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  1. Sword

    2021 Unc set mystery

    16 weeks wait to get a replacement base pad with enough holes. Not exactly speedy.
  2. Sword

    2021 Unc set mystery

    Even an error in the packaging can only make the set more interesting and there is no reason to return it.
  3. Sword

    BBC articles

    The only "coloured" coin I do like is the 1990 Isle of Man penny black crown. It won three awards at the time:
  4. The serifs on the letters "S" certainly do look different. It's a real shame that someone has removed the possible identification marks on the obverse. It could have given really interesting information.
  5. It is rather unusual that the pattern was struck using worn reverse die. Hence the flatness on St George's chest and helmet. I remember reading somewhere that the 1951 crown was struck using a left over die from the Victorian era with the date altered. Might be someone experimented with a worn old die as an experiment and then a previously unused one was employed for striking the real thing?
  6. This is very impressive. It's rare to find a coin so free from contact marks. Excellent toning too.
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    Mr. Grumpy.

    Haven't heard of it before. Am I alone in thinking that St George's face looks like that of a middle age lady?
  8. Sword

    Mr. Grumpy.

    It's the Royal Mint unfortunately...https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/events/mr-men-little-miss/
  9. Sword

    Mr. Grumpy.

    Possibly. But my young nephew would be very upset if I brought him that coin instead of a toy he wanted.
  10. Sword

    Mr. Grumpy.

    Not you I think, and definitely not I. A fair number were brought by investors hoping for a quick profit I would imagine. Coins reusing historical designs always have greater chance of becoming wanted at least in the short term. The mint is quite clever not to do this too often or it will lose the effect.
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    Mr. Grumpy.

    Not everyone buying coins are numismatists. They include impulse buyers, investors, misguided investors, souvenir buyers, present purchasers and one-off buyers. The offerings from the Royal Mint are rarely aimed at numismatists these days, but at the other groups. Their mission is to simply to make money (banknotes rather than well-designed coins). It's easier for numismatists to just ignore the souvenir coin market.
  12. Sword

    Mr. Grumpy.

    Just his surname on coins I think.
  13. Sword

    Mr. Grumpy.

    But seriously, it is the norm these days with the Royal Mint. Wallace & Gromit, Paddington, Snowman, Winnie the Pooh ... Described as "uncirculated" and they can never be circulated...
  14. Sword

    Mr. Grumpy.

    "That's not fair! We weren't allowed to put our full names on our designs!"
  15. That's why I really like your example. Well struck fringe and hair band make a big difference to eye appeal. Nice toning and clean fields. The deeper marks (one base of neck and hair) are out of the way and not distracting. The strike is a little weak on the top of the crown on the reverse but this is relatively insignificant. For me, its a definite keeper as it would cost a fortune to upgrade to something significantly better.
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