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  1. 3 points
    I meant it lack the intricacies of the traditional designs which we admire. It doesn't come across as cutting edge or innovative like a good modern design should be. The reverse is a poor rip off of the William IV half crown. The obverse is a rip off of the 1977 silver jubilee crown. I won't pay spot for it either. In fact I would much rather own a bullion bar than that coin.
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  4. 2 points
    Time this was wheeled out again, I feel. It is my favourite, and just sums it up for me, sadly.
  5. 2 points
    OK, as you might imagine I was hopeful that Spink might have something up my alley in their latest e-Sale. Well, basically NO! There is a good date run of halfcrowns for the period 1820 through QE II. HOWEVER, most including the scarcer dates were CLEANED! What in the world? Will collectors please stop trying to "improve" their coins? Especially if they haven't a clue about cleaning or conserving coins. There are no pictures yet, and not that they are that great anyway of late at Spink but their descriptions suffice. I think the only coin I might bid on is the 1846, 6 over 8. The rest including the very rare currency 1839 are CLEANED!!!! Yikes. Well, sorry for the ravings of a lunatic, but I was horrified...
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    I absolutely agree. Complete rubbish and lacking aesthetics; I wouldn't even pay spot for it.
  8. 1 point
    Sorry, I couldn't resist- a bit of a red flag.....
  9. 1 point
    Doesn't do it for me. I think the design has somewhat fallen between too stools, and is not particularly inspiring. It doesn't look traditional or modern.
  10. 1 point
    Just what I was thinking. Dave is a stand up bloke and didn't deserve that crap. Bastards
  11. 1 point
    "So until Sue Gray has interviewed me I shan't be able to answer the philosophical question 'Have you been interviewed by Sue Gray?'. So, no." Classic.
  12. 1 point
    I think it is best to store proofs in an air tight system to maintain lustre. 2x2 self adhesive coin holders appear safe to me. Many 1927 sets have been split already. If stored properly, I don't think there is any great risk.
  13. 1 point
    If they didn't know it was a 1* (which they clearly didn't) they had a bloody cheek asking a tenner for it!
  14. 1 point
    I had a quick look at the lots and quite a few has been "wiped" in addition to a those more harshly "cleaned". I can understand your frustration . One thing which has always surprised me is that Davies (English Silver Coinage) mentions that "surface grime can be removed with a clean piled cloth, gently rotating the coin between the cloth and fingers until the original toning is reached". This is something I have no inclination to try.
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    An eBay purchase. Clear example of obverse 1*. No tie knot. Condition may not be to everyone's liking but I'm happy with it.
  17. 1 point
    I agree Jon. Proofs should be treated with the utmost respect.
  18. 1 point
    Should really be posted in "Stuff to make you seeth".
  19. 1 point
    Personally I wouldn't. I had these stored in a 2x2 mylar flip (as delivered from the seller) and now they're considerably impaired.
  20. 1 point
    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...
  21. 1 point
    Just brought this 1918 halfcrown and awaiting delivery. It is very well struck for both obverse and reverse and is one of my best examples of the series. I am just missing the 1913 to complete my date run of George V sterling silver halfcrowns.
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    No, only the packaging.
  24. 1 point
    Absolutely right - I've read the packaging a hundred times and not spotted that ! Mystery solved - and not likely to be worth a fortune in the future !
  25. 1 point
    I am sure that The Royal Mint would be gutted if everybody that they alerted did buy another set, just to see the difference.