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  1. Peckris

    Grading a folder coin

    I very much doubt if a coin would degrade to VF through being stored in a folder. If handled significantly, then it could go down to EF+ but pictures would help us. VF is a comparatively misunderstood grade that has actually changed over the years. Back in the 60s it was defined (I paraphrase) as "visible wear only to the highest points of the design", and it was strictly interpreted by the top dealers. However, there has to be a clear divide between EF and VF to account for difference in values. I would say that VF shows the complete design but can appear a bit 'blurry' due to the wear to - e.g. lions' faces, garter motto, monarch's hair, etc. If you want pictorial guidance, then invest in Derek's book on grading British coins as shown in the banner ad, top.
  2. Where have you been? Gates handed over to Ballmer (now it's someone else) around the Millennium!
  3. Are they genuine? There are so many high class fakes, I wouldn't believe this one unless it came with a RM cert of authenticity. Even then, I'd probably think twice, musing "The Mint? What do THEY know!"
  4. Peckris

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    This coin, along with several others, I have received as an inheritance. I do not say I understand that, I do not know when and where it was made. For information, I use the internet. Since I do not know the real price, I pop this item at a 1 cent auction. Yeah, RIGHT.
  5. https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/display-my-computer-icon-on-the-desktop-in-windows-vista/ It's now called "This PC " apparently in W10 but that article explains how you can add the icon to your desktop.
  6. For some ludicrous and unknown reason, sets of the current year go for insane prices, only to drop like a stone when the next set is issued. Twas ever thus with Maundy.
  7. It's called Chrome. It's a good browser if you don't mind Google spying on your every move. Firefox is not quite as good, but far less intrusive. There's also a very competent browser called Opera but probably not for the digitally challenged. Of course, you should stay away from Internet Explorer..
  8. You don't have a regular backup like Apple's Time Machine, or automatically backup your stuff like browser settings to Dropbox or iCloud? The advantage with all those is you don't have to do anything yourself once set up, as any change or addition will be detected and backed up. If not, then hopefully one or other of the suggestions made above will help.
  9. Peckris

    One Penny 1882

    Not mine, though I'd love to own it!
  10. Peckris

    Olympic 50ps

  11. Peckris

    One Penny 1882

    The best one I've seen is Victoria on her potty!
  12. Peckris

    Olympic 50ps

    Oy - there's a Champions League final before then! I'll either be happy or sad tomorrow night...
  13. Peckris

    A few newbie questions

    Though I have noticed some Americans using the "pissed off" form. One of the biggest laughs was when Phil Collins made a guest appearance in Miami Vice, and as a typical Brit one of his lines included calling someone a "wanker". "I can't say that!" protested our Phil, and explained to the producers what it meant. "That's ok" they replied. "Americans don't know the word so we'll leave it in." Phil decided not to remind them that the show was also syndicated for UK television...
  14. Peckris

    A few newbie questions

    Underpants are indecent? Who knew.
  15. Peckris

    A few newbie questions

    And there's another one! Subway is a seller of rather poor sandwiches in the UK, while the Tube is America's Metro.
  16. Peckris

    A few newbie questions

    Apparently everyone knew a certain element as "aluminum" until the mid-19th Century when Brits added the extra "i" to bring it line with magnesium etc.
  17. The past couple of days, it seems very slow to load everything. I have fibre optic broadband so it's not my connection - anyway, other websites and general streaming e.g. iPlayer are not affected. Anyone else noticed this?
  18. Ok, I inferred from your post above that he was HD&Q for forging halfpennies. You've cleared that up now.
  19. Peckris

    A few newbie questions

    Ok! You found one idiom where it survives! However that wasn't the usage above, I'll say no more. All counties have their own dialect (except possibly the Home Counties where they all speak Smuggish )
  20. Guy Fawkes was just hung - he was savvy enough to leap forward and die from hanging before they could do all the other stuff. No coin forgers were hung drawn and quartered - that was a punishment reserved for treason. Those who forged silver and gold were 'simply' hung. Those who forged base metal coins were usually deported if the crime was serious enough.
  21. Peckris

    A few newbie questions

    That's what I meant to say - "gotten" is old English, but still used 100% by Americans who never say "got", and not used by Brits which is a bit of a shame.
  22. Peckris

    A few newbie questions

    It was your use of "gotten" which is 100% an Americanism (one of the more acceptable ones IMO!)
  23. Peckris

    A few newbie questions

    When you say "coin book version 2", do you mean Collectors' Coins, Decimals, as pictured above? The answer would be "yes" if that's what you collect and are interested in. It should list the major varieties though - and I don't know the answer to this as I don't have a copy - it may not go into the excruciating level of detail as the Ron Stafford surveys of 10p and 5p coins he did in the 70s and early 80s. By all means photograph your coins, but apart from the odd one you want to know more about, e.g. is it a rare variety, don't post them here! Upload them to a host site e.g. OneDrive (try to avoid Photobucket) and post the link here so that interested members can have a look. Are you an American who's been living in the UK for years?
  24. Peckris

    Has the forum seized up??

    Either that or the Fancy Bears or other ill assorted Russian hackers.