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  1. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I don't think she appreciates that your offer of £1 is literally a million times closer to the coin's true value than her asking price (of a million pounds).
  2. This is currently being reported in BBC news: "Mr Tusk said Mr Cameron thought a referendum would not happen because of the coalition government with the Lib Dems. "[He told me] he felt really safe, because he thought at the same time that there's no risk of a referendum, because his coalition partner, the Liberals, would block this idea of a referendum," Mr Tusk said. "But then, surprisingly, he won and there was no coalition partner. So paradoxically David Cameron became the real victim of his own victory." Mr Tusk said he was "really amazed and even shocked" to learn from Mr Cameron that he decided to hold the referendum because of his own party." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46951942
  3. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    He only offered £1 for the £1 coin and so not much risk there.
  4. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    😀😀 But she wrote that "I AM OPEN TO OFFERS AS LONG AS IT WILL BUY MY HOUSE" ...
  5. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Has anyone seen this item she is offering? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ONE-OF-A-KIND-MAJOR-ROYAL-MINT-DIE-SHARD-STRIKE-ERROR-2017-12-SIDED-1-COIN/123577251129?hash=item1cc5c73539:g:kxAAAOSw11Bb3aql:rk:16:pf:0
  6. Has good eye appeal (literally). Nice portrait with both eyes of Edward visible. Full and round. Obverse is nicer. I would grade as NVF / GF at least.
  7. No, a real sovereign would not have those initials. My opinion is that the initials could be "AG" (Ag) meaning it is silver. Alternatively, it could be the initials of the person who copied the design of a real sovereign for use in the "sovereign style" rings. If the ring is hallmarked gold, then the "coin" might have some gold content too.
  8. This example is graded cgs82 and was their finest known at the time. Not so raggy at the rims but the imperfections are there all the same. (I am recovering from flu and am too weak for anything other than the TV and internet at the moment).
  9. Every four years, we have a general election. On each occasion, we are effectively asked if we are reasonably happy with the current government or do we think another party can do better. Each party tend to have one or two flagship policies which the public can evaluate. In 2016, we were given lots of reasons / opinions / speculations / trash / scaremongering for remaining and leaving but the issues surrounding Brexit are complex in the extreme. Frankly, even having a PhD in European Affairs coupled with years of research is not enough to enable someone to make an informed decision. Hence I think holding the 2016 referendum was a very flawed decision. Margaret Thatcher once quoted Clement Attlee that referendums are "a device of dictators and demagogues". As it is, there is probably no way out except holding a second referendum. And yes, I do see the extreme irony.
  10. This currency example was sold by LCA for £340 hammer and was described as "UNC with an attractive blue, green and gold tone, a pleasing example with much eye appeal". The inferior strike of Saint George is obvious. The rims of currency crowns tend to have tiny imperfections all round too.
  11. I think it will always be a moot point whether the 1902 crown is the last year of the circulating crowns or the first commemorative piece. The mintage figure is similar enough to the previous years. I don't think the fact that no crowns were minted in 1901 is enough to say it is definitely a commemorative.
  12. In my view, Cameron called the referendum mainly solely to unite his Conservative Party. The issue of EU has caused so much infighting for the Conservatives over the years which he wanted to end once and for all. He would never have called the referendum if he thought there is a significant chance of him losing. Then May actually thought she had what it takes to deliver a good Brexit. She didn't. But then again, I am not certain anyone does.
  13. The government in 2016 overestimated its ability to negotiate Brexit.
  14. Agreed. I would be very surprised it it isn't a matt proof. A currency crown would have at least some very tiny nicks to the rims.