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  1. 5 points
    Here are a few of my recent halfpenny acquisitions, firstly the 1862 Die letter C previously mentioned.
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    A worn die is not the same as a worn coin, and I do agree the reverse die had lost detail, a bit like some ‘F’ reverses in the penny series. I pondered this previously, why the need to mark the engraved face of the die to monitor longevity, when the die could be marked elsewhere in greater detail ; they would have to have counted the number of actual coins struck per studied die either way. And the die marked coins seem to have been too few to be practically monitored for ‘in circulation’ studies. Could partially worn regular dies be lettered or numbered to in some way monitor a later stage of their lives, or to be brought back into use? Perhaps with such a tiny mark the die would not even need annealing. Is there evidence out there? Jerry
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    Hi CA, that’s basically just a jump in the die, causing a part of it to be double-struck. The A under V will be a bit of the W. If you look at the tops of the III’s you’ll see they’ve rotated too. Not rare or valuable, for me it makes it less desirable, though some out there rather like the miss-strikes. It’s actually not a bad little coin, keep enjoying it!
  5. 2 points
    As I see it, the fundamental, initial assumption behind investment in Bitcoin was that it will become “money”. People have then speculated on its continued price rises. By “money”, I mean “a generally accepted means of exchange”. I think to become a “generally accepted means of exchange”, people would also need to value it also as a “store of value” (otherwise, a chunk of people will not accept it in exchange - so it won’t become “money”). I don’t believe it will ever be a “store of value” as unlike other money it has no value aside a means of exchange (as gold can be put in teeth; even fiat money can be used to settle tax liabilities) - except evidently as a means of speculation. This absence of value aside its use as means of exchange (except for speculation) means (unlike gold and fiat) it can (in theory) have zero value. As a purely speculative instrument (not “money” and not “store of value”), I expect it will test that zero value one day.
  6. 2 points
    Virtually every dealer is asking where these people paying high prices are. It appears that just as you have people who only buy on ebay or facebook, so there are people who have decided to buy at auction to the exclusion of other outlets. You often see something that you make a mental note is worth £x and it opens above this level. Add in the premium and mark it up as you have to, and you have something that nobody will touch. Selling at fairs, everyone expects you to come down a bit from the ticket price, but these are almost mostly lower than you would have paid at auction in the first place. It's a parallel universe.
  7. 1 point
    I wonder who 'Marshall' was?
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    To add to my rant (and clarify) - without a value aside speculative value, there is nothing for the market to peg a value to. My sense is this will prevent crypto attainting price stability - critical for a store of value and so for money. And so the original investment assumption was flawed. In other words, It is a tulip not gold. You are welcome, Elon.
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    Thank you Jerry for sharing all above lovely halfpennies in your collection. 200% agree that you won't dispose it, coz taking it out and have a look is already a big enjoyment. Cheers, and thanks again for your sharing.
  10. 1 point
    Thanks Jerry. Those coins are more than decent.
  11. 1 point
    The first looks very much like V over A .. except that the bar looks much too thick? Given the thin-ness of the bar on an A it's also possible that it's simply worn right away on the die rather than being an unbarred A?
  12. 1 point
    Is that the real BloJob or the fake lookalike??
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    Plus, of course, the fact that the pandemic has seen people's bank accounts swell through lack of holidays, restaurants etc and, as the baby boomers move through their twilight years, they realise that they can't take it with them. So they may as well spend it on something that takes their fancy.
  15. 1 point
    Luckily nothing in there for me and given current prices, nothing affordable for stock. I went for a walk, had a thoroughly pleasant day and don't feel I missed out on anything.
  16. 1 point
    If it's true we get the government we deserve..... Sweet Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help us. https://twitter.com/stimmo/status/1481658794438443012
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    1970 are so cheap I found a set in a cracked plastic case and broke it open and kept a second set sealed up.
  19. 1 point
    That works as well. It's a matter if personal preference. Some collectors like to view the coin through the flip, others prefer the envelopes with which the argument that it "protects the enclosed coin from light" could be made as well. So long as there is NO ACID NOR PVC it is better for the coin, ESPECIALLY PROOFS!!
  20. 1 point
    Worn? clear date only, dear boy, clear date only. Anyway, I thought I would make a few points about the 1806 no incuse curl pennies. Peck was of the opinion that they are roughly in a 1:5 ratio as opposed to incuse curl examples. But I'm inclined to think it's more like 1:10 in view of the difficulty I've encountered obtaining one. Not especially easy getting a mid grade specimen, but the higher grades are difficult. Finally got this one from a dealer, and noticed it had previously sold at the June 2021 LCA for just £70. He made a fair mark up on it, as you would quite reasonably expect, but it is one of the better ones I've seen, being toned GEF with no issues.
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    Agreed. The Facebook group seems better suited to beginners as you say - where they can get immediate answers but don't need to access stuff from ages ago. Mind you, there's always the 'Search within Group' feature to find older stuff - though it has to be a Group not a Page (what's the difference? who knows. who cares...)
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    True - plus the fact there are several facebook groups. In essence they seem to consist of almost absolute beginners, and others with very little experience. Plus a few really experienced old hands like the Derek Allens, Martin Platts and Tony Crockers of this world, who offer sound guidance. There's also a few amateurish low level auction/trading sites, and those that double up as both. The problem with facebook is retrieving old information, or knowing that it even exists. Threads seem to vanish with alarming rapidity, and nothing is retained in any semblance of chronological order. In that sense a forum is much more user friendly - look at the number of times on here that threads, even well over 10 years old, are rooted out and re-posted on/used as a reference tool. Imagine trying to find something on facebook that you vaguely recall from all that time ago. There isn't even a subject line to refer to.
  23. 1 point
    In this particular case, I think the cleaning is definitely the right thing to do. The uncleaned coin has very poor visual appeal. Although the cleaned coin is not lustrous, it is at least much easier on the eye.
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    Hi Blakeybou, I guess you would expect the coin to look different if it is cleaned. The real question is. Has it damaged the coin in some way? The images show a NGC MS 62 coin I cleaned using the bicarb Al foil method. I think I prefer the cleaned version. Like I say cleaning is something that should be approached with caution. In addition when you think about it toning is really a form of corrosion that has already effected the coin's surface. PS how did those seeds go? Regards, Ozjohn
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    Indeed, hope both he and Peter are OK.