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Mr T

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  1. I recently read a couple of articles in Coin News about 1887 two pound varieties (A very rare Victoria 1887 Gold Two-Pound variation from June 2018 and Rare variety Taking a fresh look at the Victoria Jubilee Head 1887 £2 from August 2018). These articles both make reference to an article - “Two Pound Pieces of 1887” by G. Dyer and R. Lubbock - in IAPN Publication No.8 and that seems to be the only place where these varieties are actually properly documented (both the articles in Coin News allude to the different obverse and reverse dies without going into a whole lot of detail). Anyone know if these details have been reproduced elsewhere? I don't want to go hunting down an out of print book just for single article in it.
  2. Oh nice - didn't even think of university libraries (not that either is convenient but oh well).
  3. No, I figured if my local state library didn't have it my local library probably wouldn't be able to get a hold of it. Thanks.
  4. No such luck - my state library doesn't have a copy and nor do the interstate ones I'd have a chance of visiting.
  5. Mr T

    Technology & Numismatics

    MATLAB has a 3D plot of a 1911 Wheat Cent (obverse I think) as an example - from memory it was a decent enough representation but no idea how they imported the data.
  6. Currencies of the Anglo-Norman Isles, 1984 McCammon?
  7. Most likely consistent, due to a damaged die.
  8. Any buy Coin News online from https://www.tokenpublishing.com/subscribe/coin? I'm curious how the online issues are delivered and if getting back issues is possible with the online option too.
  9. Mr T

    NGC Slabbing

    Wouldn't surprise me. I vaguely remember some South African piece being given an MS label because that was how it was produced, even though it had wear.
  10. Got any details? http://jerseycoins.com/pen12/pen12.htm doesn't mention it. That said, it wouldn't surprise me - I think various Canadian cents are known in brass so clearly it was being played with in the mid 1800s.
  11. I'd be inclined not to trust them - probably the mint uses the cheapest plastic available.
  12. Mr T

    latest acquisition ;0)

    @secret santa time to update https://headsntails14.wordpress.com/victoria-official-pattern-obverses-reverses/
  13. Possible but unlikely I would think? I assume that die numbers were used sequentially and dies would either have been used until unusable or destroyed. Not to say that a numbered die didn't fall behind the couch at some point or other and get refound though.
  14. It's frustrating I find (still working on my Cook Islands and Solomon Islands collections with no end in sight) but it's very satisfying ticking one off the list.
  15. I think this pretty much right - there are plenty of mules were the intent at time of production is unknown and whether it was deliberate or an accident I think it's still obviously a mule. Intent at the design stage is where the right way is meant to be decided.
  16. Alright I guess it's the picture (or rather the lighting) - it looked different enough to me but looking at https://www.pcgs.com/valueview/george-v-1911-1936/1931-1d-s-4055-bn/3948?sn=203068&h=pop and https://www.pcgs.com/valueview/george-v-1911-1936/1931-1d-s-4055-rb/3948?sn=203069&h=pop which seem to have the same generally sharper design show that the feathers are the same.
  17. Mr T

    Giving Away - Grading British Coins

    I'll echo everyone else's sentiments and say it doesn't hurt to keep it - I've got more than a shelf of coin and banknote-related books, most of which I don't touch and some of which I've never read but it's good to have a reference library.
  18. Going by these images at they seem to be different: Note the two feathers hanging down behind the helmet - next to the neck and the upward-curling bit of the back of the helmet - one the bottom coin the right feather is much thinner.
  19. I would have said yes - I thought I read that some threepence patterns were produced with third farthing obverse dies. Possibly that was a genuine test but at the same time it's a mule pairing.
  20. There was an article in the Australasian Coin and Banknote magazine a few years about mules which proposed the term 'hybrid' for so-called deliberate mules. I don't think there's any doubt about the obvious mules (dies from different countries or denominations and other combinations that should never have appeared together) but the rest, regardless of intent, aren't truly mules in my opinion - new designs get tried and possibly adopted; making coins is a business and it's not unreasonable to expect a new design to be gradually phased in , or possibly not and just used up to reduce waste.
  21. Thanks again. My 2c is that it does appear to be a separate reverse - check out the bottom helmet feathers - on the circulation reverse the bottom two feathers are of equal thickness but on the proof obverse the right feather is much thinner. Possibly there are are other differences as well but that one stood out.
  22. Got links? I found https://coins.ha.com/itm/great-britain/great-britain-george-v-satin-finish-specimen-set-1924-and-1922-not-listed-in-the-spink-guide-but-well-known-these-are-examples-of-the/a/340-15206.s but there are no images.
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    Halfpenny ID check

    A .pdf of Iain Dracott's articles was posted somewhere on this forum a little while ago I think.
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