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Posts posted by copper123

  1. Funny enough it is quite common to find mary coins defaced probably contempary damage - they have crosses scratched deeply on the surface .

    It was probably done during the reign of Elizabeth the first and refers to the fact that mary was catholic .

    I here she had a thing for the bishop of bath and wells as well but it stopped short when he presented her with his parsnip. :P

  2. hi there hello - did you know the best way to clean coins is with acetone and you could add to that a toothpick - i have always had great results using these two things both seperately and together .

    Acetone is a strong solvent you can pick up a bottle on ebay for around £5 .

    It does not harm to toneing or lustre, gets rid of gunk and dirt and allover is the perfect product to use on SOME problem coins.

    I am sure many users of this forum have had good results from it..... :)

  3. If you are near a major town (London , Birmingham or manchester for instance )you might be better off listing them as a pick up only lot on Ebay.

    Pick a free listing day and put a reasonable reserve on them and hope a newbie collector is interested.

    You could always leave them at a friend or relatives house if you don't live near a major city.

    Just keep relisting them till you get the price you want.

    Other more valueable books , IE peck or freeman's books sell like hot cakes anyway .

    But the run of the mill stuff i.e. Spink is a bit hard to shift once out of date .

  4. Amaryllis

    "Naked Lady" flowers in the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

    Scientific classification

    Kingdom: Plantae

    Clade: Angiosperms

    Clade: Monocots

    Order: Asparagales

    Family: Amaryllidaceae

    Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae

    Genus: Amaryllis



    Amaryllis belladonna L.

    Amaryllis paradisicola Snijman

    Amaryllis (pronounced /ˌæməˈrɪlɨs/[1]) is a small genus of flowering bulbs, with two species. The better known of the two, Amaryllis belladonna, is a native of South Africa, particularly the rocky southwest region near the Cape. For many years there was confusion amongst botanists over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum, one result of which is that the common name "amaryllis" is mainly used for cultivars of the genus Hippeastrum, widely sold in the winter months for their ability to bloom indoors. Plants of the genus Amaryllis are known as belladonna lily, Jersey lily, naked lady, amarillo or, in South Africa, March lily. This is one of numerous genera with the common name "lily" due to their flower shape and growth habit. However, they are only distantly related to the true lily,

    from wiki

    Not sure if these are poisonous to cats like true lilys but to be on the safe side felix will not be sniffing any more of them.

    ameryllis belladonna lily does not inspire confidence in the poisionous capacity of the flower either :)

  5. I always look at the scraped silver in a local scrap dealers stall he is at all the local collectors fairs /flea markets.

    The saddest thing is the silver medals from the first world war probably sold for £17.50 or so , it really was not worth selling them 10 years ago - they would have fetched a £5 note.

    To just hold one and think about what the holder had to do for the medal breaks your heart.

    £17.50? The darn things should be priceless!