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  1. Sword

    1905 Halfcrown

    I wouldn't myself. When a coin is worn, tarnish / toning tends to highlight the remaining details. For example, you can just make out the "I" of honi thanks to the toning.
  2. Sword

    1905 Halfcrown

    Yes indeed. A nice bold fine example to my eyes. A nice collectable example. And I disagree, I think it is very good :-) (grading that is)
  3. Sword

    1905 Halfcrown

    Apart from the grading issue, I am stunned that anyone could say that "a coin will be selected at random from the chosen condition" for an asking price of over £300! I want to know exactly what I am getting for anything costing more than £10.
  4. It was just an arbitrary decision taken by them in the beginning.
  5. Authentication I guess. You might have a very rare variety with a minor flan flaw for example.
  6. "Rejected" coins still get encapsulated (with a yellow label instead of white). In addition, a grade (UNC details, AU details, EF details etc) is also given but without a number.
  7. I totally agree that a slabbing company should tell you why they didn't slab a coin. That should be part of the service and it's just good manners. However, I think it is right that they charge their fee even if a coin is rejected. You paid for their opinion and not for a favourable outcome. If someone do an operation in a private hospital, they have to pay the fee regardless.
  8. You get charged the full fee regardless. The argument is that the company has to do the same amount of work regardless.
  9. I think if a coin has retoned after dipping, then the original "cleaning" would be very difficult to detect (provided it has not lost its lustre after the dipping).
  10. I think more than half the 1927 sets for sale in the UK are in leather cases. They do look rather smart. E.g. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203507359175?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=203507359175&targetid=1281240839185&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=1007246&poi=&campaignid=12126078237&mkgroupid=117862863250&rlsatarget=pla-1281240839185&abcId=9300480&merchantid=116637687&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0cnSsOPW8QIVB-rtCh0O7g2AEAQYAiABEgIte_D_BwE This is a prototype box as the standard all have white inserts. A prototype box for a set of prototype coins make sense to me as the leather cases might only be available later on.
  11. These cardboard boxes are genuine. The 1927 set was issued with a choice of leather case or cardboard box. Sets in cardboard boxes were issued at a price of 15 shillings. Sets in leather cases cost 6 shillings more at one pound and one shilling.
  12. Information from the Royal Mint describes the 1927 box as "leather case" if it helps.
  13. The movie features some heroic sacrifices which are questionable but worked out well later on. Hence the feel good factor. Most people probably thought it was dumb that the team did not escape in the tunnel at half time because they want to play the second half in an attempt to win. However, they did manage an unlikely draw against the biased refereeing. In addition, they managed a very unlikely escape justifying their decision to play in the first place. Pele's goal even got a standing ovation from the German officer who organised the match. That also felt good.
  14. I remember the film well and can still visualise Pele's amazing goal. It is certainly a feel good movie.