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Posts posted by copper123

  1. 1 hour ago, Kipster said:

    Evening all,

    Just had my 1826 proof farthing come back from NGC with the PF64 BN grade that I was expecting. I don't normally send things for grading, but I do with any proof that I get. However, they haven't noted it as Bronzed on the label which they have with my 1831 proof farthing. So I had a look on the NGC population report and NGC have two separate entries for 1826 proof farthings:


    I've just emailed NGC to ask them what's going on, as Spink only has a Bronzed proof, yet Peck says there is a Bronzed AND a rarer Copper proof. Seeing as NGC have graded more of the 1826 BARE BUST than the 1826 BARE BUST BRONZED I think it's highly improbable that they are the copper proofs.

    Does anyone know anything about these proofs at all please, as I don't really expect NGC to have any explanation if they've made an error.


    About sums up slabbing firms really

  2. 9 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    No expert on farthings, but generally speaking, I don't think Peck and Freeman obverses always match up. They certainly don't for pennies.  

    I am pretty sure that the penny series is much more complicated than farthings , I will put the obverse of my 1880 three berries on  this evening , they used to fetch big money in the seventies and eighties but the market is only luke warm at the best these days

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  3. 4 hours ago, Menger said:

    I think that is right. “Time preference” as the Austrians call it: we are hard wired to want more over less; which boils down to something today rather than tomorrow (we may not be here tomorrow) - unless we perceive what we might get tomorrow as more (better) than what we will get today.  

    In collecting, waiting hopefully pays off (we may get more (better) in the end) but we all have a breaking point where optimism and patience gives way to opportunity and gratification. 

    All this reflects the human condition. That will not change. But as the world becomes more virtual and instantaneous, I expect we  will attach evermore value to tangible relics and the long game … 

    For the same reason young people dont seem to value saving into a pension - lots will spend their old age regreting it

  4. 1 hour ago, kai1998inc said:

    There aren’t too many that I’m aware of, but a handful - perhaps 10.

    A big thank you to Larry and others who have kept this thread updated regularly with fresh material. 

    Even Rogers knew there were more than that - after all there were 100 copies of his book made , and they are pretty hard to find at this time.

    I have wanted one for ages

  5. I surpose rarity puts a lot off, who wants to wait five years for a set you want off ebay when we live in a "I want it now " society and people simply expect everything delivered at the push of a button.

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  6. 1 hour ago, DrLarry said:

    I have taken a good look and whilst there is some loss of coating on some of the silver coins there is no wear or damage so I'm pretty sure it is a set. I would say the box would be about that for a full set a great find .  It will help the research. 

    I did say minimum , it could also fetch a lot more , if its unlisted by rogers it makes it really rare , could fetch anything....

  7. I would say its worth £120 minimum there again it take two to start a bidding war.

    A couple of the silver coins don't look to clever but as a whole its a great set

    I will have to carry on picking them up as singles :0)

  8. Wow, great , a much rarer set than  1902 and 1887 sets are much more common ,wish i could afford to buy sets like that in the original box it must have cost a pretty penny

  9. I also wonder if Mary austin has actually done the right thing over the years , Freddies mansion, (It was a mansion) could have been opened to the public in a tastefull way of course ,and the garden lodge could have been a massive earner for AIDS charities instead of being  just another big house in chelsea .

    Well what is done is done, and at least the majority of the cash will be heading to charity

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