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  1. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264303363972 Not old and not "mixed continents" either...would be a welcome addition to my tourist fake collection if the vendor would budge on price a little...
  2. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Beyond the ludicrous price, it either is overcleaned or fake.
  3. Another Spence piece... rare "Coaly Tyne" token struck with the broken obverse die ! Sadly with a bit of PVC residue on it - anyone got any tips for professional conservation in the UK (I know about NCS stateside) ? I don't like the idea of cleaning a token this pricey myself.
  4. You could try strong acid on them - I had a similarly ugly billion coin of 18th century Italy which was cleanable. There will still be heavy pitting on the surfaces though.
  5. Ah, that's a book I'd really like - just don't like the price-tag. I will have a look in a library copy if I get a chance.
  6. That’s also a Spence token, I believe - it exists in farthing-sized format.
  7. I'm really enjoying the 18th century series too at the moment. Bought this nice Spence piece on Saturday. The toning looks a bit less weird in the hand - the side with James Spence on has a lot of subdued lustre.
  8. Here are two more obscure pieces from my collection - probably checks or passes of commercial use. One is counterstamped on a cartwheel penny, the other appears to have been stamped on a blank piece of metal. Appreciate any insight !
  9. I'm glad - there is a real movie prop coin listed in Krause's Unusual World Coins so I wasn't sure if you were being serious !
  10. Ah, was it a prop in Zulu ? I wonder how it got in the Pitt Rivers....
  11. JLS

    Bags of Roman

  12. JLS

    NGS Grader Had a Bad Day ?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183773788817 Here's another "bad day" coin IMO; a nice EF+ coin with a few marks on the rim and only an OKish strike is graded in at MS66 ? I thought you were supposed to get "Very well struck with minimal marks and hairlines" at that grade ? And the price...I've seen better for £150.
  13. Fascinating ! The Pitt River's Museum in Oxford has a bun penny with "CETEWAYO" (Cetshwayo kaMpande, Zulu king in the 1870s) countermarked on it. The origin is obscure. It's possible this piece is instead related to HMS Zulu (1909) rather than having any connection with South Africa.
  14. Hello all ! I'm struggling to identify this rather badly struck short cross penny. The mint is obviously London, and I think the moneyer is IOHAN as the final two letters of his name appear to be "AN". The portrait looks like a class 5c (John) to me - but there are no IOHAN ON LUND coins of John, just of Henry II, and the king's hairstyle doesn't look like any of the Henry II types. Anyone got any clues ?
  15. Yes - it’s a nice piece. I hadn’t seen Ion as moneyer for this issue before - more commonly you get Nicole.
  16. With a bit of imagination - yes ! Or BHB, BLB...etc. Am going to keep my eyes peeled for any others with this countermark (never seen any) or SENSE - if they turn up regionally might give a clue to origin.
  17. I think this is a class 5b2 coin. Single banded, unjewelled crown with end pellets, R in obverse legend with a detached wedge, and the eyes are circular rather than oval.
  18. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F362687835733 This seller gets “good” prices (£20 +) for low quality fake ancient coins. I’ve seen his listings for obviously fake Roman brothel tokens going up to around £50.
  19. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Why would anyone bid on this ? There’s no reason why a real off-metal strike would show any significant wear.
  20. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    What’s so bad about this listing ? A bit overpriced, but Krauwinckel jetons can sell for a few pounds each, and it looks like there is a low grade denarius in there too.
  21. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    There are worse examples...my personal favorite is this monstrous penny token from early 19th century Canada. Particularly fond of the random chisel marks in the field of the die to try and get some semblance of lettering going.
  22. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    This is the sort of fake I'd happily spend £5 - reminds me of those wacky early 1900s novodels of Peter I's coinage...which are now quite valuable in themselves !
  23. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Yeah at that slabbed grade for £500 you could trivially flip it by consigning to a US auction...hopefully it looks better than the photos !
  24. JLS

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Looks like a Far Eastern jeweller’s copy to me with the broad obverse rim...how anyone could think this would be genuine...