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  1. shane carew

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    Happy new year Is this one of those rare ones.?
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    Very neat dot and very rare too. There is a similar dot 1875 small penny too where the dot is on the obverse next to the I of Victoria. On that note let's not to forget the legendary 1875 large date cannon ball.
  3. Lovely coins there @Oz My sight is not what it used to be, blame it on age, but the lower colon dot looks closer to A than to B, which to me would rule out F176. On the Rev there are fewer than 13 teeth between the 1 and 3 so that would rule out F175.
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    Some lovely coins there @PWA Just what the hell happened here? It looks like someone shot the die with a Magnum .357 just as it struck the planchet. Normally I would have said it was a 7 over 7 but with all the clashs and cruds I'd say I am not too sure. For anyone interested the coin is on eBay here.
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    Yes indeed a die clash and I have seen the die-clash related spikes around the queen's neck, which resemble arrows from a pygmy's blowpipe. I raised this as interesting because the central fishtail of the 1860 penny could similarly be a consequence of another die clash, especially when the mainstream thought around this phenomenon is an incorrectly re-engraved die. It is for this reason that I deliberately picked-up a die-clash on the outer ribbon.
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    I found this strange curve on the outer ribbon of a obv 7 that I felt was interesting.
  7. shane carew

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    The seller is very consistent with his inconsistencies. It's not an obverse 6 or a reverse I or in AEF grade for that matter.
  8. shane carew

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    I feel this listing can be included here. For a seller who is so good at identifying micro-varieties, both known and made-up, I find it hard to believe he would make such a glaring mis-attribution. This is by no means a F69 and quite possibly one of the easiest of the 1874 variants to acquire. Things like this kill the hobby for the budding numismatist, however, on the other end of the spectrum you also have this happening to entice new enthusiasts to scour ebay.
  9. shane carew

    F 67 - Specimen?

    @JLS there are no die breaks on this coin. Considering the Obv 6 and Rev G dies were in use since 1860 with 1874 being their last, I would have expected some die cracks to have made an appearance on the coin struck for currency purposes or for the coin to contain some strike imperfections such as missing detail around the shield or the breastplate. Both these imperfections are almost always present on the 1872 currency penny. @Peckris: very interesting, pictures of the coin please? @Jelida: "But can we reliably distinguish these from early currency strikes from ‘proof’ dies, or even ‘new’ normal working dies? Unless the existence of specimens is contemporaneously recorded, how can there be any certainty?" Exactly, you capture my predicament accurately. I've come across specimens housed in a special presentation case, as is the case with the 1935 crown, which are quite different to proofs that come housed in a very different type of presentation case. With copper and bronze coins I've seen them housed in presentation cases only when the coins are proof. Would that mean there were no specimen strikes at all with copper and bronze coins? Very unlikely I feel but that alone can't for the basis of a case for base metal specimen strikes. Hence here's me asking on an open forum hoping that someone knows.
  10. Have you considered the change sorting machines, especially ones used by the drivers of the London buses in the 70s and 80s.
  11. shane carew

    F 67 - Specimen?

    @Santa: Yes I have and the coin had a very sharp rim, but the coin is now slabbed. Also, the picture does not perfectly capture the bluish toning seen the coin. @1949: The Copthorne coin that you refer to was a lovely 'specimen'. Indeed, the rim is a good indicator but there are no official specimens of this date bar the Heatons as you rightly point out. Further, the F67 is one variety that I've hardly seen about 6 in high grades and at least 2 out of those had a thick rim.
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    F 67 - Specimen?

    Recently I came across a penny a Freeman 67, which is a rare type (6+H) that looked like it had been struck to a specimen standard. I could not find any reference of this type struck to either proof or specimen standard. Has anyone else come across one they would have thought was too good for a circulation strike?
  13. Upgraded my EF 1878 penny to a more decent specimen
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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Very-Nice-Victoria-Bun-Head-1879-Penny-my-ref-71-/223650940409 Good luck if you intend to bid.