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Paddy

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    British Pre-decimal Milled and Hammered coinage. Some decimal and foreigh coins.

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  1. The mint is going to be guesswork. The only book I have on these states, for the Alexander III halfpennies: "The mints for these issues are uncertain". Based on the 4 stars of 5 points (20 points in all) being Edinburgh and the halfpenny having only 2 stars of 5 points, it would be reasonable to guess the coin posted would also be Edinburgh. As to value, the cop out answer is "whatever someone will pay you for it"! The Coincraft book of 1999 suggests £50 in VG and £100 in Fine. These prices were probably way too high at the time, but probably closer to the truth now.
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    Seaby Standard Catalogues etc

    No problem - PM your address and I will post it off ASP. (Should be with you before Xmas!)
  3. I have picked up a few old Seaby booklets, for which I have no need. Anyone interested? (Postage and a couple of quid for effort is all I ask!) Seaby Standard Catalogue 1945 edition, decent condition, cover has been covered with sticky backed plastic at some point. Also signed "With compliments H A Seaby" inside. Seaby Standard Catalogue Tenth edition , 1960 - this one reasonable condition, not plastic covered and has contemporary subscription order form inside. Ditto - this one plastic covered and written on and in. Seaby British Copper Coins and their values, Part 1 Regal Coins 1963/64 edition - reasonable condition although the cover has come away from the spine. First come first served...
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    Bulk Pennies and Halfpennies

    These have now gone to the great melting pot in the sky - sorry.
  5. Many years ago we had a solicitor called Mr Fiddler and an insurance broker called Mr Crook. Not much changed there then!
  6. "My name's Head - Richard Head. My friends call me Dick..."
  7. I remember at IBM once when the tannoy system operator was persuaded to put out a call for "Hugh Janus". Brought the place to a halt for a while!
  8. Well two thoughts occur to me: 1. Some of the small denominations - particularly threepences and fourpences - are much better value and easy to pick up for well under £100 each (often only £20 or so), which gives you a good chance of getting representations of most of the early milled monarchs and years without breaking the budget. A few years back I built a collection of virtually all the pre-1800 3ds and 4ds without paying more than £50 on any one coin. Sixpences and shillings are especially expensive at the moment. Charles II Crowns are often cheaper than the mid-range coins of the same year. 2. Keep an eye on the non-coin specialist auction house. With the internet and using saleroom.com and easyliveauction.com you can see job lots and individual coins at small auction houses across the UK and the world. Often these go for a fraction of the price they would if presented at a coin specialist auction - but you do need to do your research and know what you are looking at. (A local auction near me had a job lot including a William III sixpence, a Charles II Fourpence, an 1862 Sixpence and a bunch of other silver coinage - hammer price just £80 plus commission - this week.) Often you can sell the bits you don't want out of a lot and almost get the ones you do want for free!
  9. Some good ones there! Pink Floyd is still my go-to favourite. (Not so sure about Nik Kershaw, but nothing personal...) A few ideas for expanding you listening: Tangerine Dream - long melodious but unusual tracks somewhere between Mike Oldfield and Kraftwerk. Moody Blues - inventive but slightly more "pop" prog music than Floyd. The Strawbs - More "folky" prog music than Floyd or Moody Blues. Some excellent concept songs and albums. I could go on with many many more, but that will do for now!
  10. This one pointed out to me recently - very funny! A pity so much of it is true...
  11. The portraits certainly look very similar - maybe a slight difference at the base of the bust? That may be to do with the removal or addition of the Pinches logo. Reverse definitely looks to be St Andrew - the X shaped cross along with the thistles in the wreathes look conclusive. Nice token!
  12. I don't know if this has been spotted by you serious penny variety specialists - very nice 1860 penny, 2+D with the N over Z. Excellent pictures if needed for the rarest penny site: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/sometimes-it-pays-to-double-check-yourself.350656/ (presumably you would need to discuss with the poster if he is happy for you to use them...) P
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    Undeclared Hoard of Saxon coins

    Yes - I suspect there may well be a proceeds of crime hearing to follow on from their sentences. This could result in them being ordered to be detained for an additional period of time if they do not repay the proceeds or reveal the location of the missing coins. I agree with the harsh sentences and am pleased that they will send out a clear message to others considering or practising illegal detectorism, but I also feel for some of the defendants. It would seem there were two career criminals, who got what they deserved, and two foolish/rash/greedy conspirators who have seen their lives torn apart for their foolhardiness. They must be in a pretty dire state of mind now, and I can empathise with that whilst not suggesting they should have got any less.
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    Undeclared Hoard of Saxon coins

    Well they have been handed some pretty stiff sentences: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-50516329 10 years and 8 1/2 for the detectorists, 5 1/2 for one of the dealers. The other dealer is ill and will be sentenced later.
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    Undeclared Hoard of Saxon coins

    I'd never really thought about it before, but I have always taken hammered English coins to start with the Saxons as that appears to be when the thin flan, cold-hammered silver style starts. Roman and the Barbarous copies seem to be ancient whereas some of the early Saxon unnamed coinage would seem to be a transition period. I see North's book "English Hammered Coinage" starts in circa 600AD and covers all the Saxon period, so that would seem as good a guide as any.
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