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  1. Paddy

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    A more obscure one that I see regularly wrong in print is the difference between "loth" and "loathe". Loth is unwilling, loathe is to hate but I have often seen "I am loathe to take that course...", even in books and respectable publications.
  2. Paddy

    2021 Unc set mystery

    I can't find any discussion on this through Google. The only "error" being discussed is the design of the HG Wells £2 coin, with people pointing out the extra leg on the alien machine. As the Royal Mint has declared this is not an error but the designer's interpretation, I can't see them recalling for that reason.
  3. Paddy

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    You can't even rely on the broadsheets to get it right. Not many years ago the Daily Telegraph used "burglarise" instead of "burgle" on its front page, and I knew the end of the world was nigh!
  4. Paddy

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    My grandfather, who was otherwise very straight laced, sold me a long tale about a piece of pottery found in a dig inscribed "Itis apis pota bigone". Took me a while to spot the joke!
  5. Paddy

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    The one I recall is "Caesar adsum iam forte, Pompeii aderat".
  6. Paddy

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    I beg to differ on Referendum, which is a gerund, not a noun. It means "asking" and has no plural in latin. Snap - Blakeyboy beat me by seconds! PS: full discussion: https://www.dailyedge.ie/lets-figure-this-out-whats-the-real-plural-of-referendum-261522-Oct2013/
  7. Paddy

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    Whilst we are in pedant mode, another one that gets me is "The amount of people...". Amount is used for things you measure by weight or volume, so unless we are taking a leaf out of the Nazi's book, we should say "The number of people...".
  8. Paddy

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    The one that bugs me constantly is "unique". Everything seems to be unique these days, even frequently qualified with "very". If something is unique there is only one of it, so "very unique" is meaningless. On the antiques programs, which I generally enjoy, "unique" is trotted out for almost anything even slightly out of the ordinary.
  9. Paddy

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    It depresses me that the plural of forum is now accepted as "forums" instead of "fora". Even spell check highlights the second, not the first.
  10. Paddy

    BBC articles

    They are off again - more coloured dinosaur 50p coins from the Royal Mint: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-56182579
  11. Paddy

    1818 George III halfcrown

    Is the alignment right? It should be medal alignment, not coin alignment. There have been some very good forgeries of the 1818 and the only thing they got wrong was the alignment.
  12. Paddy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Had a look - that's a pretty long stretch to make that look like anything at all! What is he smoking?
  13. Paddy

    Pound coin alloy?

    I had not noticed that before, but just checked and you are correct. I checked the specification of the pound on the Royal Mint website: https://www.royalmint.com/discover/uk-coins/coin-design-and-specifications/one-pound-coin/ The centre is Nickel plated brass alloy. Pure Nickel is magnetic, so I guess this is what is being attracted to the magnets. Copper-Nickel alloys are not magnetic.
  14. Paddy

    BBC articles

    I am sure between us we could send them pics of some really notable coins? I thought maybe my Gothic Crown, or one of my early Saxon pennies?
  15. Paddy

    BBC articles

    I have posted previous articles spotted on the BBC website, but thought a generic thread would be better so as not to keep starting new ones. Spotted this one today: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56045273 The form at the bottom allows comment and contribution - I thought of pointing out how many fakes of the Kew gardens are around. Also give room for posting pictures of you oldest coins, or info about your collection - anyone fancy it? 🙂