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  1. I think the Sunken Ear varieties were quite well known during the '60s and before. Here are two articles from the late '60s.
  2. I've arranged to visit the National Archives at Kew to view twelve annual reports, numbers 103 for the period 1972-04-01 - 1973-03-31 through to number 114 for the period 1983-04-01 - 1984-03-31, this coming Thursday. I am allowed to take a camera to photograph pages. I'm not sure what I'm going to discover. My main purpose is to determine actual production numbers of coins produced and in particular those for proof and BU sets, and VickySilver, will also be looking for coins produced for overseas governments. I chose those numbers for my initial visit because they overlap with data published in Coin Monthly and Coins and Medals in the early seventies, thought I fear they may not be definitive. I have a feeling that there are other reports from the mint giving more detailed information as both magazines published other mid term figures that were more specific. I find that the National Archives web site is not the easiest to navigate, and zero in on what you are looking for. I will report back.
  3. Not yet, but I might be forced to. They annoyingly have them on their site for 2003 onwards and for bullion from 1968. I do know that 1978-9 thru 1997-8 reports are available for viewing at the Public Record Office(?) at Key for some large sum. I just cant believe that someone hasnt scanned them and got them online somewhere or hopefully written the figures down. I know that Chris was asking for figures some time ago, but I dont know whether he got them.
  4. I'm trying to track down reports for the late 70's thru to the 90's. The reports were published by HM Stationary Office until 1977 (report 107), since then, they seem to have been hidden until the early noughties when they started appearing on the lamentable Royal Mint web site. I'm looking for actual production figures of Proof and Mint sets and not the maximum allowable figures. I am not hopeful that the reports will actually help as the post 2000 reports are a complete load of tripe. They hardly mention coin production, mainly concentrating on employee diversity targets and other such carp. Anyone got any ideas or figures (including the source).
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  6. Here is an email (sent 06/04/2018) I received from the Royal Mint Museum; "Dear Mr AardHawk Please accept my apologies for the delay in response to your most recent email. Having reviewed the Annual Reports for the period in question, there were approximately 6,164,050 ‘Britain’s First Decimal Coins’ sets released by banks and post offices, with the coins for the sets being struck between 1968 and 1970. The reports we have seem to suggest that the 5p and 10p pieces included in these sets were only dated 1968 as this is the year that the coins were introduced into circulation as legal tender. However, there were 888,000 sets issued in 1969 and we can confirm that some of these did contain 5p and 10p pieces dated 1969. Unfortunately, we are not be able to say how many sets as the Annual Reports we have do not separate out the numbers for the sets. Kind regards Fiona Fiona Trumper Public Engagement & Information Officer" My own research shows that there are at least two different minor varieties of 2p, Reverses Aa and Ab.
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    1966 Finger Penny

    Peck, I would imagine it is so. Zkz, It would be nice to see a scan of your coin. Does it have the NE-SW fine parallel lines?
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    1966 Finger Penny

    I came across this in David Sealy's Coin Varieties column in the December 1969 issue of Coins and Medals. It is probably the original report of this "variety". His explanation is as always, comprehensive.
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    1966 Finger Penny

    No. I believe it refers to this; From A.R.Alexander's & A.M.Lisk's excellent series, Variants of the Modern British Penny 1895-1967 published in Coin Monthly between April 1977 and February 1978.
  10. Please could you provide a higher definition image of the 2p, both heads and tails. Also a picture of the front of the pack. Thank you.
  11. AardHawk

    Olympic 50ps

    Fixed that for you.
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    2p Varieties

    I've a correction to make to the 1971 Aa picture. ie it isnt!!!!!! its an Ab. I've had them sitting on my desk now for the last couple of weeks ready to scan but somehow, never get around to it. Now that the Beast from the East is arriving later today I may do something about it. Stay tuned.
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    The Gazette - New 10p Designs

    Dreadful, just dreadful.