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  1. My set, which wasn't re-constituted came in a red leather style case, not the card type.
  2. Ridiculous price - I dropped out at £600 and even that was too much in my view. One in much better grade went on ebay recently for around £500.
  3. Oldest coin you received in change/spent?

    Your dad is quite right. I worked for J Lyons teashops in my school holidays and on occasions I was trusted to work the till at the end of the counter. Bun pennies, usually very worn (clear date) were easily found, as were widow head coins in around fine. I never once saw a Victorian halfpenny of any kind, and even Edward VII ones were rare and very worn. The best Victorian penny I ever found was a 1892 in GVF, which I still have. Otherwise, the only other notably decent coin was a 1866 one thirteenth of a shilling from Jersey in EF. The coin is absolutely jet black and has a commonwealth style bust, which is probably the reason it got spent - the owner I would guess thought he was fiddling me with a foreign coin by passing it on. Again, I still have it. It is probably the fact that interesting coins could be found in change which set me on the path of collecting. I put together an album in the late 1960s/early 70s, and was inspired to pick up the interest again in the early 1990s, and the rest as they say is history.
  4. Ebay's Worst Offerings

    His website isn't active.
  5. Ebay's Worst Offerings

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Queen-Elizabeth-I-silver-hammered-sixpence-1st-coin-/232341544915?hash=item3618a29fd3:g:tOAAAOSwlY1ZI0nu Here's another one - the classic 1562 sixpence. Reported for what it is worth.
  6. Diane Abbacus Abbott

    May, and previous governments sold arms to a legitimate government, who were asked to aid another government against terrorist insurgents. Lets get a bit of honesty please. People may not like Saudi, but its position in this case is internationally sound, whether we like them or not.
  7. 1697 Shilling

    Not William III, but the third design of bust used for strking. For what it is worth, I sold one a little poorer for wear, but with rather nastier scratches for £15 on ebay recently.
  8. Oldest coin you received in change/spent?

    When I was a teenager (I can still vaguely remember this experience) I worked at a J Lyons teashop in Brighton, and occasionally relieved the cashier on the ground floor till. In those days a cup of tea was 6d, and one day a customer came along the counter with his tea and handed me a coin. I took one look and asked what it was, and was told a shilling. I'd never seen one like this before, but I took it anyway and gave him the change. I swapped the coin out for a shilling of mine and took the coin home, and some time later discovered that it was indeed a shilling of George IV dated 1826 and in GVF grade. Goodness knows why the customer had spent this coin, which was certainly worth a few pounds back then, but he did. How it came to be in such good grade I've no idea. Either way, It's still in my collection and although I could easily obtain a better grade example this one has special place because its the coin that started me off collecting. I've no intention of swapping it out.
  9. There was one on ebay a few months back. I was all set to go for it and some barsteward made a preemptive offer for it, and it was taken of the site. So much for sticking to the rules!!
  10. Ebay's Worst Offerings

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1723-SHILLING-GEORGE-I-BRITISH-SILVER-COIN-/322515523260?hash=item4b176c56bc:g:cygAAOSwmgJY740Y A rather worn 1723 SSC Shilling, with French Arms at the date. Nothing special, if a little over priced in that grade for £50. The interesting bit is the description in the small print which reads 'My coin is very close to the condition in the picture' presumably meaning that it isn't the one shown. If so, that makes quite a difference to the price.
  11. T Blair

    Good point. I'd forgotten about him. However, the description is an apt one.
  12. T Blair

    Is he anybody's favourite guy? If so who is this idiot? There surely can't be more than one.
  13. T Blair

    Or to put it another way, socialists are very good at spending other people's money.
  14. New pound coin

    Just checked mine again. None have the reeding to the left, but one has the reeding mostly to the right, but with 3 lines into the left hand side. This is paired with the reverse that has almost all of the thistle leaf in the brass ring and the legend touching the inner ring. i.e. appears to be struck slighly off centre.
  15. I doubt that there's a whole batch of these errors. As has been suggested already, this is almost certainly a die clash, where the two punches struck each other without a blank between them, leading to elements of the two sides imprinted on the other. It seems to me that it wouldn't be very long before a customer of the Royal Mint went through the personal striking process, and then almost immediately examined their coin, discovered the apparently poor quality of the coin and drew this to the attention of the RM staff. RM staff would almost certainly then substitute the dies and striking could continue. If this scenario is correct then it is likely that there are very few of these misstrikes.