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  1. Rob

    10kg Gold Coin

    A couple of centuries ago, people were paid to collect it. What goes around comes around, so if he plays his cards right he might be quids in. Not sure about the resale value though, should he go for a change of occupation.
  2. Rob

    10kg Gold Coin

    Yes. Cast Potin units for example.
  3. For bronzed pieces, I can only find this one and Peck's which is now in Birmingham. In other metals, There were 2 in silver listed in Peck, one of which was his and so is also in Birmingham, plus one gold. The latter coin is arguably a good contender for the most beautiful coin extant as it's absolutely gorgeous in hand with frosted devices and pristine mirror fields. I actually ditched my original list when it went through DNW in Sept 2007 (hammered at £13K + juice), but fell short. It made more when it went through St. James's in 2010. There's also Nicholson's example in aluminium, which was unknown to Peck. Unless something miraculously appears, these 6 coins are likely to be the total of type R28 extant. In fact, the whole section encompassing types R21 to R30 with the exception of R27 are possibly only known from one or two examples, whatever the metal. I know of no duplication for the aluminium pieces.
  4. Absolutely not. Your best bet is to look out for an example of the type I posted recently (P995), as a few of those hit the market from the Boulton family collection 14 or 15 years ago, mine included. You'll probably have to pay somewhere between 1000 and 1500.
  5. I don't think it's new because the coin was graded gEF in both Norweb and Selig. More likely is the coin has sat date up for most of its life because the various Peck varieties arise from the other die to the nude. Whether its a Droz bust, rusted or partly polished out, or this reverse, or the one with the large flaw through BRIT, any quick glance to spot the particular variety involves this side. So just as I have done, the nude side is down in the cabinet. I guess the nude with the other side blank die pair (P1026) would be kept nude side up.
  6. Are you using auto-correct? My phone insists on changing no to on despite 50% of all texts requiring a yes or no answer. It's a pain in the a**e. Normal for Samsung?
  7. A rare event these days with prices where they are, but some things are no-brainers that you just have to go for. A nude Britannnia, just for Chris - P1023 struck in bronzed copper. Almost certainly the R coin in Peck as Mrs N acquired it from old man Baldwin in 1964 (Baldwins acquired the Rogers coins 3 years before that), and as I can't find any others, possibly the only one available since Peck's coin went to Birmingham Museum. Also ex-Selig 1363. Previously optimistically slabbed as PF64 given the cabinet friction to the nude Britannia's left breast, though the dated side is better. Thanks to a forum member for the heads up
  8. Rob

    1708 Queen Anne shilling

    Smooth edge or smoothed? These were struck without a collar and had a diagonal milled edge. Filed down edges and made round could be due to making it fit jewellery or something. Any trace of a mount on the edge? If it looks like it was originally struck in a collar, then it's a dodgy one. The missing 17 isn't something I would worry about. A full date is nice, but you do get weak characters at random places in the legend from time to time. It doesn't look right though.
  9. Rob

    Hammered half penny.

    I think it could be a sub variety. My coin is a straightforward Withers type 7, whilst I think yours may be a type 7(i) - described as unusual reverse, very large pellets, almost no inner circle. From punches intended for penny dies? But having never seen what he was referring to when he wrote the book, it is speculation. 'Very large pellets' could use a relative reference point, as could 'almost no inner circle'. Unfortunately, he didn't include an image, so I'm guessing. The three pellets in each quarter can be separate or take the form of a trefoil depending on the placement of the pellets, which are usually relatively small points on this issue. And as for S1557 or S1558, it depends on the legend and not the bust style, which was made from several punches - shoulders and neck, face, crown, hair. You can't always trust the Spink picture to represent your coin, or at least not for the finer detail on a hammered coin.
  10. Rob

    Hammered half penny.

    Nearly. It's an Edward III Florin halfpenny, S1557 and not 1558 as the legend ends in REX and not REX AN. It's one of these.
  11. Rob

    Henry VI farthing

    It's definitely got a mascle stop, but I'm not so sure about the pinecone(?) before DON. If it is a pinecone, then the reverse isn't listed in Withers. Is there a leaf on the breast? If so, then it could be a leaf issue. Withers notes the Walters example, but says there is a leaf after CIVI, which this one doesn't have space for. The key will be trying to see what is after HENRIC. Try cleaning it up a bit.
  12. They were made by Kempson, a documented producer of tokens, and not by some murky individual. The allegation they were intended to deceive is questionable given the comical nature of the portrait. They are quite common in decent grade too - must be if I have one.
  13. Any way you could make it 3/5? It would probably depend on the shape of the top half of a 5, which at this time were slightly slanted forward, so not a right angle top left.
  14. Rob

    1825 George IV halfcrown

    And the 1824 which shows much deeper cuts to the hair, but the 3 strands pointing to GR are in better agreement with the ebay piece. If it wasn't for the reverse, I don't think many questions would be asked.
  15. Rob

    1825 George IV halfcrown

    I agree with Paddy that the reverse looks too deeply engraved. The bead count is the same as on an 1824, 1825 and 1829 I have images for here, so that appears to be constant from pattern through to currency. There are minor detail differences in the hair between this one and my 1825, but the hair is in better agreement with the 1824. Conversely, the profile of the earhole is a better match with my 1825 than the 1824. It's probably reasonable to assume that there were several bust punches made, all nominally the same, but needs someone to do the spadework to confirm. An 1825 here which differs slightly in the three hair strands pointing to GR.
  16. 'Necessary' is a very small box in the context of life. 'Desirable' on the other hand covers a multitude of sins, many of which are conveniently shifted into the 'necessary' box to justify the expenditure. You only have to look at the vast amount spent on vanity and ego to see that. How much is spent on clothes that never get worn? How many people feel the need to be seen in a high end motor, and for how many is it necessary expenditure? For a few it will be a spacious car with seating at bum level for ease of access on account of physical issues, but for the vast majority it will be a case of 'because I can afford it', or 'look at me'. Once you have risen above the destitute, this blurring affects all levels of society, so I'm not sure the safe is any different.
  17. No, it was broken almost to the base.
  18. You're already there - you have a house, a car, you go on holiday, you save for a pension etc etc. All of which you have already determined are more desirable than buying coins.
  19. This was liberated from the base of a Georgian drinking vessel which had the glass broken nearly down to the base, so the original shape is moot. Judging by the grade (the reverse is pretty much as struck) it must have been made in 1731 or soon after. Also helpfully listed on ebay as a sixpence. Happy days
  20. Mine. Ticks the Peck R13 box. It was one of those sold by the Boulton family 15 or so years ago.
  21. Many of these collections named other than the person involved contain an oblique reference related to the collector or where they live(d). e.g. North Yorkshire Moors - he worked there at some point. Slaney, middle name of the person who put the collection together. Alderley and Cheshire collection - they live there. etc etc. To throw people off the scent, I shall name my collection the 'Oddball Collection' given its eclectic character.
  22. Rob

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    It's not too much over melt and the reverse shows it to be an 1899P which invariably sells at a premium. Even if the obverse is a mess you can only lose 10 or 20 quid at the most. I don't think the vendor had much idea of what he was selling, o/w he would have put up a wrong image of an 1899 P.
  23. Rob

    Alternative coin storage

    You can get quite reasonable rates on insurance - say 0.4-0.5% of sum insured, and that figure will halve if you use a bank for storage. In reality, you will never look at the collection in its entirety more than a handful of times, but a policy that will give you cover for a smaller amount outside the bank/home allows you to study groups of coins of interest or gives the opportunity to show a couple pieces if giving a talk. You can set the lower limit at what you feel you will need.
  24. I've just taken one out of a slab and increased its value. With hindsight, I probably should have doubled it. Same description for type though I lowered the slab grade. Unslabbed, it was free of the baggage of a small number which frightened off all those collecting by numbers.
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