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  1. Peckris

    Come on ENGLAND

    Kane and Maguire Jumping ever higher In Russia you know where it's at And no-one's getting fat except Mama Cass
  2. I'm more drawn to the sticky-fingered child theory. I find it harder to envisage a collector buying a proof set (which had to be applied for, by the way) then spending it especially when you consider that coin collecting was not an arena for the working classes of that time.
  3. Peckris

    My Latest Acquisition

    Not nearly as rare as they were considered to be in the 60s. And they probably all got saved and escaped the Great Silver 3d Meltdown.
  4. Peckris

    Propaganda ART in coins

    I'm not sure how the values of precious metals were established, but I would guess by market forces. Certain Roman emperors and Tudor monarchs - with varying degrees of slyness - reduced the silver content of coins, to reduce mintage costs or clear debts. If they had simply been able to declare that silver was worth more than it had been, and reduce the content in the coinage openly, I'm sure they would have done so.
  5. That would be impossible considering the enormous force with which the die hits the blank. The only way IMO is to repunch the erroneous letter, which would certainly leave some trace of the underlying letter. That is obviously not the case with the ONF penny for example, where it's a case of die fill through gradual process, not a stray piece of metal. Where a piece of metal does stick to the die - a brockage for example - it survives only for a single subsequent strike, which is why brockages are unique.
  6. I think perhaps we should leave Larry alone. He didn't start the offending topic about Water Aid, and the person who did has now apologised for certain statements made attacking other members. To that extent we should draw a line under all this, as it's not serving any purpose. I doubt that the politics of the majority of members here strike much if any sympathy with me, but this is a coins forum, and we'd be better off banning politics and religion outright. Even in the 'Nothing whatever to do with coins' forum. Here we can meet on a numismatic footing and let's keep it that way.
  7. I'd have to disagree there Larry. I'd say the far right is fascism, i.e. Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, et al. Capitalism is the underlying economic model of the West, and we all - for good or ill - subscribe to it to some extent or another. Socialism is GENERALLY thought of as left wing, though not as far left as Marxist. However the waters are muddied by the kind of 'National Socialism' employed by Hitler, which was socialist in that full employment was achieved, autobahns were built, and there was a strange kind of touted equality. It was extreme right though, in that it used thought control with propaganda and mass rallies, not to forget the awful genocide. Social liberalism is often regarded as centrist, though economic liberalism - espoused by Thatcher and Reagan - is a mark of the right.
  8. To all those who decry the value and effectiveness of charities - another example I could quote is 'micro-economics'. This is where absurdly small - by our Western standards - loans are made to people in Third World economies to start up a very small business, often something like selling street food. The transformative effect of this not only on the people directly involved, but also the wider community, cannot be overestimated.
  9. That looks like a simple 'doubling' caused by recutting the date - my 1858 is exactly like that (though possibly without the protuberance on the 1)
  10. I'm not - I'm looking at alfnail's big enlargement picture he posted, and I quoted.
  11. The twofold problem with that theory is: 1. If 1859 dies had already been prepared, why strengthen an 1858 die for continued use? 2. Even more problematic - how does this theory account for the projection out of the 8 (top right) which a 9 could not have accounted for?
  12. Peckris

    Market stall - Barnstaple and South Molton

    Rather more recent! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutton_United_2–1_Coventry_City_(1989)
  13. Peckris

    Market stall - Barnstaple and South Molton

    Didn't they once do a mega-giant killing in the FA Cup - someone like Coventry in the days when they were a top club?
  14. A 9 would be illogical unless they'd seen Back To The Future. My guess is that it could be a 5 - 1855 is a very common date for pennies.
  15. Peckris

    Come on ENGLAND

    Yes, that was the one time in the match that Columbia played better than us - and the first half of extra time. Not in this thread he didn't.
  16. Not so. It was done to counteract the drastic shortage of small change - which is also why the trade token issues became so widespread. The fact that the fakes are so obvious was to 'evade' the strict laws against counterfeiting, and there is a huge demand for them in the US. If forgers had wanted to make money they would have done as they did from 1816, which was to silver wash copper forgeries of the silver denominations. The forgeries (or 'evasions') of 18th Century coppers wouldn't have made the forgers much if any money as they contained roughly their own weight of copper value.
  17. Peckris

    Come on ENGLAND

    At a World Cup! We won one at Euros 96. But I'm still dreaming.. Surely we can beat the Swedes?
  18. Peckris


    Since Corbyn is no further to the left than the average Cabinet Minister of Attlee and Wilson's Governments, (he's certainly not as far left as Benn or Bevin), then I think you're simply reacting to a straw dog created by the likes of Northcliffe, Desmond, and the Barclay Brothers, who are all non-domiciled press barons who don't give a sh*t about Britain as long as the £ keep rolling in.
  19. The problem here is that if such marks are imperceptible not only to ordinary people spending money, but also the local and police authorities, it's self-defeating; how would anyone detect a forgery to begin with? And why major on base metal coins anyway - surely the effort would have been put in to stamping out forgeries of silver and gold?
  20. Peckris


    I'm going to get a red one before Brexit happens. As for Corbyn, you mean to say you're not absolutely horrified by the prospect of Jacob Rees-Smog?
  21. I very much dispute this. However you must recognise that to many collectors, the 'history' surrounding a coin is tied up with the actual (intended) design on it, plus the social and economic milieu that prevailed at the time of striking, plus major factors in changes to the coinage (the William III 'Great Recoinage', the 1816 Recoinage, Matthew Boulton, tokens, shortages, forgeries, changes of metal, etc etc), plus rarities, plus patterns and proofs - in fact there is so much to endlessly interest us that very often minutiae such as accidental die damage is left a long way behind. Obviously we are all different, and some collectors ARE very interested in such things especially if not recorded elsewhere, so live and let live I say!