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Everything posted by alfnail

  1. Glad your efforts helped you to improve your collection Mike, thanks again.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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...”.😝
  5. Maybe a nice little earner for you Richard!!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!!🤪
  8. Glad to help Mike. I don't think there is yet same level of interest in sub varieties on the Copper Victorian pennies. If it had been a Bronze 1897 dot, 1875 Canon Ball, or even an 1870 Y dot then it's always a different matter.................one day!!
  9. Well spotted Mike. A variety discussed before on the forum, and Italic 5 is much rarer than the Plain 5 on the 1853PT. Please see count from my 5 year ebay study. Hope it makes sense! Penny Acquisition of the week - British Coin Related Discussions & Enquiries - British Coin Forum - Predecimal.com 1853 Penny Analysis (Count) OT OT OT PT PT PT Year Can't See Trident Closer DEF: DEF_: Can't see colon Style A Style C Not sure of 5 Totals (Peck 1503) 1 26 14 290 26 0 6 0 362 2 44 9 310 30 4 11 2 410 3 41 12 316 20 1 8 4 402 4 32 15 381 20 2 8 1 459 5 54 11 421 29 2 17 2 536 Totals 197 61 1718 125 9 50 9 2169 % CAN See Trident 3.09% 87.12% 6.34% 0.46% 2.54% 0.46% Same seller re-lists (same pictures) I have tried to exclude from statistics by 'eye' scanning pictures in subsequent weeks. However, figures will include coins re-listed in Year 1 with different pictures from a subsequent seller e.g. Peck 1503 Year 1 is given as 14, but I can see two of these coins have been subsequently listed by different sellers (so actually 12 coins). I have taken this approach to be consistent across all boxes in the spreadsheet as I cannot possibly examine hundreds of coins in detail for their unique markings
  10. I was also thinking from the lack of virus perspective Mike........may also be able to watch some live cricket without the fake crowd cheering!!
  11. That last one's particularly interesting Mike, hadn't seen that information before. Think I would rather be in Australia or new Zealand at the moment though, also weather been bl___dy awful here today in sunny Bournemouth.....only managed to get to post box round the corner!
  12. alfnail

    1875 F79 Penny

    Yes Mike, that was my best one, and from my own collection, so was quite painful. Now that I have carefully checked my records I see that I have actually bought 5 F77's, and none of them were advertised as F77's.....including one in a group LCA lot. The one pictured below is quite interesting because on Gouby Page 64 he only has a single type of date width for this variety, BP 1874Fe, but this low grade example is clearly narrower. This coin was 50p!
  13. alfnail

    1875 F79 Penny

    I know someone who's got a nice one Mike! I have found 4 on ebay in the past 15 years.
  14. alfnail

    1875 F79 Penny

    I'm actually quite fond of it Richard. I think It has a certain appeal, being the last time that reverse is ever seen. It has also been kind to me over the years in that the profit on the 6 lower grade pieces I have sold has more than paid for the uncirculated example I pictured earlier. Now that we are talking about 1879's I think the same is also true of the F96, last time we see that obverse, although (unlike the F79) usually really difficult to spot that one.
  15. alfnail

    1875 F79 Penny

    One day we may have to list (sell) them too.....if we are still around to do it!
  16. alfnail

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    Agree, was watching it too. I see that Richard has already put it on his rarestpennies site.......he's 'on the ball'.
  17. alfnail

    1858/3 Penny

    Thanks Mike, need to be careful not to confuse with the large numeral overdate, seen paired with the Large Rose reverse. That's a different die again, and the one where the numeral '9' discussions have happened. I am sure Bramah missed that type. See close up below.
  18. alfnail

    1858/3 Penny

    While I’m at it I thought I would also show close up’s of what is now regarded as 1858/2. I believe this type is the one Bramah has referenced as his 25b, but note that he thought the 8 was over a 3, not 2. I think this has caused some confusion, with different collectors now calling this variety both an 8/3 and 8/2 The left coin shows the usual flaws, which are seen running through both the top and bottom of the entire date, and also down from the 8 to the border. The second example (right) is the earliest strike I have found for this type. On this piece the flaw only runs ‘weakly’ through the bottom of the date. This piece allows the top left of the underlying numeral to be seen more clearly because the flaw, which later develops, has not yet broken through this protrusion i.e. the protrusion clearly has a nice curve on this example. Additionally, although not entirely convincing, this earlier piece allows better visibility within the bottom loop of the 8, to the point where one can perhaps see other features of an underneath numeral 2; highlighted in Yellow. A final thing to note on this second early strike example is that less of the ‘upper curve’ of the underlying numeral within the top loop is visible. My guess is that the ‘die fill’, prior to re-cutting with an 8, has broken away after a number of strikes…… thereby revealing an extra portion of the 2.
  19. alfnail

    1858/3 Penny

    Ridiculous I know!!
  20. alfnail

    1858/3 Penny

    Please excuse the huge pictures, but I thought necessary to see the detail. Below is the text from Bramah for his 25c. I have inserted red numbers to align with the features highlighted in the coin pictured left…….which is undoubtedly an example of what he was describing. Something I have noticed, I think mentioned on the forum before, is the additional protrusion top right of the 8. This looks like a 90 degree corner of a numeral which has straight horizontal and vertical lines at that point. I have also shown a second example with same features 1 to 3, although the protrusion top right is less obvious. This piece shows yet another protrusion within the top loop at bottom right side; a straight line at about 45 degrees. This was not particularly clear on the left hand coin, but is present. When I stared at that numeral, like I used to stare at those pictures on pub walls where tigers or other things would eventually appear, I thought I could almost see a numeral 4 starting to show itself!!
  21. alfnail

    1875 F79 Penny

    Here's my example Richard. Looking at my past records I see that over the years I have sold 6 of them, none as good as this though!
  22. Hey Jerry, if you want another project perhaps you can stitch this one back together and then re-engrave....now that we all know what a wizard you are with the needles!
  23. Anyone get this one at Stacks Bowers yesterday? MS64, but a few marks, not as good as the one Pete sold at Baldwins.
  24. more detailed picture of reverse
  25. I think Jerry has done an excellent job removing the verdigris. He has also started getting the coin more evenly toned, but is leaving with me to decide how far to take it. Any thoughts welcomed, thanks.