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  1. Thanks for sharing, its interesting to see Pokemon talked about on here. It's been a wild ride since about 2020. I've collected sealed Japanese since 2015 and have been astounded by its growth and strength. The new boxes I bought at retail in 2015/16/17 have at worse, 10x, and up to about 40-60x for the better ones. As well as benefitting like everything from covid/Logan Paul/crypto, it has continued this year for me. About 8 months ago I sold a couple boxes for £750 and £1350, I sold them again recently for £1800 and £1650, next time the number will start with a 2. Whats the $102k card you mention? I can only think think of some trophy cards that are in that price bracket. There were some bad choices as well during that time. The topsun charizard was a rollercoaster. The same card rode up to about $450k and fell back to about $100k.
  2. Each time I've had an exchange it's been a different coin and COA number. I gave up with my last one and opted for the refund.
  3. The returns process is automated and free, but requires you to print off your own label. Quite frankly its the most efficient part of the RM now. Today I received a reply to an email I sent over 2 months ago, now they ask me for my order number, luckily I included it in the email title, shame they didn't read that bit.
  4. Thanks for the info. What are those L&S numbers? Here’s the rest of the edge inscription.
  5. Yes, slightly. You can feel it dips if you run your fingernail over it.
  6. I’ve had this 1819 LIX crown for a little while now and after a bit of oogling today I noticed there appears to be an A just before DECUS in the edge lettering. I checked several other 1818/19/20 in lower grades, and a couple higher, but couldn’t see anything on them. Is this of any interest as an error or variety?
  7. Is there any chance there’s an ‘affordable’ 1817 pattern crown? I’ve found that this sold for $80,000 in 2019 so I already know the answer. And holy smokes, this pattern crown originally came from Pistrucci’s collection!
  8. Did you come across these different types for 2017? The one in the middle is the normal type, the two either side have a nice satin finish. The reverses can be different as well and you can find combinations of both.
  9. I have two 2013 Birth of Prince George £5 silver proof coins and I noticed a difference of the horse’s tail between them both. I wondered if this was evidence of a different dies or different stages of a die, or something else? The first coin (highlighted with red). The horse’s tail shows less separation of the hair strands at the end, whereas the second coin is more divided to a higher point. The second pair of photos show some more minor differences, but I only noticed these with the extra magnification. The easiest to spot was difference in George’s foot, the first coin shows quite a chubby foot compared to the second. There was also a difference between the dragon’s wing membrane. The first coin is softer/curvier with a ridge along the edge of membrane. Whereas the second coin has a spikier overall appearance.
  10. I found some half pennies in a bank bag of 2p’s from a Post Office. After putting it in a 2x2 I noticed the obverse was rotated about 10 degrees anticlockwise. Is it normal to see this? I checked the other dates I have on hand, another 1954 was rotated similarly.
  11. Yes, sorry, the 1st and 3rd images are the same coins (type 1) 2nd and 4th are the same (type 2). The horse leg and dragon arm were the main elements I saw to differentiate them. I had 6 x Type 1 and 9 x Type 2. I don’t recall there being a correlation between the different kinds of boxes.
  12. Oh man, I can’t upload 0.5mb per post? Now I remember why I didn’t do this the first time. Here’s a link to the 4 photos, arranged Type 1/2/1/2 https://imgur.com/a/l8npJds
  13. I took these ages back, I gave up trying to resize them, but they’re here now. I had 15 on hand at the time, mostly boxed, some loose, maybe one graded PCGS PL64. Type 1 - chubby
  14. Lotad

    Black spots on uncirculated 2011 2p

    I can't think of a specific reason why I decided upon 2p's, probably because of their size and colour, and similarity to the predecimal penny. I think they're just a nice humble coin. I also collect £2 in a similar fashion, and I think the reason for those is simpler. I remember when the current bimetallic was introduced, me and my mum would hoard them in a piggybank.