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JLS

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  1. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/164311038725 Not brass, just Brasso'd !
  2. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/164366913368 It is like a proof...a proof which has been polished beyond recognition !
  3. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    "Worn only for these photographs"...perhaps that's how the stretching was discovered...
  4. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    What is "holy" about it has none, so it must be a protestant shilling....
  5. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224130909782 A very rare mint error indeed...
  6. As is any single die combination for any Victorian penny, to be fair. Just not enough made.
  7. JLS

    blimey

    50 pence collecting is very new, but I think it's a fashion which will last, so I would expect some of these other sets to get more attention, and it's great for the hobby - I think past waves of coin collecting have sprung out of people being able to find rarities in their change - think of US collecting in the immediate post-war period (when you could get things like 1932 D quarters in your change), or the British market in the 1960s around decimalization. Whether it will make the 1970s sets worth £50 each is another matter. I hope not, but then on the other side the wholesale price being around £5 a set at auction is a little silly, especially given the difficulty of finding some of the sets with red lustrous copper - I went through a whole dealer's stock of them recently and found none I wanted to purchase. Probably the value for all of these will settle somewhere in between.
  8. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203081740668 Not an Edward VII penny. You can see Liverpool in the distance though !
  9. JLS

    blimey

    The reality is that supply of all of these is somewhat "thin", even if they're not scarce in any meaningful sense. There may have been 100,000 issued e.g. for 1974 but some of these will have been split up/damaged/ugly toned, and the vast majority of the others will be owned by collectors and other people who bought them close to the release date. The number immediately accessible to the market is going to be in the low thousands, and that's the sort of supply which can be overwhelmed by sudden demand. Unlike the Kew Gardens 50 pence pieces, I don't think this is a case of someone stashing these away with an expectation of profit (yet !); there really are enough customers to exhaust demand at least temporarily.
  10. JLS

    blimey

    Out of stock already. I'm tempted to buy up some sets for the other years with no currency 50 pences...if a few people go for it, it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  11. If sovereigns are legal tender in Australia to today, what is their nominal value ?
  12. Not sure if I have enough expertise in the series to be a "penny person" but I've consigned some decent pennies recently - all to BSJ though. The ones in the last sale did alright; it may well quickly become a good market to sell in if people don't consign.
  13. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Well, a repro sold as genuine is as good as a fake to me on eBay. If you're not familiar with the type the style might be convincing, especially from photographs. This is one of the only relatively good copies of a common 18th century token which comes up with frequency; previously published in TCSB among other places. But whether the original intent was to deceive is unclear.
  14. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Exeter-Halfpenny-token-1792/402352651395 A notorious modern fake - pretty obvious if you compare closely to the original, but we token collectors don't normally have to worry about such things too much....
  15. I wouldn't give up hope on it being delivered or safely returned by the postal service...an item I sent to Singapore in February landed in my post box a few weeks ago, envelope was covered in stickers from Germany, who ended up receiving it in error - I assume it got stuck to something on the way...
  16. You'd have to have really quite precise equipment to distinguish between minor differences in volume. Callipers may be quicker !
  17. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Palau-Big-Pirate-Skull-25-2018-Antique-Finish-Silver-Pirate-Skull/174312522767 The Pirates of...Palau ? It weighs half a kilo of pure silver so I guess it might make a (rather morbid) paper weight...
  18. As the owner of this piece...I'm still tempted to do this but the rest of the metal looks OK... I think anodized copper wire treatment is the next step; if I can't get all of it off mechanically I'll consider chemical cleaning. Don't think it will ever be problem free though.
  19. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Masonic-Penny-unpolished/133390637391 I didn't know that the Queen was a freemason ! Or that 1967 pennies get more valuable if you polish them...
  20. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274326733979 Someone actually thinks a cartwheel penny is a farthing...were the 1790s an age of giants ?!
  21. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    That 1807 is a well known and relatively common contemporary forgery with the casting flaw across the reverse, I think I paid a good £20 for my example... Curiously the pound coin also appears to be fake !
  22. JLS

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    8/6 ? Nice !
  23. JLS

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    A very rare token I noticed in a bulk lot last week, paid £15 and there was an EF 1901 halfpenny and some other odds and sods as well.
  24. As a keen collector of the Birmingham series....WOW ! Diameter ? White's 1849 Directory of Birmingham, p. 182, "Holland, Henry, gun and pistol maker, 21 Steelhouse Lane". The Henry Holland of Holland and Holland was, according to Wikipedia, only apprenticed in 1861, so possibly this piece is unrelated.
  25. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    As far as I know, yes, no reducing machines anywhere until the 1830s, and none at British mints until the 1850s or 1860s. Definitely not used at Soho in Boulton's day !
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