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  1. Sword

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    Indeed. Even a decent VG example of F169 is well over a thousand. But sometimes you see a worn rare silver variety with less than a handful of known examples selling for less than a hundred.
  2. Sword

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    I agree with you. But I think it is fair to say that bronze / copper collectors are more into rare varieties than silver collectors. A rare variety penny grading fine can worth many thousands, but the market is not quite the same for a rare variety silver in my view.
  3. Sword

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    If it is a choice between collecting high grades and rare varieties, then I would go for high grades.
  4. Sword

    Is this error or bad designed?

    It is not a design fault or an error. The coin looks like it has taken serious abuse to cause the centre to drop out.
  5. I have never looked into this in detail but it is likely enough that different alloys were used for casings. Cupronickel coinage of 75% Cu and 25% Ni is already white in appearance. Hence 40% nickel would definitely not result in a copper colour shell which are common in WWI. Could it be possible that a certain amount of copper was mixed with the silver depending on the composition of the casings used to ensure some sort of consistency?
  6. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    But "sold" on eBay doesn't necessarily mean that money has changed hands.
  7. Davies (British Silver Coins since 1816) has a discussion on alloys. 10% Nickel and 40% copper was achieved by using discarded bullet envelopes. But this caused a number of problems such as higher fuel cost (due to higher melting point), discolouration, flaking etc
  8. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    It was "sold" but relisted. Then it is "sold" ...
  9. Sword

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    I was under the impression (wrongly it seems) that you have only started serious collecting relatively recently. The number of varieties in the series is so large that there will always be examples to chase.
  10. Sword

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    Sounds like your collection is really coming along Bruce. 😀
  11. I haven't got the coin in hand yet, but I think the grade is a little below EF? But the strike and general appearance is decent. One needs to wait a long time to get a top example and the price could be excessive when it finally turns up.
  12. In order to complete my date run of sterling silver George V halfcrowns, I have got a presentable rather than a high grade example of the 1913.
  13. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBt8AoLBCoo
  14. According to the papers, Boris Johnson appeared to shout "not even a flesh wound" in response to the jibe. You just got to laugh!
  15. Video clip of the Black Knight.