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Posts posted by Peckris

  1. The spotty nature of the toning on the obverse of the 1929, and the effect of that on the hair, make it seem as though there's some wear. However it's quite clear from the ear, eyebrow, and reverse, that there isn't any. I'd recommend a 10 second dip, but the reverse is AOK so maybe just a wash would do the trick?

  2. 3 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    Latest news does not sound good. The Winter Hill and (I think the guy said Scout Road) fires have combined, with increasing wind strength.

    There is heavy rain in the South West of England, but it seems it's unlikely to make much Northwards progress.   

    Said heavy rain is preventing me from making my planned trip to mum's for lunch. :( I'd be glad if it went to Saddleworth instead.

  3. 34 minutes ago, 1949threepence said:

    It's the same kind of tactics you might see when a side fields pretty much a reserve side ahead of a crucial Champions League match. You rest your best players and negate the risk of injury to them. People are never happy, Pete, and will criticise whatever you do.

    That Di Maria goal from 30 yards for Argentina a few minutes ago - wow !!! 


    Looks like we won't have to worry about Messi, Aguero, di Maria and Higuain - but Mbappé and Pogba look rather a handful!

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  4. 1 hour ago, 1949threepence said:

    I think we will probably beat Columbia. Southgate will be putting out a full strength side, including our current talisman, Harry Kane. That should be enough to ensure victory.

    After that the competition will start to get really tough, and I've noticed over the years that English players, even those touted as brilliant, such as the somewhat overrated Wayne Rooney, don't seem too good against the very best sides, who seem to be faster, more accurate passers of the ball, and quicker thinking. 

    So we'll be lucky if we progress further, assuming we do indeed beat Columbia.   

    I'm not so sure. I think Columbia will be a stern test, perhaps sterner than Sweden or Switzerland. (Is Sven Ibrahimovic-sson still playing for the Swedes?) After that though, the semis are our limit - after all, Brazil, Argentina, and full strength Belgium will no doubt still be there, and I find it hard to think of our defence coping with Messi, Neymar, Coutinho, Aguero, Lukaku, Hazard, de Bruyne, di Maria, Higuain, Firmino, and co.

  5. 1 hour ago, DaveG38 said:

    Losing a game is never a good outcome, whatever the apparent benefits. Personally, I doubt that England will be able to beat Columbia. All the early hype about England was on the back of two decent performances against relatively poor sides - hardly a real test. Up against Belgium, England looked their normal second rate selves.

    All it really proved is that Belgium's reserves are a bit better than ours.

  6. 2 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    Chelmsford, where I come from, is only 32 miles from London, but might as well be in a different universe. Get a bit further East towards Colchester , and the accent becomes distinctly East Anglian. Despite its proximity to London, it's largely a rural county.   

    Romford is now part of Greater London, and has been for many years.

    Basildon is in Essex proper.

    My dad was Colchester born and bred, and it was quite  a trek from Liverpool in the days before the M6 to visit the grandparents! But yes, Great Dunmow, Walton, Marks Tey, Wivenhoe - more like Holland than London.

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  7. 1 minute ago, 1949threepence said:

    I think Essex has somehow gained a very unfair reputation, and been subject to ridicule over the years, and I'm not even sure why.   


    Yes, you're right. And it's inaccurate too, as the ridicule is only directed at "London Essex" (Romford, Basildon, and the like) - the wider county is as different as it could possibly be.

  8. 1 hour ago, DaveG38 said:

    Normal service has resumed. England back to their predictable best.

    You don't understand - Gareth Southgate has a cunning plan:

    • already qualified? send out your reserve side to get some practice and experience 
    • lose the match 1-0 to a brilliant goal but otherwise play well
    • (here's the crunch) avoid Brazil in the quarter finals!

    Having said that, we may well not beat Columbia... :lol:

  9. 56 minutes ago, VickySilver said:

    Yes, indeed. I like it as well. Funny thing, these '46s and '49s seem to be around in some number and surprised the price has remained what it has on them. IMO, the above 1948 is also a nice coin (and possibly almost as scarce in nice condition).

    Nice work, fellas!

    I think it's because the 46 and 49 were struck for the West Indies, and eventually brought back in large numbers for collectors. By the time the coin world cottoned on, the 46s had already circulated for a while which is why - though a larger strike than the 49 - they're harder to find in decent nick.

    The 48 was a relatively small mintage for British use, and effectively the only issue between 1945 and the scarce issues of 50 and 51. So although not hard to find in ordinary condition, they're the devil's own job to get in top grade.

  10. Yes, it looks like a classic acid attack. Here's a 1929 shilling:

    1929 shilling (acid).jpg

    Acid corrosion typically makes the coin thinner, but the detail is kind of still there, though spidery in appearance - it doesn't show the normal wear patterns you'd expect through circulation. That shilling is as thin as a wafer.

  11. 2 hours ago, Guest Codey said:

    Quite a bit"

    "Worth" for coins is only relevant to collectors, unless the coins have bullion value, e.g. silver, gold, or large coppers. 

    The only valuable 2p with NEW PENCE is 1983, when the legend had been changed to TWO PENCE apart from a few in sets.

    Otherwise, you're looking at  collectors' coins only, for example coins from proof sets (especially where there was no normal currency coins with that date), or specimen sets after 1982. These would be worth up to a few £ each for examples in absolutely mint condition, but ordinary currency decimal coins are worth only face value, perhaps a fraction more in mint condition but finding a buyer for them would be difficult. Ignore price guides - yes they may give a value of 20p for e.g. a 1977 uncirculated BU 2p, but getting that? Not a hope, really.