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  1. Martinminerva

    More Pennies

    I have just put on eBay a reasonable grade 1858 large rose (large date, sadly!!) penny, which members might be interested in, along with a few other lower grade scarcities and date width varieties. The link to the listings is : https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?item=285024221493&_ssn=1970kit&_sop=10 Hope they might perhaps be of use to members... Cheers!
  2. I have just put on eBay a reasonable grade 1858 large rose (large date, sadly!!) penny, which members might be interested in, along with a few other lower grade scarcities and date width varieties. The link to the listings is : https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?item=285024221493&_ssn=1970kit&_sop=10 Hope they might perhaps be of use to members... Cheers!
  3. Martinminerva

    1853 currency groat?

    Is there a picture anywhere of it that someone can post? Not on Colin Cooke website now, of course, but was it and did anyone get a grab? Or was it in their catalogue??
  4. Graded as about fine, i would say overgraded, but still very decent for this type Can someone post a picture? Or a link?
  5. ... and frequently overgraded and overpriced. And as for customer service...
  6. Martinminerva

    More Pennies

    No - and I can't find it on the sold listings either... But did anyone see this one: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/314097954463?hash=item4921b26e9f:g:FFcAAOSw7i1i7RbK&amdata=enc%3AAQAHAAAAkCjOj0nfqgBy96ChO7y%2BWthhXtiqSN5F37KQeP9iUd0n8ncrv9o9AKZ0QdJQgpzuaA0MuUT2pDTxaN2%2FXiHXfzCGGJ%2BL1aYqpjgQL9NijDpww%2FIix2rAJ3ldU7pj1MJGIDxDbMXZ93G0vp%2Fym7PtEE2ZbcYrtpXSVJT1ayMRn0KV%2B0lqImc5FIlPb8IDoQ5DfA%3D%3D|tkp%3ABk9SR6CfqoL3YA
  7. Martinminerva

    1866 Penny narrow high 6

    Can you post a picture or a link so we can see...
  8. Martinminerva

    1866 Penny narrow high 6

    Your main crop would suggest that it is still pretty much 11 beads width as halfway through each digit goes halfway through the respective bead below. If it were 10.5 beads then the halfway point of the final 6 would be between beads not over a bead - some slight clockwise rotation of the final 6 also seems to add to the illusion. But I do agree that the final 6 is a bit higher than usual, though of no real significance - the 1860's are full of both slipped and raised final digits as dies were churned out with limited consistency...
  9. Martinminerva

    Blank for a Brass Threepence?

    Can you post a picture? Or a link?
  10. Martinminerva

    Blank for a Brass Threepence?

    Whilst the mint does indeed use heptagonally pre-shaped blanks for striking 20p's and 50p's, for the dodecahedral brass threepences and now the new pounds, they use circular blanks (the external angles are more shallow and can be squeezed ok into the 12 sided collars that are used). Proof of this is both during WW2 when steel was at a premium, the mint used "blunter" cornered collars which lasted longer than the normal sharp cornered ones, leading to slightly smoother angled coins, and also with this 1960 threepence brockage which has been struck proud of its collar and retains its circular shape... It weighs 6.85 grams too, so I am perfectly happy your piece is a legitimate blank. The rough surfaces and edges are no problem either - they are all squeezed out smooth when the annealed blank goes through the press. Other denomination blanks I have are similarly a bit rough and ready!
  11. Martinminerva

    Halfpenny ID check

    Agreed! I have been looking in vain for this pairing for years! I only know of four specimens that have been documented.
  12. Martinminerva

    Halfpenny ID check

    I have owned two of these. Perhaps R17 is a tad generous?? Nevertheless, still a scarce pairing.
  13. UK Coins yet to be issued in 2022 were due, I believe, to be the BBC 100 years 50p, four Harry Potter franchise 50p's and a reissue of 15 different two pound coins to commemorate 25 years of the denomination. (Any others anyone knows about?) i wonder if the issues will still go ahead, and if so with which portrait? There are precedents for posthumous issues, but wonder if that will still apply?
  14. Martinminerva

    More Pennies

    No, sorry. 5+D. Reverse D easiest identified by the upward slope to the exergue/base line of sea left of shield. Reverse G slopes down there.
  15. No brickbats from me. A propos of not very much... I have no definite opinions or expertise on climate science, but likewise would like the media generally to consider facts over a longer spell of time; and being a Classicist, I can confirm that Europe at least was warmer than today in the Roman period. Viz. commercially viable vineyards as far north as Yorkshire proven by archaeology and southern mainland Italy was malarial proven by skeletal analysis. I believe those more expert than me suggest in that Roman period Europe was at least two further degrees centigrade warmer than now.
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