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  1. True, but having 'seen' them once, it's not impossible that you start seeing them over and over again? In other words, retroactive scientific explanations for something that actually doesn't exist. The biggest question you've got to answer in relation to this is "Why? What's the motivation behind hiding lions and lambs on coins?"
  2. Not a good analogy. The 50s saw a change from shellac 78s to vinyl. The 60s saw the first audio cassettes appear. The 70s saw 8-track, and digital mastering. The 80s saw CDs. The 90s saw the first MP3s. This century has seen the download of digital music gradually change to streaming. Yet collectors of vinyl (especially), but even audio cassettes are thriving. It probably won't be too long before CD collectors start mushrooming. Cash goes much further back than the ability to own music recordings, so if there is a transition to a cashless society it will be a great sea change as cash has existed for millennia.
  3. The possible answer is a (even a slight) understanding of the way the human brain works. We are "geared" to see patterns in everything, probably stemming from the genetic necessity for babies to recognise faces almost before anything else. This weakens as we get older but it never dies out, and so we 'see' many things by forming a pattern that has meaning out of something that is completely random. People see the face of Elvis or Jesus or whoever in some item of food they've bought, or in clouds, or anywhere really. The picture below illustrates this perfectly:
  4. I started because I saw a 1672 farthing for 6d in a antiques/curios shop window, and thought it would be cool to have something that old, and dated. I was 15 at the time.
  5. Even before vinyl became passably fashionable again, record fairs were - and are - a thriving business. And who sends postcards now? Yet there's still a healthy market for them. People like little bits of history, particularly if there are rarities involved.
  6. Has anyone published a catalogue of Bitcoin yet, including all known varieties?
  7. Peckris

    1847 gothic crown

    There's an unlimited supply in China.
  8. Peckris

    1911+1912 H Both same rev?

    More than that - the thumb as well, which is slanted relative more to the trident than the hand on the one, but is a right angle to the trident yet quite bent on the other. The overall effect I would describe as "slanted fingers" and "straight fingers". The rims on the early George V pennies and halfpennies have very varied 'presence'. There was intended to be a rim of course, but the shallow reverse design relative to the deep cut portrait makes them almost disappear on some coins. It's purely a striking effect and not any indication of a variety as such.
  9. Peckris

    1911+1912 H Both same rev?

    Interesting. So the two types of 1912 have the same hand, but the 1911 is different. Worth digging deeper.
  10. Peckris

    1911+1912 H Both same rev?

    Some of it COULD be down to die wear, but the angle of the fingers on the trident is telling - that is very noticeable. The real question is, how does a 1912 compare? It's just possible that Heatons were either given slightly different dies to use, or they took on the task of engraving them themselves. If a 1912 is exactly the same as 1911, then it's a Heaton matter, but if the two 1912s are the same, then you've spotted a minor variety.
  11. Peckris

    1863 OPEN 3

    Well, if you will post topics with titles like "Is the bottom dropping out of the Penny market" what else do you expect!
  12. "A" dot or "the" dot? Please put a picture up.
  13. Spot on. Penny's bottom may be dropping out of her knickers there...
  14. Peckris

    1797 2d

    Not popular at the time due to size and weight. This is why so many have survived in GF - GVF, unlike the penny which is harder to find in decent nick.
  15. I'm afraid it looks like a clear fake to me.
  16. Peckris

    My Latest Acquisition

    Nice. I've always liked the first type 1911-13 better than the 1913-21 type. A well struck up example is a handsome coin though worn ones have shocking reverses due to the virtually non-existent rim.
  17. Probably it was much easier to cut away the matrix die which, like the finished coin, has the details in relief unlike a working die which is incuse. It's always easier to remove by cutting away than by filling in.
  18. Couldn't happen now... (I'm looking at you, VISA)
  19. The matrix for the obverse dies could have been used over and over again until 1874, as the obverse didn't change unlike the reverses where a new date numeral required punching for each year.
  20. Certainly EF, though I'm a bit worried by those parallel abrasions on the obverse, which may be the (temporary) result of wiping with a cloth, or having been cleaned once. A Spink ticket is worth having, but I'm not sure you'd want or need to go further back than that on a 1902 sixpence!
  21. The normal 1863 is one of the most common early bun pennies, as are the common varieties of 1861 and 1862. They were new so many got put aside. From 1864 they start getting scarce especially in top grades, but there are also squillions of different varieties - some extremely rare - between 1860 and 1861. It's a specialist subject in its own right - very complex.
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    Very true. But never forget, "You're born with nothing, so if you die in debt, you've made a profit."