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Mr T

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  1. https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/556493 has an article on an 1837 groat using threepence obverse 3 (I think). Davies isn't clear but is groat obverse 2 the same as threepence obverse 2, groat obverse 3 the same as threepence obverse 3 and groat obverse 4 the same as threepence obverse 4?
  2. My inclination is to say deliberate damage but that's more gut feel, because I'm not sure how it could have happened during normal production. I think dies were made to be slightly concave/convex (I don't remember the exact reason) but certainly not to that extreme.
  3. Mr T

    1953 Farthing

    Related to this coin - I assume the number of VIP proof sets struck is unknown but I'm guessing dozens at most? Some searching show the mayor of London/governor of the BBC got one but other than that I couldn't find much information.
  4. One benefit of collecting these niche areas - you can get some good buys on the rarities.
  5. Mr T

    Coin Reverse Orientation

    Interesting - I would never have guessed that. Were any of the early bronze patterns medal orientation?
  6. I wonder why they bothered for such small mintages - could the sale from 50 coins have covered costs even?
  7. Mr T

    Coin Reverse Orientation

    And why were the bronze coins in medal orientation from 1860 as well for that matter?
  8. Unlisted in Davies by the looks of it?
  9. Nice, though I don't suppose there's a third edition in the works.
  10. Mr T

    1953 Farthing

    Oh, and it's paired with both obverse 1 and obverse 2 as well? Is there a picture of it paired with obverse 1?
  11. Mr T

    1953 Farthing

    Nice find - I didn't think there would be any new farthing discoveries at this point, least of all in the Elizabeth II series.
  12. I really need to try and get my hands on some of those earlier mint reports - the mintage figures should be there.
  13. For those who haven't seen, the Royal Mint Museum has digitised some of the older annual reports: https://library.royalmintmuseum.org.uk/archive/royal-mint-annual-reports
  14. Well done. I probably would have caved and bought them but it's good you got them at a good price.
  15. Is the other high grade example die number 17 too?
  16. Mr T

    Coinstar find

    Like the little tray at the bottom of an old coin phone.
  17. Which bit are you unconvinced about - that they were struck for colonial use or that they were struck for circulation at all? I'm not too familiar with the early threepences but I'm guessing that most surviving examples are Maundy money and they're generally rare because either they were exported or not actually struck (for circulation) but at this point we have no way of knowing either way.
  18. Maybe but Collectors Coins Great Britain says not, and neither does https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces4412.html Some of them have mintages listed too which isn't conclusive but it'd suggest at least some of the years were made for circulation.
  19. What are the 1846, 1847, 1849, 1852 and 1853 varieties? I see nothing in Davies or Bull. Also, why are 1847, 1848 and 1852 missing in Davies altogether?
  20. Oh time flies! And yes I suppose even with the ones we do know of, it's lucky that any survived. Ah of course. I don't keep as close a track of the legend errors but even the inverted A in VICTORIA (1862?) is reasonably new I think. Anyway, I suppose there are lots of countries where an 1860 or 1861 penny is just that too - no local interest in Freeman numbers, so there's still hope.
  21. Hm, there might be a way to automatically download it - I'll have to look into it when I have some time.
  22. Mr T

    Halfpenny ID check

    I only had a brief look but in my notes I had obverses 4 and 5 with the rotated D in F:D: and obverse 6 having the straight D in F:D: (from Dracott's articles I think). I didn't look too closely at which obverse it actually was but the D looks a bit rotated to the right.