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  1. Diaconis

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    Ebay, it's not ALL that bad, is it? Let's post some coins that we're happy we picked up on that much-maligned den of iniquity. I'll start. I picked up this Cromwell shilling in 2002 and I was very pleased with it at the time. I think it has been lightly cleaned at some time but is re-toning nicely. Prooflike fields. It wasn't a bargain, in fact, double EF book at the time😲. My inexperience led me into an adrenaline-fuelled bidding war.
  2. Hope this isn't too close to the bone...
  3. Diaconis

    The crazy world of Top pop buyers

    You simply made a statement concerning the reality of things. As Diogenes said, “Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?” 😉
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    Halfpenny ID check

    that's a rum one Paddy, I agree with Martin, a contemporary forgery
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    Have NGC got this wrong?

    Looks to me like a 742 on the large flan but I don't have access to Peck at the moment. Definitely not a 734, that's dated 1713.
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    No idea. I don’t claim to an innovater in the English language, I’m no Shakespeare, but I think the question should be posed to you. Why do you believe that the word woke so succinctly sums up the essence of your definition? Please explain because I am honestly at a loss here? If, as I suspect, theres no direct correlation and we’re just looking for a word to tag on to a theme then in answer to your request, I suggest decentrithorkusmogrificarbiturb, its just as absurd as using the past tense of wake IMO.
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    Peckris’ argument does seem valid when considering that “reported” truths and facts cannot be relied upon as such these days, i.e, truths and facts. Has the reporter done sufficient research? Who did he interview, was his information derived from first hand accounts, Chinese whispers or, dare I suggest, re-interpreted for purposes of eliciting certain reactions to reinforce certain existing beliefs. Does he even care about truth and honesty? Probably not. However, to discount one source of information in favour of another believing the latter to be more trustworthy than the former when equally uncertain of the source of that information may be fallacious. As for the word woke, don’t get me started, it is the past tense of wake, nothing else. I refuse to use the word “woke” in its current context and to acknowledge it in conversation; there’re already too many sub-standard, useless, dumbed-down Americanisms in the English language as it stands, without entertaining new ones. It grieves me just to hear it used. Such language seems to be created by those who lack sufficient vocabulary to express themselves adequately in the first place and therefore resort to creating such rubbish out of ignorance. Some may argue that it is a progression and development of a language. I see it as a regression.
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    …or end up with one having to imbibe a draught of hemlock😂
  9. Yes indeed. Rob also mentioned this some time ago
  10. EXCELLENT! That was lightning fast. thanks once again Rob 🙏
  11. Here's another recent acquisition that I have had to wait a while for. Commonwealth (1649-1660), Pattern Farthing, undated, [by D. Ramage], in copper, mm. mullet, THVS VNITED INVINCIBLE, three pillars, rev. AND GOD DIRECT OVR COVRS, ship sailing left, edge plain, 4.88g/6h (BMC 388; Cooke -; N 2738). Perhaps not in the condition I would have liked, but judging by a paucity of recent offerings I am happy with it. I'm under the impression that the 388 is scarcer than the 387 without the 'R' below pillars (???). Provenance is Glendining 05 1957 Lot 138 ( @Rob Long shot, but do you have a spare catalogue for sale?, or perhaps a shot of the page 😉)
  12. 😂 I'm reminded of "The master of quick wit and ready repartee" joke that did the rounds at school, memories...
  13. I purchased this a short while ago but only now in hand. I've been looking for a decent one for a while. I seem to have gravitated toward the smaller stuff 🧐 Charles II (1660-1685), Pattern Farthing, undated, in copper, three pillars flanked by crowned C-R, large crown above, rev. similar, edge plain, 3.11 g/6h (BMC 485; Cooke 812). There's a small card with provenance: Spink March, 1962. Not sure if it was listed in the Circular; I'd appreciate it if somebody who has access to a copy would check for me. Thanks in advance.
  14. 😂 to read the article i am requested to pay electronically… the irony.
  15. She leaves a huge void, I miss her. RIP
  16. What do his T&C’s say? Depending on the company’s terms and conditions, you’ll have legal rights (and a contract) either: - once you’ve paid for the item (consideration) - once they’ve sent it to you If you don’t have a contract and someone realises they’ve told you the wrong price, they can cancel your order. If you had paid via the website at the requested price and their T&Cs stated that ownership is transferred upon payment then I think you might have had a good case.
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    Only in russia

    Senseless. Could be down to a lack of maintenance or poor design. Hospitals should be fitted with Human impact-resistant windows. Could have saved his life.😬
  18. Diaconis

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    He very likely plagiarised part of Baldwins description unaware that “as struck” described the grade. Superb😂 https://www.baldwin.co.uk/product/1839-proof-penny-about-as-struck/#tab-description