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  1. JLS

    Improving Silver Commemorative Pieces

    Use silver dip, just wash the coin immediately afterwards in cold water; you need to dip for less than a second to achieve desirable results; if you leave the coin in the dip for any appreciable amount of time it becomes very obvious that it has been dipped with the flat surfaces Paddy mentions. Do it outside and wear gloves though because the chemicals (thiourea) are carcinogenic.
  2. Maybe, although I think experienced collectors tend to snipe things on eBay. When there was an 1860 TB/BB mule on eBay last, it went from £250 to £1k in the last 5 seconds if I recall rightly.
  3. If I didn't often buy things from Lucas, I'd be tempted to put £1k on it or something and then just not pay when I won, on the grounds that it is not as described. But I'm afraid I'd probably end up on his blocked bidder list.
  4. I don't think so...I think it's just a surface lamination or even a gouge...it's so totally unconvincing it's hard to imagine anyone considering a successful "doctoring" ! The "3" is not even in the right place. But the price is shocking; let's hope it's the vendor bidding against himself (he can do that without scrutiny because it's a private listing sadly).
  5. He's not that bad actually, he sold a real die letter halfpenny a while back, went for a very reasonable £50 (although only Poor or so) given that some people were a bit overly cautious. I buy a fair bit from him, but you have to ignore the description and just look at the pictures, which are normally clear enough to understand exactly what's on offer. It's nice when he beats you to a bulk lot at auction because you know ~ everything will end up on eBay so you get a second chance to snag anything you particularly liked...
  6. Usual Lukasz nonsense. Definitely not a die 3 penny, just a reasonably nice circulated 1863. If bidders are sensible it will go somewhere between £15-40.
  7. While I'm here, picked up this 1709 shilling last week...
  8. Nice ! Was this unidentified by the vendor ? It's a tough coin to find and I've never seen a well circulated one like that.
  9. I would agree with this. The copper tokens of the 1790s must have made it harder to spend the illegitimate copper coinage of the 1780s, which was widely refused as documented by social historians of the day. The quick production of the copper tokens of the early 19th century when the official coinage began to run dry probably prevented a similar imitation series being created. The struck copper forgeries are rare; the casts are much more common but usually are from moulds based on a very worn coin; I generally think these are probably early Victorian in nature, along with the somewhat scarcer forgeries of the pennies of George IV and occasionally Victoria.
  10. Nice - is this struck or cast ? I've only ever seen cast examples of the 1806-7 type, must have handled a few in the last year or two dealing.
  11. I'm pretty sure any one of the major auctioneers in London would take it with a reserve at the £200 mark or so. What it would actually sell for is quite another matter; penny rarities are desirable but the market is fickle, and people will be turned off by the patina/reverse corrosion.
  12. That would make sense of there being so few of them - pretty much any individual die combination for William and Mary or William III copper is extremely rare, and they put much worse dies into service than this.
  13. St. James 3: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=249167 This one got around !
  14. Thank you all for all the information, fascinating ! It's curious if it was the first issue that no high grade examples/proofs exist. I guess after the 1694 coinage there was no need to do so for technical reasons and the transition to the new obverse design may have been relatively simple.