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  1. 5 hours ago, PWA 1967 said:

    I remember a forum member telling me a few years ago " i will sell the coins myself before i go ,nobody will get as much as me " and if your reading this i believe you were right  👍

    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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  2. 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.

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  3. 14 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    Peck noted that the majority of 1935 pennies were issued artificially toned (mint darkened) (EC), and that only a minority of those issued were untoned (with the usual mint lustre) (VR) (page 505). Freeman states at page 17 of his 1985 book: "The dark finish given to pennies from 1944-46 before issue, was achieved, in a similar way, by the use of 'hypo', as was that on pennies of 1934 and some of 1935". Alexander in the August 1977 edition of Coin Monthly (page 67) says of the 1935 penny, that "the great majority were issued mint darkened".

    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.

  4. 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   

    1935 Black Coin.jpg

  5. 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...”.😝

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  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.


    1860V G+d) Obverse.jpg

    1874Le H touches LC.jpg

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  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. 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


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  9. 18 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    Yes, I'd much rather be in Australia - their high Summer - than here during this most dark, wet and depressing Winter. Later next week, according to the forecast, we might also enter a spell of severely cold weather, with persistent frost - deep joy. Although we will soon begin to see the effects of increasing day length, especially towards the end of next month, and you might not see the worst of the cold, being on the sheltered South coast.        

    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!!

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  10. 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!


    F77 Narrow Date.jpg

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  11. 18 hours ago, secret santa said:

    I've maintained a record of rare penny sales for about 15 years but never included F79 - going back through similar records as Mike has, I find about 16 examples, of which some may be duplicates. It's an unspectacular die pairing and has never attracted any attention.

    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. 

  12. 41 minutes ago, 1949threepence said:

    Not ridiculous at all Ian. Over a 4 is as plausible a theory as any other number. Others think it's over a 9 (or the other way round) 

    I think it will remain a mystery.

    KB coins has it as over a three - link


    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.

    1858 Best 8 Close Up.jpg