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  1. DaveG38

    Coin Reverse Orientation

    He's not the David Mason of World Coins, Canterbury (now defunct) fame is he?
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    Elizabeth Halfpenny, good or wrong?

    My example of this type - mintmark key, is very thin, if this helps at all.
  3. Oh dear! When I posted this, I was simply illustrating the way in which the stained glass in the Palma Cathedral illuminates the place internally. I did so by referencing the photograph which was used a decade or more ago on the cover of my wife's first poetry book. I had no desire to open up a debate about the quality or otherwise of the image used, or its suitability for a book cover image so I'm slightly taken aback at the comments this has generated. Just for the record, this image was used for the front of the book, with the stained glass circular window alone on the back cover. The image is not photoshopped in any way. The colours were captured in the moment. As far as the fourth year student jibe goes, all I will say is that I make no claims to be a designer, but if this got me a pass I would be quite happy, as it took all of 30 minutes to produce. All it needed was a quick scan of the photo, a bit of contrast sorting, chopping it to size for the cover, and insertion of the text, and saving as a .jpg file, no more than half an hour tops. The choice of the photograph was my wife's and I'm quite happy with her choice. We wouldn't have wanted to bother using a graphic designer, with the expense that entails, since she has no pretentions of becoming the next poet laureate, plus with self-publishing, she just sells small numbers of her books locally. Neither she nor I have any expectations beyond this.
  4. I used this photograph of the interior for my wife's first poetry book. Quite spectacular colours!!
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    A nice dose of Novichok would be quite appropriate.
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    Decimal Coin Varieties

    For pennies, there's the chap who published a pamphlet style book a year or so ago. His name is Frank Hullett. If you want his email address PM me and I'll send it to you.
  7. Thank you for this advice. This box looks identical to the 1893 box, which I acquired recently, except for the number of slots for coins. I too will be looking out for one, so there's a bit of a race on???
  8. Empty 11 coin cases are not too difficult, if expensive, but I'm not into proof £5, £2 etc. gold pieces - not without the lottery anyway. Cases of any sort for the 7 coin silver set are more tricky as far as I can judge. I have a shagreen one with a toned set of high grade ordinary strike coins, but I was hoping to establish what the official ones look like and then keep on looking. I take your point about it being difficult to find, though I thought this for the 1893 silver set box, which is rarer than the full set, yet I managed to find one. I live in hope!! I find that everything comes to those who wait. Not long back, I managed to find a rare variety of a 20thC coin that I had been looking for the best part of 25 years, when suddenly one came along, so you never know.
  9. I think you are right - the coat of arms is the giveaway. Whether this is the same for the silver set, I don't yet know.
  10. Shame they don't show the outside of the box, particularly the lid. However, there is a clue in that the box appears to be red or reddish-brown, which would probably eliminate the green shagreen types and the black Spink boxes. Sadly, as I found when researching the 1893 set boxes, the Royal Mint has no records about the packaging (cases) they used at the time.
  11. Following my successful putting together of a 1893 silver proof set, and housing it in an orginal Royal Mint leather covered box, I've turned my attention to the 1887 set. I already have several of the coins and as a result, I'm turning my attention to the case to house them in. So far, I've seen boxes in dark red with VR on the top, a shagreen box with Specimen Coins on it, a box described as by Spink, a black square box with no writing on it, and a box for the long set with a long involved description of the reason for the set being struck. FWIW, I've also seen a heart shaped box for the long set. Does anybody know which of these is an 'official box' for the short proof set, and which are just private boxes to enable the sale of currency strikes at the time (or indeed later)?
  12. Envious of one in VF. Mine isn't much better than VG.
  13. I have the following types: 1. DFF, Orn Trident, REG: 2. DEF, Orn Trident, REG: 3. DEF, Orn Trident, REG Am I looking for a DFF, REG (no colon) type as well?
  14. Although for the 1843 there are the minor varieties with DEF and DFF Types, albeit both with Ornamental Tridents.
  15. Here's something rather different for the penny collectors. The attached photos show a penny sized brass 'coin', clearly marked GPO Telephone Service. This was used by engineers in the pre-decimal era to test the operation of the Coin and Fee Checking Equipment in a public phone box - for those of a certain age the Press button A then button B type phone box. The idea was that the engineer checking the operation of a box should have no access to the money, but needed to test the equipment functioned correctly. He was issued with these tokens which are of the correct size and weight to operate the mechanism, thus avoiding any need for him to use actual pennies. The boxes were emptied by a specialist team and the coin compartments were taken away for the cash to be to be counted. Any brass tokens were removed and returned to the engineers for use another time. In this way any possibility of fraud or theft was eliminated. The face with GPO Telephone Service is plainly obvious. The reverse shows S Eastern District, which refers to the organisational structure of the GPO at the time, and the number 447, is likely to be the identifier for a specific engineer involved in this work. Alternatively, it may simply refer to the actual number of the token itself. To the best of my knowledge it isn't clear which. This particular example came from Margate exchange, some 30 years ago. End of history lesson!