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Mr T

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  1. No I suppose not. Does he have a website?
  2. Mr T

    Your buying criteria

    Probably depends on the coin, but grade and strike more than anything (well-struck VF minimum, unless it's something really rare). Being a completionist, rarity is irrelevant but if it's a coin I'm unlikely to see for sale again soon then I'd prioritise if over another purchase. Lustre and eye appeal are of little to no consequence - as long as the coin is of reasonable grade and generally problem-free.
  3. Thanks Cliff - I was expecting it to be in Peck if anywhere but the author may well have been mistaken.
  4. Does anyone know where these might be documented? In A Guide Book of English Coins by K.E. Bressett it says there are varieties in the number of leaves and acorns in the wreath but isn't specific in any way. The list at http://www.aboutfarthings.co.uk/Malta.html just documents wide/narrow dates. The list at http://www.michael-coins.co.uk/GBFractionFarthings.htm also mentions wide/narrow dates.
  5. I'm honestly surprised by that. Maybe a change in regulations in India or something prompted it.
  6. I have one too (ex Michael Freeman). Are both your Farthing mules with obverse 2? I believe there are mules with obverse 3? Colin lists it on his site, I've never seen one in hand or pictured. My example is an obverse 2. Here it is (very bottom of the page): http://www.colincooke.com/coin_pages/vbh2.html The picture isn't very big but the it does appear to be obverse 3 (the hair is wavier).
  7. Thanks - found it now: http://www.londoncoins.co.uk/?page=Pastresults&auc=124&searchlot=838&searchtype=2
  8. Nice. Didn't realise it was R20 but I guess it still is, even with the passage of a few decades.
  9. Mr T

    1911 Pennies

    I think there are only two but I'm not entirely clear on the matter and would like to know too.
  10. I still get that feeling...
  11. Mr T

    Define Uncirculeted

    For me uncirculated is minimal bag marks etc and no obvious signs of use (i.e. no discolouration from rubbing). I think that anything that is poorly struck or has too many bagmarks should be graded as almost uncirculated, even if it is technically uncirculated as uncirculated coins really should look uncirculated in my opinion.
  12. Haven't heard anything about one this year either but I highly doubt it would be discontinued this early - seems like it was well received in previous years. Maybe try contacting the Royal Mint?
  13. The article was in the September 1984 Spink Numismatic Circular (which I don't have) but it concerns a 1927 half crown in gold and a 1922 florin in gold.
  14. Thanks for the pictures Bernie! I think G.P. Dyer wrote an article on some of the silver coins struck in gold in the 1980s - can't remember what publication but maybe it has some information? I wouldn't be calling these hyper-varieties myself - I think even specimens of each in VG condition could still be correctly attributed, unlike some of the bun head varieties. Makes the George V pennies a bit more interesting anyway (and they also serve as a reminder of how impossible a complete penny set is).
  15. Quite by chance I came across this article (the last article - fifth page from the bottom): http://www.britnumsoc.org/publications/Digital%20BNJ/pdfs/2006_BNJ_76_2_7.pdf It discusses a few varieties of reverse D.
  16. Mr T

    Trial of the Pyx

    Well mostly anyway - all the precious metal commemoratives would still be tested but I assume they are a small percentage of what the mint actually produces in terms of numbers.
  17. Thanks Bernie! I feel like it's all starting to make some sense now. I might start digging through the London Coins archives and see if I can find it anyway.
  18. There's this: https://www.httrack.com/ I remember playing with it years ago but I can't remember if it was any good - it still exists seven or eight years later so it can't be too bad anyway,
  19. I'm glad I'm not the only one who was getting confused by it all! Anyway, hopefully Bernie might chip in as he seems know a bit of what's going on.
  20. Just another thought - I assume Michael Marsh had a collection - was it ever auctioned?
  21. http://archive.org/web/web.php is the site to try.
  22. Mr T

    Trial of the Pyx

    Good luck. I haven't been able to find mintage figures for non-UK coins let alone something like the trial of the Pyx results. Some government library might have them. Further to what Rob has said, I remember reading that the selection of coins is now entirely automated, so if they're all tested together at the end of the year say, then the discovery would be made too late to do anything. I wouldn't be surprised if the testing it mostly automated too.
  23. As Declan says Above, G5 was a coinie which i'm sure those at the mint knew, so you'd think they'd be on the ball when minting a new or variant of coinage considering the crap they had been pushing out in the earlier years of his reign True but I don't think it's that noticeable - I didn't give it a second glance until it was mentioned here, and I was looking at the coin at twice normal size. Maybe it was made to get the new portrait rather than the new reverse approved - the old portrait had been giving the mint grief for some time so I can understand them wanting to get the new design approved as soon as possible, so maybe they cut corners. Anyway, hopefully Mr Freeman can shed some light on the matter.
  24. Although as I think about this, maybe this specific coin was struck for royal approval or something like that and the mint (probably rightly) thought that a coin that appeared to have been minted two years ago might not convey the most professional appearance to the King.