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  1. impgreene

    Identification - coin / token / something else?

    Thanks for the reply Jerry. Unfortunately I have no idea about background, but I do agree it looks like a metal detecting find, although I suspect my relative purchased it rather than found it personally - shame about the value, but I like it as an interesting object regardless. Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it. Stephen
  2. I am not sure if I have this in the right forum, or indeed if this is a coin (vs. a token or something else entirely) - but I recently inherited this from a relative and wondered if anyone would be able to identify the 'item' shown in the images, or point me in the right direction if I am in completely the wrong place? The images in the coin capsules show the depth of detail and colour as it is when viewing in hand (versus the sizing photographs with the ruler in which the detail appears to have been swamped by the lighting). Thank you for any help you can give.
  3. I just want to say a big thank-you to all of you that have posted and helped, it has been very interesting to find out about the coin (and to be honest the value is secondary to that). Thanks again.
  4. Thanks for your help, I had noticed the BP in the exergue on other photos, and it is definitely missing on mine. Does anyone know; - what the BP is representative of? - what grade you think the sovereign is? - what an approx. value is for a 1900 Sydney Mint sovereign with no BP stamp? Thanks for your help.
  5. I had a look on the internet for where the Australian mint mark should be - and found this web page http://www.goldsovereigns.co.uk/1900sovereign.html So, I had a look with my naked eye and couldn't see much. However, I took a very high res close image, see below. Am I mad, or does that look like an 'S' of the Syndey Mint above the date (and in the place suggested on the web page above)? Thanks for humouring me!
  6. I initially posted this under the “Free for all†section, but I suspect that was the wrong place, so apologies for the re-post. All of my coins are pre-decimal, except one that is a 1986 2 pence piece that only has a side depth of approx. 1 millimetre (versus what my quick internet search seems to suggest is an ‘official’ depth of 1.85 millimetres). The coin is pictured below. It has all the definition of a normal width coin, so I was wondering if anyone knew if this is unusual and if the coin is ‘interesting’? Thanks for any help you can give.
  7. In that case I think I'll dig out the hundred of 3d bits I bought 20 years ago and get myself off to the pawnbroker! Thanks for your help.
  8. Where would be the best place to look for a mint mark? Would it be obvious? I have to say I have not seen anything I would consider an unusual mark, but I will have a look if you can help me with a few directions. Cheers, Stephen
  9. I had another look at the coin 'side-by-side' with the photo, the photo is a completely different colour, the coin doesn't have a bronze lustre at all (it's shinny gold). Cheers.
  10. impgreene

    Unidentified 1860 foreign coin

    Thanks for the help, it's in dire shape (especially compared to the coin in the link!) so I'm not expecting too much in terms of a value (I was just curious).
  11. No worries, the graffiti probably explains how I managed to afford it as a child! Still, some 19th century graffiti is cool in its own way! Thanks again.
  12. impgreene

    Unidentified 1860 foreign coin

    I'd definitely go with Cyrillic (as their numbering system is the same as ours, so the numbers fit with Cyrillic) - Russian would be my best bet, but I am completely at a loss as to whether it's a piece of scrap or something interesting!
  13. This was my Grandfather's, who passed it to my mother, who then passed it to me when I started collecting coins as a child - so it has probably been in my family for the best part of 70 years (at least). I wouldn't get too worried about the colour, I have had real trouble taking the pictures and I think the lustre is a combination of me trying to take a picture with a camera that was bought because it was very good for scenery (and conversely, as a result, bad at close-ups) and my lack of experience in taking pictures of coins (for instance, the coin was almost touching the lens when I took the picture). I would put the odds of it being genuine at 95%+. What do you think it would be worth if it is real? Thanks again for your help.
  14. Thanks for the help - don't worry, I'm not looking for retirement, my questions are really just for interest as I don't think I could be bothered with the hassle of selling them (also, as I bought them with my pocket money as a child I'm not expecting too much!). Thanks again.