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  1. Sword

    Coronation coins

    Presumably, the redness of the gold is determined by the percentage of copper alloyed. Any added silver would make the coin more yellow. https://www.chards.co.uk/guides/analysis-of-alloy-content-of-gold-sovereigns/180
  2. Sword

    Coronation coins

    Debasement due to inflation?
  3. Sword

    Coronation coins

    Sorry, it has already been posted elsewhere!
  4. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Logic doesn't matter to the sellers of genuine 1933 pennies. One seller keeps on saying that she is selling the "last coin" of her late mother's collection but there appears to be no end to her offerings. (Not that it makes any difference anyway). The last offer contained a coin dated 2022 which I believe is after her mother's passing. The listing has been removed now.
  5. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The username is no longer registered on eBay. Hopefully, we won't hear more stories about 1933 pennies found in clocks , chimneys, charity shops, late relatives' accumulations etc for at least a little while.
  6. I don't think over grading helps any seller in the long run. You just mentally end up lowering the grade by half grade before you even start at looking at the coin.
  7. If the black "dirt" is lose on the surface, then the removal of it would improve the appearance significantly. I remember putting a GV half crown into 2x2 adhesive holder for a few years and then decided to put it in a quadrum. The plastic lifts off some of the "dirt" when I removed the holder. Rather happy with the accidental "cleaning".
  8. I assume that if they are selling fast, then dealers will increase their prices and will be willing to bid higher in auctions.
  9. I am amazed that a contemporary counterfeit is worth so much. What's the reason? I really regret not getting a decent E1 shilling (or even an E1 sixpence) years ago when the prices were not so crazy. It's outside my price range now unfortunately.
  10. I like these rocking horse crowns also and have one example of the RE proof. The coin above has presumably been graded ultra cameo and I wonder if this has affected the numeric grading? I also wonder if there has been any attempt to adjust the contrast to make the frosting more apparent. If so, I imagine it would make the "hairlines" a lot more noticeable.
  11. Sword

    Attractive coins currently in circulation

    Would you like to post pictures of the one you think best?
  12. Sword

    Using acetone to clean coins

    I have never tried anything apart from acetone with a cotton bud. (And I will probably not try anything else). For me it is very good in dissolving a range of things such as grease. It is more volatile than the various alcohols (due to lower boiling point) and so will quickly evaporate. But I would only consider using it if there is a reason to.
  13. Sword

    Charles III portrait

    Image from BBC news and it took me a bit of time to warm up to it. I think the portrait appears friendly and approachable rather majestic (which was probably the intention).
  14. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    It's a bit more than that. Even the previous listing of the same item has also been removed. True, it might be back with a new seller's ID though.
  15. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The listing has been removed (rather than ended)! Looks like it might be the action of Ebay.
  16. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Notice only the date 1933 has been cleaned... Also I think people selling for a charity on eBay has the charity ribbon icon on their listings ...
  17. Croydon Coins used to be the only cheap auction charging just 5% buyer's premium. But they didn't have photos for most of their coins then and so it wasn't great for postal bidders. It has since changed hands but the name is still retained. Now it is "21% plus VAT". They even added "Unlike some other auction houses which state 28.8%." on their website.
  18. I have never experienced that. I try to submit my bid in the last few seconds and the auctions ended on the time expected.
  19. Sword

    Little coins big prices

    That's rather worrying...
  20. A common coin but the toning is nice and much more intense than that shown in photos.
  21. You can access the catalogue via Saleroom: https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/search-filter?clientID=Lockdales
  22. Sword

    2023 Royal Mint Unc. sets

    That's a thought. RM will surely make a Mickey Mouse 50p soon. Municipal refuse collections started in ca 1918 and so there could be a "110 years of refuse collection" coming up. It's a key public service that we all need!
  23. Sword

    2023 Royal Mint Unc. sets

    I like the JRRT monogram which was designed by Tolkien himself.
  24. Sword

    Charles III portrait

    I hope the portrait details are better with the coin in hand.
  25. On a different note, Derek's website pennycrowncoins is no more and so it looks like he has retired.