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  1. Have been collecting records now for two years. It's strikingly similar to coin collecting, even the grading system is pretty much the same. I think the two hobbies go hand in hand quite nicely! Only thing is if a coin looks it's grade then it is, with records they may look lovely but sound s**t, many dealers don't have time to play them. So it's a little more difficult in that respect. Due to the pandemic, I'm doing most of my record shopping online, and like coins, the amount of over-graded cr*p out there is astounding. Have spent more money on returning worn/scratched records than I actually paid for good ones methinks! I collect mainly late 70s, 80s electronic music, new wave, synth etc, as well as some prog from earlier. I have a Technics sl1500c with an Audio Technica VM95ml stylus. Great turntable . Other record collectors please feel free to get a nice chat going!
  2. Wow, is that news lol? I'd say at at least half a dozen are found across the country on a given weekend by detectorists 😜
  3. Hi everybody, Just thought id ask a quick question regarding minor adjustment marks on early milled silver coinage- I'm not talking about a massive amount that completely take away from the coin, but something along the lines of the picture below. Do they alter the value of a coin- I understand they don't alter grade providing there isn't too many and due to the fact that they are mint- made. Basically, would you buy coins with adjustment marks like these or do you hate them? Thanks, C44
  4. Hi everyone, just want a few opinions on the grade of this half crown which I am considering purchasing. Listed as EF but since ive bought overgraded coins in the past I thought i'd ask for a few 'two cents' first. Or should that be 'two half crowns'? ....bad I know. https://www.bryantcoins.com/styled/styled-247/index.html PS Please don't steal it on me lol
  5. Lovely coin Rob. What is your opinion on 'mine' , have uploaded bigger pictures.
  6. Stupid size limits wont seem to allow me to post a decent pic. What the hell, have just uploaded the link. Many probably know the dealer anyway by his photos.
  7. Hi everyone. I haven't posted here for a while- in fact I haven't bought a coin in over two years. I collect Early Milled Silver mostly, especially the Georgian period. I'm now wishing to 'get back on the saddle' so to speak, but as a student (going back to college next autumn after taking the year out), as you can imagine cash flow is a slight problem, especially when collecting early milled as opposed to the often more affordable Victorian coinage, for example. I always adhere to the rule of buy the best condition you can afford. Looking at my scant collection (albeit with a handful of very nice coins indeed), I often find myself thinking 'this is a hobby for old retirees with money to spend, i'm wasting my time here' LOL! I have thought about narrowing down, ie. rather than trying to collect sixpences, shillings, halfcrowns and crowns, just concentrating on one of those denominations for the time being. Anyone have any advice?
  8. Hi all. I remember a few years back purchasing a very nice George III shilling from eBay from a guy called Alan Hunt (I think that was his name). I subsequently used to receive a huge catalogue of coins by email with hundreds of cracking items (most of which I could only dream about buying, mind you), most of which were hammered and early milled from what I can remember. Does his name ring a bell for anyone- perhaps he's even on here? Just thought I'd ask. Conor
  9. Anyone ever try Dickens' Cider? Although personally I prefer Cummins' ... 😂😂 On a serious note thanks very much Bernie that's him
  10. Forgot to mention Big Country, its very hard to find an album where literally every song is a banger but The Crossing from '83 is one of them
  11. It's a pity this thread went under a bit. Last Christmas I treated myself to a turntable setup and records have honestly become a favourite hobby of mine since- as well as the obvious of course. As a ' millennial ' (as much as I dislike the term ) I would have grown up with online digital music - where it's not so much albums as it is singles/hit songs. It really is great to stick on an LP and listen to the obscure as well as the well known tracks. Here's what I've been listening to lately: Mike Oldfield Pink Floyd Tears for Fears Yazoo (Upstairs at Erics is such an underrated early 80's record) Spandau Ballet (Before I'm shot their first two albums have some genuinely brilliant synth stuff akin to Depeche Mode etc. After that they went full cringe) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Nik Kershaw (I'm sorry) Kraftwerk
  12. Conor44

    TimeLine Inc.

    Hi all. Its been yonks since I posted here but I was determined to share this story somewhere. It applies in this case to antiquities but could equally apply to coins. I collect antiquities (when the finances allow), and about a year ago I was on the hunt for a good condition bronze age sword- rare as hens teeth I know. I came across what looked to be a pristine, almost too pristine, example in a Scottish auction house, it's estimate being a tiny fraction of what it was worth. With these kind of items, provenance is vital, and I did my damnest to contact the auction house with a view to being helped out on this matter and was only met by quite rude replies which told me nothing. Anyway, the auction came and the sword sold for about five times it's estimate, yet still far far below it's worth and very affordable. The complete lack of provenance put me off completely and I didn't participate. About three months later, I had a lovely sword offered to me by a well known UK antiquities dealer and hey presto, the same sword. I thought this gave it an air of legitimacy and gave it another chance, and so myself and the dealer tried our utmost to establish some bit of provenance but getting absolutely nowhere and the Scottish auction house droned on about 'sellers privacy' (it was long gone and he or she had got their money, so why?), so for the second time, I passed on it. Around a month later I see the sword being offered by TimeLine auctions at a hefty estimate. This left a bad taste in my mouth. I know it's passed through the hands of 'experts' since I saw it first, but I felt angry at the way TimeLine just bought it for peanuts and stuck it in their next auction as quickly as possible just to make a bit of profit. They unconditionally guarantee all of their items genuine, yet how on earth can they be sure this was? I'm sure this happens with hundreds of items all the time, but after that experience I think I'll be passing on TimeLine auctions for the near future. Just thought I'd share this story just to make you all aware- just because something is offered by a 'reputable' dealer doesn't guarantee its authenticity.
  13. Conor44

    TimeLine Inc.

    Yeah, it all just seemed really fishy. I mean, no matter what the original seller would have told me, good or bad, he's got his money, it's nothing to do with him anymore and doesn't affect him in the slightest. Begs the question what was going on.
  14. Hi all, just looking for opinions of grade and authenticity on this George II shilling I'm looking at. Many thanks
  15. Probobally my best coin so far received today - George III 1785 Fourth Head Guinea, extremely hard to find in this grade at the moment
  16. Hi all, Just thought I'd post a few pictures of this George iii 1776 Guinea to see opinions of grade - have purchased over graded coins in the past so want to be sure about this before I 'splash out ' ? I am gradually becoming more familiar with coin grading, however for a coin like this I feel the opinions of the experienced collectors on this forum should be considered first ☺ Thanks everyone in advance, Conor
  17. Yes, thought grade would have been reliable with this seller, good thing it's on my screen and not in my hand ? his asking price is very steep- have seen uncirculated examples go for less.
  18. Conor44

    George III Fourth Head Guinea

    Hi all, looking for a George III Fourth Head Guinea - preferably EF or better - the fourth heads are scarce as hens teeth on the dealers lists at the moment so I'll give it a go here - price in the region of £800-1000. Thanks in advance, C44
  19. Hi all, just looking at this rather nice GVF - EF George ii Halfcrown and the only thing that's holding me back from purchasing is a metal 'fleck' on the obverse. Basically I've never heard of this kind of defect before and I am just wondering that, as a relatively new and inexperienced collector, should I go ahead and purchase or steer clear and stick to buying the best condition coins that I can afford? The defect is reflected in the price but I've bought coins with defects before and regretted it. Thanks, C44
  20. As a matter of interest- anyone ever come across a 1745/5 Roses halfcrown?
  21. This is like a game of charades LOL 2 words Cheshire area...
  22. That's a fantastic example Paulus, id be chuffed with that! Still trying to decide on it, I agree the dealer in question is one of the best I've ever dealt with in terms of quality and correspondence, I'm trying to collect everything from early milled to 1919 - I have wound down on the hammered for the time being , just love the early milled to William IV, for some reason Victorian coinage doesn't interest me as much, probobally because the variety of her coinage is so overwhelming ? Thanks C44
  23. Hi all, Would appreciate a few experienced opinions on this rather nice 1731 sixpence before I purchase (grade etc) , described as AEF but ive been caught out before with over graded coins. Sorry this is my second post with almost exactly the same wording just a different coin, this is the last one I promise Thanks in advance, C44 upload pic