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Everything posted by JLS

  1. Very nice - this is a really exceptional quality strike for this issue, even if there's a bit of wear.
  2. Good luck ! I can't find one of the brass ones in nice grade; my collection of these is in a similar state to Will's; don't have the "RRR" one or the silver/gilt specimen listed. Did pick up the following unlisted gilt prooflike piece recently though:
  3. JLS

    Twenty dollar

    This is more of a MS64 or MS64+ coin IMO. The large gold bruise easily and PCGS in particular are not harsh about minor bag marks or edge damage on these. What will keep it from getting a higher grade is probably the bagmarks on the nose and under the eye.
  4. I've never seen an Edward VII farthing with convincing original mint lustre, but I've seen an 1898 and a 1901 which looked kosher. Maybe just good coin doctoring though.
  5. I'd expect these to exist though, despite the spurious nature of the above example. I've seen Old Head Victorian examples. See London Coins, 2 March 2014, lot 2293, "Farthings (5) 1879 Large 9, 1879 Small 9 (2), 1901 with traces of lustre, not mint darkened, 1907 with lustre, not mint darkened NEF to GEF". As typical with farthing varieties, no-one was particularly interested and it went for £42 + premium. M"
  6. A much worse offender among the seller's offerings is this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/MINT-ERROR-NGC-CERTIFIED-1817-37-NETHERLAND-CENT-STRUCK-OFF-CENTRE-RARE-IN-UNC/222885567656 Hard to believe it's worth even £100 with the hole. Sort of thing I'd feel lucky to pick up for £20 knowing that I'd probably double my money if I decided to sell it down the line.
  7. One ugly coin. This really should be MS60 - an EF coin which technically might have looked like this when it left the mint, but nevertheless has severe defects. The problem with NGC is that they'll take the better than average lustre and OK strike and make that bump it up a few points, despite the metal flaws, "contact marks" *cough* wear, and heavy bagmarking. Ozjohn's coin looks like a MS62 or MS63 piece; the obverse rim nicks will stop it getting a higher grade if the weakish strike doesn't. A much more attractive piece though.
  8. I love the fact that on yours the date is readable ! On my example (similar grade) it's too weakly struck to be clear. Think it was probably an afterthought by the engravers...or they just didn't leave enough space and then panicked because their punches were too large ??
  9. A rarity for the unofficial farthing collection I picked up earlier this week.
  10. Owning a few ex-polished pieces, I wish they could stop being shiny a bit faster....
  11. JLS


    Interesting. Before after photos much appreciated. What was the fake patina made of, do you think ? How did you get rid of it ?
  12. Agreed - note how the initials K.G. are still legible on the reverse despite the extreme wear. I think the polishing theory is correct - but why would someone do that ?
  13. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    That's actually very good for a machine translation. Yeah, "coniazione" translates to "striking" or "coining" rather than "coinage" per se. What surprises me is that the seller uses the same nonsense English description on Italian eBay...
  14. JLS

    Gold brexit 50p's - anybody get one?

    That's a higher mintage than most 50 pences in gold though ? Maybe they didn't anticipate such high demand.
  15. I really wouldn't grade the obverse VF. The hair detail is there, yes, but a VF coin shouldn't have general areas with loss of detail like the left side of Victoria's neck (no definition on the line), right shoulder, left side of the rim near VIC. This coin is a straight Fine. Some bits are better, yes, look at the hair detail on the obverse, but some bits are worse, look at Britannia's shield on the reverse ! Here's a true VF/gF 1861 penny (6 + F) for comparison: https://www.londoncoins.co.uk/?page=Pastresults&auc=152&searchlot=2383&searchtype=2, albeit a bit scuffed up.
  16. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MORUZZI-PIO-V-BIANCO-Bologna-117740-Pius-V-Pie-V-moneta-papale-in-argento/333453479726 Posting this not because of the coin (nice) or the price (reasonable although on the high side) but because of the ridiculous bar chart which is the final picture. Grade 55/70 - OK, we're in Sheldon (a weird choice for Renaissance Italy but there we go). Rarity 20/100 - not sure what the takeaway from this is. Metal and patina 90/100 - so choice toning ? Coinage - 90/100 - ??????????
  17. JLS


    Well, it depends on the sorts of coins you lacquer. I wouldn't lacquer a coin with a very poor surface or extensive corrosion. The ideal coin to lacquer is one which has been cleaned or polished and therefore has no natural patina. Example from my collection attached - I didn't do the lacquering but I'm pretty sure it would be a lot uglier without. Notice the pink highlights and the unnaturally smooth/shiny look. Before lacquering most likely a problem coin, afterwards...well I don't mind the look of it.
  18. JLS


    The British Museum doesn't presently use Ren Wax on ancient coins. However, a lot of the collection has been lacquered by someone or other at some point. I think the real problem with lacquering is that in order to remove the lacquer you need to know the chemistry. And even if you sell or otherwise pass on a coin with a ticket saying that it was lacquered with mineral/organic oil or some other formulation, probably it will get lost before the lacquer looks a bit ugly. Ren. Wax is easy to remove because you can just boil the coin in water.
  19. JLS


    Are we talking about using actual resin-based varnish, or lacquering ? The first is not a great idea, people still commonly lacquer pre-1600 copper - I've done it myself.
  20. Not sure if these belong in my advertising token or French collection ! It was illegal at this point to counterstamp regal coinage, hence the use of French 10 centime pieces. The left countermark dates from 1884 according to Withers.
  21. There were three of these in the Murdoch sale (Sotheby 1904), see the attached excerpt from the catalog with a full attribution. None in lead, could possibly be an 18th or 19th century imitation as is common with Civil War medals, especially given the lack of provenance.
  22. This is why Peter Withers is always saying that owning a token without researching it is a bit like owning a book without reading it...you can spend hours and hours on some of these pieces.
  23. No, the portrait is definitely of Eaton with that high forehead. "Frangas non Flectes" was Eaton's personal motto too. Compare this illustration: The connection with Paine is tangential but interesting.
  24. The other interesting fact I know about it is that the reverse design tells you where to get it redeemed ! Eaton's publishing house was based at the Cock and Swine, 74 Newgate Street, sadly long demolished. If you're interested in more about Eaton, there's a lot of academic literature which discusses his activities as his friends and clients were basically a who's-who of the radical political scene of 1790s London. Here's the front page of Eaton's edition of the Rights of Man, for reference, where he's "Citizen Daniel Isaac Eaton, Printer to the Supreme Majesty of the People".