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  1. Time to sell my spare pennies

    No need to go in person, just go on the Royal Mail website and go to the 'get a price' section.
  2. Have they buried their stubborness and acknowledged the 1695 DEI GRATIA halfpenny yet?
  3. New List

    How long is a 'few'? So far I've waited 35 minutes with nothing coming down, plus my processor has shot up to close on 100% usage, and physical memory is also close to the max. Summat isn't right.
  4. New List

    I can't download it.
  5. Edward The Confessor Moneyer ID

    Many thanks for this everyone. I'm happy with that attribution.
  6. Edward The Confessor Moneyer ID

    Here's the obverse - looks like ETC to me, but if anyone knows differently then please say, as I'm no expert on hammered at all.
  7. Edward The Confessor Moneyer ID

    Thanks Rob. I was expecting a simple confirmation and didn't think a pic would be needed. Clearly, it isn't that simple, so here's a photo. It's not the best, taken in artificial light, but hopefully it shows the necessary detail.
  8. Just spent several fruitless hours going through auction sites and other websites trying to identify the moneyer for my Edward the Confessor penny. Can anyone help? The coin is the facing type (S 1183) and the inscription on the reverse appears to be something like 'AEDGA? On LU??. Clearly the mint is London and I'm assuming that the moneyer is probably AEDGAR. The only problem is that I can't find any reference to a moneyer named Aedgar from the online sources I've looked at. Anyone got a reference or can confirm my guess?
  9. Ebay's Worst Offerings

    One method that might help, would be to put up a 'spoof' advert on eBay showing pictures of known fake coins with explanations i.e. those already being advertised, with a request not to bid on the items shown. I've seen this done before and it was helpful. Could be done from a 'new' eBay account so as to avoid compromising one's own normal username. It would be interesting to see how long it would take eBay to twig and take the auction down for that non-item.
  10. Unusual pound coin?

    OK, if I get to know in advance. The article(s) were submitted a couple of weeks ago, and are due to be published as two separate pieces due to their length. I'm not sure about the lead times for publication, but I'm guessing the first part won't appear until at least February, with maybe the second in March.
  11. Unusual pound coin?

    No, the sample was too small and the difficulty was in trying to figure out which obverse and reverse types existed as a result of different dies as opposed to consistency issues with striking 12 sided bimetallic coins. It would take a much greater sample to establish what is going on.
  12. Unusual pound coin?

    That's probably the generic explanation, but the size of the variation and the sheer numbers suggests its a bit more complex than that. For example, the mintage of the 1967 penny was around 600 million or so, and with the exception of a few minor varieties concerned with the drapery and the helmet, they are remarkably consistent in terms of the quality of the strike. Fast forward to 2016, when the new pound coins were produced in about the same numbers, and the consistency of the strike appears to be significantly poorer if tolerance is the only explanation for the differences. Without giving away too much concerning my article for coin news, I can say that I analysed just 40 coins dated 2016, and believe it or not, all 40 were different, which is remarkable. The differences are sufficiently clear cut that in any other series of coins they would be regarded as varieties. Indeed, in some pre-decimal coins, I would suggest that the accepted varieties show a much smaller difference than those for the new pound coin. The issue is whether these differences are explained purely by machine tolerances or whether there are genuine die varieties mixed in, plus whether striking a 12 sided coin introduced further tolerance issues, especially given the bi-metallic nature of the coin. I don't have an explanation, but I'm hoping my articles generate some interest and throw up some suggestions.
  13. Lot 74 - Baldwins

    In principle, I agree with you. The problem is practicability. In the case of your maximum bid of £500 and the bidding in your favour reaches £480, the auctioneer has to call for £500 as the next bid step. If he gets a room bid he has to accept it, in which case what does he do about the commission bid? Alternatively, he could jump to an asking price of £520 in order to ensure that your £500 bid would win if nobody bids, but the problem then is what happens if nobody bids £520. The auctioneer then has to decide if he allows the original £480 bid and doesn't know if a room bidder would have bid £500, thus losing the seller £20 and his own fees, or he knocks it down at £500 and the commission bidder gets charged the extra £20, when the auctioneer doesn't know if a room bidder would have gone to £500 at all. Either way he (the auctioneer) looks dishonest and so I can understand why they tend to operate as I described earlier - it avoids most of the hassle. Also, of course, he's got a million other things to be doing at the same time as trying to sort out max bids v room bids. Basically, you win some, you lose some. In 20 years of auctions, many in the days before live bidding, I've only ever had one that went wrong with the scenario here, so I'm guessing it isn't a major problem.
  14. Lot 74 - Baldwins

    It has happened to me also, and the explanation I posted is basically the one they gave me when I queried it. The problem with your suggestion is that a room bidder having bid the £500 as requested by the auctioneer would then have to be told that his bid wasn't valid as they have another on commission at the same value, which would raise some clear issues for the auctioneer. Does he give priority to the commission bidder or the room bidder? If to the commission bidder how does he explain this to the room bidder who is stood in front of him and has had a perfectly OK bid rejected? He could try forcing the room bidder up further by claiming a slightly higher commission bid than he has on the books, or by raising the level of the next bid so that it would be above that of the commission bidder e.g. to £525 in the case I described. However, in the first case the risk is that the room bidder doesn't bite. The auctioneer then has to sell to the commission bidder at his top price, but risks the wrath of the room bidder if and when he discovers this from the list of realised lots. In the second case, the auctioneer gives away the commission bidders top price. This might be acceptable, I suppose, but its all very problematic.Given that he has to make these judgments on the hoof and in a very short timescale, operating as he does and risking some occasions when things go wrong for the commission bidder is probably the simplest option. One way round this conundrum which was suggested to me by the auction house I refered to above would be to word your bids in the form £500 + 1. This signifies to the auctioneer that if there is a tie between your maximum commission bid and a room bid then you are prepared to go up one more increment. Of course you have to decide what your top bid would then be based on the increments used by the auctioneer for the price range of the item, and this only applies where there is a tie of the sort I described. I don't know if this approach is widely used by auctioneers or not. I've never tried to use it, although I am sometimes a bit nervous when I see that my maximum bid has won a lot, as I'm never quite sure, until the invoice arrives, whether I've won or not!
  15. Lot 74 - Baldwins

    Ah, yes, I missed that point.