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  1. I do Barnstaple Pannier market on Wednesdays and now Saturdays. I do occasional Car boot sales - either Pottington, which is just outside Barnstaple, or, if the weather looks dodgy, Exeter Race Course. I sometimes do Flea markets - there is one this bank holiday Monday 30th Aug at Tapeley Park near Instow (Bideford). Always happy to see genuine collectors!
  2. I spend most of my collecting time in local markets - I have a stall selling coins and as a result have bags of coins brought to me regularly. My experience is probably at the low end of the market, but I find much more positive. I sell lots to new collectors who are far more interested in the attractiveness of the coin and its history, not some remotely attributed "grade". Today I stalled out at a local car boot sale. I spent the best part of 3 hours talking about and selling coins to enthusiastic new collectors without once getting into a debate about "grade". To me, this is what coin collecting should be about. The top end of the market is dominated by "investors" and collectors with more money than interest in real coins. I will stick with grass roots thank you.
  3. Does this one look good enough for you? PM me your email address if you want it and I will send you a Paypal request for funds. (This seems to work better - people have struggled making payments just using my email address.)
  4. Yes - I think it is evidence of weak strike rather than wear. Each of the 8 coins has a different level of detail in Britannia, but the rest of the coin is so sharp I think it has to be weak strike.
  5. That is good. @hazelman - if you PM me, we can get one on it's way to you. @PWA 1967- happy to discuss the rest once everyone has had a chance at singles.
  6. Here is one of them for detail:
  7. Well this doesn't happen often. At the market yesterday a chap brought me a small box of coins including 8 1908 Pennies all around AU! I believe they are all F166, so not desperately scarce, but uncommon with this amount of lustre. I cannot possibly use all of these - I will post in the For Sale section in case anybody needs one.
  8. Paddy

    Roger Bickford-Smith

    Does the name Roger Bickford-Smith mean anything to anyone here? A friend of mine, who has become a coin collector in the last few years, mentioned that his uncle, the above named Roger, was a keen Penny collector - probably in the 1960s - and was writing a treatise on some aspect of penny varieties when he died quite young. My friend would be keen to know if any papers or articles by him still exist.
  9. Paddy

    Roger Bickford-Smith

    It certainly sounds possible - I will pass on to my friend. Can't be many people with that name writing on coins! Thanks,
  10. Wow! Makes it quite a score then! I think I paid about £30 for the 4 penny, 3 halfpenny, 1 farthing and 1 brass threepence Whitman folders mostly complete! That one better go in my collection then.
  11. ... and finally a 1916 in rather good condition:
  12. This one is 1863, I believe dies 6 and G so F42 - common but quite nice:
  13. I mentioned picking up a decent Half Crown - 1927 proof version - in a bunch of Whitman folders this week. I also got a full range of other folders in the series - mostly full, much in low grade - but a few pleasant surprises like these (one per post): 1860 Beaded border - I believe dies 1 and B so F6 but please correct me if I am wrong.
  14. Ah - I was going from the Spink book which only mentions this design of reverse in proof. Were they released in circulation strike too?
  15. Picked up this one yesterday in a Whitman folder of half crowns at about scrap silver price. I can't say I had the proof 1927 on my target list, but I am happy to add it to my collection now I have it. It looks to me as if it has seen some circulation before being put away in the folder - I wonder how it got out?
  16. Yes, I know it has been mounted and repaired, but still an attractive design. The Hapsburg chin was the clincher for me:
  17. Paddy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    He has it as a "Private Listing" so you can't even see the pattern to his shill bidding.
  18. I don't often get drawn to the dark side (foreign coins) but here a couple more I got a while back. I particularly like the Hannover piece as it is George IV as Elector of Hannover as well as King of Britain.
  19. Paddy

    1905 Halfcrown

    I am not going to risk dipping it - I quite like the exaggerated detail that comes with the toning. I will leave any cleaning to my successors in its custodianship.
  20. Paddy

    Chinese coin on ebay

    I can see it in Krause - Y#335, page 440 in my 2011 edition. Described as "Unadopted design of National emblem". Estimated value bears no resemblance to the figures on Ebay though!
  21. Paddy

    1905 Halfcrown

    Or mine! More tarnished but maybe more detail?
  22. I think it is called Horsetail or Mare's Tail. See https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=257 for advice.
  23. I picked up these two fractional farthings as upgrades yesterday - swapped for some Roman pieces I had spare:
  24. This is my type 2 1826 farthing - not too bad and picked up cheap in a job lot: