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  1. 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.
  2. Real Or Fake?

    Don't see anything wrong with either of them.
  3. Here's a question I don't recall anybody raising before. Does anybody know if there is a non abrasive way of removing enamel from a coin? By this I mean the colours applied to coins, often in Georgian or Victorian times for broaches etc. I guess it will always depend on what the coating consists of and how it was applied, but any ideas anyone?
  4. Are you referring to the coin or the seller???
  5. New pound coin

    The two types I refer to in my post above pretty much equate to your top two photos. I've yet to encounter one like your bottom type.
  6. New pound coin

    To add another quick assessment. I've just examined the three pound coins received in change to date. All three show minor differences as follows: Coin 1 - Obverse. The truncation point touches the inner ring. The gap between the lettering and the ring is wide. - Reverse. The leek leaf is roughly bisected by the ring. The word 'POUND' is centred in the outer brass ring. Coin 2 - Obverse. The truncation point touches the inner ring. The gap between the lettering and the ring is narrow. - Reverse. The leek leaf is cut by the ring, but the section in the outer brass area is larger. The word 'POUND' actually touches the inner ring. Coin 3 - Obverse. The truncation point does not touch the inner ring. The gap between the lettering and the ring is narrow (as per coin 2). - Reverse. The leek leaf is roughly bisected by the ring. The word 'POUND' is centred in the outer brass ring (as per coin 1). In none of my coins, does the ring meet the leek leaf practically at the point of the leaf, as in the first of Cliff's example above.
  7. New pound coin

    You will also notice that there is an obvious difference in the gap between the lettering and the inner ring. In the upper example the gap between the ring and say the 'E' is small, whereas on the lower example it is much wider. That may be the result of a difference in the size of the letters. It's difficult to tell from the photos as they are not precisely equal in size and orientation. The gap between the letters and the rim appears to the same in both cases. However, the gap between the rim of the crown (which is inverted here) and the inner ring is large on the upper photo and small in the lower.
  8. Assuming its genuine, I don't know anybody who would even consider scrapping a 1905 halfcrown!! Don't see much wrong with any of the other coins posted. A fair bit of value there, but the yellow crud is obviously something to be carefully removed.
  9. Anybody help me with a different question. Before the saleroom changed their website, I could always hear the auction. Now, with their new site, I find I am unable to get the sound to work. The icon just above the list of lots generally says that the sound can't be enabled or words to that effect. Anybody get any ideas what I need to do to get the sound to work? To the best of my knowledge, I haven't changed anything on my PC or on the saleroom website.
  10. 1762 George III Unknown coin.

    Looks like it's trying to be a guinea or half guinea. It might be the light on the photograph or it may be that the slight gold tones are the remnants of gilding. Interesting but not a genuine coin.
  11. New pound coin

    The only one I have seen so far is where the queen's coronet intrudes into the outer ring of the coin. Most appear to have the portrait entirely within the centre disc. A few have the top piece of the crown into the brass ring. Its also noticeable that the truncation of the bust is usually close to the edge of the inner disc, but on the 'intruding coronet' type there is a gap, as if the bust was struck off centre. The only other type, of which there are hundreds on ebay, are those where the centre has been pressed out and swapped round, plus there are some where the centre disc has been rotated. All post mint of course. Haven't seen any with 2017 on the reverse and 2016 on the obverse.
  12. Not in 1891. Albert died in 1861. I guess he might have stuck around as a vampire.
  13. My missus does! Oooops shouldn't have said that.
  14. Vampire going for Victoria's neck, more like.
  15. New List

    Thanks for that, I'll email.