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  1. Probably. Covid ensured they had a couple years to trial in house auctions without people attending, so they will have the figures to compare with the previous returns obtained when the sales were in the hotel. One can only assume the returns in the current buoyant climate persuaded them to continue with the in house sales. As it stands, there is no need to hire the hotel room for a few days, move all the lots from the office to the other venue together with about a dozen people involved in the sale who would also have to be put up in hotel accommodation for a couple nights. Whether it is sustainable in the future - who knows? Based on the lower estimates (£1.420m) for the featured lots listed as of 20 minutes ago, the commissions just on these few lots ought to give a good start for their sale income, assuming all find a buyer and the vendor isn't being too greedy. I would hazard a guess that the status quo will prevail until such time as income takes a hit, because any business is essentially a numbers game.
  2. Rob


    They just can't resist using performance enhancing substances.
  3. ???? Sorry, what's Vienna got to do with an F24?
  4. That's an 1882H, no? The 6 has been reworked looking at the varied toning and the 3 looks to be a 2 with modifications.
  5. I use Hiscox. Premiums for most insurers are about 0.5% of value insured and have been consistently so for quite a while. 10 years ago the premium was normally halved for being in a bank vault.
  6. Rob

    Cabinet Friction

    Not necessarily. I usually place my coins with the concave side down (if applicable). Otherwise I will store them obverse up, as people seem to be more forgiving of slight friction to the reverse than for the obverse, or if one side is already more obviously worn than the other, then I will put that side down. Date side up is probably coincidental with collecting a denomination, where the only obvious difference is the date (eg. bun head pennies) with the minute detail differences frequently requiring a glass. Been there, done that with halfpennies and shillings - which is partly why I decided to refocus in 2008.
  7. It's a grey area. If you are willing to bid up to XXXX, then you cannot complain if it costs you that amount. It's the circumstantial evidence of never winning anything at a figure below my max that irks, especially when everyone else tells the same story. It raises suspicion but isn't in itself proof of wrongdoing. The solution is to get someone to bid in the room if you have someone willing to act as your agent, but not many people have this facility available.
  8. A great shame it is going through Noble, as the knowledge I will only ever win something at my maximum bid means I gave up on them years ago. I don't know anyone personally, but has anyone else ever won something at a price below their commission limit?
  9. Difficult not to if you believe in the freedom to believe in or display anything other than the characteristics of Erdogan and his ilk. I suppose you are allowed to be a Kurd as long as you don't profess to want your own homeland. Not too keen on his migration towards the religious elements either - religions are divergent in every respect expect for one and that is the unwavering belief that any other religion is profoundly wrong. So many peaceful existences sacrificed on the altar to the great God of Intolerance.
  10. If a die was used until deemed unsuitable and if only the faulty die was exchanged, it stands to reason that more than one die will be known paired with a specific die. A good job really, as the pairings observed give useful information for the chronology, and in the case of a simple series can demonstrate the order of die use from start to finish.
  11. 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.
  12. Halfpenny 3 punch possibly if the small protrusion to the right of the upper section is related. My screen also shows a thin line continuing across the vertical level with the base of the top bar.
  13. Rob

    BCW AN-1 Elizabeth Halfpenny

    Yes, but the portcullis is double struck (at least). Use the translated strike and it is in the right place. The question is which bit refers to which impression - which is why I said 'I think'
  14. Rob

    BCW AN-1 Elizabeth Halfpenny

    That's all right. I think this is the same obverse die as the Cypher over Anchor I got from you. Different reverse though.
  15. Rob


    I have to say that I don't think we could have wished for more considering we took in someone with whom we have nothing in common for as long as it takes. She will have been here for 4 weeks this coming Friday. Language is a bit of an issue as it is proving difficult to find her work where there is minimal customer contact, but every day I hear a few more words used, so hopefully within a few months the communication problems will reduce. The first few weeks have been a bit labour intensive on my part carting her around to get the basics sorted such as signing on, registering with a doctor, taking her shopping, trying to teach basic English and write benefits logs and job applications etc, but that's part of the deal when there's no common language and will ultimately pay off when she is able to stand on her own feet comfortably. Frankly, the above post where someone claims they have spent a lot of money on the refugee is complete b******s. Additional costs for taking someone in - a gas safety certificate and some energy, set against which the host will get £350 a month paid in arrears for the first year. There's no obligation to feed them at your expense, though most would at least until cashflow is established. The host would be quids in if calculated on an honest basis, even if food was provided. How much does a set of house keys cost for God's sake?
  16. And do they both use Davies groat obverse 1, or is one a later obverse (apparently from the threepences)?
  17. I reckon so. It is the only way you can reconcile a third head (where the earliest known use is 1880) proof sixpence obverse paired with an 1839 reverse. The mint shut for refurbishment in 1882 when the old Soho presses were replaced, making this a possible terminal date for the sets, unless the die fixing mechanisms were compatible. I suspect they ran off a handful to order in this late period, the number of said sixpences extant giving a rough estimate of total sets produced. There was one in a Heritage or Goldberg(?) sale a few years back, but the sale date eludes me at present, so I would have to check the library. I vaguely recall it had the opposite die axis to the sets with the regular obverse sixpence, which leads me to think that the 1839/41 halfpenny in my possession may well be concurrent with this oddball sixpence as it also has an inverted die axis and is correspondingly rare, contrary to the regular 1839 or 1839/43 halfpennies. There is an 1839 proof groat with an inverted die axis, noted in ESC as being rarer than the regular en-medaille proof. Is this a third instance of a late strike? If so, the scored reverse would tie in well with the article I wrote in the BNJ about the inverted die axis 1841 halfpennies, where they had used the same worn reverse die. The condition didn't matter as the obverse was the die of interest. By extension, it is also possible there are trials extant of all the denominations if there had been a long period without any 1839 sets produced.
  18. Perhaps it was nothing to do with an 1862 proof groat at all. Maybe they were trying out replacement obverse dies for the late run of 1839 sets.
  19. I think I'll wait for a later version - which may well not be the 8th edition. Better still, just use my own database.
  20. I had a not far off as struck gilt 1854PT which I sold to a forum member in 2006.
  21. Bits missing from letters are usually filled dies, and much less often from a broken punch. In the case of the latter, the character would normally be repaired, e.g an 'F' with the bottom bar added separately to make an E.
  22. The dies have had the fields polished to differing degrees. The greater the percentage of field visible, the more it has been polished, and the corresponding reduction in peripheral relief detail is clear.
  23. Rob


    Thanks for the suggestions folks. Google translate is where we ended up. It's far from perfect with quite a few hovercrafts, some self inflicted when the wife switches from English to German in mid-sentence, but also when you speak too fast, or maybe it can't cope with accents so well, as it produces garbage on occasion in both directions. But, it's workable, which is the main thing, and has comedy value to lighten the mood. Ah, the wonders of algorithms.
  24. I reckon it would be outbursts of bad, probably manifested as war, which are overcome by good in whatever timescale, only to have recurring bad periods etc. until time runs out. Some leaders are naturally aggressive, greedy and incapable of resisting the temptation to take someone's land, resources, wealth, right to live etc as we see today. Good people can be 99% and the bad 1%, but it only takes one despot from the 1% to screw things up because of the destructive energy at their disposal. They always intend to be the last man standing in a fight.
  25. I take your point about PCGS' procedures, but it still doesn't address the question of how do I distinguish between those treated with solution (MS something?) and those that are 'PCGS or NGC blue'? Call me old fashioned, but I like to receive a coin that visually is at least a close fit to the colour and tone as listed at the time of purchase. If I was to purchase the coin in question and armed with the knowledge that it started out as a brown coin, would I receive a blue coin or a brown one? It matters because I have bought a blue coin in the past that actually turned out to be blue in hand and I wasn't overly impressed. Assuming I am addressing Mr Rix, in 2008 I purchased a coin from yourself whilst still at NEN which was euphemistically slabbed NGC MS63BN. See below for a good approximation to the colour. It's so unnaturally coloured with an even blue sheen across the whole surface that nobody could reasonably defend it as un-tampered with. The slab even had a little blue sticker which matched the coin's colour to perfection - designer colours? On a serious note, there is a genuine credibility issue here when the images don't reflect reality.