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  1. There is one helpful get area that is not taxed where it might otherwise be charged at the 5% and that is the exemption for "investment gold". I was charged on an 1887 £2 at the 5% but when challenged HMRC repaid the duty. As you say though you cannot get back the Royal Mail charge that was wrongly applied in the first place.
  2. One available here https://coins.ha.com/itm/great-britain/world-coins/victoria-silver-specimen-golden-jubilee-medal-nd-1887-sp64-pcgs-/p/3064-176001.s?ic4=GalleryView-ShortDescription-071515
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    1887 sixpence

    I have been studying 1887 sixpences for fifteen years and can confirm this as a recognized variety. You should see from the coin that the Rs all have both serifs left and right at the base of the upright so this coin is a variety of the R over I that is in most books. If you look at the R in BRITT: you should be able to see the R/I very clearly. This is a distinguishing feature of this die variety which has come to be called A over A but, as pointed out, it could be an inverted V. The specimens I have do not show a bar to the "A" but you will have noticed how weak the strike is from your own specimen. They turn up from time to time on ebay and fetch fairly normal prices but then most people don't know what they are looking at. In a survey of 1,518 sixpences I have found 5. I don't look for them any more. Extrapolating this would give a mintage figure of 12,107. Given You have one and Nick has one the sample then would indicate 17,000+. It is most likely this pair of dies had a normal use and so the actual figure would be more like 30,000. Well done on spotting it. There is a specimen in The Royal Mint collection RMM8457.
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    USB Microscope

    I bought a BRESSER with 5 year warranty £48 on ebay. It works fine on the lowest 20X but the magnification is too high for a lot of coin work. I don't think we need anything over 25 X . I think it would be good if someone came up with a software package that would compare coins with a view to spotting differences. Anyone know of something like that?
  5. Good to see you are still active. I had two phone bids, the first the call couldn't get through and the second; est.£400 fetched £1,100! .So I lost both.I guess you would call that pretty boyant
  6. There are about 30 lying in a potter's field near Jerusalem.
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    London Mint Edward 1 penny

    If you are interested in Edward I then probably the best place to start would be a copy of "The Galata Guide to The pennies of Edward I & II" . This will keep you occupied for hours with the 100+ varieties. If you have just a passing interest then just wait for the other replies and someone will try to identify it for you. There seems to be something wrong with the DNS part of the inscription which is interesting. Second choice of book would be Wren "The English Long-Cross Pennies 1279-1489. After a cursory look it appears to be an early class with open C and E and wedge S? I cannot go further but it might just be a stirling immitation. See what everyone else says.
  8. I can confirm this is R/I but there are several varieties of the R/I sixpence and this is only one of them. About 40% of withdrawn 1887 sixpences are R/I so don't expect a lot for it. The books like Davies were written before recent research.
  9. Looks like the toy money made by Lauer in Nuremberg. Book by De Solo Rogers. All denominations are the same size. It should say the denomination on the obverse of it. If this is not the case could we see better photos please.
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    1887 Crown Faults

    Who is writing the book? I am. Crowns are a pain because the one with the broken 1 and 8 are also available in proof! Yes the plumes are noted, yes the 3 different basic obverses and all the different sizes. but as Rob points out the only person interested in paying a bit over the odds is probably me. Any help would be appreciated then perhaps we can all learn something.
  11. Yes of course it is not real but it is on ebay finishing in 20 mins and the bidding is only £2.10. The same seller and probably the same coin that sold for £398. It makes a suitable space filler.
  12. I agree some "specimen" sets look almost better than than PR 61. I think the best advise would be:- examine the rims to make sure they are flat, broad and without raised surplus metal. check the milling which will be wonderfully crisp and sharp to the touch look at as many comparable, certified specimens as you can. Heritage photos are very helpful. The subject has been discussed before at length and the only safe rule is "if in doubt, it isn't proof"
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    Double Florins

    If you are quick there is an A/2 at the auction in two days but you need to log in. http://negrini.bidinside.com/en/lot/3603/gran-bretagna-doppio-fiorino-1887-km-763-ag-/
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    Double Florins

    I have sent 3 emails . Can you confirm receipt please.
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    Double Florins

    I only collect 1887 now but have type sets and a tray of Ed I pennies. I could find a home for a George I halfcrown in the type sets. The missing 1887 stuff is getting rather rare or expensive. I will try your email.
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    Double Florins

    I think I can help with your missing 1887 double florins but be prepared to find there are more varieties than you have listed. both missing proof Arabic and Roman I are in current auctions but be prepared to part with £1,000 Look on sixbid or The Saleroom.com. the currency 1+B I have duplicates. What condition did you want or roughly how much do you want to spend? There is of course the 2+A proof as well as the 2+B, 2+Bclose 7 and the 1+A proofs The 2+B is most common.
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    Key dates

    1887 YH Sovereign UK of which there are two types. Shield back or St. George.
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    What would you do ?.

    Yes and we all know how many different 1887 sixpences there are!
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    What would you do ?.

    I started like that. I only collect 1887 Victoria Uk. 10 years later and 200 different ones in the collection still over 100 to buy. When you think you have done it write the book. Yes over 340 to find
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    1887 Long set Case

    I have a recent one if it is of use.
  21. I have bought lots of coins from them and the quality has been very high. I have no problems
  22. I think you better do an actual count and see what you have. I know it is difficult but I did mine using my fingernail as a light clicker round the rim. I emphasise LIGHT. Gold is so soft.This will not work if you chew your fingernails.
  23. I thought for a minute this might have been posted on April 1st. but I see it has not. So I have compared 10 x 1887 half sovereigns YH JH London, Melbourne & Sydney. Close JEB, spread JEB, no JEB and proof. A painstaking process which made me double check the date of posting again to make sure you were not having me on. I have not weighed them. The result is 109 lands and troughs + or - 2. you need a very steady hand eye coordination to do this. How many are on the 1889S?
  24. .25p is 240% profit on face value. 240d to the £
  25. I am sure there will be many helpful answers to this post. For myself if there is anything of 1887 I would be interested