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Posts posted by Bruce

  1. Yes, white metal version is the most common version, followed by bronze, but cooperscoins have one silver selling, so cannot rule out yours.  It's sometimes hard to 100% assure alloy from picture, may need to ping the sound or going through machine test to confirm it.

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  2. 7 hours ago, ozjohn said:

     Can anyone provide any info on the medal in the attached file that was part of my late sister's effects.. I've tried  to find out more information regarding this medal. However although there were several medals struck commemorating the diamond jubilee  of Victoria I have not been able to locate this medallion. It is crown size and appears to be struck in silver and the effigy of the queen resembles  the Jubilee head rather than the old head that is depicted in the medals I found on line.Any suggestions wold be appreciated.



    This is Heaton mint 38mm medal, check if there is a letter H at bottom of reverse side of medal.  It's more often to see white metal version of this medal, so uncertain whether yours is a silver one.

  3. 20 hours ago, DaveG38 said:

    Talking about LCA, is anybody on here waiting rather long for their purchases from the last auction to arrive? Usually they turn up within a day or so of payment. This time it is over a week, and no signs yet.

    This month is quite quick for me from Semra, comparing with quarters ago, maybe they are a bit inconsistence about postage.

  4. 7 hours ago, secret santa said:

    Yes, none of the fake copper coins have that wider tooth under the date. Their teeth are incredibly uniform.


    9 hours ago, terrysoldpennies said:

    The one thing I have noticed that seems to be present on all genuine Victorian copper pennies, is the wider tooth under the 4 in the date , which shows up very nicely on your Picture  Jerry oops make that Ian 😁

    Lucky that we can still have something to easily differentiate the fake at this moment.

  5. 9 hours ago, Rob said:

    Easylive isn't extortionate. A flat fee of £3 is a pint - not going to break the bank. Spend over £100 and you are winning compared to the %age route.

    I also use £80-100 as benchmark to bid through easylive.  if i guess my winning lots exceed that sum, i will pay for the £3.  

    Back to Coinery case, i remember there is no flat £3 option, and bidding through coinery website is less expensive than easylive portal.  However, i am not sure about this now, coz i changed to bid through Coinery website since 2nd auction held by them because of the auction premium issue.

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  6. 4 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    Spot on Bruce. I actually found this out when I called The Coinery late yesterday and spoke to Guy. I'd forgotten, but last year I went through easy live auction because of technical issues (couldn't get sound) - hence the extra surcharge. This time I went throughThe Coinery's website so there will be no surcharge. 

    Nice, so that you saved few percentage off👍.

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  7. 4 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    Thought it was too good to be true. Just received a revised invoice with the buyer's premium added, and had to pay a further £232.00.

    Apparently there is no seller's fee on items over £1000, and on this occasion the no fee was applied in the wrong place.

    I'll await with baited breath to see if an internet surcharge is also added.

    You bid through easylive, so that there's internet surcharge?

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  8. 4 hours ago, david.bordeaux said:

    An examination of the collection at the British Museum revealed one very clear example of "onc": the 1857.








    This is catalogued as "possibly a proof ? according to D. Fealy" and it undoubtedly has proof-like fields and is in FDC condition. 

    I regard this as further evidence in favour of an error in die preparation (and against the theory of simple die-fill - proofs are not made from worn dies...).

    As always, any thoughts welcome - and does anyone know anything about "D. Fealy"?  

    Postscript: it is perhaps natural that the opportunity to handle and examine such splendid coins in museum collections initially evokes feelings of envy in the collector. But it soon gives way to the more rational analysis that such specimens are really best off in a public collection that is accessible to all - and not, thank goodness, encapsulated in plastic.

    It is a very nice gothic florin, rare to see with such prooflike field.

  9. 3 hours ago, Sword said:

    Glad you like it. The crown will always be one of the popular denominations to collect. I went for the less traditional "£2 ounce" only because I like the reverse design.

    Me too, this is the only coronation coin acquired so far due to the same reason.  I'm considering to add a bullion 2023 sovereign to mark the coronation year collection.

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  10. 2 hours ago, Menger said:

    Desiccant - interesting.

    I recently acquired a proof 1/3 farthing graded NGC PF66+*. I liberated it on arrival with a hammer - as I do all my coins. This is my first venture away from silver however and I too live in a humid climate.  I have wondered about desiccant - I would be grateful if anyone knows whether that is “coin safe” - or emits any kind of contaminant. 

    I think about the same when i first use it years ago.  The one I'm using is in form a small box filling with silica gel, and it is said can be stored with food together, that's why I give it a go.  However, I'm not 100% sure it is problem free or not, so would much appreciate as well if someone can advise if it is safe to keep with coins.

  11. I also won't consider to slab my coins, unless it's going to put up for auction.  I will keep it in capsule to try to protect it from scratch etc, and then in an air tight box with desiccant, coz humidity is too high in hong kong.

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  12. Thank you David for the stat analysis.  I didn't think about the reason behind, but i agree that it is not uncommon in various auctions.  I didn't own any onc example so far and was offered by a local dealer before (forget which year it's), but did not buy due to price.  Let me visit again later if it is still there.

  13. 3 hours ago, PWA 1967 said:

    1826 penny inverted FAKE.

    Thought i would share this just incase anyone sees one for sale and before they perhaps pay to much for one ,believing it to be genuine.

    I could not tell looking at one ,no signs of anything to the outside edge or inner rim ,right weight ,size , looks genuine.

    BUT i had two and found pictures of another ,they are all the same with the same bag marks etc and could easily be passed off as genuine if you are not able to compare with another.

    Similar to the 1905 Half crowns that were done in the seventies and look real but all the same.




    Thanks for sharing the info 

  14. 3 hours ago, secret santa said:

    I think I remember Michael Gouby told me a few years ago that DNW had asked him to go through a collection of pennies to help them identify the varieties but, as they didn't offer him anything for his trouble, he declined.

    If it's a friend's request n have spare time, most people are willing to offer assistance.   However, if it is for commercial purpose, no way for free of charge...business is business.

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