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  1. Sword

    A comparison of two auction houses

    Surely , adding 30% by mental arithmetic isn't very difficult to do. One can also produce a conversion table in advance if necessary.
  2. There is quite a bit about him on the net. This is on the Noonans website: "Frederick James Jeffery (1907-78), who styled himself as ‘England’s leading provincial coin dealer’, started dealing in coins in 1932. Popularly known as ‘Uncle Fred’ (though not to be confused with Fred Baldwin who also shared the same sobriquet), Jeffery was the first English dealer to regularly attend the American Numismatic Association’s annual convention. His open-style marketing methods and his vast stock ensured that he was well known and he was a fervent supporter of local numismatic societies, often travelling vast distances to a meeting with an estate car laden down with coins and sets to sell to members. His metallic tokens commemorate his 40th year in a business that is carried on today by his son, Richard Jonathan Jeffery; the tokens themselves were struck by Toye Kenning & Spencer in 1973, a decision prompted by the same manufacturer having struck the Wessex Numismatic Society’s Silver Jubilee medal earlier that year, Jeffery being then a prominent member of that Society. Fred Jeffery’s wooden farthing, of which 5,000 were made, was distributed at the 1966 ANA convention in Chicago" https://www.noonans.co.uk/auctions/archive/special-collections/1032/401807/?sort=Hammer He has some humour it seems and one of the tokens in the link has the legend "illegal tender for any amount". The business is still in Yell.
  3. You can right click the image and select search with Google. Then Google will search for the image on the web and give you the sites.
  4. You probably have seen it. There is more information here: https://ladyjanegreyrevisited.com/2021/05/12/the-paine-miniature-is-it-elizabeth/
  5. Sword

    NEW 2023

    It's a bit like buying an ice cream. You satisfy the want of a moment but your money is gone afterwards.
  6. Sword

    Rookie Penny question!

    Hi, Unfortunately, 1967 pennies are extremely common (mintage of at least 164 million) and are worth very little. E.g., this dealer is asking for £1 each and is inviting offer if anyone wants to buy a bag. https://www.chards.co.uk/elizabeth-ii-penny-uncirculated/9204 Don't use Brasso as the value will immediately drop to scrap.
  7. Sword

    English King Coin Discovery

    Very interesting. But the usage of the word "king" in the article is a bit strong considering he only ruled the "western Thames basin".
  8. Sword

    NEW 2023

    I think the shield designs are quite clever but each coin doesn't look great on its own unfortunately. Non collectors looking at their change wouldn't even know they can be put together to form a shield.
  9. Sword

    NEW 2023

    Indeed. But prices are so high these days that £30 doesn't go very far. I wouldn't worry when spending that sort of money on an impulse spend. (But the RM is not a place I go to for impulse purchases though.)
  10. Sword

    NEW 2023

    I imagine so, particularly if you go to a bank to get some bags of coins. Otherwise a UNC set is £33.
  11. Sword

    NEW 2023

    I have never been a fan of the current £1 design and am rather glad with the proposed change.
  12. Sword

    NEW 2023

    Is it the new 2023 coinage? Here is the link to them. https://www.royalmint.com/annual-sets/2023/definitives/king-charles-iii-definitives-2023-brilliant-uncirculated-coin-set/ I rather like the 1 pound and 2p designs.
  13. Sword

    USA proof sets

    When I first started collecting coins as a teenager, I particularly liked my USA proof set. Out of sentiments, I have just brought a 1992 silver proof set on eBay. I am a little surprised that the older proof sets are so unloved and my cost me £14.50 + postage. Is the excessively high mintage (well over a million) the only reason for the lack of desirability? The designs are generally rather nice.
  14. Sword

    USA proof sets

    Even the sets from the 1950s can be picked up relatively cheaply. I guess it is a change from collecting British coinage as the obverse portraits are all different.
  15. Sword

    Coin cabinets

    The cabinet was once housed the Deane collection of Eighteenth Century Conder tokens. There is a good story on the Baldwin website. https://www.baldwin.co.uk/the-deane-collection-part-ii/
  16. Sword

    Coin cabinets

    Did they actually take over Peter Nichol's business or just the name? If the later, I don't feel that strongly about it. It's a bit sad less and less people train to be craftsmen these days and opt for more lucrative jobs. Certain crafts will unfortunately die out with time. But I think the demand for coin cabinets will enable at least one or two to make a decent living? Surely there must still be quite a few cabinet makers around?
  17. Sword

    2022 silver five pound mule

    I wonder how many were actually made. If they discovered the error after a test, then surely only a few examples would exist and I find it hard to believe that any would have escaped. Maybe the RM should be sporting and allow unintentional errors to be released to generate a bit of excitement?
  18. Sword

    1567 REGNA LION 6d

    I honestly think it looks rather nice. The face details are clear and the shield is well struck. Interesting N over I which you pointed out. It certainly wouldn't have been a freebie if it wasn't for the gash at the reverse! I wouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.
  19. The Independent, Guardian, local papers, BBC news etc. are free. That's enough for me.
  20. I think they will ask you to subscribe if you have read a free article previously.
  21. A good thing that Covid has done for me was to to stop me from eating breakfast and dinner out so often. I have saved a fortune eating at home now and have managed to lose a significant amount of weight.
  22. On a different note, I hope that independent retailers will grow in any High Street revival. The give so much more character and soul to a town. I was sad to see Hanningtons, a very large independent departmental store in my home town of Brighton closed in 2001 after nearly 200 years of trading. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanningtons. Boswells of Oxford (first traded in 1738) sadly closed during the COVID pandemic.
  23. Sword

    Charles I Angel and medallions

    His majesty might have a "spare". 😄 Great items to collect!
  24. Quite. Technology is almost second nature to the young. I have thought about putting cards on my phone so that I don't need to worry about carrying a wallet when exercising but just don't feel comfortable enough to do that in the end. A relative has suggested that I get a smart watch which can do a great number of things like paying and health management but I don't want trade my (vintage look) classic watch (which I am proud of) for a bit of plastic. I imagine that cash transactions might not last beyond two more generations.
  25. I visited a noodle house recently and they were cash only. Haven't had that experience for as long as I can remember. I am old fashioned and always carry some notes with me and so it wasn't a problem. It's unlikely that we will become completely cashless during our lifetimes. But I do think there are financial benefits to larger shops and supermarkets when people pay contactless. You need just one staff to look after a dozen self-checkouts (which are much more reliable with cards). People pay much faster and so queues are shorter. They don't need to count money at the end of the day and take cash to banks etc. True, banks do charge a fee and are making a lot of money that way. However, they can find other ways to keep up their profit margins if necessary like giving lower interest rates for savings, account fees etc. For departmental stores, the fees are priced in already and you don't get a discount if you pay cash. So people pay by the most convenient way. I reckon I now pay for more than 80% of the things I buy online as I have supermarket deliveries. Even if I buy a piece of electric in a shop (if I don't want to wait for delivery), paying by credit card gives extra protection, extended warranty, etc. Evolution will happen naturally in its own timescale and cash will hopefully still be around for a long time. According to the Bank of England, there is over £70 billion in notes in circulation. They are claiming that it is only relatively recently (2017) that "debit cards overtook cash as the most frequently used payment method in the UK." I think that includes credit cards as well. (Most frequently used payment method is also not the same as the actual amount spent). But buying on Ebay or Amazon when the seller is selling cheaper on their own site is a bit silly. It's a bit like paying an extra 3% commission to placing an absentee bid with a platform when you can do that directly without fee directly with the auctioneer.