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  1. AardHawk


    I think this topic should be closed. I think its inappropriate. People are dying, its no joke.
  2. I did find this https://scholarslab.lib.virginia.edu/blog/automate-downloading-pdf-files/ and after a lot of messing about created something that would bring up the site and page thru the pdf. This whole process is a dogs dinner. The Ui.vision documentation is laughable.
  3. Volumes 1-12 are available via google books for download. You find them by luck when doing a general internet search. Volumes 13-26 are available via https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008420717 Some for full down load others page by page. You can download in jpeg, txt or pdf format. The next question is, "how do you download royalmintmuseum volumes?". I can print screen captures using ImagePrinterPro at 800dpi which gives very good results, but is very longwinded. Anyone know how to grab the whole volume using some PC trickery via run on the windows tab. PS. The National Archives volumes are not digitised so personal visit only. Take your phone or camera and photograph each page. I did that in Dec 2019, but covid got in the way for a return visit.
  4. Excellent. Thanks so much for finding those. I've been doing online searches for the reports for months and not come across these. Google and Edge just dont find them.
  5. A Sarawak 1 Cent 1941. I sold this together with another at a Baldwin's auction in Hong Kong a few years ago.
  6. AardHawk

    5p Varieties 1969 – 1990

    5p Varieties 1969 – 1990 At first glance there does not appear to be much of interest, just a coin with what appear to be identical obverses and reverses. As with all coins that have boarder teeth (bt) or in this case boarder beads (bb), its all about the “pointings”. There are however some interesting obverse varieties concerning the shape of the truncation, which follows similar changes on all the other decimal coins, especially during the period 1985 through 1990. It is also worth noting that the early coins were released before decimalization on 15th Feb 1971, so in both size and style at least, they truly belong to the LSD era. See the Summary and Details section following the pictures for precise descriptions. Obverse 1 1968 – 1977 2nd portrait. Obverse 2 1977 – 1983 Obverse 3 1984 Obverse 4 1985 3rd portrait with a long pointed tip to truncation. Obverse 5 1986 – 1987 Obverse 6 1988 Obverse 7 1989 Obverse 8 1990 Reverse A 1968 – 1980 Reverse B 1972 – 1983 Reverse C 1982 – 1989 Reverse D 1990 Summary and details.
  7. AardHawk

    20p Varieties 1982 - 2008

    At first glance there does not appear to be much of interest, just a small heptagonal coin with what appear to be identical obverses and reverses. There are however some interesting obverse varieties concerning the shape of the truncation, which follows similar changes on all the other decimal coins, especially during the period 1985 through 1992. There are also some very strange variations to William Gardner’s initials on the reverse. Obverse 1 1982 – 1984 Obverse 2 1985 – 1992 3rd portrait with a long pointed tip to truncation. When discussing 1992 varieties, this is known as the Small Head. Obverse 3 1986 – 1993 3rd portrait with a slightly rounded tip to the truncation and reshaped and slightly more curved lower edge. When discussing 1992 varieties, this is known as the Small Head. Obverse 4 1992- 1997 3rd portrait with a more pronounced rounded end to the truncation and an even more curved lower edge. The whole head has been recut and the hair particularly so. When discussing 1992 varieties, this is known as the Large Head. Obverse 5 1998 – 2008 4th portrait. I haven’t really looked at these obverses in any detail, so there may be varieties waiting to be found. Reverse A 1982 – 2008 The only variation to the reverse is the designer’s initials, which change in size and position. They are always the same for each year. Circulation, Brilliant Uncirculated Set and Proof Set are all the same. I keep expecting to find a hidden message similar to the Egyptian, British Protectorate coins. Time will tell! Keep thinking it may be semaphore! Anyway see W.G. Initials below. Summary and details. W.G. Initials. Each pic has my personal unique reference number. i.e. P1991-1, so Proof, year and coin #, or C1992-2, Circulation, 1992 coin #2. B stands for Brilliant Uncirculated. 1982-1987 1988-1989 1990-1992 1993-1997 1998-2001 2001-2008 Other notes Sometimes when studying Obverses, I’m certain that the B of ELIZABETH is vertical, or the base is to the left of centre, or it leans right etc. I really don’t know. I think I’m expecting to find something like the P of PENCE on the 50p reverse B. On some Reverses the leaves seem to be better cut and have corrugated edges, when on others they seem to have smooth edges.
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    20p Varieties 1982 - 2008

    Dave, Not sure that I am the right person to write an article. I have seen your excellent Coin News contributions, so would be very happy to pass all the data over to you, if you want to do it. John.
  9. AardHawk

    20p Varieties 1982 - 2008

    For me at least, its all about finding them in your change. The excitement to me as kid, in NZ, was finding pennies from New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain and occasionally South Africa in my change and I would always spend my pocket money in such a way, as to get as many coins in change as possible , in order to fill any gaps. Until a few years ago I used to to do the same here (in the UK).
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    20p Varieties 1982 - 2008

    Thank you. Thank you. Just got to put up the latest discoveries for the 2p, Large 5p, Large10p and Large 50p.
  11. I extracted the following date from the listed reports.
  12. Exactly what information are you after? Is it annual production numbers for 1970 Lsd proof sets?
  13. Coin production didnt start in south Wales (Bridegend & Llantrisant) until 1968. The best place to see the production details is Royal Mint Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller. Idont have a copy of the 99th report for 1968 but the details were given the Coins and Medals Nov 1969 editorial; The 1969 royal report;
  14. AardHawk

    More Pennies

    Any skilled metal worker could have done that. A watch repairer or a plumber. A little flux and a bit of solder. Get two '59s and on the first one carefully file off the parts you dont wont. Five minutes. Take the second 59 and carefully cut off a "repair" section using a chisel. Five minutes. Flatten the underside using 1000 grit wet and dry. A touch of flux and a bit of solder on the underside. Heat till the solder melts. Five minutes. A touch of flux on the first penny, place the repair section on and heat using a flame. Tidy any excess solder with a pick . Five minutes. Job done. Twenty minutes total. So that was the first one, now that I know what I'm doing and I've assembled all the tools I need and got the workspace sorted, rattle off the other eleven. Forty minutes. Skilled mans wage, 1/- an hour. Flog 'em for 2/- each. Quids in. Lubbly Jubbly.
  15. AardHawk

    1897 dot penny. Advice needed.

    Its not a theory its standard engineering practice, Whats really interesting is my computer says its 17:08 on Friday, but the forum software thinks it is some time on Saturday, 11:40pm. How does that work?
  16. AardHawk

    More Pennies

    Just out of interest Father Andrew had already addressed this issue, and he of course used the correct terminology, minor varieties.
  17. AardHawk

    More Pennies

    There you go Peck I do like the comments by three premier coin collectors below
  18. AardHawk

    New book "The Decimal Penny"

    My copy arrived yesterday and its a jolly nice booklet Frank. All the detail, concise and with coloured pictures. Only missing the portcullis rivet position varieties.
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    New book "The Decimal Penny"

    Ditto Looking forward to seeing if Franks found any more varieties, that bhx7 and myself haven't already identified.
  20. I would think you are referring to the 1970 Coins and Medals annual That David Sealy refers to. I believe it was collated at the end of 1969, so dosnt include any new discoveries. As for there not being any market for calm seas varieties, good, I dont want my hobby being destroyed by parasites looking for profit.
  21. Dont forget the seven calm sea date varieties (see the 2nd page);
  22. Apology accepted even though it was not required.. There were some other articles attached to that one giving some other details and ideas. Just how effective any of them would be, I dont know. If heat is being sucked in from the surroundings, utilised, and then photons transmitted to outer space, then I think it would be good for cooling your house in Queensland, even if it didnt produce significant Kw. Not sure how it would get on in Canada though!