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  1. I would appreciate input on an invoice before I settle please. I seem to recall there was another thread which discussed Customs VAT regarding purchases from abroad but cannot recall if there was any outcome. I recently won a lot at a Stacks Bowers Hong Kong auction. I immediately settled this about 4 weeks ago, and the lot was delivered by Fedex about 2 weeks ago. The original SB’s fees were bad enough for a lot with hammer of just $110, but when I received yesterday another invoice from Fedex for £43.29 on top of the original SB bill it was a complete shock. I have never bid with SB before now so wondered whether any member may have had a similar experience and, in particular, whether I should be challenging this Fedex invoice rather than just paying it and then trying to forget. Any thoughts would be most welcome thanks. I have written to SB but as yet no reply. The calculations are as below, hopefully make sense. I should add that this was for a banknote, rather than a coin………if that makes any difference to the VAT
  2. alfnail

    Pennies High grade.

    I see that London Coins incorrectly attributed that lot as an 1898B, which is of course the type with the different numeral 8 font on the 2nd 8. Should have been an Ab as you say Pete
  3. Thanks Mike, I'm going to phone the revenue in the first instance as Pete has recommended, and take it from there.
  4. Thanks again Mike. The lot was for 2 banknotes, produced in 1971, so only 49 years old. Both of them are no longer legal tender, so collectors items. Just wondering if the 'less than 100 years' may cause me an issue with the 'antiquities' definition.
  5. Thanks for all the input everyone. I actually made a mistake in my table of figures when adding £31.29 to £12. It should of course have been £43.29 not £41.29. This figure of £43.29 is what Fedex has invoiced me for. I may use that letter to challenge the £12 advancement fee Mike. There was no reference to VAT on the SB invoice, it did say 'Tax $0.00'. There seems to be a consensus that the VAT rate should be 5%, not 20%. May I ask if anyone can point me at a government webpage which says this please? I could then perhaps dispute the advancement fee and the VAT rate within the same letter to Fedex, If not successful there then I can try Customs and Excise. Sorry if a bit incoherent, been in the garden drinking wine!
  6. Thanks very much Pete. I did also wonder whether they should be charging Vat on Shipping and Insurance, rather than just the item itself.
  7. Thanks Pete / Jerry, I haven't paid the invoice yet, so if you think VAT should be 5% should I tell Fedex to re-invoice me, or should I pay the 20% and then try to reclaim the 15% difference afterwards? If the latter, then do you happen to have a link to the page where I can get a form printed, or the actual form itself please Pete? As for the transfer 'wire' fee they invoiced me for that without me advising how I was going to pay, so the $35 appeared to be their standard amount regardless of payment method. I actually paid using paypal so I think their actual costs would have been way less than $35. By the way if anyone reading this ever pays in $ using paypal then it's quite a bit cheaper if you use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees (e.g. Santander) rather than accepting paypal's own exchange rate. You get that option when settling whilst logged onto paypal. It saved me about £8 on this particular transaction.
  8. alfnail

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    We used to live in St. John's Road, Boscombe. Many of the locals now call it Bos Vegas😎
  9. Picked up a decent example of the 1854HP with V over inverted A in VICTORIA. Don't think many of these have been found, just wish it had been an 1860 Penny with same error! Don't collect HP's so it will be sold when I get round to it, if anyone is interested please PM me before it goes into auction.
  10. There was an 1890Aa (dropped 90) sold on ebay in February 2013 as a Buy it Now, for around £30 from memory. Wasn't listed as that type though. I actually advised someone else about it and think he purchased as a result. I wasn't into the date width variations at that time...….still not really...unless very peculiar. I bet that Rob is enjoying this thread 🤣
  11. Thought this 1890 at auction today looked a bit different to any I have seen before, with higher rotated numeral 9. Was a bit tempted to have a bid but then realised it was Stacks Bowers and last item I bought from them (for $110) I had to pay an additional $60 shipping + $35 Wire Fee
  12. Thanks Pete, no coins for me, but unexpectedly they have a banknote I want.
  13. Hi Mike, Wish I had known you wanted one. I have a spare copy in better condition than the one which was on ebay which I could have let you have for not much more. Looking for £100 inc. postage for mine, but would have done for a little less for you
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  15. I was also watching that one Pete. Seller made me an offer through ebay because I was watching. He asked for £75, but I don't need as have better example. May be a useful purchase for someone for that price, or perhaps even a few £ less.
  16. Looks like it's got that tiny protrusion top left as well Richard
  17. Here's my F111 example, Gouby Kb for comparison. Clearly much easier to spot than the F114 (Ma)
  18. Hi Mike, the F114 is sometimes seen with 2/1, but it is less obvious than on the F111. On Gouby Page 79, his 1882Ma, he says "The only part of the 1 that can be seen, on this example, is the small portion that sticks, centrally, half way up the 2" On more than one occasion I have also seen a tiny additional protrusion to the top left hand side of the numeral 2, which I think is most likely the top left corner of the top bar of the underneath numeral 1. I feel that this may be an even better indicator of this variety than the protrusion on the inner curve.....which always seems to be weak to the point of doubting the variety. When one considers the combination of these two tiny protrusions I think that gives increased confidence in confirming type. Here is a picture of my own specimen for illustration
  19. Here's two dates on F25's, neither quite as weird as Terry's example.
  20. Excellent example Terry, and agree with you that this is extreme enough to be interesting and more desirable to collectors than most date width varieties. The 1889 Wide Date, pictured below, is another more extreme example. It is also rarer and more desirable than the 1889 Gouby B Narrow Date, which is itself quite sought after.
  21. True, but the 1898 Old Head is probably worthy of a bit more discussion as the final 8 is sometimes seen with the 'bisect' font which was NEVER used on any other OH year, and ALWAYS used on Victorian BUN Head pennies...……..so to see multiple 'bisect' dies, i.e. Gouby's 1898B, and the suggested new type 1898Ba (both with this much rarer font) I think is of interest. Also, MG thought that date width variations warranted more general recording in his 2009 book, and many collectors now use that as their main point of reference.
  22. Bought this one on ebay in 2006, marked it up as unusual 8 and put in storage. When MG's book came out in 2009 I re-categorised as his type B and made a note that date wasn't as wide as in his book, and that I should write to him to advise. I then forgot about that until now...…………..brain's going, thank goodness for Pete!