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1949threepence

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  1. 1949threepence

    The McGowan Collection

    The best postage from the US is USPS (United States postal service) tracked. I Forget the exact cost, but it was very low. The item I got from Bob @RLC35 was posted on 16th July and arrived on 25th to be signed for by me. Could not fault it. Here's a screenshot of the latter part of the journey:-
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    Had a field day on e bay......

    As I've now virtually completed the Edward VII and George V series of pennies (with one or two notable exceptions) I decided I would buy the entire series of George VI currency issue pennies, in one go if possible, and so scanned e bay for worthy candidates. Bought the lot bar one, apart from distinguishing between the three 1937, and two 1940 Freeman types. Can do that later. Of course, with George VI, the prices are much, much lower than with previous reigns, and there's a plethora to choose from. This means you can pretty much take your pick. So I decided my criteria would not necessarily be to relentlessly pursue BU full lustre in every case, but instead concentrate on eye appeal and most importantly, obtaining issue free specimens. I managed this successfully, including 1950 and 1951, with one exception, the 1944. To be sure, there were a large number of 1944's available, but the quality was slightly disappointing. Another day for that one, and the different Freeman types, but overall very pleased. Just got to wait for them to arrive now. Hope there's no hitches in that direction.
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    Had a field day on e bay......

    Interestingly, under the heading George VI (1936 - 52), in relation to mint darkened coins, Freeman says this:- "Some pennies of other years also appear to have been treated with 'hypo' unofficially" ETA: With regard to 1944 undarkened, I found this - no idea how experienced or knowledgeable the guy is, but he sounds as though he knows his onions. Of course, the last paragraph takes me back to my thread on mint darkened 1935 pennies (or the possibility thereof).
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    Had a field day on e bay......

    I can only find one on the LCA site, and that went with a double exergue 1940, both UNC, for £120 hammer, in June 2016 - link to
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    Had a field day on e bay......

    Thanks Terry - useful info.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Encased Farthings

    Encased US coin here if anyone interested
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    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
  13. Indeed. An exquisite, intricate design. As you suggest, very unusually high quality in these dumbed down times.
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    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.
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    More Pennies

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

    Curious 1868, with a wonky final 8 if anyone's interested - link
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Had a field day on e bay......

    Interesting that unlike the 147, Freeman doesn't ascribe them a separate number but instead a footnote, which reads: "Some specimens have a small elongated raised dot in the field above the E of ONE caused probably by damage to the die". Hence the fact that as in Bob's two, there will be differences in the appearance, as the die damage built up.
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    Had a field day on e bay......

    That's seriously scarce. By the way, thanks for the neat 1944, Pete. Arrived today.
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    Had a field day on e bay......

    The one I initially bought turned out, on inspection, to be an F217. Just had a further scan of e bay and easily managed to buy good quality versions of F219 and 221 - within 5 minutes. Whereas earlier I waded through......well, lost count........of 1940 pennies on advanced search, and after finding they were all double exergue, eventually lost the will to live with any more searching.
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    More Pennies

    The Royal MInt letter is of almost as much interest as the coin, especially as it's written and signed by the very knowledgeable Graham Dyer.
  25. But paradoxically, such a manifestly idiotic statement just reflects back on the intellect of the writer.
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