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  1. Yes, I bought one from CNG 2 months ago for about £1,400 and it's probably half a grade better than the Noonans one.
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    1551 MM Y silver coins

    Thanks Rob. One of many questions that may never be fully proven - I'm inclined to agree that (b) is the likeliest (if I amend to 'was re-opened/never fully closed). .
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    1551 MM Y silver coins

    It would only mean that some of the '1551' coins could have been issued in Jan-Mar 1552. It would still be the case that if the Southwark mint was closed in July 1551, the fine silver would all have to be Tower if the Oct 1551 date is also right. The 1551 'tun' crowns are rarer than the 'y's, suggesting the change over (whether of mint or just mint mark) must have been Jan/Feb 1552.
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    1551 MM Y silver coins

    Lord Stewartby 's book says Southwark was closed in July 1551 and new coinage was not authorised till Oct 1551. is the concensus that A) he was mistaken B) the Southwark mint was briefly reopened in late 1551 C) Yorke brought his Southwark dies to the Tower?
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    1551 MM Y silver coins

    Quite a few dealers/auction houses still claim these to have been minted at Southwark, rather than Tower. Has this ever been settled or has new evidence come to light?
  6. Who's spending £6k inc premium on a 1953 crown when they could apparently have got a decent 1860/59 1d (or maybe a Gothic crown) for half that? I know the modern trend is to prioritise condition over rarity, but this just seems bonkers. Still, each to their own.
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    Aberystwyth groats

    Thanks Rob. A bit confusing that Spink puts the last bust in the middle!
  8. pokal02

    Aberystwyth groats

    I know 3 different busts were used for these. I can't trace any info as to whether they were consecutive or concurrent, and if the former, can any of them be narrowed down more specifically than 1638-42 for an issue date?
  9. I think more than 40 sets must have been issued. The 1853 crown, for which there's no currency equivalent, is rare, but there are definitely more than 40 of them knocking around.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The great coronation rip-off in full swing.. some joker wants £20,000 for the Charles 2022 50p (it's not even a proof!), and someone else £17,000-.. makes Coincraft look cheap!
  11. pokal02

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I think it's just the usual nonsense of a so-called 'MS64' being worth 5-10 times one in AU. As said on another thread, happy for so-called investors to pile in and leave the 'normal' coins to us collectors.
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    Charles III portrait

    They are saying it would be dispatched 'within 30 days'. Incidentally, the BU 50p costs £11 - Ebay is actually cheaper!
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    Charles III portrait

    Got a silver proof 50p (£59.50) - I see they are £79.95 on ebay. Not sure why anyone would pay the extra as the mintage is unlimited and you can order until 31 December. It's not like the normal (shield) 50p's where one has to break up a proof set to get one.
  14. Yep, 6 of my last 7 at max and the other one bid below it. The last time an identical coin in UNC went for the same amount as mine in AU.
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    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    It's not only Ebay. I was idly trawling Etsy and saw 1898/99/1900 1d's on offer for a bargain £1,000. They are Fair-VG at best (the first two arguably worse). Edit: maybe they are a bargain after all - I've just seen a 1936 1d in Fair-Fine on Etsy for £27,300!! (No, it isn't an Edward VIII). I think I'll give up now.