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  1. I know nothing about these things at all (and have no real interest in bitcoin). But I seem to remember that bitcoins need generating and there used to be a complaint (possibly false) that the power needed to do so was increasing, to the extent that the drain on resources and heat produced by the process was noticable.

    In an era where we are slightly more aware of the environmental impact of our (global) actions, is this not a risk to the future of such things? At some point will governments start to restrict mining because it's having an effect on national environmental policies?

    Just curious. 

  2. 1 hour ago, blakeyboy said:

    A fiver.  Out of that came the postage, and Ebay's fees.  We were left with about £1.80. I was expecting £25+.

    I have the remains of three pre-WW2 albums, and I'm trying to shift them.

    I put 20 lots on, all at a fiver start, and only two had bids.

    I've still got my Dad's collection. A lot of FDCs that will probably raise a few pennies each if that. EII, mostly mint, which will likely do similarly poorly. I hate to think what he spent on them all.

    Only thing that might be of interest now is some early Ukraine/ Russia/ Poland which might be worth something, particularly at the moment. But I have no idea about any of those and I can't read any of the catalogues he had as they're in Polish. I guess I'll look into it one day.. 😕

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  3. The main problem I have is finding things like the Numismatic Chronicle from the 1850s in paper form.  Modern reprints are better than the old OCR scanned stuff, but they still seem to mess up the illustrations (which are generally an essential part of what I need).

    I could probably afford an original copy if I could find one (the BNJ from 1905 only cost me £30) but I've not found anyone selling. Of course, what I'd really like is offprints to save on shelf space. But the number of sellers of such material isn't great and I suspect a lot of stuff is just shredded. 

    pdfs are great for searching for specific terms. But paper is still king for me.

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  4. 16 hours ago, Coinery said:

    Does anyone know what’s happened to the amazing resource that was Rob Page’s Henry III website? I believe he was Surrey Coins, but not sure?

    The H***y3.com website now appears to be an asian p@rn link (wouldn’t let me use the actual word).

    Appears it might have last been properly captured August 2020 according to the wayback machine ..


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  5. Tim Owen is still dealing. I messaged him the other day and he said he largely sells to other dealers at coin fairs. So he may have sold to Steve Hill who then passed it on to CC, but hard to tell if there are no clues on the tickets.

    Tim's tickets seem to come up fairly frequently and generally on decent pieces. Again, Rob is likely to know how long he's been dealing. More than 20 years at least, surely.

    Oh, and Gary has updated the article. This (I believe) is the latest (#11) Additional Coin Tickets Version 11

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  6. Was the first a large auction house? I'm bemused by the need to register with auctionet afterwards. How difficult is it to have someone take card payments over the phone, particularly as you presumably were able to bid without doing so? Sounds overly complicated!


    16 hours ago, Menger said:

    Buyer’s premium is a misnomer as it is paid by the vendor.  Vendors need to consider BP carefully to assess whether it correctly represents value added by the auction house. Buyers can be indifferent as they don’t pay it anyhows. 

    ?? Surely, buyer's premium is added to the hammer cost. So it's something that I do have to pay (plus vat) as a buyer. And take into consideration when bidding.
    I also bear it in mind when reviewing what level of 'service' I feel I've received, such as speed and cost of dispatch and the level of care taken to safely package my purchases. That the seller might not get as much because everyone is adjusting their bids down by 30% is of course also an issue.

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  7. Hi Erika. Best that can be done regarding ID is Spink 2799, Sharp G1/2. When it was new it would have looked a bit like the one shown below.
    The privy mark is impossible to make out so it could date from anywhere between 4 Jul 1639 and 28 May 1643. It was struck in (the Tower of) London.

    As to value, that's all in the ladle. The coin's not worth removing as it has little intrinsic value on it's own, due to wear. Hope that helps!


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  8. I must be getting old but I just don't get it. It says MS68. What the hell does that mean? It's a shiny disk, but it's not currency (as we know it Jim). Why does it need grading? If they wanted they could just say 'Genuine' but I feel that the whole grading-things-that-don't-merit-grading just makes the TPGS thing even more ridiculous than it already was.

    I can see the point in things that might circulate. Like trading cards, banknotes or comics. But this is like grading the box the trading cards come in! The metal disk has no significance beyond what it holds .. except perhaps to a museum as a curiosity. It's just daft IMHO. Or maybe it's just me?

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  9. 18 hours ago, Rob said:

    Not sure what the 2h refers to. It's nothing to do with Brooke which would have been appropriate for 1946. After that you are into BCW territory. Nothing in IDB's BNJ vol. 28 article helps.

    I think those images help, as the 9, H & E are of a different style. That might mean this is a G S Hopkins ticket from Baldwin's 30. Anyone with a known G S Hopkins ticket?

    From Gary's bit on the BNS site @Rob.. I could believe it's the same hand ..


  10. Yes. Facebook search is poor. Mainly I suspect because the FB format wasn't really designed for such things as detailed discussion. However it has the numbers as it's still commonly used by people of my age to keep in touch with far-spread family members. A few of us did set up a series of posts detailing the coinage of Charles I on the The Coins of Charles I, King of England, Scotland and Ireland group, but even those seem to be buried now.

    And yes, @Coinery  that's the one. Though like others it's still a sales site for the admins there, it's a bit more active than many and has reasonably interesting content.

     @Rob  I think groups tend to specialise so they don't get swamped with content which, for most members, is of limited interest. Still get Roman, European and modern coins on the English Hammered group Stu highlighted above, but Admins remove them promptly as they fall outside the scope of that group.

    There are places that have a broader coverage, such as Coin Community Forum, but even there they set aside sub-forums for different areas ...

    Agreed. The setup here is much better for keeping tabs on things of interest and getting alerts for what's new. And yes, I'm on 'the internet' a lot. About 70 permanently open tabs, several hours every day .. and I still miss things that interest me at times. 😕

    But then I don't go to coin fairs, so buying online or bidding, again online, at auction is how I keep building my collection. It's also easier than a trip to the British Museum or Library when I want to do a bit of research, so to me the time 'invested' is worth it ..

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  11. I belong to a couple which, occasionally, have more interesting posts. Most I agree appear to have been set up primarily as a selling platform. But a few have a lot of expertise to hand. For example English Hammered and Early Milled has Dave Greenhalgh, Paul Withers, Gary Oddie who a few here may know. But it's hard to keep a group 'educational' and free (or at least not overwhelmed) from 'Need an ID an what's it worth' posts ..

    Plus, perhaps not unsurprisingly, a fair few dealers are offering their stock on FB before ebay and sometimes in preference to (or at least before) listing on their own sites. It makes it more of a challenge to find things you want before they're snapped up, though I perfectly understand a sale is a sale and when there are over 15000 members to a group, even if only 5% are really active it's a pretty effective platform ..

    As for here .. I do pop in regularly. However my collecting interests are really very narrow these days and there's not much overlap with the forum content ... 

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