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Everything posted by alfnail

  1. Spinks e-auction now online and a couple of their penny descriptions aren't brilliant either..... including a far better than usual 1854 No Colons, Bramah 17a.
  2. Again unimpressed with Noonans penny descriptions:- Coins and Historical Medals (4 & 5 April 2023): Lot 499 | Noonans Mayfair
  3. alfnail

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Looks like he's taken the trouble to type up a Certificate of Authenticity.... so it must be bona fide....or maybe he's just going to put it in that lovely box when the coin changes address (COA).
  4. alfnail

    Gold coin import

    Could anyone advise tax position if I were to win a gold coin in a USA auction please? I. E. Will import tax be payable, or is gold treated differently to my previous bronze / copper purchases? Thanks in advance
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    Gold coin import

    I was the under bidder, so won't find out for sure this time
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    Gold coin import

    Thanks Rob. It's a 1996 coin 99.9% gold (1000 minted) with bullion value approx $1600. Sounds like it should be zero vat then, do you agree?
  7. I never knew that Dynamo collected pennies!! Victoria, 1862 Bun head Penny, 2nd portrait - VF, Obv #6..................[5632] | eBay
  8. Hi Pete, I saw that one and was a little tempted but decided that, as I already have 2, I would give it a miss. You are right that it is a type that was seen more often 10 to 15 years ago than it is nowadays. I ought to do a count of the Bramah 26a's from my 5 year study period covering that period; hopefully will get round to it one day, but haven't done too much work on 1858's yet as just so many coins and loads of varieties!
  9. Weather is a bit of a shock to the system this week, especially after the amazing Summer we had! We've had cavity wall insulation installed, have a wood burning stove and solar panels, and a smart meter to guide us with fuel usage. We also had a 3 day break away this week (with heating just on a low setting), but still managed to clock up £80 for the last 7 days.......here in sunny Bournemouth. Anyone know where we went:-
  10. alfnail

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    All very interesting..... but ebay's best offerings? 😁
  11. alfnail

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    I've seen about a dozen over the years, nearly all lower grader. Are you asking because I have one currently for sale on ebay?
  12. alfnail

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    Definitely not 8/6 Mike. 2nd 8 is over gap on 8/6, but over tooth on the Coopers coin. Also no flaw through C of VICTORIA. Reverse colons also completely different locations.
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    UK missiles £50M vs Iran Drones ₽? Stange world we live in!!
  14. no one expects the Super Imposition!!
  15. or these reverse marks on an 1860 F16:-
  16. Superimposition is often a useful tool for explaining certain features, e.g. on this 1859 penny:-
  17. The same clashing also happens on Victorian coppers. This mis-lead many collectors into thinking that some pennies had a ribbon behind Victoria's neck. My small Predecimal icon demonstrates, but here is the full picture for reference.
  18. Yes, superimposition, here are my originals for reference
  19. alfnail

    POST bandits

    He'll probably get quicker at his 68 times table!!
  20. Hi Cliff, hope all well with you. Over the years I have seen several YH pennies with similar weak dates. Here are some examples
  21. Very sceptical that it's an E over F Richard. If they had said it was a P over old style Y then that's very possible...........joking!!
  22. Here are the stats from my 5 years capture of YH penny ebay listings, from over a decade ago. I think if I were to now repeat the exercise (which I won't!) there will no longer be as many 1856's appearing. It seems that for Plain Tridents the small and large numeral types appear in similar numbers. I was a bit surprised when I did this exercise to find that approx. one third were OT's; I had expected fewer. It is still one of the few coins I seek in high grade for my collection, so it's annoying that there were examples like the one pictured below which got away from me!