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  1. DaveG38

    Childhood excitement!

    Were you one of the ba+*^rds at PERME, who demonstrated explosives to my team as part of our counter-sabotage training? The army guys used small amounts of explosives and det cord to blow up various bits of telecomms plant, such as cable etc. (I worked for BT at the time in the early 1980s). When they showed us what the effect of home made explosives (Co-op) on steel plate the results were impressive, but made more so by the army guys tossing gravel on top of the shelter we were in, to simulate shrapnel from the bunker where the explosions occurred. Anything to scare those lily-livered civilians!
  2. I don't mind a few adjustment marks, but I draw the line at obliteration of part or all of the date.
  3. My 1967 dot on trident penny is feeling quite left out and unloved.
  4. Duh!! Smacks forehead in gesture of stupidity.
  5. Definitely Alan Hunt. He has been sending me catalogues by email for a number of years now.
  6. I last had a catalogue from him about 6 months ago. In the past I have bought high grade maundy from him, but from memory the last catalogue was mostly hammered.
  7. In the early 1980s they went to fortnightly for a while, then reverted back to monthly. I would assume from this that this was their peak sales period, but that fortnightly just didn't work out.
  8. Here's an interesting question for you all. If you had a time machine and could go back to obtain any coin type to make you a relative profit, what would it be? By this, I don't mean which date of a denomination, just an average date for that denomination. Assuming the coin is UNC which type would see the greatest return on your money in terms of today's value over face value? I'll offer up the quarter farthing. There 4 farthings to the penny and 240 pennies to the pound, so 960 farthings to the pound, meaning there were 3840 quarter farthings to the pound. A UNC example of the 1852 strike was sold in 2017 by London Coins for £75. If this is a typical price, leaving out commission etc. then the quarter farthing has increased in value by a factor of 288,000. Not bad for such a tiny coin. By comparison, a gold 1703 Vigo 5 Guineas sold recently for £703,000, which is 669,524 Guineas. That means the Vigo coin has increased by a factor of only 133,904, i.e. not even half of the quarter farthing. Leaving money out of it though, I'd always opt for the 5 Guineas given the choice!!!
  9. DaveG38

    more FAKES

    Fair enough. I wasn't really criticising, just lamenting the need for some better information.
  10. DaveG38

    more FAKES

    Pity he couldn't include some illustrations of the kinds of fakes to look out for, or maybe a reference to any websites where these are shown.
  11. Just looked through my Feb 1992 copy - all 66 pages of it. There are several references to future articles: Bottom of Page 7 - In Search of A Precursor - Part III - overdates and their precursors. P31 - In 'Market Movements' they planned to cover 2d, 11/2d, 1d and 1/2d in March. P40 - Still asking for coin lists, catalogues to be sent in for compiling the 'Market Movements' tables. P56 - Part 2 of 'The Gods of The Hindus' was to be included in the March edition. From this, I guess there was an abrupt end to the business - given the low sales they achieved in later years this isn't a surprise. In practice the mag was published on the second Thursday of the month preceding the cover date, and the March edition was planned to be published on 13 Feb 1992. This means that whatever occurred took place sometime between mid January and mid February 1992.
  12. Well done that man!!! From memory, I don't recall seeing any advance notice suggesting there would be no March edition, but I'll go and hook it out and have a browse through it. Won't take long as it got thinner and thinner as the years went by. Again, many thanks for this info.
  13. From a timing point of view, based on my own collection of Coin Monthly magazines, it seems likely that the last issue of the magazine was February 1992. If that is the case, then it is likely that there was no Coin Monthly Yearbook after this as the business folded, i.e. there would be no 1993 issue, which would normally have been worked on leading up to the end of that year. That would leave an obvious gap in the market, which Coin News may have picked up on, but they would not have been able to react quickly enough to put a yearbook out for 1993, so they were forced to do so in 1994.
  14. You just got unlucky. Royal Mail don't examine everything that comes into the UK, but on this occasion they chose something of yours. I've probably bought several hundred coins from the US over the years, but I have only been caught for customs duties etc. on a couple of occasions. It's a lottery!
  15. I have considered the idea of digitising the entire series of Coin Monthly and publishing them online for collectors to use. It's a hell of a task, and one that I would be happy to do (slowly) if I could be sure that there are no copyright issues. Unfortunately, when I tried to establish ownership of the copyright that proved to be a very tricky task, and so I abandioned the idea, even though I believe it would be very worthwhile.