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  1. Looking to purchase a 1622 sixpence for use in my wedding next year to put in my bride's shoe (1922 sixpences are icky due to the alloy used, 1822 sixpences don't exist, 1722 sixpences don't exist and the denomination didn't exist prior to 1551!)

    Doesn't need to be good grade at all, in fact, due to it being mistreated and shoved in a shoe probably better that it isn't great grade!

    I'm located in the US, but don't mind waiting for international shipping

  2. This is a strange one, it tests as sterling silver on an XRF gun, on my cheap Chinese scale rings in at 1.5 grams, is basically perfectly round. I do not think this is authentic, but I don't know what its purpose was, seems far too nice to be a cheap fake and doesn't seem to match anything (that I know of) to try to be a deceptive fake and I can't seem to find anything with a few hours of Googling for it to be some sort of fantasy or commemorative coin/token






    Any help in trying to narrow this down would be appreciated!

  3. Does anyone have any familiarity with the (believed Irish) "slap" tokens? I've picked up a handful and was wondering if anyone had any good references, these were countermarked silver coins, from what I can see, most of my host coins are William III coins from the "great recoinage" but I think one of mine is French since XRF shows it as 80% silver

    I've read the article that Gary Oddie wrote in the December 2001 edition of the Token Corresponding Society Bulletin, but I was wondering if anyone happened to have any more info on them, they certainly are interesting tokens


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  4. Trying to develop an eye for picking out nicer coins from the melt bin as I can usually have my pick of any 50% for only a bit over melt and found this 1944 English Reverse shilling

    I'm trying to determine the strike quality on this one, is it normal for the bottom part of the crown to appear "mushy" like it is on my coin? Or is this a particularly weak strike for the grade (unfortunately being based in the US, I rarely am able to see good quality English coins in person)




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  5. I've been going through my previously purchased coins during lockdown, and I found a very curious 1876-A German 5 Mark. The edge of it looks to have been milled and then edge lettering added to it. I do not have another 1876-A 5 mark to compare with, but my 1876-B 5 mark (and a few later mints of the same type) all show a plain edge with lettering. The weight on it seems to be a bit low (but I'll freely admit my scale was cheap) weighing at 27.5 grams when my reference is showing 27.77 grams (my 1876-B weighs 27.6 grams on the same scale). The diameters between the 2 coins seem to match

    Does anyone know what this can be? Wrong planchet error? Something else? Is this a known variety that anyone is aware of? (I neither speak German nor have any English-language German coin references)



  6. Picked up this shilling at my LCS for melt, but looking at it, it looks like both As may be unbarred in BRITANNIAR ? Am I seeing things? Or is this a possibility? I don't have a copy of ESC or anything so unsure if this is a known variety or even a possibility (or if a combination of black tarnish and wear/damage is playing tricks on me!). I tried to take clear pictures with a USB microscope and my phone so hopefully the pics turned out decently enough



  7. This is super common in the US on eBay and the like

    Unfortunately these keep on being popular due to the nostalgic factor of wheat pennies here in the US combined with their low value and a desire to possibly make a bit of money

    Here in the US, almost every kid is introduced to coin collecting in some form or another by their father or grandfather with the wheat penny usually one of the blue whitman folders, even those who do not really collect coins seem to get one. Anymore though, wheat pennies are a rarity in circulation (back when I used to go through boxes and boxes of coins, I found probably 20-30 wheat pennies per box of $25 face) which makes it hard to obtain them. Anymore the majority of local coin shops quite simply don't buy them with the exception of the key dates (1909-S VDB, 1914-D, etc.) and concentrate almost exclusively on bullion or higher-valued coins. Because of this, its seen to be more "fun" and "authentic" to buy these overpriced lots in order to fill the folders, most casual US collectors care little about condition compared to date/mintmark

  8. Is there a good general reference for off-metal strikes and patterns? Looking at auction records and it looks like a lot of them are pretty affordable (and I need to start buying more than just bullion and whatever low-grade non-US coins my LCS offers...) so was thinking about trying to learn more about it and picking up some (I may have picked up a cheaper lower grade silver farthing this evening on eBay at a pricepoint where I can sell locally if I decide to upgrade). Is there a generalized reference to it? Or is it all contained within the standard references of the main coins (eg: Peck for farthings/halfpennies)?

  9. Yeah -- that's basically the hard part is trying to find something that's not too expensive but still has a possibility of being identified. It seems like either eBay is filled with either too small of lots with fairly expensive overseas shipping (I've seen $25+), worn coins, or have nice coins tossed about in there

    I'd love something like this eBay lot: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hammered-silver-collection-All-Suffolk-found-by-myself/292622647698?hash=item4421ab4192:g:dRkAAOSwq4VbNlbp


    But I have a feeling that between the $25 of shipping mixed with the scattering of rare coins (seller mentions the groat but there looks to be a Scottish 20 pence mixed in there which seems to sell for $50+ in that condition) will make that particular lot fall out of my price range

  10. Hello!

    I'd really like to get better at identifying bits and pieces of hammered coins, its not really an area I'm super familiar with, does anyone know where (and from whom) I can buy cheap (worn, broken, bent, etc.) hammered coins in order to get better at identifying varieties? I'm not looking to spend a whole lot per coin, but wouldn't mind putting down a couple hundred dollars to get a large lot

  11. So figured I'd pick up an Edward hammered penny, the price was right so I figured why not (since they're rather hard to get here in the US and shipping tends to cost half as much of the coin to buy them from the UK and hopefully not a fake this time :) )




    Any ideas on the exact identification? Been trying to search around here  https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/pages/edwardian-Pennies/Edwardian%20Pennies%20P17.htm and it looks like:


    I have the word of EDWAR which would be be anywhere from 10-15, the crown top looks like the one for 13, but it looks like the other identifying thing for class 13 is that the initial cross is made out of 4 triangles but mine looks solid? 11 also looks kinda similar. Any ideas on this?

  12. Well -- that'd be why I couldn't find it in references :)


    Here's the seller in question: https://www.ebay.com/sch/hunt51/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=


    Since I bought the item it looks like he's listed some others -- many are obviously repros


    Seems weird though that they'd bother faking a common date 1d! But I suppose that explains why I couldn't find a reference to it -- I'll probably keep it and will post the weight and other specs of it and keep it as a reminder that because its not in the standard references -- it might just mean its a fake :P its already shipped so probably not worth it to bother returning it anyways



  13. Hey all, so let me start out by saying I'm by no means a bun head penny expert or that bronze coinage is even really in my interests, however I found this on eBay tonight and ended up winning the auction ($12 US, probably overpaid but...). According to my copy of Freeman and from what I can tell online, the only reverse known for the 1862 penny is Freeman G (probably has a different reference for other references) it looks like one of the key die indicators of reverse G is that the sea extends beyond the circle all the way to the border... However, I'm not seeing this in my coin? Since I just won this auction I don't have this in hand this is the best pictures I've been able to get. The pictures don't seem to want to be uploaded here in full so I've made an album on IMGUR here: https://imgur.com/a/UcBshRd


    Any ideas here?