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  1. I thought that I would share my three tales of woe. Firstly I was the successful winner of an extremely rare halfpenny on Ebay. I paid for the coin with Paypal. The next day Ebay informed me that my $910 had been returned to my account, with the reason, "out of stock or damaged". I contacted the seller directly and he informed me that a colleague entered the coin on Ebay in error and that he no longer owned the coin. Next was a Venetian rare coin auctioned on a Polish auction site. This auction was conducted in up to two stages, pre auction bidding leading to live bidding. I made many pre auction bids, each bid resulting to being "you are outbid" My last bid of 3000 zlotys returned that I was the highest bidder and an email was sent to me stating that my offer would be entered into the live bidding. I watched the live bidding of the coin, ready to continue bidding if necessary. The coin sold for 3000 zlotys. Four days later I hadn't receive an invoice, so I contacted the auction site. They later informed me that I was outbid. I contacted them again, showing them their email confirming that my bid would be entered into the live auction. They then informed me that another bidder had entered a bid of 3000 earlier the same day as my bid. Next misfortune was winning a low grade halfpenny on Ebay. The picture was not brilliant but it appeared to be a Freeman obverse 6. On receiving the coin it was clearly obverse 7, a lower leaf of the third group clearly visible on the coin. I have mentioned this because digital pictures can be very misleading, especially border teeth alignment with letters or colons in the legend. I have attached two pictures of this halfpenny, one from ebay and one that I have scanned of the coin.
  2. Bernie

    Halfpenny ID check

    Could be 11+L if you like. LOL !
  3. Bernie

    Opinions requested.... VIGTORIA

    Does look like a G, pictures of the coin Obv & Rev could give your coin more weight. (no pun intended)
  4. Bernie

    Halfpenny ID check

    All examples of 2+C that I have seen have the die crack evidence, through "A" of "VICTORIA"
  5. Bernie

    Halfpenny ID check

    Colons after FD too wide for Obverse 4, I believe.
  6. Bernie

    Halfpenny ID check

    Not a 4 Gary, so that leaves 6 ?
  7. Bernie

    Halfpenny ID check

    Well Done ! Like Hens Teeth !
  8. https://www.colincooke.com/collections/oxford_vicbunhead.html Lot 140,
  9. I noticed this Freeman 14 penny that is to be auctioned by Heritage on January 21st. The coin is slabbed and graded as MS67. I am almost certain that it was my coin, but now appears different, much brighter, some minor blemishes removed and some details such as minor scratches possibly polished away. https://coins.ha.com/itm/great-britain/world-coins/great-britain-victoria-penny-1860-ms67-red-and-brown-ngc-/a/3089-32804.s?ic4=ListView-ShortDescription-071515 I have attached pictures of the coin that I used to have in my collection, What do others think ? Bernie...
  10. Yes maybe, Here is another example of coins that are definitely the same but appear to look different. Pictures can be very deceptive. Freeman 341 (16+P)
  11. Rechecked, not a scratch but a fine die crack ! I concur, it is a different coin, but surely struck from the same pair of dies, probably struck within 10's of striking. Thank you all for your opinions. Happy New Year !
  12. How about the horizontal minor scratch about 1mm above and to the right of the rose. I don't think this is an impression from the die.
  13. Freeman 14 reverse
  14. I second that ! I just hope that the coins that I have been waiting for to turn up do not come into their possession. Also this company do like to make rather large profits !
  15. Looks like a Freeman 28 to me.
  16. Yes, The very same Mal lewendon
  17. Bernie

    1908 F164

    In grades EF+ I would have thought that it must be about fifty times rarer than than the commoner Freeman 166. Finding a BU example would be challenging ! I remember these 1908 varieties when they were in circulation the 164 & 168 were of similar abundance in low grade, about three to one, funny that.
  18. Yes, your coin is the said F/P. It is the same die pairing as my coin, Freeman obverse 6 with reverse G. I have attached a picture of my 6+G Halp coin. I also have a Halp coin of Obverse 7+G. I have heard rumours that other die pairs of Halp coins have been reported, including Reverse E !
  19. The round "Dot" phenomena was investigated when it occurred on Australian bronze coins. It was concluded that the round dots were produced from dies that had rust pockets produced by water droplets.
  20. This is who you are looking for: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124367871@N06/page1 Bernie...