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  1. Snow White and the 6 Dwarfs would still be one too many. Sneezy need to be self isolating.
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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/333711160598?ViewItem=&item=333711160598 Finally got taken off.
  3. That would indeed be the most sensible thing for Royal Mail to do. But I have just seen this story which is somewhat worrying. https://postandparcel.info/17817/news/up-for-auction-75000-items-that-were-lost-in-the-post-by-royal-mail/#:~:text=Royal%20Mail%20has%20admitted%20selling,their%20post%20has%20gone%20astray.
  4. The question is, who owns an item resurfacing after it has been "lost" in the post and full compensation has already been paid to the owner? If I have to guess, then I would say it then belongs to the Royal Mail, but I can be wrong. I am not certain if the original owner still have any right after that.
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    "With Beautiful Luster". Rather cheeky to be describing a polished coin with that phrase.
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    I do like the engravings of the INA pieces. One of the things I regret is that the very nice coronet head of Queen Victoria was only used in foreign coins and not home currency.
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    Another way of putting it is that over half of those graded by PCGS (9 out of 16) is of the same grade or higher.
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    At least it has now been removed. Most of the other items are school books and so I guess the person is either a parent or a kid. What a crazy and reckless thing to do. You have done a good deed and saved him or her from getting into some serious trouble.
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    Removing stones from beaches is illegal under the Coast Protection Act 1949!
  10. I agree with Jerry that the "S" is probably Sheffield and the letters after that are "EP" I think, and stands for electroplate. The marks for a "Roberts and Belk" sterling silver item are shown below. They look similar but the all-important lion passant mark, which signifies sterling silver is present. The assay office mark (crown for Sheffield) would also not be present on a silver plate object.
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    I think British Law makes it illegal to counterfeit any "protected coins" meaning any coin which is customarily used as money in any country. In addition the following are also protected: Sovereign, Half sovereign, Krugerrand, any coin denominated as a fraction of a Krugerrand, Maria Theresia thaler bearing the date of 1780 and any euro coin. I think it might therefore not illegal to make replica of coins not included in the above. However, attempting to sell them without clearing stating they are replicas would certainly be treated as fraud, or misrepresentation of goods which would be illegal of course.
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    I think for coins or tokens, a repro needs to have a feature that enables it to be readily distinguished from the original. E.g. stamped with WRL for example. Even if it was originally sold cheaply as a replica, someone will undoubtedly try to sell it as genuine later on.
  13. Correct. The complete meaning is: 3.5 shots of gin and half a shot of vermouth over 4 parts ice, finished off with three stirs (the 3×360o). Just in case anything is not obvious: H2O = water. Hence H2O3 = water cube or ice (power of three = cube) The Gin and Vermouth is on top of H2O3. Hence the over ice cube. 360o is a full circle or one stir. Parker Pen Company ran an advertising campaign in the early 1970s, showing a hand using a Parker Pen to write the 'mathematical' formula on a piece of paper. The result was that they received numerous inquiries by chemists, mathematicians, and physicists, asking for the meaning of the formula. Apparently the campaign received one very critical letter asking "Who ever heard of a martini without an olive?"