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  1. 10 points
    Thanks for that Michael , I knew that he was a Nepolionic Veteran, but because I found the picture on a French site, I assumed he was French . As you probably know he was pictured with a woman who I assume was his wife [ Picture below] . I used the picture because my wife thought there to be a resemblance to me 😟 . I do hope though that I don't look as grouch as he dose . Ironically my son in law has two ancestors who fought at Trafalgar , one of whom who lost a leg and survived , I myself had a three times Gr Grandfather named Thomas Mason who fought in the American War of Independence and was with Conwallis when he finally surrendered at Yorktown in 1781. He must have started his military career when he was recruited into the Third Reg. of Foot [The Buffs] in London, probably taking the Kings Shilling while drunk, as he then absconded only to be recaptured by a bounty hunter and sent to the Savoy Prison [ The converted old Palace which was where the Savoy Hotel now stands ] He went on to rise up to the rank of Sergeant and serve for twenty years.
  2. 9 points
    A Geordie was told by his wife to go and buy a carpet........he came back with a Ford Fiesta.
  3. 4 points
    Hi all, I'm back after about 13 years! I joined this forum when I first started collecting, and since then I've worked at Spink, Heritage Auctions, Sovereign Rarities, and am now at eBay UK as category manager for coins. It's funny logging back into my account here as my profile picture is still the first Newark shilling I ever purchased. It's been upgraded three times since, culmunating in this from the recent Mortcombe collection... a dream coin for me, a Newark showing a visible 'A' hallmark denoting its host plate's production in 1638.
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    I have placed a reference book of gold & silver coins 1066-1736, on Ebay, of which displays many pattern coins that I didn't know even existed. The book was issued in 1763 and is in my opinion, quite good condition for its age. Item id 145759903017
  6. 3 points
    Atlas upcharges quite a lot on their items. I've lost auctions, to later find the item on their site, with a good 50 to 200% increase over auction price (incl juice). If I was already priced out in the auction, I'm def not buying from them with such a huge premium tacked on. I know they need to make money, but ouch.
  7. 3 points
    Terry, Here's something I came across earlier this evening which I thought may interest you.
  8. 2 points
    Won one, underbidder on three, blown out of the water on about 20 and didn't get out the starting blocks on a couple. The Roman sold for just under £2m and the British for just over £4.5m hammer prices. WOW. And there's somewhere close to 600 pieces to come. Edited to say sorry, should have been CHF not £s. Reduce the totals by 10% or so to give pounds.
  9. 2 points
    Not to take away from your sale - this would be a wonderful addition to a bookcase - but if anyone's interested in the book's contents it's available in full on Archive.org: https://archive.org/details/bim_eighteenth-century_tables-of-english-silver_folkes-martin_1761/mode/2up
  10. 2 points
    I believe the first print was 1736. Don't know whether it was as comprehensive.
  11. 2 points
    Working in the army used to be a last resort job unless you were in public school and could get a job straight away as an officer even up till the first world war veterans were treated dreadfully even if they had medals , few got war pensions from war injuries as they were made very hard to claim and mental illness was rewarded with the workhouse or worse still Bedlam where the public paid a small fee too see the lunatics.. Officers got treated better but not by much.
  12. 2 points
    The only problem is most of the gaps are the expensive ones.
  13. 2 points
    I have 2 1925's at the moment, one is impaired due scratches on the bust (not mentioned by Spink when I bought it) and the other was graded as CGS78 (I think). Neither are as good as yours @ozjohn
  14. 2 points
    That is certainly a lot better coin, but I would not want to spend £1200 on it! Increasingly I feel I will have to stick with my existing collection and give up on upgrades - the prices are just too crazy. What budget I have left I will focus on filling the remaining gaps.
  15. 1 point
    Not so much Catholic - more a Monarchist as opposed to a Parliamentarian.
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    Hey Robbie. That's quite a journey! And welcome back! Nice Newark. Was there a ticket with it at all?
  18. 1 point
    Great to watch, shame about the prices! Even the auctioneer sounded surprised -"I sink zee auctioneer is zee least important person here!" he said as the internet pings were almost merging into a continuous sound. Though I didn't understand them rerunning two of the James II halfcrowns as the original winner had decided he hadn't meant to bid for them or something like that...had I caught that right? Maybe the auction house had got some bids mixed up. I can only speak of the copper but I wonder what will be in part 2, going on what was in part 1. I spotted at least five pieces ex Nicholson, three I assume bought direct from CC's auction in 2004 plus the Anne and George I silver halfpennies bought a year later at St James. So I'm thinking for October at least one of Nicholson's two outstanding W&M tin halfpennies plus the 1701 no stops obverse. But who knows? Looks like someone was going as high as needed to get many of those early coppers based on how quickly they were pinging counterbids. Makes the lustrous 1849 penny seem reasonable at 3K. I'd given up by then though, zero success! I wasn't too disappointed though considering what i would have to have paid to win them, and they might have gone far higher of course.
  19. 1 point
    No, that reads GVLIELMVS. I'm looking for a GVLIEMVS obverse die paired with a stop after BRITANNIA reverse die where the date is visible. A die match for the reverse die alone would be good too, but still preferably paired with the error legend obverse.
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    Again I have a problem with this one graded by NGS as MS 62. I think that consistency in grading is very essential for both the collector and the third party grader. My example is included for comparison although not graded I think in the MS range.
  22. 1 point
    you could even push that to near fine
  23. 1 point
    Another TPG 1925 half crown. Perhaps flogging a dead horse but I think I prefere my one
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    I messaged him to say that it was not the 1927 reverse and to mention the confusion of obverse and obtuse - he then changed the description to the "rare 1927 obverse". I then messaged him to say that it was not the 1927 obverse (M.E.) but he has not replied. Fortunately, no-one has been daft enough to bid on it.