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  1. Photos I took after the coin was slabbed (the white marks on the observe are just dust) and most closely match the actual appearance.
  2. This is one of the first coins I have ever brought: Original auction photos: CGS Photos:
  3. Indeed. But in addition to decent photos, dealers should offer at least 14 days upon delivery for cancellation which I think is the law regarding distance selling. I agree that it is very annoying if defects such as hairlines, verd, past cleaning, artificial toning, etc are not mentioned. Being able to return a coin is not really an excuse not to mention such things. I do get the impression that some sellers are very accurate with grading lower values coins but are more generous when grading high value pieces. It's up to them but I would rather people don't do things like that. Different dealers have different reputations. There is nothing wrong in my view with sellers aiming to make say 100% profit compared to what they paid in auctions. If a dealer is on the lookout of real bargains on auctions and sell at high profit margins, then that is their choice. Sellers aiming to make about 30% profit margin would find it much easier to buy stock and will have much faster turnaround times. Just different business models and one buys from sellers sharing his philosophy.
  4. It's an error alright. Paying $574.50 for it that is.
  5. Sword

    Law of contract - offer for sale

    I remember buying a suit from a well known departmental store. The site stated that stock is low and there were two available at that size. I placed the order, paid (and money has been taken out of my credit card) and have got multiple e-mail confirmations. One giving me the date I can pick it up from the store. Then I got an e-mail that the order is delayed and eventually not available and my money will be refunded. Obviously, they are liable if there had been a contract. But I have no doubt that their T&C (which of course I couldn't be bothered to read) would have stated that contract is only binding on delivery.
  6. Sword

    Law of contract - offer for sale

    I think the key point is whether you have made a binding contract with the seller. If you do, then the seller is legally obliged to honor the contract (but getting him to do so is another matter.) There is definitely no contract yet if you if you just try to buy an item labelled with an incorrect price. The seller is only inviting offers at this stage. If it is in a physical shop, then the contract is binding once you have paid for the item. Then the item is yours. However, if buying online, then depending on the seller's T&C, you’ll have legal rights (and a contract) either: - once you’ve paid for the item - once they’ve sent it to you For example, the following T&C is from a very respectable seller states that that the initial acknowledgement does not constitute a contract and that a contract is binding only when an order confirmation has been sent (after the item has been dispatched). The following is from citizen advice "Shopping online Your legal rights depend on something fairly tricky in the law: whether or not you have a ‘contract’. If you have a contract, the company can’t usually cancel your order, even if they realise they’ve sold you something at the wrong price. They’ll only be able to cancel it if it was a genuine and honest mistake on their part that you should’ve noticed. If you don’t have a contract and someone realises they’ve told you the wrong price, they can cancel your order." If nothing is stated in the seller's T&C, and speaking as someone who is not a lawyer, my impression is that there is probably no binding contract until the item has been dispatched.
  7. Sword

    I.D info please.

    Gosh, that's very light!
  8. That feature of the design is not always obvious due to weak striking. Not very surprisingly, it is also not present in the modified effigy. This PF66 2 pound shows the feature nicely.
  9. Sword

    Size does matter!

    Yes to both questions. I really like them myself.
  10. Sword

    Size does matter!

    Exact diameters of some common UK coins are: LSD: Farthing 20mm, Halfpenny 26mm, Penny 30.81mm, Silver threepence 16mm, Brass threepence 21mm, Sixpence 19mm, Shillings 23.1mm, Florin 28.5mm, Half Crown 32mm, Crown 38.6mm. Decimal: Halfpenny 17mm, Penny 20.32mm, Twopence 25.91mm, Old Five Pence 23.5mm (pre 1990), New Five Pence 18mm, Old Ten Pence 28.5mm (pre 1992), New Ten Pence 24.5mm, Twenty Pence 21.4mm, Old Fifty Pence (pre 1997) 30mm, New Fifty Pence 27.3mm, One Pound 22.5mm, Two Pound 28.4mm, Crown 38.6mm. 23mm are good for the 12 sided £1 coin http://vi.raptor.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemDescV4&item=110339646462&category=549&pm=1&ds=0&t=1559547793000&ver=0 With capsules you need to go up to the nearest mm. Hence two pound 28.4mm will need a 29mm capsule. Unfortunately, there will be a bit of rattle. If you are using a quadrum, then you can use a 28mm size as the foam can expands a bit with no problem. Hence no rattle and eliminates the risk of friction between the coin and plastic. I personally use quadrums even though you can't see the edges of the coins.
  11. Thanks. It is that detail which persuaded me to buy it.
  12. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    and it is no longer listed.
  13. Just brought this sixpence as a type example.
  14. Sword

    50p Scarcity *

    It's just there are 29 olympic 50p coins. They will just dominate the table if all are included. The abridged table shows a wider range of dates and types. Some previous tables from changechecker have included them.
  15. Sword

    50p Scarcity *

    I thought you implied in the OP that the 2017 Royal Shield is the second rarest 50p? But quite a few others have lower mintages.
  16. Sword

    50p Scarcity *

    No you didn't win :) The changechecker site explicitly states that the Olympic 50p are omitted from the chart. Mintage figures according to ITN news: 2009 Kew Gardens: 210,000 2011 Olympic wrestling: 1,129,500 2011 Olympic football: 1,161,500 2011 Olympic judo: 1,161,500 2011 Olympic triathlon: 1,163,500 2018 Peter Rabbit: 1,400,000 2018 Flopsy Bunny: 1,400,000 2011 Olympic tennis: 1,454,000 2011 Olympic goalball: 1,615,500 2011 Olympic shooting: 1,656,500
  17. Sword

    New member

    A 1951 crown is a nice choice as a first coin. Great reverse design (struck from left over victorian die(s) with date re-engraved if I remember correctly), large, proof-like and inexpensive for something nearly 70 years old.
  18. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    At least he has also removed "mint error" from the description.
  19. The are coin counters with adjustable coin diameter and thickness like this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ZZap-CC10-Automatic-counting-currencies-Black/dp/B00FQGZ4WM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=coin+counter+diameter+thickness&qid=1570965570&sr=8-1-fkmr0 No idea if it is any good and it is also pricey. Looks like a good internet search is required to find a good deal.
  20. Sword

    more FAKES

    Numerical grading can only be used if the coin has been slabbed by "an eBay-approved company such as NGC, PCGS, ANACS, ICG, or PMG" Otherwise, you can't use numerical grading but can use traditional grades like EF, VF etc. https://www.ebay.com/help/policies/prohibited-restricted-items/stamps-currency-coins-policy?id=4337 It has been like that for quite a long time as far as I know but how well it has been enforced is a matter of opinion.
  21. I guess so. It's just I found the pretense of donating 10% of the sale to charity bad taste.
  22. Thanks for the update. The lack of photos (and brief descriptions) meant that it was really risky to leave commission bids. But I am certain very good deals were available if one can attend in person. The disappearance of a 5% commission auction house is indeed rather sad.
  23. 10% of the sale price will be donated to Cancer Research UK. How very generous. He is asking for £9 million for postage in addition to a ridiculous BIN price. I just don't feel like laughing at people with this sort of mentality.