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  1. I definitely don't look Kurdish, more of a Viking, but bald, Yorkshire man.....long live Bairstow! I know many Kurds, and non-Kurds in Turkey, and they seem to live in harmony.....politics and power games are not everyday life for the common folk, who are just trying to get by helping one another. Turkey actually reminds me a little of the1950's Britain which I grew up in, where front doors were safely left open and people passed the time of day on the street without deliberately looking the other way to avoid contact. In the UK we seem to have lost those common courtisies, and respect for the elders, which the Turkish still hold dear.
  2. Apologies, just spotted them!
  3. Probably that they aren't in the EU Venn
  4. Nice place to have a holiday though. Turkish are generally very welcoming, and it has a safer feel than much of the UK.
  5. Thanks for comments. Taken another picture from different angle, best definition I can get. Is it worth me having a scrape underneath the top bar to see if I can remove a bit of grime to reveal any further detail; not sure it's exciting enough to warrant the effort!?
  6. Noticed this protrusion bottom right of the numeral 3 on an 1863; can't see any other bits sticking out. Looks like it is from original minting, anyone else seen this before? It's similar to the the 1857 Gouby F numeral 5, also pictured below.
  7. But you've already got a nice one Mike!
  8. I see that the 1847 Medusa sold for 3,000 US Dollars Hammer last night. Guess that's the 13th now known.
  9. Look Out for the Spectacle of the Eight Twice a year, once in February and once in November, the light shines into Palma Cathedral in a way that projects the beautiful roseate window onto the opposite wall, creating a figure 8 with its twin window. The cathedral opens at 8 am on the days this event occurs, with the light causing the alignment at 8.30 am, and it is free to enter and watch.
  10. ...and still not great at marketing rarer types. e.g. the Bramah 2c this time...........which is really difficult, and should have been mentioned in the wording imo.
  11. It was slow moving between pages Richard, and took me a few seconds to find where to enter my search criteria....guess it's partly a case of getting used to navigation, but did prefer the old site.
  12. Again hardly any pennies at the DNW (Noonans) auction later this month, but perhaps a couple of interesting ones.
  13. Correct, Palma Cathedral, amazing place. That rose stained glass window is 11 metres in diameter, with over 1000 pieces! We are spoiling ourselves, making up for lost Covid time, as we did Cordoba Mesquita only 5 weeks ago, again an amazing building. Think the Alhambra Palace in Granada is still my favourite though as they also have such wonderful gardens. We did that early May, just before Covid, and at that time of year the smell of oranges in their gardens is quite overpowering.
  14. Pages 226/227 not 206/207!
  15. Hi Mike, just catching up after getting home from holiday, sorry for delay replying. Guess where we were staying? I'm sure I have come across several bronzed current pieces. Like Peck, I haven't got too excited about them. If you read his pages 206/7 (under George III), and then Page 405 (Victoria) where you will see that he says Victorian "current pieces subsequently bronzed to resemble proofs are not uncommon". Half way down Page 405 he then describes "specious bronze patina", and I am sure that most Victorian 'Young Head' penny collectors will have noticed the 'patchy' type of coin which he describes within their own collections. I'm pretty sure that the reason why he doesn't bother to categorise them with separate reference numbers is that he didn't consider them anything special, just copper pieces treated post-mint. I think this is why he has simply added a footnote at the bottom of his Page 407 list. Specious means "misleading in appearance, especially misleadingly attractive". This increased attractiveness was probably a good little earner, particularly if the treated coins could then be passed off as genuine bronzed proofs. Personally I don't think it's worth spending a lot of time searching for bronzed current coins. It does help to have an 1839 penny to see the clear differences.