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  1. Sword

    Coronation coins

    I think the 100 pound is made of 99.99% gold and the sovereign is the usual 91.7% gold alloyed with copper.
  2. Sword

    Coronation coins

    Presumably, the redness of the gold is determined by the percentage of copper alloyed. Any added silver would make the coin more yellow. https://www.chards.co.uk/guides/analysis-of-alloy-content-of-gold-sovereigns/180
  3. Sword

    Coronation coins

    Debasement due to inflation?
  4. Sword

    Coronation coins

    Sorry, it has already been posted elsewhere!
  5. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Logic doesn't matter to the sellers of genuine 1933 pennies. One seller keeps on saying that she is selling the "last coin" of her late mother's collection but there appears to be no end to her offerings. (Not that it makes any difference anyway). The last offer contained a coin dated 2022 which I believe is after her mother's passing. The listing has been removed now.
  6. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The username is no longer registered on eBay. Hopefully, we won't hear more stories about 1933 pennies found in clocks , chimneys, charity shops, late relatives' accumulations etc for at least a little while.
  7. I don't think over grading helps any seller in the long run. You just mentally end up lowering the grade by half grade before you even start at looking at the coin.
  8. If the black "dirt" is lose on the surface, then the removal of it would improve the appearance significantly. I remember putting a GV half crown into 2x2 adhesive holder for a few years and then decided to put it in a quadrum. The plastic lifts off some of the "dirt" when I removed the holder. Rather happy with the accidental "cleaning".
  9. I assume that if they are selling fast, then dealers will increase their prices and will be willing to bid higher in auctions.
  10. I am amazed that a contemporary counterfeit is worth so much. What's the reason? I really regret not getting a decent E1 shilling (or even an E1 sixpence) years ago when the prices were not so crazy. It's outside my price range now unfortunately.
  11. I like these rocking horse crowns also and have one example of the RE proof. The coin above has presumably been graded ultra cameo and I wonder if this has affected the numeric grading? I also wonder if there has been any attempt to adjust the contrast to make the frosting more apparent. If so, I imagine it would make the "hairlines" a lot more noticeable.
  12. Sword

    Attractive coins currently in circulation

    Would you like to post pictures of the one you think best?
  13. I could look at it all day! It is a splendid specimen, and there would be no excuse for it not to be assigned a very high grade if the obverse strike is a little stronger. (But I don't think I have seen an example as nice as this and with a stronger strike)
  14. The toning (particularly on the reverse) is superb!
  15. Sword

    Using acetone to clean coins

    I have never tried anything apart from acetone with a cotton bud. (And I will probably not try anything else). For me it is very good in dissolving a range of things such as grease. It is more volatile than the various alcohols (due to lower boiling point) and so will quickly evaporate. But I would only consider using it if there is a reason to.
  16. Sword

    Charles III portrait

    Image from BBC news and it took me a bit of time to warm up to it. I think the portrait appears friendly and approachable rather majestic (which was probably the intention).
  17. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    It's a bit more than that. Even the previous listing of the same item has also been removed. True, it might be back with a new seller's ID though.
  18. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The listing has been removed (rather than ended)! Looks like it might be the action of Ebay.
  19. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Notice only the date 1933 has been cleaned... Also I think people selling for a charity on eBay has the charity ribbon icon on their listings ...
  20. A very well struck obverse for the 1921!
  21. I normally collect silver, but have decided to buy a couple of pennies as type examples.
  22. Croydon Coins used to be the only cheap auction charging just 5% buyer's premium. But they didn't have photos for most of their coins then and so it wasn't great for postal bidders. It has since changed hands but the name is still retained. Now it is "21% plus VAT". They even added "Unlike some other auction houses which state 28.8%." on their website.
  23. I have never experienced that. I try to submit my bid in the last few seconds and the auctions ended on the time expected.
  24. Sword

    Little coins big prices

    That's rather worrying...