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  1. Depends on what you want to collect, how much you want to spend and what all is available. Personally I like the Victorian "Gothic" Florin and in worn grades it trades fairly close to silver content. If you have any interest in American coins and there are some available, American "Mercury" Dimes (1916-1945), American Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1930), and the American Walking Liberty Half-Dollar (1916-1947) are all beautiful coins in my opinion and later years in circulated (but still in decent condition) sell for nothing more than silver content.
  2. Nice maundy fourpence, amazing that the proof surface is still there despite its age!
  3. Generic Lad

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    After 49&46 50&51 are the rarest brass 3d's. If it was Unc it would be worth a few bob. The one offered looks cleaned (grade looks cleaned VF) I've never seen a counterfeit brass 3d. The .92 in the PCGS genuine numbering scheme is the code to indicate that it has been cleaned. The codes are: 91 Artificially Colored 92 Cleaned 93 Planchet (Coin Blank) Flaw 94 Altered Surface 95 Scratched or Rim Dented 97 Environmentally Damaged 98 Other Damage Hm, interesting, thanks for the info on the PCGS numbering scheme, I didn't know that. And also thats interesting with 1950 being a rare date for the brass threepence, any other rare/interesting dates for UK base metal coinage (both decimal and pre-decimal) that I can keep an eye out for in dealer "junk bins"?
  4. Generic Lad

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    http://cgi.ebay.com/1950-PCGS-GENUINE-GREAT-BRITAIN-BRASS-3D-BO34-/360380195643?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53e855633b Am I missing something? Or are there a bunch of counterfeit 1950 brass threepence out there? But who sends that to be certified genuine? And then sells it for $75?
  5. Generic Lad

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Yeah... possibly the 4 as well! Maybe by his maths, its a dollar a year... I wouldn't be surprised if it sells though. Here in the US there is a huge "age premium" for coins that you don't see in most of Europe and condition matters less with US collectors than British ones. Even 19th century coins sell for $$ based on their age, and any coins in fine/very fine condition dating from the early 1900s or before are considered to be in excellent condition. If you buy early milled or hammered coins form a US seller you end up paying much more than you would from a British dealer simply because of the age. Even an incredibly worn Victoria penny will easily sell for $3+ just because most Americans view it as ancient. Best get all that shite out of the jar and get it on ebay Yeah, a crusty George III copper would go for $15+ regularly on eBay, just put down that it was "used as currency in the colonies" and you'll have people bidding $$$$, happens all the time.
  6. Generic Lad

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Yeah... possibly the 4 as well! Maybe by his maths, its a dollar a year... I wouldn't be surprised if it sells though. Here in the US there is a huge "age premium" for coins that you don't see in most of Europe and condition matters less with US collectors than British ones. Even 19th century coins sell for $$$ based on their age, and any coins in fine/very fine condition dating from the early 1900s or before are considered to be in excellent condition. If you buy early milled or hammered coins form a US seller you end up paying much more than you would from a British dealer simply because of the age. Even an incredibly worn Victoria penny will easily sell for $3+ just because most Americans view it as ancient.
  7. Generic Lad

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I like this listing: http://cgi.ebay.com/931AD-KING-ERIC-The-Bloodaxe-SILVER-PENNY-COIN-UNC-/110714831690?pt=AU_Coins2&hash=item19c71e434a . I particularly like how its a commemorative coin, in proof condition, and has historical information shamelessly copied and pasted from Wikipedia.
  8. Generic Lad

    8 coins need I'D

    In group 2: The last coin is a coin of Queen Elizabeth I, not sure which denomination because I don't know the sizes, but could be a threepence or sixpence? I haven't studied hammered coins enough to really give you a value (plus, in the US hammered coins are -expensive- and so the price will be different than what you can get in the UK). In group 3: The fifth coin is a Victorian farthing, the coin looks to have about fine details if I was grading it, does seem to have corrosion and pitting. Unless it is a rare die variety, it is pretty common and not worth much in that condition. The sixth coin in group 3 is an Edward VII threepence, it isn't in that great of condition nor is it rare, it is only worth silver scrap value. The seventh coin is a 50% silver 1924 shilling and in the condition it is in, is only worth silver scrap value. Sorry I couldn't be much help on the ancients and medieval, but I haven't studied enough of it to be able to easily identify it, though surely someone on this forum can for you.
  9. Generic Lad

    8 coins need I'D

    Go ahead and post them and we'll try to identify them.
  10. Nice collection! And I understand your pain of trying to find a good dealer, most British coins here are sold as curiosities which mean low grade and you are paying $$$$ if it is old. Most of my collection has come from eBay too, but good luck at finding a dealer, chances are you'll find one you like easily enough over there.
  11. Generic Lad

    8 coins need I'D

    On the gold coin it seems like the easiest way to identify it would be to figure out what monarch's coat of arms it is in the picture. It doesn't seem to match any English king/queen that I can see, so its most likely foreign. From my searches it looks to be most similar to the coat of arms of some of the Burgundy kings such as John the Fearless? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_the_Fearless So it might be early French? I'll try searching some more and see what else I can come up with, I don't have a good reference for early French coins however.
  12. Generic Lad

    Useful books to buy?

    What are some of the useful reference books for British coin collecting? I already have a (quite outdated) copy of Spink/Seaby's Standard Catalogue of British Coins, but thats about it for British coins. Any recommendations on some other good overviews?
  13. Generic Lad

    One for the Farthing boys

    Interesting coin! Wish I could help you with the identification, but if it was a contemporary counterfeit during the reign of William and Mary its in great shape. I'm interested to see what this ends up being.
  14. Two new coins to add to the collection today, first was a 1963 (US) dime I found in change today, not a rare date but worth over $2 in silver content! The next thing I found was a 2000 Silver Britannia I just bought for $37 off of eBay, a premium of only $2 over melt value, not too bad considering the cheapest I can find them in coin stores online is about $65, and the cheapest I've found them in stores is $40, but silver was lower in value then. Sorry, no pics on the dime because I only have my cell phone camera and it doesn't take decent pics of small coins.
  15. Yesterday I bought my first English hammered coin, not in the greatest condition but it was cheap and from an American seller, only cost me about $13.50 with shipping and everything. Only dealers pics at the moment because it hasn't arrived in the mail yet. The description stated it was a Henry VII half-groat, and from looking at the images it appears to be minted at Canterbury? Probably didn't get the best deal in the world on it, but it is nearly impossible to find hammered coins in coin shops and there aren't any major coin shows that come near enough for me to go to. Even finding milled coins is hard, though I have managed to find a lot of proof sets for sale and silver Britannia coins trading at melt, but coins before Victoria are all but impossible to find except online.
  16. That makes sense, thank you very much.
  17. I recently bought a 1746 fourpence off of eBay, however, I cannot seem to find any information online if it is a Maundy coin or if it is just a fourpence intended for general circulation. In my 1999 Seaby Standard Catalogue of British coins, the design matches the Maundy issue (and I'm assuming the circulation issue also, the Arabic 4 with a crown separating the date) and I don't see any price for the 1746 fourpence in it other than for the entire Maundy set. So is this a Maundy fourpence? Or just a circulation issue?
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