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Martinminerva last won the day on December 20 2021

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  1. Martinminerva

    Undated QE2 penny

    Novelty item - date skilfully removed by tooling post mint. I have an identical example!
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    Halfpenny ID check

    In the notes I've left myself I have reverse G has lighthouse with two windows and one rock between lighthouse and shield, reverse I has lighthouse with no windows Not true! Reverse I lighthouse also has two windows as picture above shows, albeit masonry is a bit heavier (and akin to reverse F as Zo Arms says above).
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    Halfpenny ID check

    I cannot easily make any judgements or spot any distinctive differences about the hair to shoulder for the two reverses - I'll leave that to you with two more photos, reverse G first, then I. The sea/rock line is the diagnostic for me. But you're right that reverse I is considerably rarer and quite an underestimated scarcity in my opinion. Happy to help! PS another diagnostic is that both arms of the H of Half point to spaces on Rev G and beads on Rev I...
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    Halfpenny ID check

    Definitely reverse G. Easiest way to spot is the sea meeting rock level at the extreme left of the exergue. On Rev. G it rises up slightly and does not cross the linear circle. On Rev. I it is pretty much level and does cross the linear circle. See enlargements below...
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    1763 Northumberland shilling

    See it just sold for £189. Way too little if genuine, way too much if a copy 😳. I know which way I'd tend to lean and think that someone isn't going to have such a merry Christmas... If anyone here bought it, and it turns out to be fine, happy to be proved wrong!
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    1763 Northumberland shilling

    I am VERY suspicious of it. There are an awful lot of modern copies of this and other rare date coins out there these days and would always want proper provenance or a dealer's guarantee or willingness to take returns if I was not able to see the coin in hand. This seller, I see, won't take returns and that just doubles my suspicion. Coins like this really need to be seen in the flesh by experienced eyes - one cannot tell a thing for sure from photos and so personally I would avoid...
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    Penny -1874-H Reverse I

    I have two specimens of 1874H Reverse I for sale on eBay, finishing this afternoon (Sunday 12th), if anyone's interested! One is a F69, 6+I and one a very worn but even rarer F76, 7+I. https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?item=284552412594&hash=item4240a53db2%3Ag%3Ab44AAOSwRephqPIj&_ssn=1970kit&_sop=10 No bids yet!!
  8. Bid £800 on Lot No 2148 - hammer price £800!!! I won two of my five bids at - guess what - my maximum bid price!!
  9. I have just listed on eBay a few more pennies including a relatively good Freeman 69 and a very worn, but useful filler, Freeman 76 which members might find interesting... https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?item=284552412594&hash=item4240a53db2%3Ag%3Ab44AAOSwRephqPIj&_ssn=1970kit&_sop=10 The F.76 is very seldom seen, and although it is well gone, it genuinely is an example which might fill a gap!! Cheers!
  10. Martinminerva

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Not necessarily... !
  11. Martinminerva

    Halfpenny ID check

    It looks like a 13*, let's see the reverse ! is it J, K* or L ? Definitely not 13* or 13# then - back of bun and TT in BRITT wrong (see Mal Lewenden's pic below). Also, don't think it can be 13 as the visible berries are the same size - markedly different on 13, but same size on 11 and 12 as was pointed out above. Colons a fair shout, though, and not sure I can explain, unless wear or re-entering could account? I'm still going to plump for 11...
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Oh, that wasn't long, then... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255237698933?hash=item3b6d5a3575:g:5VYAAOSwyLZhf~do Oh, and yes, there's a lot more balderdash to go with it!
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255221659808?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 The listing has been ended due to "an error in the listing" 😏 What, only the one?! Any bets as to how long it will be before it gets relisted along with some more cock and bull ?!
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    Halfpenny ID check

    What is 13* and its reference? Not Mal Lewenden's 13# ?? (Now 2 known, I understand). The latter has the two Ts of BRITT touching. For me this is obverse 11, but willing to stand corrected with further info on 13*... I agree that the reverse and date would be good to see to help tie it down!
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Yes - all the watchers will have received this "offer" of a 90% reduction!! But in her blurb she bangs on about not accepting £720, and her dad not accepting a £300 offer from a dealer originally etc etc. From an £8000 "bid", down to a £3000 Buy it now, down to a £300 offer.... All this proves that she knows that it's all a load of b****cks. I'm going to wait until she has dropped to £3 before making my purchase... About the scrap value of the silver and bronze in the pile 😏