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  1. Despite not wanting to clean it, it would probably improve considerably if soaked in olive oil for a few months. That should kill off all the bue green hue and leave a decent dark brown. It won't do anything for the pox on the reverse, but I think it would make the whole coin more attractive. Views anybody?
  2. Well done Michael-Roo for posting the article. Make of it what you will, though I still feel that the evidence and logic of die production means that the dates are definitely 1695. Just two allied points: 1. My coin is the bottom one on page 2. After this article was published, I gave it the olive oil treatment with the result that the coin is now a lovely chocolate brown without all that surface green caused by being in the ground. As I said in an earlier post, I'd put mine at VF maybe a touch better, but with some patchy corrosion. According to the seller, my coin was dug up in Suffolk. The one offered for sale in the US for $4700 is possibly the one at the top of page 2, which is the property of an American collector - he also was/is the owner of the centre coin on page 2. 2. For reasons I don't understand Spink were very reluctant to include this type in their standard catalogue. When I suggested it should be I got a very snotty note to the effect that they couldn't include every minor type in their publication. I get that, but this is scarcely minor - in fact it must be the first obverse of William's reign, which changes the whole view of the copper series of coins of that period. Furthermore, the legend change is far more significant than the existence of an extra curl or berry on Victoria's hair, yet they were happy to include this kind of variety in the 1860-61 penny series, where the differences are truly minor. However, I haven't bought a copy of Spink in recent years so maybe my grumble is unjustified and it is now included. Finally, on the question of the recent sale, I was sure it was Mark Rasmussen, but if not then one of the other dealers in rarities. I recall it because my article and name appeared in the description of the coin, which the more I think about it, I'm sure was the Nicholson example.
  3. File size is too big by a mile to send via PM. Let me have an email address and I can do it that way.
  4. I wrote an article for Coin News on this type a few years ago. In that, I identified what I thought were the 5 known examples. Yours appears to be the 6th. The date is not in fact 1696, but 1695 - the last digit is an italic 5 not a 6, made difficult to read through corrosion, but is obvious when put alongside a normal 1696 example. If you are interested, I can pm you a copy of the article, which explains in more detail than I can here.
  5. I paid £650 for mine, about 4 years ago. It was worth it, as it is pretty much VF+ grade, but has some corrosion through being in the ground. Overall, its about the same grade as the original 'Cowley' find.
  6. I may be wrong, but I seem to recall that Mark Rasmussen sold one (it may have been the Nicholson example) for £2200, I think, a few years ago now.
  7. Don't get hung up about the number of years. Just my bad maths. It was 40 years payments followed by 30 years accumulating value. As has been said there was a life assurance element, which helped. Even so, we were very surprised at the final surrender value.
  8. No, I believe it was a 30 year plan so it came to a natural end in 1988. It then sat moribund for another years quietly accumulating interest, until we discovered it, and found to our surprise that it was still current. A nice little gift though.
  9. This is an inteersting point that my wife had the advantage of recently. Her dad took out an insurance policy on her as a baby in 1947 paying just 2d a week. This continued until around 1988, when payments ceased. When we went to cash it in some 30 years later, we thought it might be worth £50 or so. Imagine the surprise to find its value had risen over 60 years to about £1700 or so.
  10. Surely, it was 'great bust.'
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    Here's an optimist on the US eBay site. What is interesting is that he 'may not ship to the UK.' https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Elizabeth-2-collectable-coins-1971-1988-1985-One-pound-Elizabeth-II/324026633296?hash=item4b717e0c50:g:k2oAAOSw94pdPyBO
  12. I can get Tesco slots in a few days time with no problem now.
  13. There are but in N. America. Ooops! He must be red fox, but apart from the head he's nothing like a red fox. Body colour is all wrong, tail colour and shape isn't right. Not sure what type he is, except he's definitely a fox.
  14. Here's my regular visiting fox, just having a snooze in the late afternoon. As far as I can judge, he's either a grey fox, or he's a hybrid grey/red. Pic is a bit grainy as its taken through glass.