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JLS

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  1. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    True, that hadn't occurred to me.
  2. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    But AFAIK he's going to have to pay 10% of the current bids as a final value fee ? The cost of withdrawing a listing with a £600 bid on it like the W&M halfpenny he had listed is substantial. I'm not sure what sort of aspirations he had for those pieces, because they seemed to have generated a lot of interest - if he wants the sort of prices a top auction house could generate he should be prepared to pay more than an effective ~12.5% fee !
  3. I think this may be a case of "market grading" in the sense that the obverse is a bit weaker than the ascribed grade, and the reverse is a bit better. It's very attractive with all the lustre in the devices, well done.
  4. If I were a consignor I wouldn't be happy, I imagine prices will be somewhat depressed. Also the paucity of photographs is going to be an issue for a lot of the larger lots etc.
  5. When were you calling them ? I organized a return shipping of a submission a month or two back and they always answered the phone - try between 9:30 and 12 pm or 2 to 4 pm in my experience.
  6. Presumably a contemporary forgery, though ? I'd be interested to see photographs, not something I've come across before.
  7. Ooh, interesting ! I'm going to have to weigh all of mine now to see where they stand...
  8. The more I look at this coin the more seems wrong with it ! What's up the with the apparently raised marks to the right of Britannia (and the S shaped mark after BRITAN) - die damage ?
  9. JLS

    PCGS

    Definitely for the currency issues, and the Wreath crowns, but I've never seen this problem with 1927 proof issues, weren't they struck from polished planchets ? It would seem pretty odd for the mint to polish the dies to death but use any old planchets !
  10. JLS

    Encased Farthings

    The seller Paul is a nice chap, bought two rare unofficial farthing style pieces off him recently, fair price and no problems. These issues are pretty rare. There were a variety of dies used for the outside rings, have a look at this one for comparison: https://www.cgbfr.com/5-centimes-lindauer-petit-module-souvenir-de-lexposition-coloniale-1930-paris-f-122-13-var-ttb,fmd_492430,a.html I'm sure CGB will have even more in their backstock if you ask them.
  11. JLS

    PCGS

    Yes, agreed. The price is pretty high, but it's eBay. Assuming the seller would take 60-70% of the listing price as a best offer, it seems pretty reasonable supposing the coin was a super-choice 1927 proof florin. The seller's based in the USA, and won't have had the opportunity to handle that many of these issues compared to a UK dealer or even experienced collector. Plus. the best 1927 coins I've seen have been in the original set, not sold individually. Sets tend to get broken up for profit when they are unsaleable due to problems with individual coins... Grading is all relative. There are 20th century Austrian coins I can think of where that level of hairlines etc. would still result in a really choice coin due to poor production and typical cleaning etc. I agree that it's been hairlined by cleaning, but this is often market acceptable with proof coins as long as the eye appeal is OK. The problem is that the PCGS grader seems to be totally unfamiliar with the issue, and how commonplace coins in this sort of grade are.
  12. JLS

    PCGS

    There's even a nick on George's ear ! I'm not sure if the hairlines are bad enough to warrant a details grade but no way is this a PR66 coin...
  13. Tony Clayton's listing of die numbers suggests that all 1867 shillings with die number 19 + have the obverse of 1868 (which is a fairly scarce variety). I'm a bit sceptical, albeit working from a rather rubbish example with die number 19, it looks like an ordinary 1867 obverse to me with tight ringlets. What do people think ? https://imgur.com/a/LW367ri
  14. JLS

    2009 Blue Peter Olympic 50p

    This is my problem right now - my eBay sales are doing just fine, but it's hard to buy any decent material at wholesale prices right now. Luckily my dealing is a hobby to fund the collection rather than something I depend on for income, but it's frustrating when you put a lot of bids you feel are sensible on an auction and come away with no lots, or just one or two.
  15. Lot 1984 in Auction 149, sold at £300 + premium back in 2015. Alright coin (EF cleaned or rubbed...) but hardly worth the AU grade or a £1k+ price.
  16. What about this example of CGS grading ? https://www.ringramcoins.com/boe-dollar-12727.html Clearly polished in my opinion; also what's with all the fibre still in the holder ???
  17. Yeah, I'm a bit cautious to remove any more verdigris, especially using chemical methods, because I'd rather not have a patch of pitted, unpatinated bronze, where it used to be. Having said that, so far, except in the centre of the verdigris rings, all the metal revealed has retained the patina so it's possible that good results could be achieved with more aggresive techniques...
  18. After cleaning with a sharp toothpick this morning, it's looking a bit better.
  19. This is an interesting suggestion and I'll try it out ! I might see if I've got a corroded common bun penny in my junk box to practice with first, not keen to damage the F21 at all given the number of specimens around.
  20. Feel a bit cautious regarding balsamic vinegar - would it not strip the obverse patina ? I'm used to using olive oil but from my experience it won't totally eliminate the verdigris on a coin like this, without keeping it in so long that it changes the color of the coin.
  21. Nice, thanks for the confirmation ! Now I just have the dilemma of whether to try to remove the gunk from the reverse or not... @secret santa, you're welcome to add these photos to the rare pennies site if F21 makes the cut, so to speak.
  22. I bought this thinking it was a F18 (and probably overpaid in that case), but is this actually a F21 with the bust so close to the outer border ?
  23. I love the die clash of "SS" behind George's head. Can you see the whole reverse design ghosted if you rotate the coin through the light ? There's obviously something going on near the X of REX too.
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