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  1. pokal02

    Salutary lesson for beginners

    When I was first collecting Charles II crowns (late 80's but I don't think they went up much in the 90s), the common dates were about £25-30 in F and £55-65 in VF. Probably about £150-180 and £450-500 now, although Spink has them still higher. 1818-1847 have done OK too, 1887-1936 not as well although they certainly haven't decreased in value (other than by inflation).
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    Salutary lesson for beginners

    It really depends what you're collecting. For post-1816 I'd agree with most of the above but for earlier milled and hammered my impression is that F coins have done reasonably well and VF's a bit better. It's taken me 20+ years (before then I didn't worry about grades at all) even to eliminate, with one exception, the words Poor, Fair and VG from my collection! I'd never collect much above VF anyway as part of the fun is imagining the coins having circulated/used by people hundreds of years ago.
  3. A quick search for 'British Crowns' revealed 29,700 items. Clogged up is an understatement! I have had some good results selling my duplicates on ebay in the past (£105 for a very modest 1696 crown springs to mind) but the last two attempts were disappointing. I haven't got CCA, which was my other route, any more now either. I'll probably not upgrade existing specimens so much in the future.
  4. ebay was fine 10 years ago, with decent coins being bid up to fair prices. Now 90% of it is tat and the other 10% is the same old stock being re-listed time & again at unrealistic prices. I'd like to see a minimum SP of £10 for coins, a listing fee even if it doesn't sell and a rule that nothing unsold could be re-listed more than twice in a 6 month period. I know it'd be impossible to implement/enforce though.
  5. A shame to see them go - much of my early collecting was done via Graeme at Charing X Fair including virtually a complete date run of milled crowns, some of which I still have. In more recent years I've sold my lower grade duplicates at CCA (the 1665 crown yesterday was mine - originally bought from Graeme in the early 80's). Best wishes to Graeme & Linda for the future.
  6. pokal02

    Aethelred II stycas

    Thanks Rob, I was wondering whether Pirie 1996 or Lyon 2016 (about the same price) was the better way to go - will go with the former now.
  7. pokal02

    Aethelred II stycas

    Is there any way to apportion these to 1st or 2nd reign (where Spink lists moneyer for both reigns)? Mine - moneyer Wulfred - has an inner circle which seems more associated with 2nd reign but I'm not sure if this is conclusive? I'd welcome any help.
  8. Croydon Coin Auctions still charge only 5% BP I think. Their sellers premium is 12% so that's half or less of the DNW mark up. (24% + ?10%)
  9. pokal02

    Edward IV 2nd reign groat York + 1646 Oxford groat

    ..and now the Edw IV at DNW on 3/7/19. Not much to get for either groats or crowns now (excluding 5-figure or 'will never turn up'), although I'd like one of the 1634 pattern groats - they used to turn up regularly but haven't seen one for a few years now.
  10. pokal02

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I see the 1935 crown went for £742. Perfectly decent ones are regularly available at £500-£550. All I can say is at least two people were looking at the slabbed grade not the photo.
  11. pokal02

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The moustache looks OK but I still think the ear and hair look worn. To be fair, it could be the photo or possibly the slab has become defective in some way (the toning looks a bit odd too). The proofs were indeed .925 silver.
  12. pokal02

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    ...and now we have a 1935 proof crown graded PR64CAM by PCGS (confirmed by PCGS website that it's the same coin), but the grading is ludicrous - there's heavy wear on the obverse and I'm struggling to even say VF. (No blame attached to the seller here - he/she started it at £1 and no doubt it will find its own level - it's £180 now).
  13. pokal02

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The Vigo crown's only £70,000 more than I paid for mine (I will admit theirs is better!!)
  14. pokal02

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    There are some strange crowns out there after a bit of a lull - a distinctly fake-looking 1844 that someone wants £3,000 for, another 1844 (from a different seller) graded B Unc which is little better than Fine, and a 1703 at the bargain price of... £70,200.
  15. I remember the old penny falls and looking to see if there were any old ones ready to fall. I remember spotting an 1895 (when I was trying to complete a date set 1860-1967) and spending about 2/- before it finally fell. It's the only coin from my very early phase of collecting (I was about seven years old) that I still have. Also trying for an 1883 a couple of years later, running out of money, and getting it by putting a lolly stick into the slot. (Hope the statute of limitations has expired on that!)