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  1. alfnail

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    Just wondered if you were there same time as me, but I was mid 70's, so you had probably left by then.
  2. Caveat emptor Really getting into the swing of this now!!
  3. alfnail

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    When were you at Brum Chris?
  4. alfnail

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    Thanks Martin, knew I would find a purpose for that Latin 'O' Level.
  5. alfnail

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    MDCCCLX Denarius Libertus XIV LCW(V) Sub Pede?????
  6. alfnail

    1860 penny Freeman 14. LCW below foot.

    Was it me Pete, sounds like the sort of thing I may have said!? You've reminded me that it's about time, but can I just keep back the best 10.....or maybe 100 please? It's so damned difficult to think about parting with one's collection........even when you know it makes sense.
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    Steep slabbing premiums

    Well spotted Pete. I saw that piece on Heritage and would have liked to have bought, but still at least twice what I would have paid......even for the rarer GRATI.A variety. Same Obverse Italic 5 die as paired with the very difficult Plain Trident + Italic 5.
  8. Glad your efforts helped you to improve your collection Mike, thanks again.
  9. Thanks for this Mike, also your pictures. Had a quick look through ebay and seems to me that most were the 'lustred' type rather than 'mint darkened', so not sure why Peck and Alexander should think the opposite! My coin is still way darker than the mint darkened ones though, perhaps someone has painted it lol 😁. It stuck out like a sore thumb amongst all the others of that era.
  10. Just going through a large pile of old pennies, with a view to scrap, and came across this one. I'm not good on post-Victorian pennies but thought it a little strange. It's almost black, similar to colour of Edward Farthings, although less black around rim (as if worn off) as can be seen. I gave it a gentle wash in distilled water and dried with tissue paper, but none of black colour came off as far as I could see. The bag of coins was given to me by an old school friend who had them since the early 70's; I'm sure that he wouldn't have done anything to this coin to make it black as he would have had no interest. I know that there is an 1946 type sold as 'artificially darkened by the mint' but this seems a lot darker to me. Any thoughts please
  11. Arthur is 85 years old. He's played golf every day since his retirement 20 years ago. One day, he arrives home looking downcast. "That's it...." he tells his wife, "I'm giving up golf. My eyesight has got so bad.” "Oh no!" she replied. Arthur then tells her, "Once I've hit the ball, I can't see where it went!" His wife sympathises. As they sit down, she has a suggestion: "Why don't you take my brother with you and give it one more try." "That's no good...." sighs Arthur, "George is 92. He can't help." "He may be 92...." says the wife, "but his eyesight is perfect." So the next day, Arthur heads off to the golf course with his brother-in-law. He tees up, takes an almighty swing and squints down the fairway. He turns to the brother-in-law. "Did you see the ball?" "Of course I did!", says the brother-in-law. "I have perfect eyesight." "And where did it go?" asks Arthur. “I Can't remember...”.😝
  12. Maybe a nice little earner for you Richard!!
  13. Hi Richard, I bought one of Hiram's group lots, mainly because it had an F38. I didn't buy the lot with a view to keeping the F38, but have finished up keeping two other lots from the same group. One I think is an 1860 Gouby V variation, and the other is an 1874Le date width, but now with the H colliding with the linear circle.
  14. Thanks Blake, glad to help, I like numbers! Some of these rarer varieties will not be so easy to find on ebay now as it was 10 to 15 years ago. I'm sure they will have become disproportionately tucked away in collections as more people became aware they existed. Same could be said, for example, of the 1858 large roses. Would be interesting to do another 5 year study now........but I'm not offering!!🤪