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  1. Nick

    Photographing 50% Silver Coins

    Assuming that the camera is in a fixed position between shots, you can replace the coin with something easy to autofocus on (eg printed text) to establish the focus, then turn off autofocus. That should fix any blurring due to difficulty of autofocus. A dull and lifeless appearance is going to be due to lighting. Try a brighter light further away from the subject, but you may have to experiment.
  2. As a cynic, I believe that his twitter comments and the HMRC court case are not unconnected. By demonstrating that he is able to tweet freely, he is seeking to show that he is different from a 'normal' BBC employee and that he is entitled to have his salary paid to his personal service company, thus saving large amounts of tax. I also believe that the BBC will not take any action against him, as they also benefit from him being classed as a non-employee by not having to pay employer NI contributions.
  3. Every other BBC employee manages to navigate this 'minefield' successfully (mostly), so it can't be that difficult.
  4. Because it is the national broadcaster that we are forced to pay for, on the basis that it stays impartial.
  5. I've never seen an 1887 Gothic florin that wasn't 46 arcs, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any. It's always a possibility when an obverse or reverse changes design for a mule to exist.
  6. Nick

    If only

    ... and the cabin boy was called Tom, not Roger!!
  7. Nick

    2023 Royal Mint Unc. sets

    No. Looks to be just 5 coins with Charles III obverse. https://www.royalmint.com/annual-sets/2023/
  8. Another interesting video from the US about the July 2022 weather statistics produced by NOAA. The most interesting bit starts about 7 minutes in.
  9. Nick

    proposed heating payments this winter

    Stumbled across an interesting article on the subject.
  10. Nick

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Very telling.
  11. Nick

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The slab is definitely fake. Can't have two different slabbed coins with the same PCGS number.
  12. Davies notes five principal reverses for sixpences 1887-1893 labelled A to E and also mentions that "Numerous design & die sinking differences exist before adoption of rev. 'D'.". What is not mentioned is that there are 2 obverses and the changeover seems to have occured during 1889. The picture below shows the difference between obverses 1 and 2, left and right respectively. As long as you can focus that close, you can see the difference with the naked eye. The difference is a wedge cut out of the truncation above J.E.B. which is present in obverse 1 and not in obverse 2. I'm not entirely certain which crossover die pairings exist for 1889 but I have seen 1+C, 2+C, 2+D and even 2+A, so it is possible that all permutations are out there. As far as I'm aware all obverses after 1889 are obverse 2, unless you know different.
  13. One of my favorite memes.
  14. In response to a message from a forum member, I am posting the images I have for the non-withdrawn type sixpences 1887-1892.