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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Aww. Not a bell end?
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    1758 Shilling

    Yes, along with 1754 copper the 1758 shillings continued to be struck into the reign of George III. Note that Northumberlands and the 1787 BoE specials apart, 1758 was the last regular date for shilling issues until 1816, which is an enormous stretch. One can only speculate that they were struck even after the Northumberlands of 1763.
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    1844 crown real or fake?

    I think it's just a worn example. Who'd want to fake something that worn?
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    access to information

    Not so. Spink is a general catalogue so they will be rather picky, though they have included many more varieties over the past 20 years. However, there are exhaustive tomes which have attempted to list all known varieties in a particular field : English Silver Coinage started the ball rolling, then Peck did the same for milled copper, bronze, brass and tin. He was supplemented by Freeman for bronze (who did his own exhaustive studies), then by Jerraims and Gouby. Our own Dave Groom did the same for 20th Century coinage, and Davies covered silver from 1816. The point is, all these studies were pretty much comprehensive at the time of publication. However, new varieties get discovered all the time, so no book will be comprehensive for all time. Even so, Peck, Davies, Freeman etc are still very valuable references, and we still use them all the time.
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    E over R DEF 1817 Halfcrown

    (Ignore the "PWA quote" - sometimes the quote posts feature goes absolutely barmy and you can't get out of it.) Spink operate on the 'public demand' for inclusion. I tried for a few years to get the second George V silver obverse (1920-1926) and the 1946 ONE' flaw penny included. In the end, I quoted Gouby for the penny and attached a photocopy, and for the silver obverse, I did a mock-up of how the catalogue might look with it, which they more or less adopted in its entirety. I would agree with Rob that there is a limit as to just how far you can go with varieties (the Roman section in Spink is only a 'type' catalogue, for example), but if you think there is something in the modern section that warrants inclusion, then just be persistent and who knows - it could get included. Just to underline my point, dig out their predecessor Seaby's catalogue from the 1970s or early 80s - you will find quite a slim volume with only the most well known varieties included.
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    E over R DEF 1817 Halfcrown

    I agree. It only takes a stray bit of metal in the right place to give the false illusion of curving back. My money's on an R too.
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    1831 Penny

    Not coin collectors certainly - but wouldn't it have been like the pre-1920 silver, i.e. put aside in the view it was more intrinsically valuable? The premium paid by the Mint for them, would encourage that view (the Mint certainly wouldn't have paid more than they were worth, and probably less.) Shrewd 'investors' might have sensed a future profit.
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    1963 silver piedfort 6d

    Just a thought - that was the year JFK was shot. I wonder if the Mint intended it as a special gift for his widow, but then maybe changed their minds?
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    Olympic 50ps

    Certainly the last footballer I can ever remember wearing glasses while playing!
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    1953 Brass Threepence Obv

    It's worth pointing out that there are far fewer varieties on small coins, probably because any slight flaws were very hard to see in a casual glance, so the Mint would not have bothered correcting them. Having said that, there are so many more varieties in pennies than - say - halfcrowns or florins. One reason may be that the introduction of bronze was so challenging and that the problems showed up more on pennies. But do note that there are still many early bronze varieties on halfpennies too, but because they're less popular, they're less collected and analysed. There are probably many yet waiting to be studied and catalogued, a fascinating project for someone. I think the humble sixpence is my favourite small coin.
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    My Latest Acquisition

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    Olympic 50ps

    I've got 3 Bobby Moore's and 2 Bobby Charlton's. I'd really like a Roger Hunt if anyone's got one?
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I agree. Looks all wrong for the state of wear that it has. Possibly a cast fake?
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    1831 Penny

    No - you'd have to go on their current ratios. Whatever the original mintage, the Mint began withdrawing them quite soon after bronze was introduced. As their were virtually no students or collectors of contemporary base metal coins, the numbers of each type put aside would be largely a matter of chance. To put it in context, if bronze was replaced in 1911, the number of 1902 coins surviving a melt would depend on how many had been put aside. As the Low Tides were the first issue, you might have ended up with a situation where more LTs survived than ordinary.
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    1953 Brass Threepence Obv

    The 1953 plastic sets were astonishingly overhyped and overvalued in the late 60s*. They were often on sale for well over what you can pick one up for now - which in real terms is something like 20 or 30 times more. Yet with the gradual erosion of them by splitting (intentionally or simply from the crap plastic used), complete sets are now actually rarer than they were back then. *probably because the mintage was around 1m, which was pretty scarce when predecimal circulated, but as we know from the fate of the 1965S shilling, means diddley-squat now.