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  1. Hi Richard .  I have been having problems viewing the small pictures on your headsntails site . So as I thought it was my computer giving the problems, I ask Matt about it and he seems to have worked out that its to do with where your pictures are stored . Anyway this all goes right over my head, but he has set up something for me with wordpress to view the pics, but they will ask you for permission , so I wondered whether that would be ok.  Its a brilliant sit ,but frustrating not to have all the pictures open up. If you need an explanation as to the technical bit, I'm lost, so please as Matt .  I do understand if you say no.      Many thanks Terry

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      secret santa

      When you bring up secret santa, you should click on the envelope to the right of the image rather than start writing in the open post section further down. Clicking on the envelope brings up a new screen like email and when you send it I get a notification. Try it and see.

      Richard

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  2. Hi Richard .  I have been having problems viewing the small pictures on your headsntails site . So as I thought it was my computer giving the problems, I ask Matt about it and he seems to have worked out that its to do with where your pictures are stored . Anyway this all goes right over my head, but he has set up something for me with wordpress to view the pics, but they will ask you for permission , so I wondered whether that would be ok.  Its a brilliant sit ,but frustrating not to have all the pictures open up. If you need an explanation as to the technical bit, I'm lost, so please as Matt .  I do understand if you say no.      Many thanks Terry

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      secret santa

      First of all, it's quite lucky that I spotted this as I didn't get any prompt via email which I usually do if anyone PM's me through the forum - if I hadn't come to check my own profile for a previous message, I may never have spotted it. Did you PM me or go a different route ?

      Secondly, I'm not sure why you're having problems but it's fine to get permission. I'll grant it when it comes through.  As I think about it, it may be that because I've copied and pasted some images from my collection website (englishpennies.wordpress.com) which is Private into the varieties website (headsntails14.wordpress.com), it's possible that you won't be allowed to see some images. If I'd uploaded them from scratch to headsntails14 you would be able to see them. What message do you get when you can't see a particular image ?

      If I want everyone to see headsntails14 I'll have to go back and upload all the images again - a lengthy process but I'll have to do it.

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  3. Richard , did you see my post on colons in more pennies on Friday , I would welcome your opinion .  Terry

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      secret santa

      Sorry Terry, I think that the anomalies of obverse G are discussed on my collection website (englishpennies.wordpress.com) - do you have access to this ?

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  4. Richard , did you see my post on colons in more pennies on Friday , I would welcome your opinion .  Terry

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      secret santa

      Terry, I did see your post and have looked at many of these pennies myself. As I say on my varieties website, I'm confused by them. All the pennies with either close or small colons (or both) show the incuse lines engraved on the bun (and the almost disappearance of the teeth into the rim) which suggests they are late stages of modification of the 4 die. The suggestion is that the colons have been re-entered onto a die with missing colons (which also has the lines on the bun) but there are many different "re-entered" colon types which suggests that there must have been many missing colon dies which have had the colons added back, in varying positions. But the missing colon variety (BP1860T) is very scarce and almost certainly (?) from a single die (although I have yet to compare all the known specimens to confirm that). There are other anomalies (see website again) which to me suggests that Michael Gouby's analysis of the nature and sequence of modification may not be absolutely correct. I still want to find time to do much more work on this and will keep you abreast of my thoughts/findings.

      Richard

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  5. Hi Richard. I wondered if I might ask you a few things.    The 2* 145, have you heard of any more being found other than the four I already know of.

    2  You list your 1967 missing waves as R8, how many of this type do you know of .

    3  I have a 1953 penny with the standard B+b [1+B  pairing, but I think it might be a matt finish, as it has a strange kind of sheen, most unlike the normal production coin.  I don't have another toned matt finish to judge it by, except a 1986 matt and polished 2p proof that's in a bright condition.  Have you heard of the possible existence of this type.         I think i might get it checked out at the mint in the summer while on holiday. Would you know who to contact about taking the coin along in person, as I don't trust the post with it     Terry

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      secret santa

      Ah yes, 145 teeth - I was a bit slow there. No, still the same 4. I'm sure there are lots of us looking for them too !

      For some reason, I only get to see this conversation when I go to your personal profile and check postings - I get no notification. Do you know why ?

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  6. Hi Richard. I wondered if I might ask you a few things.    The 2* 145, have you heard of any more being found other than the four I already know of.

    2  You list your 1967 missing waves as R8, how many of this type do you know of .

    3  I have a 1953 penny with the standard B+b [1+B  pairing, but I think it might be a matt finish, as it has a strange kind of sheen, most unlike the normal production coin.  I don't have another toned matt finish to judge it by, except a 1986 matt and polished 2p proof that's in a bright condition.  Have you heard of the possible existence of this type.         I think i might get it checked out at the mint in the summer while on holiday. Would you know who to contact about taking the coin along in person, as I don't trust the post with it     Terry

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      secret santa

      Terry

      I've only just found this - I didn't get a notification - don't know why.

      Sorry but I'm not sure what you mean by 2* 145 ?

      I'd heard of the 1967 missing waves before getting one but I'm only guessing at the rarity. I've only ever seen the one I got for sale.

      Your 1953 penny doesn't look like my matt proof specimen and I've never heard of matt currency coins, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist. My mule BP1953L has an unusual matt-type surface although not like the matt proof. It's difficult to tell without seeing it in hand.

      Regarding the Royal Mint, years ago they did authenticate my 1953L but they totally ignored my letters about my 1922 M.E. penny.

      I wrote to Kevin Clancy the curator (who promised to get back to me but never did) but I don't suppose that he's available to callers - maybe you should write in advance of your visit, but don't get too hopeful.

      Best of luck

      Richard

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  7. Hi Prax

    If it was my penny site you complimented - many thanks. If it wasn't, then hush my mouth.

    You mention you've had lots of messages from forum members - If I've missed some bad news in your life, then please accept my best wishes. If I've got the wrong end of the stick twice, then I'll mind my own business.

    Best wishes anyway !

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      secret santa

      Thanks Prax - I've only just come across your response - the new forum doesn't alert me to new messages.

      Happy New Year and good luck with all your plans plus collecting !

      Richard

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  8. Rob

    You appear to be one of the most knowledgeable forum users so I wonder whether you can steer me to a simply explained description of the milled coin production process from initial design and engraving to production of a master die and working dies, including the production and use of punches (puncheons) through to full production. I'm not sure that I fully understand the details and sequence of the various stages in taking a coin design through to production. I'm particularly interested in this as it applies to Victorian pennies as that's what interests me most and might help me understand how errors and overstrikes occur. I'm trying to work out how the various micro-varieties of F15 pennies (Gouby obverse G types) might have been produced and I need a better understanding of the process before I can develop theories.

    Thanks

    Richard

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      secret santa

      Rob

      Thanks for the reply - I've only just discovered it today thanks to the new forum structure. I'll give it some attention tomorrow.

      Best wishes

      Richard

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  9. Hi Matt

    Re the obv G/ONF - I was offered it as just an ONF (tho strictly speaking not a proper example). I then saw that it was obv G with, as you say, loads of die cracks. I've added it to my collection website with the comment that it suggests that the Mint must have been desperate to use any old dies to produce pennies at that stage.

    Cheers, Richard

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      secret santa

      It's really pleasing to think that new "varieties" or at least, new die-pairings are still being discovered.It's a real shame that Mint records from that time don't seem to exist.

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