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1949threepence last won the day on April 5

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About 1949threepence

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    Otherwise known as Mike
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  1. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    I have heard of non mint darkened specimens of 1944, 1945, and 1946 pennies - can anybody confirm? Or are they just showing variance in the extent/quality of the mint toning over the time involved?
  2. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    Indeed, well spotted. As Chris says though, they are rare. I'd bet that less than 1 in 100 of 1940 pennies on e bay are the single exergue line F226, in any condition.
  3. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    He always prices very fairly. I feel very fortunate to have dropped on a good quality one so relatively soon after starting to search. Never even thought about the possibility of Dave Craddock having a high grade one until this afternoon.
  4. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    aUNC - 30% lustre. You did well to spot that other one Pete. I searched e bay repeatedly and missed it. ETA: It's not marked as one, so I probably went right past it without checking properly.
  5. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    Actually Jon, I've got it on order. A few minutes after I bought the specimen above and made the post, I wondered if Dave had one. So on the off chance looked at his last list - and there it was. So I called him and he's sending it Tuesday.
  6. 1949threepence

    Encased Farthings

    Encased US coin here if anyone interested
  7. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    You're right, it is a bugger to get. I searched all UK 1940's the other day, and then searched e bay Canada, Australia and USA - still no luck. Finally spotted one this morning - got to be probably the 200th (at least) I've looked at. That gives some indication of just how scarce they are. It's only about GF, but at least I've got one. Was cheap as well. Will do until (and IF) a better one comes along. Was going boggle eyed looking 1940 single exergue line
  8. Indeed. An exquisite, intricate design. As you suggest, very unusually high quality in these dumbed down times.
  9. 1949threepence

    Royal Mint Proof Coins and Cleaning Signs

    Except there's an unexplained brown mark just under the left eye, in the South East corner of the picture. I'm assuming you didn't buy this direct from the Royal Mint.
  10. 1949threepence

    More Pennies

    It does Bob. Certainly the 8 is distinctly out of position. Never seen any other date oddities on an 1868.
  11. 1949threepence

    More Pennies

    Curious 1868, with a wonky final 8 if anyone's interested - link
  12. 1949threepence

    not for circulation,

    This is why I say it's a massive shame that there isn't a limited currency issue - and also a very small number of additional gold and silver proof versions.
  13. 1949threepence

    not for circulation,

    Yes, the gold has a limited edition number of 225, and the immediate selling price is £845. I'm thinking about placing an order for a gold version, simply because I really like the design. Plus you always retain bullion value.
  14. 1949threepence

    Amazon fake reviews

    270 to nil 5 stars would raise my suspicions immediately. That never happens so it's unrealistic. They'd be better introducing a few lower ratings to lend credibility. Most ratings on Amazon are totally genuine.
  15. 1949threepence

    Had a field day on e bay......

    It's the extreme scarcity in high grade which marks them out as very collectable, Pete. In my opinion at least. As you said, Dave Craddock has seen only one UNC 1946 ONE ' in nearly 50 years. That tells you they're as rare as hen's teeth in that condition. Probably rarer.