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Nick

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  1. Nick

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    After 49&46 50&51 are the rarest brass 3d's. If it was Unc it would be worth a few bob. The one offered looks cleaned (grade looks cleaned VF) I've never seen a counterfeit brass 3d. The .92 in the PCGS genuine numbering scheme is the code to indicate that it has been cleaned. The codes are: 91 Artificially Colored 92 Cleaned 93 Planchet (Coin Blank) Flaw 94 Altered Surface 95 Scratched or Rim Dented 97 Environmentally Damaged 98 Other Damage
  2. I found a picture of the sixpence I was looking for. It was lot 169 in the DNW auction of 16 Mar 2011 and was just listed as a gVF 1821 sixpence.
  3. I have noticed that I have two slightly different 1821 sixpences and wonder if one is the rare BBITANNIAR variety. It is true that the two R's are different in terms of the inner serif, but in addition to that difference there is definitely something under the R appearing to connect the serif to the tail. What do you think?
  4. Thanks. It's a shame for me, but I think you're right.
  5. I vaguely recall seeing a better version (EF ?) that definitely looked like RBITANNIAR, although I'm not certain it was a sixpence. I think it was at DNW, but can't find a decent picture. I did find this one 1821 RBITANNIAR
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    Th Great Ebay Loss

    You may well be right. It's difficult to be certain of the situation simply by looking at the bidding and the feedback (or lack of it). Maybe informing buyers (if they can be identified) afterwards is the way to spread the knowledge. At least half a dozen of the coins currently on offer come from last week's Spink auction and have all been overgraded by MP.
  7. Nick

    Th Great Ebay Loss

    I don't think that particular buyer is a shill bidder. He's an Australian buyer who has bought significant quantities of coins in the past, although admittedly not many recently. I have to say though that I don't understand the bidding that occurs on some of these auctions. They seem to reach stratospheric levels within a few hours of being listed. But I don't see what a bidder has to gain by bidding high and early. If you wait right to the end before bidding high you may pay over the odds, but bidding early guarentees it and leaves you more vulnerable to shill bidding.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    It appears that he thinks that Spink know nothing about grading either. He is currently selling on eBay three halfcrowns (1820, 1877 and 1878) from the Spink auction last week. Spink graded them as "near EF" or "about EF", but amazingly they are all now "near UNC" or "virtually UNC". Simple, subtract one full grade from his and bid accordingly.
  9. I used Spink Live online bidding system for the first time today and although the bidding part of it seemed pretty responsive, the audio and video streams were a complete waste of time. The audio feed was providing about half a sentence every couple of minutes and the video feed was giving zero frames per hour (ie sod all). Does it normally perform better than this? Or is it just my crappy broadband!
  10. Most auction houses will let you submit bids up with a set maximum total value of winnings. I wasn't aware of that. Thanks.
  11. None of the crap belongs to you. It is entirely the property of Spink. Today was better than the sale 3 months ago. Then the system kept halting intermittently and updates were in the form of rapidly scrolling lots (say 10 or so). Consequently in that sale I was unable to bid on a coin that sold for about £150 less than I was prepared to pay not to mention a whole raft of tokens that I wanted, which p'd me off no end. Today was much better, though as you say, still with the dire audio. Video I can do without, but hearing the auctioneer makes life a lot easier. To eliminate the problem, I submitted a bid in advance for the piece I specifically wanted and it even demonstrated that the system was coherent as it told viewers that I was winning by giving my geographical location as part of the feed. First time I've seen that. All this is way out of reach to my unreliable coal-fired rural broadband. Roll on having a national fibre-optic network...
  12. None of the crap belongs to you. It is entirely the property of Spink. Today was better than the sale 3 months ago. Then the system kept halting intermittently and updates were in the form of rapidly scrolling lots (say 10 or so). Consequently in that sale I was unable to bid on a coin that sold for about £150 less than I was prepared to pay not to mention a whole raft of tokens that I wanted, which p'd me off no end. Today was much better, though as you say, still with the dire audio. Video I can do without, but hearing the auctioneer makes life a lot easier. To eliminate the problem, I submitted a bid in advance for the piece I specifically wanted and it even demonstrated that the system was coherent as it told viewers that I was winning by giving my geographical location as part of the feed. First time I've seen that. Thanks. Glad to know there is no fault with my broadband which is not high bandwidth due to being quite a distance from the local exchange. In this instance I couldn't use commission bids as I only had a small budget and couldn't risk multiple bids that might exceed that budget if I won too many items (fat chance!).
  13. Nick

    Bitcoin users?

    Isn't that (theoretically) what PayPal is? Nah... thats just a third way that eBay can rape you for any scrap of profit you might be looking to make! I promise you - having PayPal has allowed me to buy lots of stuff online, not to mention make payments to private individuals, without involving eBay in any way shape or form. It is mega convenient, and afaik has not involved any charges whatever. PayPal is mighty convenient and a great idea to boot, but it isn't free. For non-eBay transactions it is funded in the same way as credit cards, by a percentage surcharge on the vendor - which I'm sure ends up in the price we all pay for the goods.
  14. Pity about the hole in the 1854 sixpence. It is one of the rarest years for Victorian sixpences. Spink 2011 prices them at £150 in fine condition, rising to £1750 in UNC.
  15. It appears that few of us know much about the land we live in, or its history. I'm sure that the confusion arises because the terms Great Britain and United Kingdom meant different things at different times. As it stands today: Great Britain = England, Wales and Scotland United Kingdom = Great Britain and Northern Ireland For the details see Wikipedia
  16. Nick

    Photos of coins

    The choice of bulb will depend on your camera's ability to determine an accurate white balance. Some cameras introduce a slight colour cast into the photo, so it's worth a bit of experimentation with different light sources to see what works for you.
  17. Nick

    Photos of coins

    I don't see any reason not to use the highest resolution that your camera can manage. Resolution can always be reduced (if needs be) but it can never be increased.
  18. Nick

    Photos of coins

    Looking at the background, I think it's just that the subject is not quite perpendicular to the camera. I think the bottom is slightly nearer the camera than the top and given a low depth of field the top half is slight fuzzy. I have a tiny spirit level which I use to adjust the tripod/stand once it is in place. Very sensible. An alternative, for those with a digital SLR, is to reduce the aperture (increase the F number). This gives a greater depth of field and shows more of the subject and background in focus.
  19. Nick

    Photos of coins

    Looking at the background, I think it's just that the subject is not quite perpendicular to the camera. I think the bottom is slightly nearer the camera than the top and given a low depth of field the top half is slight fuzzy.
  20. Nick

    Photos of coins

    It's certainly a good enough photo to see all of the coin detail, but I agree with Sion - it's slightly fuzzy. Could be slightly out of focus, or just a bit a camera shake.
  21. Nick

    Photos of coins

    I've done a bit more experimenting and the best I can do so far is this.
  22. Nick

    Photos of coins

    Personally, I use the first method for my own coin pics - iridescent or not. However, a photo should attempt to capture the likeness of a coin in real life which mostly they don't. More experimentation required to produce more natural looking iridescent proofs. I'm sure it must be possible.
  23. Nick

    Photos of coins

    Yes. Just a single light bulb mounted sideways right next to the lens. The bulb is a daylight 30W energy saver, equivalent to approx. 150W incandescent.
  24. Nick

    Photos of coins

    I'm not sure that the difference in background shade is due to flash temperature. I think that the effect is due to the light metering that the camera performs to work out the exposure to use. Different sides of the same coin can reflect different amounts of light causing a different aperture or shutter speed to be used. If you look at the metadata held with the digital photo, it should tell you which settings were used.
  25. Nick

    Photos of coins

    Obviously, some tinkering with the settings will be necessary to improve the detail in the final picture, but the axial lighting setup shows some promise.
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