighbours used to receive some foc. Those days have effectively gone, with typical catches of a handful to a few dozen caught on the odd occasion now in the same timeframe. They go in the freezer.
  21. Rob

    Charles I Halfcrown S. 2764 (?)

    The problem with established provenances is that they are lost with considerably more ease than they are found. A person's labour of love proving a provenance is instantly negated by the auction house cataloguer failing to record it in the sale catalogue. Any slab label will only provide one previous owner at best, which again negates all the good work done. Keeping the details on a coin ticket will only work as long as the ticket remains with the coin. Auction houses and TPGs are a bit hit and miss in keeping info with the coin. The point about leaving the wax is that any lost blobs from the impression then become part of the coin's relief detail, with the missing wax forming an identifiable feature in the auction catalogue. i.e it does matter that all of it stays.