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Everything posted by JLS

  1. Good to know you had a good experience with Teutoburger. I personally put high bids into their sales for usual pieces without worrying about having to pay more than the reserve if no-one else bids; I once put €250 on a rare British token and won it at the €45 reserve which allayed any concerns. Not sure I would do the same with a big ticket item though.
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    2020 penny

    Yes, the pre-1990s issues made of bronze, not the contemporary copper-plated steel. I'd quite like to knock a zero off all our prices - it would be fun to actually buy things for pennies again. Not sure if it would cause any real inconvenience, other countries have redenominated a couple of times recently (Turkey I think is the worst offender).
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    2020 penny

    I'm sure it will on some examples...as the decimal coinage becomes older, unless the size of the coins changes again, these denominations will be worn out. There were a lot of old round pound coins in Poor or Fair circulating ten years ago; and if you look at the contents of your wallet regularly, even the late 1990s Maklouf cupronickel can turn up pretty rough. If we keep these smaller denominations I imagine they will continue to circulate for a long while before anyone thinks to remove them from circulation. I've received 19th century base metal coins in change in Switzerland before.
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    2020 penny

    😮 we've had a penny (of some sort, on and off) since Roman Britain !
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    This is a 2017 £1.00 coin ,being a Recent Metal detector 'find' | eBay going for that 5p profit over face value after postage costs, eBay/PayPal fees...
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    It's a common coin. The problem is Krause I think, they price at $95 in XF, and $285 (!) in MS. Of course, really choice examples are only around the £100 mark: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=1945140; for a circulated one £20-30 sounds plenty. Sure, only 38,400 pieces survived from the mintage...but that's actually quite a large number for a Channel Islands coin !
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    ITALY Vatican 1 Piastre 1675 - Clement X XF Silver RRR | eBay Not that rare - and obviously ex-mount which reduces this to a couple of hundreds of pounds. The seller delights in RRRs and even RRRRs.
  8. Hello and hope you've had a Happy Xmas ! I recently found this thing in a bulk lot of coins off eBay. It looks like a modern fantasy to me, but it's curious. Struck, nearly 15 grams on a 28 mm flan, obverse looks like a die transfer from a 20 cash, the reverse is a triskeles motif as per the coinage of the Isle of Man. Whoever made it has done a very decent job of making it look circulated. I can't find it listed anywhere. Has anyone seen one of these before ? I'm aware of the rare Soho mule Isle of Man/EIC pieces but this is about as far from a Boulton issue as you can get in terms of quality !
  9. There's not much about - not in Quarmby etc. Have a look at the Isle of Man section of the Withers' "Token Book 2" for illustrations of the Douglas bazaar fantasises.
  10. Excellent - so definitely post 1945 then ! I wonder whether it's part of the series of fantasies made for J. Schofield of Rochdale in the 1960s...have been trying to find the copies of the Douglas bazaar tokens without any success, they appear to be rarer than the originals.
  11. I've had several die varieties in this series which Colin Cooke didn't have examples of; I don't think he was greatly interested in the series. There's a prejudice going back all the way to Bramah that these die variations are so numerous that they are not of interest to collectors; of course, if you applied the same thinking to the bun pennies, there would be no Freeman, Gouby etc. The reality is that this series is notoriously underexplored; you can get £50 or £100 for the more interesting die varieties in nice crisp grade, but not many people appear to be after them in circulated condition right now.
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    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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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).
  16. 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...
  17. 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.
  18. While I'm here, picked up this 1709 shilling last week...
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Hello all, Anyone have a copy of the Spink Numismatic Circular, February 2001? I am curious as to what Spink priced the William III GVLIELMVS DEI GRATIA halfpenny at, as I am thinking about selling my own example which is in very similar grade ! As far as I know, the Shuttlewood piece hasn't been on the market since it was sold by Colin Cooke as part of the Nicholson collection: #78 (http://www.colincooke.com/collections/nicholson_part2.html) Thanks ! JLS
  24. 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.
  25. St. James 3: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=249167 This one got around !