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  1. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/223962727538 The classic fake + junk bulk lot scam, rare to see it this blatant though. At least the fake coin is described as a restrike in the description, but the bids the seller's getting on some of these lots are ridiculous.
  2. I reckon the longer this goes on for, people who are still earning their full salary will purchase more out of sheer boredom. Living in London, my spending on non-necessities has almost gone to zero which has freed up more money for coin purchases if I was so minded, although I haven't seen anything I really want for my collection recently in auction.
  3. £50 would seem pretty fair overall in my opinion. The 1889 crown is reasonably nice, would cost you at least £20 if not more to buy elsewhere....the rest is worth little more than scrap, most of the individual bronze coins would not be worth the effort to sell individually. The Chesterfield token...well, it's rare, but it's a niche item. If I owned it and wanted to sell it, I'd probably put it on eBay at £50 or £60, and expect it not for sell for at least a few months, if not longer, unless I was willing to take half or a third of my initial offering price. There are only a few specialist dealers who would see any value in it and the collectors for this sort of thing are few and far between. So I'd value it very conservatively, although it is a rare opportunity to pick one up - if you like it, go for it.
  4. Plausible theory. It's probably of Scottish origin given that it shares the obverse die of Mr. Wylie's Classes (V27) ? Don't know of any English token with this obverse die.
  5. Very nice ! I find this series fascinating, with regards to the widely accepted theory that there was no "Bishop's Wine Cellar" and that these were fantasies of 19th century pub checks. Is the "2" in "Bottle 2/11" overpunched ?
  6. It's a very rare fibre token from the early 20th century, the only other example I've ever seen was in Ernest Danson's collection (DNW 18 March 2015, lot 639 part). My understanding is that the "Kit Bag Club" was a WWI veteran's association, although I may be mistaken on this point. Easily worth £20 - 30, if not more.
  7. Probably a bit of a shot in the dark, but I just need this one to complete the full set - listed by D&H as "common" but I doubt it given that I can't find one for sale anywhere and the plate coin is pretty low grade. Distinguished by the bird being under the A of Glasgow on the tree. I'm not fussy about condition.
  8. JLS

    Glasgow retailer's token D&H 44

    Still looking for this if anyone's got one or seen one for sale !
  9. I'm struggling to identify this admittedly very well worn piece, which is clearly a York mint issue of (probably ?) Edward III's florin coinage. The reverse has a quatrefoil in the centre, with a fine cross in its centre. I've only ever seen examples before with a pellet or nothing there. Any help much appreciated !
  10. Anyone recognize this cursive script ? The price of 3 shillings appears to have been added later. Would appear to be a late 19th century or early 20th century hand. Not Cokayne or Batty.
  11. I know this was reported by Batty (unreliable source if there ever was one), but it's not in Peck. What do people think of this piece ? Date doesn't look like anything else ! Probably a contemporary forgery ?
  12. Hmm, I just haven't seen any 1675's which look like this. If the last numeral is a 5 the bottom of the loop is touching the upright; there aren't any in the Colin Cooke collection which have this feature.
  13. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Four-Generations-Of-The-Remington-Typewriter/202945869303 Nothing wrong with the medal but the title made me laugh.
  14. JLS

    Possible Fake Coin

    It most probably is genuine, I would agree. Having said that, if you'd really like to be sure, David Sear himself is willing to authenticate ancient coins; money is not wasted as the certification does make pieces more saleable, and he may pick up interesting features than non-experts would miss. https://www.davidrsear.com/certification.html As for the clipping, if it's ancient that's OK and it doesn't reduce value too much. The problem is that a lot of these coins were mounted in jewelry, from the time when they were made to the 20th century. When removing a coin from jewelry, it's often more salable if there's no trace of mounting at all, so someone unscrupulous might remove a little bit of the edge of the coin to achieve that. In any case you bought it at auction so there was at least one other person out there who thought it was worth roughly what you paid for it !
  15. Yes, you can actually see the C too on the flan, on second looks, so it is definitely a York coin. Probably Edward IV second reign then, with London dies ? I've had the York die piece before and it looks nothing like these, crude almost Irish style portrait.
  16. Might be worth resubmitting for an "appearance review" (at least that's what NGC calls it). It's probably the toning which is pulling it down sadly, PCGS has a thing for blast white (dipped) silver. You might have better luck with NGC if you care about such things.
  17. Do you think the portrait style is compatible with that ? There are York issues of Edward IV with cross in central quatrefoil; it would have to be Archbishop Neville suspended (1472 - 5) presumably given lack of marks by neck. I'd be skeptical of an Irish attribution simply because I've never seen an Irish penny of Edward IV which isn't heavily clipped !
  18. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Even then, if you could get the seller down to £25, not a bad buy.
  19. JLS


    Yeah, it does look a fair bit nicer in the video. To me, probably a bit better than EF; lots of lustre, minimal wear on devices, just weakly struck with ugly toning.
  20. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Looks like a bad contemporary forgery. I'd bet the weight is wrong, the corrosion suggests poor alloy choice. Potentially interesting to the right person at that price - I'd like it if it wasn't in such rubbish condition.
  21. JLS

    Possible Fake Coin

    Nothing screams "fake" to me here. The reason it's underweight is more likely because it's clipped, most of these were struck with flans larger than the dies. The straight edge on the right of the reverse looks suspicious. Very easy to get the style of the reverse of these right though - just a matter of doing the lettering; would be interesting to see the portrait.
  22. JLS

    Possible Fake Coin

    A really quick but lazy way to do this is to use screenshot software (try "snipping tool" if on Windows) to capture the photo as it displays on your screen.
  23. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Very-Rare-or-error-Penny-1854-Victoria-37mm/223916840005 Is it a "beating error" ? No, sadly the beating was quite intentional...
  24. Anyone got any tips on how to remove bronze disease from this unfortunate coin ? I imagine stripping the surface (using bicarbonate ? ammonia ?) would be better than leaving it rot, but I'm wondering if there would be any way to keep the patina. There doesn't seem to be much pitting under the corrosion. https://imgur.com/a/8BmsnPt
  25. There already is a catalog ! "A Thousand Guineas" by Nielson and Warburton. galata.co.uk/store.asp?storeAction=showDetail&stockID=6523&stockMasterCategoriesID=9 Like the Cumberland Jacks ("To Hanover" tokens), this is a series for people who like micro-varieties and impossible rarities. The vast majority of pieces are common, easily obtainable in top grades, and not very attractive or interesting. Then there are all sorts of fun advertising pieces, and oddities, some of which only very few are known. I dabble in the series as it crosses over with my interest in 19th century advertising tokens....