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Bronze & Copper Collector

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  1. 4 hours ago, Diaconis said:

    Most people think that all testicles are pretty much the same, but there's a vas deferens.

    Apropos to the above:

     

    A man travels to Spain and goes to a restaurant near the bull arena for a late dinner. He orders the house special and he is brought a plate with potatoes, corn, and two large meaty objects. "What's this?" he asks?

    "The Matador Special, Senor," the waiter replies.

    "What meat is it?" the man asks.

    "Cojones," the waiter explains, "They, are the testicles of the bull who lost at the arena this afternoon."

    At first the man is disgusted; but being the adventurous type, he decides to try this local delicacy. To his amazement, it is quite delicious. In fact, it is so good that he decides to come back again the next night and order it again. This time, the waiter brings out the plate, but the meaty objects are much smaller.

    "What's this?" he asks the waiter.

    "The Matador Special, senor," the waiter replies.

    "No, no," the man objects, "I had the Matador Special yesterday and it was much bigger than this."

    "Senor," the waiter explains, "the bull does not always lose."

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  2. 16 hours ago, bhx7 said:

    So a bit of a long shot, and definitely one for all you bronze collectors. I have been going back through my Victoria half pennies and came across this one. A 1862 Half Penny with peculiar obtrusion's from under the F of HALF. I no longer have my microscope as it broke and I haven't got around to getting another, so have spent a good while trying to capture what I can see under a loop. I have also drawn a very crude sketch of what the F should be like and what mine is like. Has anyone seen this before? Is it noted somewhere? Any idea's would be appreciated. Thanks guys

    quick drawing of Fs online.jpg

    1862 penny with something under F of Half online.jpg

    F on 1862 Half penny online.jpg

    I believe it is what Iain Dracott identifies as a F over F in his Victorian Half Penny article...

    More defined than in my specimen....

    Nice example of the variety....


  3. 1 hour ago, Paddy said:

    Interestingly in the detailed description he does highlight that the apparently valuable coin is a restrike. Covers himself when the disappointed buyer realises his mistake!

     

    Tin NOT included!!!

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  4. 5 hours ago, blakeyboy said:

    I can't work out how it's done anyway- did someone tool the area flat, and then somehow remove a '0' from another penny

    and somehow fix it on?   Surely 'tooling' implies removing material, yet to do a '0' requires adding material?

    If that were the case, it would beg the question of what years are available to take the "0" from.

    I am probably missing a date as I am writing this without referring to a guide, but the only dates on copper pennies that have a "0" in the date are 1806, 1807, and 1860.... 1808 excepted as unique..

    I believe they have a method of softening the metal around the digit and moving the metal as required....


  5. 2 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    It is that.

    I thought the same as Bernie, that these must have been struck only 10's apart to retain such identical die flaws. Well, I thought that fleetingly before Bernie said it, but then dismissed it as the odds being overwhelmingly against such a coincidence. But logically, how else do you explain it? The longer the gap between strikes on two separate coins from the same die, the more any die flaws will have changed such that it becomes obvious under magnification. 

    Surely? unless I'm missing something blindingly obvious. 

        

    "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

    - Sherlock Holmes -

    (The Sign of the Four - Sir Arthur Conan  Doyle)

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  6. 2 hours ago, Peckris 2 said:

    You would expect to see the whole date, yes. However if it was only partly clogged so that the 4th digit was in lower relief, it would be the first to be worn away fully. My guess is that it's a late 1861 (Obverse / Reverse being the commonest types, i.e. as used for 1862-69) with the 1 worn away and not leaving any traces.

    I concur inasmuch as I think I see a shadow of part of the final digit which looks like parts of a 1.....

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  7. 1 hour ago, 1949threepence said:

    I regard this 1849 penny acquisition as the pièce de résistance of my pre 1860 Victoria copper collection. Even though it's meant shelling out a lot of money, it was worth it to get something as nice as this. Unfortunately I'm still having issues shrinking the pics, so obverse and reverse will have to go on separate pages as the lowest I can get each down to, is 287kb, and the max is 500.

          

    piece de resistance obv.jpg

    Magnificent!!!

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  8. On 10/25/2020 at 12:51 PM, Bronze & Copper Collector said:

    I might have found a workaround solution...

    I ordered this from Amazon:

    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07VDX2TVH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_4QALFbSH0V9A8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

     

    it's a 3 ring grouping, supposedly with the proper spacing for the 2 individual 3 ring sections of an a5 binder. If 2 if these are used separately,  you can make your own binder with the proper spacing between the 2 sections. Just make a front and back cover to protect the saved pages..

    I'll let you know how it works out when I receive the shipment from Amazon..

     

    The 2 individual sets of 3 rings worked out.... these were only 3/4 inch rings, but they matched the spacing as imaged.

    I just cut an unused plastic binder that I had to make front and back covers to protect the pages.

    Not a perfect solution, but for me it works.

    An additional benefit to this option, is that the pages lay flat and you can keep them with the updated guide book.

     

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  9. I might have found a workaround solution...

    I ordered this from Amazon:

    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07VDX2TVH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_4QALFbSH0V9A8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

     

    it's a 3 ring grouping, supposedly with the proper spacing for the 2 individual 3 ring sections of an a5 binder. If 2 if these are used separately,  you can make your own binder with the proper spacing between the 2 sections. Just make a front and back cover to protect the saved pages..

    I'll let you know how it works out when I receive the shipment from Amazon..

     

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