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Posts posted by copper123

  1. 53 minutes ago, ozjohn said:

    Another coin I've had for a while .Again photo taken with hand held iPhone. as it produces a better result than my Sony camera with macro lens  A 1926 ME  halfcrown withe first issue shield. A nice coin with the reverse better than the obverse on account of some small scratches on the obverse.


    sadly most george halfcrowns suffer bag marks esp on the obverse

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  2. On 10/13/2022 at 9:41 PM, blakeyboy said:

    The world is full of people who have no useful skills.

    They are, however, very good at 'having opinions' so they are noticed, but only when saying things that are controversial or simply untrue.

    People then spend time trying to win logical arguments with them, giving them the oxygen of publicity they need.


    So, the best policy is to ignore them.

    u mean trolls don't you?

    Or that what young people call them

  3. I agree while the charles II series has been very popular over the last twenty years its mostly been the silver and gold, coppers have been left out in the cold a bit - the exception is high grade  halfpence and good attractive farthings .

    Unfortunately error and mistake  coins have never really joined the party not sure why I surpose its because its always been a niche market  . Ie everyone wants a high grade charles II as a type coin  but few specialise in the more interesting errors

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  4. A big thank you to everyone in the NHS  and spa medica after my sucessful eye cateract operation which means  fantasticly inproved  sight .

    While I am not prepared to say I will never need glasses again , it is a posibility..

    I strongly suspect cateract operations might be subject to charges as there are so many people getting them now 

    Many colours are much enhanced and I am sure in a week or to my coins will be as well .


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  5. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17) was a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down on 17 July 2014, while flying over eastern Ukraine. All 283 passengers and 15 crew were killed.
    Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
    Passengers 283
    Crew 15
    Fatalities 298
    Survivors 0
    Why was Malaysian Airline shot down?
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    Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014, by what has been determined to be a Russian-made missile launcher fired by Russian-backed rebels. Relatives of the 298 people who died when Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was shot down have accused Russia of lying about its role in the incident.6 Sept 2021

    Odds on Russia invading a country on its borders would never have been that high  - dont you remember when they poisoned zelinsky with novichok and shot down that passenger plane over ukraine and killed 280 passengers all the time blameing ukraine for it .

    they have been building up a war chest for a while unfortunately

  6. $1.04 is a bit exact isn't it ?

    how would you collect the bet ? After all its $1.06 today does that mean you have a losing bet? Or can you collect on the exact day it reaches $1.04 and what happens if thats during the night when the bookies are shut , can you claim even though its gone up and you have not stated the day the pound will reach this low level..?

    Lots of ifs and buts on this bet

  7. How interesting - not sure what 4 quarters of wheat was but as it was probably the most usefull of the above products and would have been chosen by the most people given a choice .

    Wheat was a staple at the time and as it was mostly cut by hand on small farms so it was in really terms very expensive compared to the machine cut wheat we have these days that is both cheap and plentyfull.

    Cheese and butter were also  staples.

  8. 8 hours ago, TomGoodheart said:

    Yes, these 'patterns' are of unclear purpose and also appear in Medallic Illustrations as medals. In this case MIi 463/59. A lovely piece of Simon's work, either way

    "59. Restoration. 1660. " Magna Opera Domini." Bust of Charles II., r., laureate, hair long, flowing over the shoulders, in armour with straps and lion's head on the shoulder, mantle, and medal. Leg. carolvs . ii . d . g . mag . br . fr . et . hi . rex. Underneath, s. (Thomas Simon.) Rev. Square shield of Great Britain and Ireland, crowned. Leg. magna . opera . domini . 1660. (The works of the Lord are great. — Psal. cxi. 2.) 1*15. Med. Hist, xxvii. 2. Ruding, PI. xxxiv. 2. MB. N. M. Bodley, M. Athole, M. Rare. This beautifully executed piece is the work of Thomas Simon. By some persons it is supposed to have been a pattern for a coin, but it was more probably a small medal struck upon the Restoration. It may be the piece mentioned in Simon's accounts, and for which £16 was charged. It is there termed a medal. (See Vertue, p. 89.) "

    £16 must have been a serious ammount of cash back then probably about a third of a years wages for an ord working man

  9. On 9/20/2022 at 10:42 PM, Sword said:

    I do wonder what would be a good or even defensive investment today. Inflation is sky high, sterling is rock bottom, FTSE is not doing well and a (possibly long and ugly) recession is just around the corner. 

    Starting an arms factory and selling to Russia and the middle east would probably be very lucrative

  10. 6 hours ago, oldcopper said:

    Talking of brass thrupennies, has anyone looked closely at the Ed VIII one coming up in Sovereign Rarities tomorrow?

    I wonder if it's even made of brass. The colour is very yellowy, and compares exactly with the 1806 gilt penny a few lots later, but perhaps more importantly, and this is most apparent if anyone's got a printed catalogue (with the big blow-up of it on the front cover), there seems to be some localised peeling of the surface colour to reveal brown metal (ie copper) underneath, around the truncation and back of the hair. It may just be an optical illusion, but  could this be a mint trial in copper subsequently covered with a yellow metal coating?

    It's lightweight (~6g), but that doesn't neccesarily mean anything, as Peck lists even lighter and thus thinner-flan variants.

    I should add i haven't seen it in the hand.

    As these were the first pressings they were experimental so different alloys may have been used

  11. The "plastic " set of 1953 was an increadably sucessfull  selling over a million  if I remember rightly they were issued in post offices at a small premium over face value as a coronation keep sake.

    Many were broken open in the seventies or even sixties  the penny waa always touted as "rare" even though its not  most of the higher value coins went back intoi circulation but the bronze remains in large quantities unused.

    Even today the cheapest way of getting a set is in these plastic wallets

  12. 7 minutes ago, Iannich48 said:

    You never know, even the 1970's proof sets might jump in value next😁


    Hey it already shows a healthy premium on its original issue price it has taken 44 years to manage it though you would have done a lot better in sovs

  13. For those who might have a few 1953 plastic sets hanging around or o few 1953 crowns.

    1953 pennies are fetching £15 in BU with halfpennies fetching a tenner

    A nice 1953 crown now fetches abour £6 after being almost unsellable at the start of the year

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  14. The main trouble with halfpennies is they were not hoarded as much as pennies  so  there are relatively few around the victoria halfpennies also suffered from heavy usage and few have even clear dates these days .

    A good halfpenny collection is even harder to put together than pennies because at least there are still quite a few pennies around , there again there are more  varieties in the penny series  mostly of 1860 , 1861 and 1862