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  1. TomGoodheart

    Cowell Coins

    That's .. very cheeky of them!
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    Catalogue - Sanders Collection of Milled Coins

    When the Platt collection of medals was sold I wanted a catalogue and discovered it was print to demand! Very disappointing I thought, given that this was a major collection, owned by the author of three specialist books on the topic, I'd expect the sale catalogue to be in future demand as a reference for collectors. Maybe it's assumed that everyone is happy with online/ downloadable versions. However I, and I know a few others, prefer print for ease of use and true to size illustrations. Compare that to the Christopher Foley collection, not only did the auction house print excess copies for future use, but every item was accompanied by a specially printed card to show it came from that specific collection. Yes, it all costs, but as Kipster says ...
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    Just saw this posted on Facebook and thought of you guys..
  4. Shop I work in, we don't get many cash sales. Perhaps two or three a week. I think people still like to give cash for birthdays and the like, and of course there are those that trade mostly in it, so we still keep a float. Essential if we have to give refunds things that were bought with cash. And also for any of our petty cash (mostly postage costs and the window cleaner) needs. Personally I always keep about £10 on me, usually in case I want an drink or ice cream when I'm out running. The plastic notes are brilliant. I no longer have to worry I'll find a soggy mess in the laundry if I forget to check my pockets! So while the majority of people use cards or their phones/watches to pay contactlessly, I can't see cash disappearing completely any time soon.
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    Can’t post in the “wanted” area

    Yes. Just because something is rare as a graded example, doesn't mean that others, possibly better, don't exist in considerable numbers. The whole 'top pop' thing really doesn't mean much IMHO. Always buy the coin, not the slab.
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    The rarest coin you own?

    A thread elsewhere (regarding an Edward I groat) reminded me how relative the term 'rare' can be. For collectors of Kew Gardens 50ps it's apparently where there are 'only' 210,000. For me, it's more down to 'how long will I have to wait until an example of this becomes available for me to buy?'. Surely, anything more than one dealer has listed right now can hardly be that rare, can it? Whereas if it's likely to take me a few months to track down an example it's likely to be scarce. And if I can only find one or two examples in museums and no record of one coming up for sale in the last few years, then I would consider that to be somewhat rare. Which doesn't necessarily mean desirable to me. If the only available examples are barely recognisable slugs, I'm only really going to be interested if the slug I can buy is better than the example in say, the Hunterian, because... I want things that look nice. Guess I'm shallow!
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    The rarest coin you own?

    I think the 'rarest' coin I have isn't all that rare (6 examples now known). I feel it's very hard to be certain about 'rarities' in respect of currency coins with so many detector finds nowadays. One coin I have was a new type discovery in 1995, but since publication and listing in Spink a further 13 have turned up, so it didn't stay unique for long! Patterns and trial pieces might be a bit easier to be certain, especially if it's clear how many have gone to museums and the like. The rarest 'thing' I have is probably a small Royalist medallion from the 1640s, of which I'm only aware of one other example apart from the British Museum's and which Medallic Illustrations classes as 'Very rare'. But the likelihood there are others, in personal collections (or in museums, poorly or incorrectly identified), has to be pretty high, given these were mass produced items (albeit not in huge numbers when you compare to how many - what are now considered as rare - coins were struck). Similar to Sword, an example in above average condition (or for me, with decent provenance) is now more attractive to me than simple rarity. I have parted with many rarities, because in the end I didn't find them pleasing and valued being able to buy something commoner, but that I would enjoy owning, more.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    That's lovely Rob! (Unlike the really shit copy on ebay!)
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    Evasion and Contemporary Counterfeits

    As I understand it they struggled with production, despite the extra mints. They simply didn't have enough new coin at first so had to allow some hammered to continue in circulation. As for why not clip after, firstly because no coin that wasn't full was acceptable as legal tender (so you risked having it refused) but more importantly because clipped coin (well sixpences and as far as can be seen, shillings) were exchanged by the authority at full face value providing they were not clipped further than to the inner circle. Effectively this meant that if you were going to clip a coin (which was still illegal ) you'd be better clipping first, keeping the extra silver, then handing the central bit in to be melted in return for new coin to full face value! Basically the whole process appears to have been a nightmare and full of problems for the authorities, but I presume the hammered pieces were getting to the stage that foreign traders were refusing to accept them in payment and a reliable modern coinage became essential, despite the cost to the treasury.
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    Evasion and Contemporary Counterfeits

    Here you go. Silver coinage was basically worth its value because of the weight of precious metal it contained. So older coinage still circulated. The recoinage permitted some coins to continue to be used for a while providing they were on full flans. The official piercing to show they'd been checked was done in a way that didn't remove any metal. This is an officially pierced shilling of Charles I. Not the neatest of examples, but they're quite hard to find, so I'm happy enough with this one.
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    Gary Lineker (moved)

    What a fascinating thread. I'm just going to pop this here. Written by the writer Michael Rosen. Which I found interesting.
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    Evasion and Contemporary Counterfeits

    Well, that very much reinforces the idea it's designed to defraud. Not sure about Rob's idea of casts. I guess Aberystwyth groats are rare, so someone could have done it to deceive, but it's a lot of work. And if you wanted a counterfeit crown, why not cast a crown in the first place. A real curiosity Larry!
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    working from home - the reality

    Interesting. Daughter has decided that WFH just doesn't work for her. She gets distracted and needs the routine of going to a specific place for specific hours. Difficult for new starters if the people training you aren't physically present and you can't just call across the office for advice as you can in person. She also missed the social side having made some good friends in previous jobs. Where she currently works they have set days when the team all attend and it seems to work OK. But I also see that for many the benefits of not having to commute and working more to your own schedule is a positive. I work in a shop, so doesn't really apply.
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    Stuff to Make Us Laugh

    I have split off the discussion about Gary Lineker as it didn't seem to fit the "Stuff to make us laugh" as it didn't seem very humorous. Feel free to continue the chat there if you wish.
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    Evasion and Contemporary Counterfeits

    That looks to me like a genuine Aberystwyth groat that has been gilded DrL. Possibly to try to pass off as a crown, however the IIII would surely be a real give away, even for the illiterate? (Crowns would have had V to the right of the bust to signify 5 shillings..)
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    March 2023 LCA catalogue now out

    I actually paid £5 to be on their mailing list a year or so back. Have I ever received a catalogue? No. 😠
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    Some Help Please Charles II shilling 3rd issue

    August 2009 #125? Afraid I don't have copies for that year. @Rob might?
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    Some Help Please Charles II shilling 3rd issue

    Paul Dawson's writing on the ticket, so pre 1997, when he took over his father's business. Not sure if he worked for Spink after 1985 which is when he joined his Dad. Still quite a wide date range I'm afraid ..
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    Another pair of tickets from the same mystery source as above. The more modern, in the same hand as above. The older is much more detailed than before (although, as far as I can see, the same hand) Usefully this one references the Numismatic Chronicle, thereby pinning down the date the ticket was written to between 1860 and 1880, the period within which the First series of the NC was referred to as the 'old series'. Similar use of Mionnet's scale as previously. The search continues..!
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    Jan 2023 1860-80

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    Here's another mystery ticket well, four actually. It's the larger ones that are most of interest to me. The numbers at the bottom state the sizes of medals using the Mionnet scale. A now obscure system first publicised in 1804 and apparently out of use by the 1920s. Which hopefully dates the tickets themselves to early 20th century. The smaller tickets are more recent, but I'm thinking 1950s 60s perhaps? The writing looks familiar, but I've just not managed to pin it down. Two pairs of tickets, describing different medals, but from the same sale and collection. Comments welcome!