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  1. Very nice indeed, I don't have an example yet ... there's an 'even fellows' token too, can't think where from right now
  2. I agree, here's another of my recent acquisitions
  3. @jaggy This from Dalton & Hamer: The arms of Glasgow are very ancient, and are attributed to St. Kentigern, who is said to have founded a small religious establishment on the banks of a tributary of the Clyde, where the City now stands, and that he hung a bell upon a tree near by, to call the worshippers. Now as to the “fish” and the “ring”: This refers to a certain queen who, tradition states, carried on an intrigue with a soldier, and gave to him a ring which she had received from the king. This ring was afterwards taken from the soldier while he slept, and, by the king was thrown into the Clyde, who later demanded its production by the queen; she, in her difficulty consulted the Saint, who had a newly caught fish brought, in which was found the ring, and thereby the king’s suspicions were allayed. But there appears a bird perched on a branch of the tree, to which no reference is made in the foregoing note. Another version is given in a manuscript note by the late Rev. W. R. Hay, M.A., vicar of Rochdale : ” The arms of Glasgow are—a tree in full leaf, a bird at the top of it, a bell hanging from the tree, and a salmon with a ring in its mouth. The story: A man promised marriage to a servant cook, and after having bought the wedding ring, refused to marry her. On her upbraiding him, he threw the ring over the bridge into the Clyde, and promised that if she found and brought it to him he would marry her. Some time after, in gutting a salmon for dinner, she found the ring in it ; on which she claimed the promise, and her lover married her. ” The tree is the woman ready to be married ; the bird at the top, her lover who would not come down ; the bell, that which should have rang for their marriage; and the salmon, that which swallowed the ring.” The following lines are current in Scotland on the subject:— ” Here’s a tree that never grew, Here’s a bird that never flew, Here’s a bell that never rung, And here’s a drunken salmon.” The salmon is described as “drunken” because it appears as floating on its back, this being the position of a dead fish in water.
  4. No I don't, but thanks anyway - I don't want any 'battered' coins regardless of the rarity!
  5. I'm down to 9 after picking this up from The Druid last month
  6. I acquired this coin a good while back (from Rob I think), just wondered if it seemed okay to people?
  7. This is the example from MH Coins, currently graded PCGS MS64
  8. Paulus

    Pennies High grade.

    Yes please Pete
  9. No Ottley reverses, no, and I haven't come across one either! And I've only got one reverse 4 example:
  10. Gorgeous examples! So you're one of the Birmingham Kempson buildings collectors I'm competing against! Funnily enough I also have 10 left to collect: 150 ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S CHAPEL. 159 THE OLD MEETING DESTROY'D 167 MEETING PARADISE STRT 171 ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL. 180 GENERAL HOSPITAL 184 LIBRARY 186 BIRM WORKHOUSE 194 BLUE SCHOOL 202 THE NEW BRASS WORKS 205 NEW BREWERY
  11. Paulus

    NGC Slabbing

    Just when I thought I'd seen it all, here's a NGC designation I had not seen before - DPL. In case you cannot guess, it stands for 'Deep Proof Like'.
  12. Just thought I'd start a new topic on this, there is much to debate, not for the first time I am sure! A while back I acquired 2 'pieces of eight' examples, the type collector in me wants at least a 4 reales, example and an octagonal counter-stamp example. Here are my 2 (Mexico and Bolivia (Potosi) mints), would love to see other members' examples!
  13. I won lot 66, which ticked a few boxes for me - my first Charles I Bristol mint, my first declaration coin, and my first coin illustrated in Brooker
  14. I only have the 1 Pidcock's example at the moment, this one's a farthing, with an elephant and cockatoo. Undated but late 1790s, as Will says The other animals in the Pidcock's farthing token series are catalogued in Dalton & Hamer as lion, two-headed cow, pelican, beaver and wanderow (a type of monkey) The Pidcock's halfpenny token series also depict zebra, crane, tiger, rhino, eagle, nylghau (a type of Indian antelope), kangaroo, toucan and ostrich - I can only imagine that all these creatures were on view at the exhibition! There is evidence that Claudius had a 'war' elephant in England in Roman times, and that Henry III had a menagerie in the Tower of London, which included an elephant given by Louis IX of France in 1255. I continue to find these 'Conder' tokens fascinating pieces of our history!