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  1. Rob


    The Lauer factory was flattened by the RAF and as far as I'm aware the records lost
  2. Russians who want their snow cleared quickly this winter can just write "no to war" in it.
  3. 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.
  4. She was not amused on many occasions. The 12 jubilee head pattern halfcrowns dated 1884 bear testament to that. That bust took 3 years to be acceptable, only to be superseded 6 years later. I don't think she liked it from the beginning, as the 1888 and 1890 pattern crowns were the first incarnation of the eventually adopted veiled head bust.
  5. Rob

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    Peck was definitely not mainstream literature for the masses. At the time the second edition was printed, you were looking at around a fiver for a book. The same price as Seaby's were asking for a gFine Elizabeth I milled 3d or an EF Chas.II 2d. Colin Cooke once said to me that many of his customers didn't have reference books, and a good number didn't even have a copy of Spink/Seaby. The reluctance to 'waste' money on useful books is an age old problem. If you rely on CMV or whatever, coverage of varieties is a bit varied, with some pennies and milled coinage listed, but Civil War coins and hammered coins are not. Charles I Oxford halfcrowns for example are listed as from £350 Fine and £975 VF. That's it, one line to cover all varieties for everything. 100 years ago, Morrieson listed 102 varieties of Oxford halfcrowns in his BNJ article and that number is now larger. The same applies for all hammered coinage. Before I refocused the collection in 2008 I had a list of over 2200 halfpenny varieties documented or observed and over 1500 shillings, but that is hardly mainstream interest level. At that level, any discussion rapidly leads to the eyes glazing over and the shutters coming down. I suppose these days it is the internet that has become the equal to the written word and made the information available to a wider audience as it is searchable.
  6. Rob

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    Same applies. Still a recent phenomenon. A fraction of a mm difference in character size or spacing isn't an in your face thing that people who only want an example or two of a type are likely to notice. Variety collection is almost exclusively driven by literature, not from a desire to do the basic research. Nerds in every field have always been the exception to the masses, but until pen is put to paper, their research is shared only by a few interested people that bounce ideas off each other. They are the only people likely to have a big enough database of examples.
  7. Rob

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    Supply and demand. He has one available and none of you need one. It's a niche product. 10 years ago there was virtually no mention or discussion of wide and narrow dates, and I would suggest that demand is determined by the number of specialists rather than the average collector. If the general references used by the masses don't include these as varieties, then people are not aware.
  8. Rob

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    Doesn't look like it. 8/6 is quite obvious.
  9. There's no reason to assume that the average punter knows what he or she is selling. Every day I am asked if I want to buy coins, but when I ask what they have, the face goes blank. Yesterday I was offered a selection of ancient coins, including a 1917 penny and an 1896 penny - both of which you could read the date according to the vendor. The truth is, that most people neither know nor care what they have over and above it must be worth something, and if it's a hundred years old it must be worth a lot. You also have to consider the number of pennies needed to be checked on average for a rarity to appear. Under duress from she who must be obeyed to reduce the amount of my crap that fills every room in the house, I've just sifted through 50kgs of bronze to weigh in and didn't find a single one. OK, I was only looking for F164A, 1903 open 3, 1922/7 and any Victoria VF or better in the case of pennies, but even that small number of dates was a pretty tedious exercise.
  10. Although there are examples of clashed dies in all reigns for milled coinage, the numbers really seem to increase in the Victorian era (possibly due to a large increase in production). But somewhat intriguingly, they drop off significantly in the 1880s. In fact, I can't remember seeing more than the occasional piece from the last 120 years or more. I wonder if this is connected to the refurbishment of the mint in 1882? At that point, the old Soho equipment installed in 1815 was replaced. So 30 years down the line, perhaps the mechanism for introducing the blank became temperamental? It would be useful to know when Boulton stopped making coin presses, as this may have had implications for repairs and replacement parts. Quality example whatever.
  11. Losing the will to live here. For 1860, J & JA are given as sign on cape and JB as sign on cape away from edge. It's obviously not very important as it isn't illustrated, but please could someone give me a clue what the difference looks like given all are supposedly the same obverse D. Next question - what is special about the four repairs to Jd, Je, Jh and Jk which caused Gouby to list them? These are just a few examples amongst many of legend repairs, so what sets them apart? e.g. this thing here has repairs to CIDBRITRF&D, with the first T of BRITT partially filled, and the number of F10s produced dictates there will be many examples of repairs, to the extent that it's questionable whether they are worth recording as varieties for the general collector unless doing an in-depth die study. Ta.
  12. The reverse has a flaw through the 1st N
  13. The different place is noted in section 4 of Gouby's Specialist edition, the 3rd line of die pairs D+d. Whilst this isn't V over inverted A, I'd say the signature is over 50% off the base of the bust as opposed to less than 50% which I would classify as on the bust - hence the question. But I guess this could just be die wear/fill? Otherwise there doesn't look to be anything out the ordinary.
  14. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    More like a children's book of anatomy required, with a particularly large section on asses and elbows.
  15. Except that the edge milling is wrong. Diagonal milling was used on the 1787 silver for example, but Soho used a recessed groove with internal milling lines.To lose the raised part of the security edge would require 1/2mm at least off each face, along with a similar amount off the edge working towards the centre. If the diameter agrees with that rate of attrition, then I would concur re the partialy dissolved hypothesis. If the diameter is correct, then we have a conundrum.
  16. Rob


    Smiles all round chez Rob today Even bigger than the one when news of Stremousov's 'car accident' came through 2 days ago. Hopefully get an update in the not too distant future regarding the status of her home (or what's left of it). A potentially big problem is that Chornobaivka was a main base for Russians and according to its own wiki page about the war was that Ukraine hit it on 39 occasions before they abandoned it a fortnight ago, so praying there weren't too many stray rounds. Hopefully there will also be a resumption in communication once Kherson is safe(r) so she will be able to check up on Mum too. She lives just off the other end of the airport.
  17. 10 days old, but another gem from Darth Putin Day 250 of my 3 day war. My army advances backwards and I'm losing all my warships in a land war to a country that doesn't have a navy while my air force fires at Europe's largest country and misses it, hitting one next door. I remain a master strategist.
  18. Putin wanted to know if Zelensky was still alive... Zelensky himself decided to send Putin a letter in his own handwriting to let him know he was still in the game. Putin opened the letter which appeared to contain a single line of a coded message. 370HSSV-0773H Putin was baffled, so he emailed it to Lukashenko, and his aides had no idea either, so they sent it to the KGB. No one could solve it at the KGB, so it went to the CIA, then to NSA. With no clue as to the meaning. The FBI finally asked the Australian Military for help. Within a few seconds they called back with this message: “Tell that Neanderthal Putin he’s holding the message upside down." .
  19. Rob

    POST bandits

    Just went to the post office to send out an order and used stamps as close to the value as I could get. Special delivery is £6.85, so I used 7x1st and paid the extra 20p. This has added at least 1/2 a minute to the processing time because the guy has to count them, get the calculator and then work out how much more is due. Total waste of time. Given I have hundreds of stamps here, at least I can use them up in fairly short order as it's also 10x2nd for a special delivery and only 5p short. But it still takes the guy behind the counter the same time to process it, meaning I am going to waste approximately 13 minutes of his and my time in the coming days.
  20. Has anybody got a spare copy of the hardback version available? Please PM if so. Ta.
  21. It'll probably be Murdoch 213 which was given as ex Capt. Parr, Marshall, Addington and Montagu. It's not the Duveen coin (P1111), ex Wertheimer and Farouk that's listed by Peck, as that was VF and a bit worn from the images. Picture of the reverse would have helped, but there's only 3 types likely based on Peck - KP14, KP15 & R56
  22. Rob

    proposed heating payments this winter

    There is a trade-off here. Saves heating the room.
  23. Rob

    proposed heating payments this winter

    Just spent the week walking in the Lakes. To put things into context, the owner of the B&B we stayed said he is going to shut up shop shortly for the winter and not reopen until March so that he doesn't have to heat the house. His heating bill is increasing 4-fold to £22K on a turnover of 60K, so it may be cost effective for them to move into rented accommodation for the winter months. In contrast, my supplier has just realised that we spend less than average on energy and reduced the monthly payments. We have always turned off the lights when not required, done full washing loads, used the clothes line rather than the dryer wherever possible, only heated the rooms we use, turned off things rather than leaving on standby etc. Judging by the claims of some people, I suspect there hasn't been a lot of attention to consumption in the past.
  24. Farthings, halfpennies, pennies, sixpences and shillings tend to be of comparable size to the official coinage, but there is no comparable 3d in base metal. It is a token when all's said and done, as are any others. So with no 'official' spec for it, the only relevant thing is the value it represents. I was also underbidder on the less aesthetically pleasing Birmingham Workhouse 2/6d, lot 234. That's silver plated copper with the same 35mm diameter as the 3d, but only weighed 19.07g according to the catalogue despite a face value of 10x the 3d. There is no relationship to intrinsic value with any token coinage, as the whole point of it is to produce something that passes for a value higher than what it's worth as melt. Just as official coinage today.