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  1. 10 points
    Here are up to date pics of the 1877 F90 penny from a 'deceased estate lot' in Sydney, Australia. Not a thing of great beauty, but in fact better than most so far on Richards site (I make it 6th best, probably...) Jerry
  2. 6 points
  3. 3 points
    Last Christmas at Dunham Massey:
  4. 2 points
    I have to agree regarding specimen 11, it does not look right for the currently known F90 reverse, though I’m not sure what it is. And if you are talking about the F90 from Australia, it is now conserved and in my cabinet, at last one I can live with. I will post updated photos shortly. And I don’t think the price of the 1847 Medusa is that unreasonable either, a bit over £3k after currency conversion and import vat to the UK, I suspect if slabbed and the variety better known in the US market it would have gone higher. There were at least three bidders involved above £2.5k. Jerry
  5. 2 points
    My bid of $200 was winning for a couple of weeks !
  6. 1 point
    OK, I just got my 7th Edition ESC (2020) and have looked at it for a bit. Not sure if I agree with all of the designations and have found more deficits in the proof and pattern section of the 20th C. pre-decimal series. One thing I notice is a referral to "page 657" in several places and note that the volume ends at page 597, or at least in this copy. Also I noticed that there is not the reference section related to Provenance the way there was in 6th Edition pp. 583-647. That was hugely helpful, does anyone know if this was somehow left out or just what happened? Maybe my edition is somehow short of this...
  7. 1 point
    Just seen it on the rarest pennies site. Definitely worth the £4500 that it sold for.
  8. 1 point
    If it had been slabbed as ok then it would of definately gone higher or atleast more interested bidders before the auction went live ,not just attracting more interest in the US but here also. A couple of people i know were both concerned about the condition of the coin looking at the picture and took that into consideration before the auction went live ,maybe the coin had been slabbed. Hopefully the coin went to a collector who hasnt got one though ,like jerry with the F90 (Hat off) rather than the same people / person possibly bidding the price up or buying others.
  9. 1 point
    Is there any chance there’s an ‘affordable’ 1817 pattern crown? I’ve found that this sold for $80,000 in 2019 so I already know the answer. And holy smokes, this pattern crown originally came from Pistrucci’s collection!
  10. 1 point
    I agree (although the Victorian copper proof penny prices seem to be going through the roof), but I used the comparison just to say that I didn't think the Medusa price was unreasonable.
  11. 1 point
    Oh no, I just accidentally bid £10,000 on a 1902 halfcrown ... --- ... / ... --- ... / ... --- ...
  12. 1 point
    I just don't understand what is going on with the new ESC. Someone has left a review about the stupidity of having two different "7th editions". https://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Silver-Coinage-Maurice-Bull/product-reviews/1912667495/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews Why would Spink want to do that in the first place? Strangely, the Spink website only has the apparently abridged "Gothic Crown" version. If having the two different versions was an error, then surely Spink would now be selling the full version only.
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  14. 1 point
    Aha. It appears there are TWO types of 7th edition. One with Cromwell on the cover has supposedly 672 pages and a provenance section that either has or lists sources of pictures for scarcer types. The other (that I got) and more generally available has the Gothic Crown on the cover and has only 597 pages with no provenances. Crap, I wanted the more complete edition; I have NOT been able to find a different Library of Congress number...
  15. 1 point
    BTW, an 1980 Bahamas $2 uncirculated in the "Birds" holder from the FM World Birds Collection (or some such name) just sold on ebay for USD 57 plus shipping and tax. That was IMHO a very good buy for a coin of mintage 75 pcs. Mine is not in a holder....
  16. 1 point
    Although wreath crowns were struck in very limited quantities each year I don't think they can all be regarded as proofs. It's widely accepted that only a very small number of proofs were struck presumably using special flans resulting in sharper edges. One would expect that proofs were struck multiple times. The Royal Mint are selling 1951 crowns (at inflated prices) and does not describe them as proofs. As far as I know, they are described as specimen by respectable dealers as the consensus is that they were struck to below proof standard.
  17. 1 point
    These issues aside, is it worth getting the 7th edition if you have the 6th? From what I have read about the book, they are now including current prices. Are these simply based on the Spink catalogue with guess work on the less common varieties? Considering that the 6th edition came out not so long ago, it can appear that they are milking it somewhat.
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  19. 1 point
    Yes, I have often wondered. In business over here in USA, such "enterprises" are labelled Loss Leaders - they serve as advertising for other high profit issues or are the backend of various contracts that must be fulfilled. These are opportunities for numismatists.
  20. 1 point
    Haven’t seen this in-hand, yet, but I’m expecting it to hold up pretty well. Bought from Eric Knowles of all people.
  21. 1 point
    I agree with the definition. It certainly seems reasonable to presume all post mint changes are graffiti. But how to know if it is post mint? I think that requires judgment based on whatever evidence we can glean. So I will keep an eye out for any further evidence as to whether the marking up practice was common in the Royal Mint. Here is another that seems to be “marked up” with a score line horizontally through the horse.
  22. 1 point
    Thanks. That is right. ESC lists it as 3357 R5. I also have a 1853 proof groat muled with the forth young head 3d obverse (attached). As these young head obverses did not appear until the late 1860’s and 70’s respectively, presumably the coins were some kind of restrike / hanky panky by the mint. That is why I wonder if the lines reflect some deliberate scoring by the mint - some kind of lining up muled parts as they experiment to create a new Frankenstein? The legend on the reverse of the 1862 is all over the place - with the U back to front!
  23. 1 point
    May as well hang a rarity around your neck if you’re going to! I’ve always had an old E1 sixpence on leather cord around mine…lost 2 along the way though! I often think of the pool attendant in Greece who’ll likely have stumbled across one of them!
  24. 1 point
    It has taken me about 10 years to completely remove from my vegetable plot. After very little early success I decided not to grow vegetables one year and instead completely covered the vegetable plot with old 'hessian backed' carpets.............and it happily grew through those too!! I have managed to find weed killer which kills them if on the patio.............but clearly you cannot spray that over your vegetable plot.........so you just had to dig deep to get to the bottom of the roots as soon as they appear. They gradually disappear over the years with a lot of effort.
  25. 1 point
    Yep- a very very old plant- a relic of the Jurassic. I just kept pulling up each piece I saw and it gave up. Roots can only hold so much sugar to fuel new growth, and if you pull shoots before they have had time to photosynthesise much more sugar to replenish the root stores, it eventually just runs out of fuel. Same trick works with bind weed, but with both plants you have to really be on the case at least twice a week. One season, gone.