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  1. Not necessarily - he's gone to repair the 8 with an "8" punch but altered the 6 by mistake. If he'd got it right it would be 8 over 8. There would only be a 6 over 8 if he'd tried to repair the 6 with a "6" punch and repaired the 8 by mistake. Or am I talking cobblers too ?
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I have been toying with the creation of (yet) another website on the subject of fake coins, showing pictures of known fakes alongside their genuine counterparts, as it seems to me that you need to look at the two side by side to really understand the differences. My questions are, therefore: Does such a website already exist ? Would this task be too huge to accomplish ?
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    What are these Spink "timed auctions" when they're at home?

    I quite like the look of these - they seem to be a cross between Ebay and Colin Cooke's auctions in that bidding is allowed to continue past the deadline although only for 30 seconds per bid. Calls for quick decision-making !
  4. Following an email from Bernie, I've added a pic of the ribbons on an F76 obverse where the ribbons are no thicker but seem to be closer together !
  5. I've looked at Freeman's footnote 18 and have now added a comment with photos to the Obverse L (Freeman 8) section of my varieties website. But in the grand scheme of things it does seem a trifling difference (IMO) !
  6. Terry, the middle picture above which you describe as F71 with wider ribbon is actually my 1874H F73 7 over 7 !
  7. My thoughts are with you.
  8. None of my 3 F71's have this wider ribbon.
  9. The biggest difference between 7 and 8 for me is the gap between the tie ribbons - obverse 8 has a thicker outer ribbon and the 2 ribbons virtually touch for the first half of their length (i.e. almost no gap between them).
  10. Quite often, auctions (both Coin and General) have bulk lots of coins. Are these bulk lots unsorted with possible gems lurking therein, or has someone generally gone through them looking for the valuable items ?
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    Stuff to Make Us Laugh

    Another tricky crossword clue: Pertaining only to the female gender - 4 letters ending in UNT Answer, of course is AUNT
  12. But it could conceivably be confusing if something is described as, say, Freeman 28 which, based on the earlier logic, could mean a particular 1861 penny or Lot 28 from his Christie's sale. But, as you say, anyone interested in this information will probably know what the difference is.
  13. They've done similar things before in terms of creating additional Freeman numbers, I believe. They also regularly quote Bamford numbers which are actually just the lot numbers from his sale rather than definitive variety identifiers, although Rob has said that this approach (using lot nos from major sales) has been used several times in the past.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I once mailed her to politely correct a listing and got the reply "Who do you think you are - Michael Freeman ?" Charming !!!!!!!!
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1866-SCARCE-QUEEN-VICTORIA-ONE-BRITISH-BRONZE-PENNY-SUPERB-SCARE-COIN/303046211168?hash=item468ef63660:g:kwwAAOSwqVVbN5~u:rk:1:pf:1&frcectupt=true Shelley's up to her tricks - she describes this as a "scare" coin - it's the price that scares me !
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