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  1. Ebay's Worst Offerings

    And the 'COPY' and 'WRL' stamps are both there on the reverse, but both are deliberately, no doubt, photographed upside down.
  2. Ebay's Worst Offerings

    For what it is worth, I'm just finishing off an article for Coin News on the new pound coin, in which I have analysed a sample of the new coins for varieties, but I also go through all the 'varieties' that have been appearing on eBay. It should be with Mr Mussell shortly, after which its up to him when it appears in print. The 'error' shown here is one of the types I mention, but there are myriads of others.
  3. frosted proof

    My standard Proof Set Crown looks just like this one.
  4. Blimey

    I can think of plenty of coins that I could spend £1,132 on before I'd buy those.
  5. I worked for BT for most of my life. There was a lady in headquarters in London, a secretary as I recall, whose name was Ms. E. Lastick.
  6. Just to add my two pennorth to this, isn't every coin dealer doing as Westminster does.? i.e. make a profit out of buying and selling coins. But weren't those coins all orginally produced by the Royal Mint (leaving aside the dim and distant past of hammered), so dealers aren't really doing anything different in principle from Westminster. I don't get what the big deal here is. If I want a RM product I can buy them from the RM. If I'm an idiot and want to pay more than the RM charge, I can go to Westminster. That's my choice. If I'm sensible, I wait a while and buy the RM products at a discount from those who bought from either the RM or Westminster, when they come to sell.
  7. Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I love an optimist.
  8. New pound coin

    Not yet for 2017, but found one dated 2016.
  9. Fake two pound coin

    It certainly has that fuzzy look similar to the fake £1 coins.
  10. Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Otherwise OK then.
  11. The simple answer is that they will always be worth the current bullion value. Any increase over this will be determind by the garde of the coin. Well worn (F/VF) and you are looking at bullion. At EF and upwards, there will likely be some premium depending on dates etc.
  12. Three, since there were two different metal mixes used for the 50:50 coins. Chemical analysis or spectroscopy is the only way to distinguish the two alloys.
  13. Two ways, but neither is expecially satisfactory. Firstly, when spun on a metal surface and allowed to come to rest, the debased silver 'rings' at a higher pitch than sterling silver. To understand the difference, simply spin a pre-1920 and a post 1920 and listen to the difference. However, I have no idea, apart from chemically, how to determine which alloy mix was used for the debased silver types. Secondly, if the coins are very high grade, you may be able to examine the serifs of the 'Es'. Sterling silver coins have sharper points due to better metal flow, although the difference is tiny.
  14. Hi Declan, Its just powdered sulphur. In the form of flowers its a yellow powder, but if melted, Sulphur turns into a dark red liquid that then solidifies into a similar solid lump. Put a match to Sulphur and it burns with a blue flame and gives off the acrid smelling Sulphur Dioxide.
  15. The Egyptian Arch pound coin looks like one of the many fakes out there.