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  1. EBay charges 10% GST on goods going to Australia and should not be charging VAT on exports from the UK.My advice for buying overseas coins from Australia is to buy from the seller’s site not EBAY if possible . You may be charged the UK VAT, which should not be levied but you will most probably avoid the Australian GST.
  2. It also looks like it may be a Davies' reverse B if you compare with the examples provided on Michael Gouby's Michael Coins site.
  3. Great strike for a 1920 halfcrown.You can even see the tip of the King's mustache which is mostly absent from UNC coins. Certainly proof like.
  4. Nice coin a pretty good strike for the series,. Really good strikes for this series are so hard to find and I think the 1911 proof is the best way to appreciate these coins. Here's my example graded MS 61 by NGC. to compare your coin with
  5. Hi Vicky, Here's a close up of the effected area. There seems to be a line through the center of the indentation that looks like it could be a metal flaw. There doesn't seem to be any pitting that you would expect with corrosion. Regards, Oz
  6. A 1931 florin I have. I would like your opinion. If it a mint error or damage from circulation. All are appreciated. It has to be said that the milling is very good
  7. Hi Blakeyboy, I cannot remember if I said this before. With the remaining seeds boil a jug of hot water and pour on the seeds and let soak over night. Then plant as normal. If you need some more I can harvest form this year's growth when they are ripe.. At present I am trying to pollinate a vanilla orchid I have. It grows like mad and producing a lot of flowers but pollinating it is a skill I have yet to learn. Regards, Ozjohn
  8. Hi Blakeyboy, Did you receive the second envolope containg some dwarf poinciana seeds? Good to hear the poinciana seeds are going well. Ozjohn.
  9. Messy perhaps but the carpet of spent blue flowers are a sight to behold.
  10. Poinciana tree, delonix regia from Madagascar and even more spectacular than the jacaranda. It thrives in Queensland but not in Sydney as it is tropical in its requirements. I have seen them flowering in Egypt and often you can see them in the background in the TV series Death in Paradise. These trees flower in December.
  11. Yes a spectacular tree native to Brazil widely planted around the world. I've seen them growing in LA and Spain as well. Grafton, NSW holds a Jacaranda Festival every year in November I'm sure they are grown in South Africa.
  12. Photo of a Jacaranda tree taken a week or so ago at Laidley Qld. Jacarandas flower in Oct/November and mark the start of the exam period at High Schools and Universities.
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    Cleaned or not?

    Received the 1920 halfcrown graded by PCGS as AU detail cleaned. On examination there is no obvious sign of cleaning and in hand has reasonable luster. IMO the coin seems trouble free.
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    Flatbed scanners

    I agree flatbed scanners tend to make the high points appear to be flatter than they are also the lustre of the coin is not captured. Having said that I find it very hard to get a good image with a camera and as a result mostly use a scanner. Any insights on taking a good coin pictures would be appreciated. I've tried natural lighting and LEDs but the results are variable. I think getting the lighting right is critical for good coin photography.
  15. Just to return to the subject of this post I checked the specs. of post 1860 pennies https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_(British_pre-decimal_coin) According to wikipedia the alloy used for post 1860 pennies was Cu, Sn & Zn in varying quantities but with 95 to 97% Cu. Therefore the content of other metals in pennies was very small making the price of scrap Cu as good guide as to the melt value of pennies.