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  1. Paddy

    1954 Florin

    I have so many of the darn things I put them out at 50p each - at least it can attract new collectors that way, and if it p***s off some of the greedy stall holders a bit, so be it!
  2. Paddy

    POP counts for Decimal coins

    My understanding is that these bigger coins are really just commemorative or bullion. I will never collect them, but if everyone else is, feel free to include them. (Your spreadsheet might need altering for a "Divide by zero" error though!)
  3. Yes - it is the same fake style that someone was selling on Ebay a couple of weeks ago - he had half a dozen all with different tones, but all the same identifier feature. £8.75 each BIN. (His address was given as a hotel in Mayfair, but his name and Ebay ID was Chinese...)
  4. Paddy

    POP counts for Decimal coins

    OK - if you insist. 25p Crowns - 4 £5 Crowns - 26 Anymore than that I do not care!
  5. Not sure if anyone else has been following this thread over on CT? Chap bought a job lot of silver "foreign" coins at under scrap and found this in the lot! Ebay item was https://www.ebay.com/itm/5-oz-Collection-of-Foreign-Coins-All-90-or-Pure-Silver-Good-to-UNC-103LZ/142734208312?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 so I think this is a true story. Grrrr!
  6. Paddy

    Help Identification 1873 Half Penny

    You will be very welcome! PM me when you think you have a day and we can sort out the details.
  7. Paddy

    Help Identification 1873 Half Penny

    The reprint of Freeman also lists an 1873 8+I and an 8 and Draycott C# in the Appendix IV extras...
  8. Paddy

    Help Identification 1873 Half Penny

    We all know I am no expert at varieties, but for practice I tried using the book to judge. I think I go for the 7+G too - I think I can see the small door on the light house at the base, and I don't see the incuse hemline in the drapery. The book is very frustrating - the practice of writing "Similar to Reverse X but..." leaves one bouncing back and forth trying to work out which features have carried forward. Long overdue for someone to do a website like the excellent Penny and Farthing ones already out there.
  9. I have started photographing and filing my Farthings - I will post the collection in the Members forum when I am done. I came across this one - 1922 farthing with what appears to be a massive die crack across the obverse. Or is it PMD? The crack does seem to go under the letters in the legend? *** Ignore all this! As I should have known the die crack would be raised not incuse, so the long line is just an odd scratch. There is a die crack at the base of the bust, but not nearly so prominent. ***
  10. Sorry - realised after I went to bed that you were talking about the Silver twopences, not the 1983 New Pence. My bad!
  11. I suspect a good many more than that, just they haven't been spotted before. Guest Mike has one, so does VickySilver - and I found I have one today in a neglected set. Another on Ebay within the last two weeks - all sounds like a lot more than 50.
  12. Paddy

    Complete novice

    Welcome Jamie - I hope your collecting proves successful and rewarding. I am also ex-services and have been collecting for about 16 years (not counting a few years as a child). I could give you advice and ideas for hours so I will try to focus in on a few key points. Firstly I suggest yo put the "investment" side of collecting on the back burner for now. Rarely does this work out well unless you are really expert. I would also be wary of spending too much on the commemorative coins from the Royal Mint. Very few go up in value in the short term, unless they are precious metal and then they move with the metal. In most cases it is a bit like buying a new car - the value drops by a half just driving it home. And avoid the non-Royal Mint "coins" all together - in most cases they are a complete rip-off and the resale value is almost zero. Then I would say you need to set yourself some objectives in good military style. Mainly this is deciding what you want to collect - which countries, which metals, which denominations and which eras. All are possible but will depend on budget. You can specialise in a very small area, or spread out looking for anything and everything. You can take any grade that fills a gap, or only buy the very best and take your time. It all comes down to what floats your boat. Personally I have gone for British - mainly pre-decimal - and aimed at getting one of everything I can in any grade to start with before gradually upgrading as the opportunity arises. This fills my "completer" mind set and keeps the cost reasonably low, whilst giving me plenty of opportunity for little victories. Others go for a very small area of collecting and focus on being expert in their speciality - you will see them discussing the minutest details on individual coins, and that fills their needs. Do get a few books before you spend too much on coins. If you are going for British coins, the Rotographic books advertised here are a great affordable start point. Get a copy of Coin News or search on the web for coin fairs and get along to one to see what is available. It will help you to identify what you enjoy most. Ebay can be good, but bear in mind there are a lot of fakers and charlatans out there, so don't invest a lot until you know how to spot them. ... and keep asking questions.
  13. Paddy

    1908 Penny (take 2)

    I have been struggling to see the variety in this since the pictures were originally posted, and using the excellent: https://headsntails14.wordpress.com/edward-vii-obverses/ site for reference. I think I now know why I have had a problem: On the site in the Obverse types it gives three - given Freeman numbers 1, 2 and 3, but on the varieties page it uses Obverse types 1, 1* and 2. Hence I was seeing a type 2 and couldn't see the rarity. I think there is a misprint, or at least a mismatch in the website...
  14. I think £1750 is a bit hopeful. This one finished on Ebay recently for £1119 - still seems a lot for such a modern thing but well under Guest Mike's expectations. (His Ebay listing also appears in the page...) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ULTRA-RARE-1983-COIN-SET-WITH-NEW-PENCE-2P-ERROR-COIN-/222898036265?hash=item33e5c21e29%3Ag%3AV8cAAOSwJstat86e&nma=true&si=eUj7fy05BKcsN%252B5hCt1igtsauSU%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
  15. Paddy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I have to say - I can't say I see an "H" there, but equally there is sufficient marks that might be the remains of an H that I certainly wouldn't buy it as being 1882 no H.
  16. Which one would you like? Postage only...
  17. Paddy

    More Threepences

    Then I can see no reason why they should put "cleaned" on that coin.
  18. Paddy

    More Threepences

    I am no expert, but as I suggested before - I would not accuse that one of being cleaned from the pictures. I suspect the grader saw the other two as cleaned and carried his mindset over to the third in the group. Graders are human too - another problem with the whole principle of putting one's faith in grading companies!
  19. Paddy

    Recessed ear 1915/16 penny

    My 1915 RE has the chipped tooth, though it is only just noticeable if you know what to look for.
  20. Paddy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Are people crazy? This is not Ebay but a local auction house. They have been careful to describe it with let out clauses and it is clearly 100% fake, but still people have bid it up to £200 already. (That is a bid - I guess the reserve is 200 as that is the low estimate and 2 days ago the bid showing was £150.) https://www.easyliveauction.com/catalogue/lot/75f0afbd2a2aa18c21f0093057d4e5f6/0af8d24542e81eb9357e7ef448a6646f/march-auction-of-militaria-collectibles-watches-lot-19/
  21. Paddy

    CGS v LCGS

    On the "Home" panel just to the left of the Rotate 90 degree arrows is a rectangle with an angled line through it. If you click on this it allows you to rotate by any specified number of degrees. (In the pop up window I think you need to ensure you are in simple "Rotate" and not "Level Off" at the top left corner, otherwise it seems to crop at the same time.)
  22. Paddy

    CGS v LCGS

    On Microsoft better than Paint is Photoscape, which is also free if you stick to the basic package. Cropping is much better - even allows circular cropping, and has many Photoshop features for adjusting brightness, balance etc. It's resize function - essential for getting into the 500Kb limit here - is also easy.
  23. Another bunch finishing this Sunday evening: https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/pbowen24/m.html?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEFSXS%3AMESOI&_trksid=p2053788.m1543.l2654
  24. I am trying to clear out some of my spares on Ebay. There are a few items there already, finishing tonight Sunday 18th March, and another batch scheduled to start at the same time. If I can maintain the enthusiasm I will list some more, so please keep watching. https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/pbowen24/m.html?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEFSXS%3AMESOI&_trksid=p2053788.m1543.l2654 P
  25. Paddy

    Milled coins for sale

    I think you have posted the wrong link - it takes me to MY summary page, not your selling list! Also I think the mods will point out that notifications of things for sale on Ebay should go in the For sale section. I will certainly have a look when I get the right link - I have some upgrades to make at the moment.