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  1. Sword

    1981 25p "Experimental Coin"

    According to an NGC article "Though dated 1981, they were reportedly struck in the 1990s, as the United Kingdom considered whether to replace the pound with the euro." https://www.ngccoin.uk/news/article/9755/
  2. Sword

    1981 25p "Experimental Coin"

    Presumably by provenance and written record.
  3. There are discounts available. E.g. https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/English-Silver-Coinage-Original-Hardback/p/23844 But it's a bit of a rip off to me. The ESC (Maurice Bull) has already got to 7th edition. Is that really necessary to have new editions so frequently? Then this is the smarten up version of the 1992 "original" Rayner's fourth edition. It has been extended to include coins from 1992 to 2022, like if anyone cares. Then it still uses the Seaby's original numbering but we have moved on to the new Bull's numbering.
  4. Sword

    1981 25p "Experimental Coin"

    Iconic shape. Britannia doing manual labour? Rather apt as times were hard in the early eighties.
  5. Sword

    Rare 20p

    "could be worth £1800". I "could" win the lottery next week but it will never happen.
  6. I imagine they only need to manually write down your card details and you will still be charged later.
  7. I prefer paying takeaway deliveries with cash as I don't like small businesses using my card retails remotely.
  8. I unexpectedly went to B&Q today and realised I didn't have my wallet. I had a £20 note and thankfully there was still a till that accepts cash. Might be I use cash once a week these days.
  9. I have just received my coronation coin. It supposed to be signed for but the postie just left it on my doorstep. When I opened the box, I was surprised by the lack of quality control. The plastic case is quite badly scratched where the date is. But the coin itself is scratched on the letter Y of May. This really killed the excitement of getting a coronation coin. Is this the normal standard of the RM these days? I suppose I would want to have it replaced (or a refund if this is the norm of the RM). What do you think? I don't want to pay for the insured postage back though.
  10. It would have been better if the reverse design is more deeply engraved and the shield is convex. But the RM only do flat designs nowadays unfortunately.
  11. Not the Britannia. It is this one:
  12. Glad you like it. The crown will always be one of the popular denominations to collect. I went for the less traditional "£2 ounce" only because I like the reverse design.
  13. I think the line between "errors" and RM "sloppiness" is a bit blur. Even proof coins are not very carefully made these days as illustrated by the thread on the Flying Scotsman. Hence, my opinion is that minting quality issues should be classified as sloppiness and errors have to be much more in your face.
  14. It's six weeks since I sent it back for a replacement which has arrived today. It looks OK this time but I had to use a blower to remove the fine (white) hairs trapped inside the capsule. I do like the crowned portrait of the King and the reverse of the £2 and so this is my souvenir of the coronation.
  15. It's (very) difficult to know why someone has stamped those letters on your coin or when it was done. Coins / banknotes do get defaced very occasionally when they were currency and often for not very good reasons. Since it is passed down, I think it is best to treat it as a sentimental item and a little piece of family history.
  16. I totally agree that since the Royal Mint is government owned, it should therefore serve the national and shouldn't sell coins at rip off prices. However, auctions will have hammered prices closer to the market prices (in contrast to some of the stuff they are currently selling in their shop). Hence, if there is a conflict of interest, it has already occurred before the introduction of auctions. Their own article highlights their profit has rocketed from 12.4 millions to 18 millions. https://www.royalmint.com/aboutus/press-centre/gold-shines-for-the-royal-mint-as-it-announces-record-18-million-pre-tax-profit/
  17. I don't think there is any conflict of interest TBH. The royal mint is obliged to supply the public with circulating coins which they do. Their other interest is just to make as much money as possible. I don't imagine they would care where that money comes from.
  18. True. If you spend £10k on gold commemoratives, you might end up with around 5k worth when you sell. However, spending 10k on silver commemoratives might leave you with just 2k worth.
  19. But the price up from bullion value is so high that one might need to wait for decades to break even. True, a few do well but most won't. I would say just don't buy random commemoratives for "investment". Investing in coins is like investing in shares - you need to know what you are doing.
  20. I didn't like the idea at first. But all major auction houses guarantee the genuineness of their lots and most have probably made mistakes in the past. Perhaps we shouldn't expect any different from the RM auctions. But in my view, they have already sink low enough trying to sell past coins for totally ridiculous prices. This made me laugh: https://www.royalmint.com/shop/monarch/queen-elizabeth-ii/1953-Elizabeth-II-Commemorative-Crown/ They are selling jewellery now https://886.royalmint.com/ Just have a look at those prices. Since their coins are now just commemoratives, do they not resemble a souvenir store? Would they consider using the motto "Souvenirs for the nation. Souvenirs for any occasion."
  21. Mostly their own offerings produced in the last couple of decades. https://www.royalmint.com/collect/auction/auction-archive/
  22. Sword

    "onc" tenth florins

    I think London Coins / CGS are more inclined to count die filled as "varieties".
  23. Sword

    Herd Immunity?

    I gave up testing for perhaps a year now. Like many people, I used to test twice weekly for a long time but have never tested positive. This helped to convince me that perhaps I am one of those people immune to covid. (The four jabs are enough reassurance even if I am not.)
  24. Sword

    Herd Immunity?

    I haven't given a second thought for Covid for quite a while now. However, my understanding is that we might never reach herd immunity for the disease. The vaccinations greatly reduce the symptoms of the covid but are not able to prevent many people from catching it due to variants. It will probably linger in the background as a mild inconvenience for a long time. I am more worried about catching flu. Did he actually test positive for Covid?
  25. Sword

    The rarest coin you own?

    Every hammered coin is in fact unique... Hence, the strike, wear and eye appeal are even more significant than type rarity for the hammered series IMHO.