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Peckris 2

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  1. 9 hours ago, Madness said:

    That would be helpful, thanks @Peckris 2.  I'd like to make articles easy to find and to search by subject rather than browsing through are list.  I've found a few examples of free Library Management Systems that are cloud based that I'll mess around with.  Overkill, no doubt, but superior to an Excel spreadsheet.  Might need permission, though, from BNJ publishers.  

    Will do, though it won't be today (Big Day Out...).

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  2. I may be talking through my arse here (it's been known...) but AFAIK there aren't Taylor restrikes of the currency 1797 coins? And yes, your pictures above are of the genuine striking - though that may be a proof if described as FDC (there are Taylor restrikes of proofs but that doesn't look like one).

  3. My first computer was a PC with a 20MB HD ... which I only filled just over half. Then an Apple laptop 200MB ... two thirds full, then a later one with a 3GB drive ... ditto. When I graduated from there to an iBook 20GB, I filled it regularly.

    Rewind before all that to the late 80s and my Project Manager came in and told us that every user (we had dumb terminals linked to an IBM mainframe) had a workspace that had been increased to 2 gigabytes! "Two what?" I asked him, open-mouthed.


    8 minutes ago, Madness said:

    What are your musical tastes @Peckris @Peckris 2  and @Peckris 3.1415927 ?

    Everything and anything good. I do have a few blind spots: opera is one, mainly due to opera singers being trained to wobble their voices a semitone either side of the note they're striving for; not so keen on raw Mississippi Delta blues (though I do like the electric Chicago blues invented by BB King); punk has always left me a bit inclined to run in the opposite direction; and I do think modern rock music - Coldplay and their ilk - doesn't have an awful lot to offer anymore.

    Apart from that, anything goes!

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  5. Yes indeed - most of the reign of GEorge III (until 1797 and 1816) had seen a crisis in the money supply. The last proper silver issue (excluding very limited Northumberland shillings) was 1758, and coppers after 1754 only struck between 1770 and 1775, supplemented by a huge and varied production of trade tokens. The variation in size and weight of regnal copper coins from 1797 to 1807 (they had to have their intrinsic value of metal) shows how the price of copper was fluctuating, and I'm sure that applied to silver too (see the early 19th C official tokens). It was only the abandonment of the need for coins to have their intrinsic metal value - i.e. "a token coinage" - that allowed the much needed Great Recoinage of 1816 to proceed, and it's telling that the size and weight of gold and silver coins thereafter was a constant from 1816 to 1971.

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  6. 3 hours ago, Taikonaut said:

    Royal Mint is now selling coin cabinets. I wonder who is making these?

    They look virtually identical to the Nicholls cabinets - either he's got himself a good contract with the RM or they've bought his  designs (in which case I do hope they include an acknowledgement somewhere on the finished item).

  7. 1 hour ago, DrLarry said:

    None of us has the exact definition or fully understand the full extent of the problem the point to bother about is that you have at least given an alternative contribution and that in itself is important .  One can only learn by trial and error what is right and what is wrong.   

    Yes, we probably throw the term 'autistic' around too loosely. Mild Aspergers is probably nearer the mark.

  8. 7 minutes ago, Peckris 2 said:

    Rather more than that! It's the proof...


    4 minutes ago, PWA 1967 said:

    No the mixed lot Peck 😄

    Ah. In that case, I'd say rather less than that. It would all boil down to how much someone is prepared to pay for (not rare) nice examples of a LIMA halfcrown and shilling, and then how much they'd throw in extra for a (not rare) nice 1787 6d and 1887 double florin. There's not much else there to float anyone's boat.

  9. 2 hours ago, DrLarry said:

    But at the end of the day it has taken me on a journey and in it's own silly way I saw elements of the design of coins as part of a journey too. In so doing I crossed history and time looked and bought coins and books I would have never dreamed I would own ad taking hundreds of thousands of images which I think now are so beautiful in context to this strange story that I will soon begin to paint them.  When I look into them I see something very comforting and I see something very beautiful so perhaps others will see that too.  We all go mad in our own unique way this is likely to be my life's work now I will start at the beginning and end up with this ugly modern stuff.  LOL

    I did see one of your lion heads very clearly - however I also accept that it was 99% likely to just be a coincidence of pattern that caused the face recognition part of the brain to kick in.

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  10. 1 hour ago, Paddy said:

    Very nice but I think your £50 per month budget would be blown for the couple of years! I suspect that lot will make more like £500 to £600 at DNW - they generally under-estimate. You have 3 or 4 coins in there that a dealer would move on at over £100 each, the 1718 quarter Guinea well over £200, so with the other bits quite a good lot. (The "Quarter" Farthing is actually a "Third".)

    Rather more than that! It's the proof...

  11. May I dip a tentative toe into the controversial autism waters? I think - and this is only a theory based on autistic characteristics - that 'completists', i.e. collectors of date runs and every known variety, are possibly more 'on the spectrum' than type collectors?

    Of course, the other connection between coins and IT is that if you get bored, you can always switch off, then switch back on again in the future. :lol:



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  12. 11 hours ago, Fubar said:


    When I started in computers this was the norm. Size of a foolscap sheet of paper. Can't remember how many bytes that was. something like 256 bits per patch and double sided. Didn't really have a programming language. Hex machine code did my head in.
    From that to PCs in a little over 10 years. From change a chip to chuck it away. 1980s mostly.

    A bit scary, the number of ex computer pros on here!

  13. 1 hour ago, richtips86 said:

    b) If this really is something that we have been doing, presumably you wouldn't find this in other countries' coinage? Have you reviewed other coins? If other countries did this then you may expect other national images - France, the cock; Australia - kangaroo? If you did find images in other coins, then perhaps it's another tick down the line of metallurgy with hot metal cooling / the physics of pressing a coin / pareidolia

    Don't confuse France with Trump Tower :lol: