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Posts posted by blakeyboy

  1. I think the two 1874's with that 'wide ribbons with small gap' obverse are _way_ rarer than is assumed.

    Just look at how often any examples turn up anywhere, in worn condition.

    Very unusual to see one.

    Mike is so right- one in this condition turning up, regardless of perceptions of rarity,

    would drive a  purchase that would be argued as 'rash' in our house, but I would defend the decision!


    An UNC 1864 or 1869 or 1871 would not be half as tempting......

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  2. Tin suffers from 'tin pest'- below about 13˚C the white tin allotrope really wants to be the grey powdery form.

    There are videos of this spontaneously happening in a freezer. 

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  3. You can find stupid price hikes in 1970's Fords. 

    I have to deal with mad prices everyday - doing vintage studio gear is sometimes very odd,

    The prices people are paying for anything from microphones to complete consoles are through the roof,

    in many instances making coin price rises look unremarkable. I think this time the prices will fall back slightly

    once people stop acing like headless chickens. It's already happening in the classic car market with some models,

    with the Austin Healey 3000, for example, dropping back from mad heights as people realised the price was just too much.....

  4. 2 hours ago, Martinminerva said:

    Please not! I prefer to rely on RI (real intelligence) and my human nuance - if I like the look of a coin and want to buy it, I will buy it. If not, I won't.  I do not need to be "told" what grade a British coin is by a (frequently) American TPG, and even less so by some future computer algorithm.

    Or was this post created by ChatGPT? 😏

    'Post of the Month' , mate.



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  5. 1 hour ago, Peckris 2 said:

    The problem with a maximum bid is when you later find out it went for one bid higher - being the underbidder in those circumstances can be frustrating.

    Sniping with 7 seconds to go is - as Richard says - genuinely exciting! What bores me is searching minutely through 00's of listings in the hope of finding that elusive bargain.

    Hmm..why would I worry if outbid?

    Someone wants to pay more than me?

    I let them have it.

    Paying more than you wanted, often with a buyers premium, for something that everyone has seen, is how you lose when you think you are winning.

    Real fun comes from finding something really cheap as a surprise in the bottom of a box etc., and you also then have a story!

  6. 2 hours ago, jelida said:

    Get an ice cream container, place a couple of tablespoons of flowers of sulphur in the bottom, place tissue over and the coin to be toned on top; replace the lid and place in a warm place. The coin tones very gently, more rapidly the higher the temperature. Check every day or two. Natural toning largely relates to atmospheric sulphur compounds, this just accelerates the process.


    Transfer to small dipping bowls.

    Garnish with chopped parsley and dill.

    Serves 4-6 people.

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  7. I only have experience of toning bronze, but an important factor must be common to silver,

    namely that of temperature. I have a lamp that's on a lot, with a compact fluorescent lamp in it, mounted base down.

    If you slide a penny that someone has 'cleaned' in between the glass coils, it's supported by its edges,

    and sits at a nice temperature, and re-toning is surprisingly fast, and even on both sides of the coin.

    Acetone first is a good idea.

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  8. 7 hours ago, DrLarry said:

    yes very true these kind of anti country hatreds last hundreds of years .  Many Afrikaners still have a dislike of the English because of the Boer War feelings run deep of the concentration Camps of families..... so a rejection of all things German  that soon after the first and second World wars is unsurprising.    

    My father's side of the family are still in Kitchener, Ontario.

    In 1916 they held a referendum to change the township's name to that from....Berlin.....