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Everything posted by Rob

  1. You just missed one in Zurich last week. Lot 1372.
  2. You'll be disappointed.
  3. It was a bit mad at times. If you wanted to bid on anything you had to hit the button immediately. An awful lot sailed into the distance. I was underbidder on the Morton halfgroat, having made a mental not not to spend more than 2K on it. A mistake. I did get the Chester declaration halfcrown and the third on the must buy list was the 5 Farthings. Now I really regret giving him dibs on it in Stack's in 2006. I would have paid 3-4, but 7.5 hammer was a bit rich. It cost him a grand or so. As for what will be coming up, there will be more Nicholson including a few of the Annes. He outbid me on an awful lot in that sale. The silver Anne in St. James's was bought for him by Ras, who I was sitting next to. I was underbidder, followed by a profuse apology. Geoff asked me to catalogue the collection in 2013 and see what needed upgrading - not a lot! I will be interested in a few, but it's going to be kid in a sweet shop time - again.
  4. The good news is that the remainder are unlikely to produce the same sort of results. Ok, Reddite crowns and triple unites aren't cheap and there's plenty of other desirable material especially Chas.1, but there's also a good number of tokens, Gunmoney and other oddball material. I could see another sale of British and then a third to sweep up all the sundries.
  5. Won one, underbidder on three, blown out of the water on about 20 and didn't get out the starting blocks on a couple. The Roman sold for just under £2m and the British for just over £4.5m hammer prices. WOW. And there's somewhere close to 600 pieces to come. Edited to say sorry, should have been CHF not £s. Reduce the totals by 10% or so to give pounds.
  6. Thanks. I think that's the same dies as Nicholson
  7. I've got a William III first issue GVLIEMVS halfpenny which is a healthy 10.93g, but struck on a dumpy flan meaning the date isn't visible. Peck 642 has no reverse stop and is the only variety listed, but this one clearly does have a stop by the edge. Does anyone have an example with a reverse stop that shows the date. Odds are that given the rarity of the type, it would be a die match. It's probably 1696, but I'd like to be certain. Ta.
  8. Thanks. This muddies the waters even further as it looks like there could possibly be 2 GVLIEMVS dies. The alignment around S and the stop plus TER looks different, unless it is optics.
  9. No, that reads GVLIELMVS. I'm looking for a GVLIEMVS obverse die paired with a stop after BRITANNIA reverse die where the date is visible. A die match for the reverse die alone would be good too, but still preferably paired with the error legend obverse.
  10. Rob

    Guess the coin

    We've had guess the grade in the past and frequently bemoaned the TPG mistakes. Now let's highlight the absurdity of what they consider acceptable references. They only use Peck and ESC as references, and not Freeman, Gouby, Davies etc. leaving the attribution of a coin in the lap of the gods. There are many things on this planet that it isn't. More useful would be to use a reference to say what it is. Anyone like to guess the coin in question based on this label?
  11. Rob

    Guess the coin

    Is it the plain edge obverse uniface? If so, I would be interested.
  12. Rob

    Ebay's worst AI coin descriptions!

    For the past 25 years or more, nonsense descriptions have been the norm. So how would you differentiate AI from the usual garbage? Indeed, you could argue that up to now the descriptions have predominantly been made by people with artificial intelligence and that eBay is only now catching up. Literacy or accuracy have never been a strong point of eBay listings.
  13. Proof and pattern florins have gone through the roof in the last 5 or 6 years. I only want 3 'Godless' pieces to show the 3 obverses and 3 reverses and I have two, but when the third one on the list appeared in a sale last year, it made nearly 15K, or 10 times what I paid for the other two in 2010. At this level I'm a yesterday's man.
  14. Rob

    Guess the coin

    As I said, it's a chocolate teapot. It's apparently kosher, but then so is the meat in the local Jewish shop. I'll add the coin as nobody is likely to get it. A Weyl uniface pattern penny, which, if they would use any other reference would have told them is a Freeman 881. Interesting halfpenny.
  15. I was looking too today. Some strong prices for some indifferent material at times and really difficult to buy for stock. The shilling is only 1250 book in fine, and that one's struggling to get there. On the plus side, mine must make me a millionaire, Rodney
  16. Viewed head on they look like a normal gold proof
  17. Plenty more to come. There are approx. 170 Roman and 850 British in total.
  18. 1860 toothed border/beaded border penny. Lot 1462. Freeman 9. NGC have slabbed it as a halfpenny in their wisdom.
  19. As is the description of the 1860 TB/BB mule on the slab. NGC have identified it as a halfpenny on the label, thus creating a variety that didn't exist previously and at same time producing a population report for said fantasy piece. Still, at least it fills the gap between penny and farthing. Another box to tick.
  20. Yes they're low, but most people bidding on these will be fully aware of a rough market value, so will bid accordingly, and the prices he paid for some of the heavyweight items are well documented. The quality and rarity of a significant number of pieces relative to their peers renders the expected results uncertain in any case, so it is better for the auctioneer to get the ball rolling with multiple bids than it is to start close to where you think it will end up and end up having to pass lots. Low estimates may in fact benefit the bidder, because in virtually every sale something goes under the radar. e.g. in Noonans last December, I paid the same for the Edward III Reading penny (@one bid over starting price), as it sold for in 1983 - not bad for the best of 3 known given Stewartby's (second best) sold for nearly £1K in 2016. It wouldn't have happened if the estimate had been a more realistic £500-600.
  21. Went to see part 1 of the British today with an advance list of potential box ticking lots. After some brutal pruning I'm left with 32 lots and a pre-sale estimate of around 80K Might have to conduct this auction in Turkish Lire
  22. It's only really detrimental to coppers and proofs. As long as you don't coat it with your egg mayo sandwich, it will be fine. It's only the last 100 years we have had inert materials, so this had 300 years of exposure to handling prior to that.