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  1. Most people in the country had only known one monarch. She had been the one unchanging comfort in our lives when so many things come and go. Always the voice of reason, dignity and compassion. It is indeed a real shock since we weren't aware of any serious health issues.
  2. I am a bit late to the discussion. I think these paragraphs from this solicitors' website explains it concisely. https://www.howatavraamsolicitors.co.uk/selling-goods-online-when-do-you-become-legally-bound-to-deliver/#:~:text=By%20placing%20an%20item%20in,confirms%20receipt%20of%20the%20consideration. "Displaying items for sale on a website does not constitute an ‘offer’ under UK law. Instead, it is an invitation for third parties to make an offer to buy. By placing an item in a shopping basket online, a consumer is making an offer to buy those items at the price and on the terms listed on the website. However, a binding contract will only be formed online when the supplier accepts an order and confirms receipt of the consideration." "To avoid customers insisting that goods are sold at the price listed on a website, many businesses delay their acceptance of the customer’s ‘offer’ by first issuing an order acknowledgement. This enables the supplier to decline a customer’s offer if it transpires that there are errors on the website or that the item is no longer available. If a confirmation or acceptance is automatically issued on receipt of an order, a binding contract has been formed and the supplier will be in breach of contract if they fail to deliver on the terms originally listed. In order to avoid allegations from consumers that they have been misled, the supplier’s standard terms of business should set out the contractual process and make clear at what point the legally binding contract will be formed." Hence there is definitely no contract in scenario B in my view. The displayed price is only in "invitation to treat". You are making an offer and the seller has the right to reject the offer. In scenario A, I think it is invariably the case these days that you get an "order acknowledgement" when you have given your card details to buy something. Then you get a confirmation of the order at a later time (usually within 24 hours). The T&C would very likely also confirm that there is no contract until the order is confirmed. Personally, I don't feel comfortable with buying something that has obviously priced wrongly. E.g. something worth £3000 priced at £30.00. However, I do agree that not "updating" your price on your website is extremely poor on the seller's part. (Incidentally, I once saw a real leather briefcase at Debenhams with an original price of something like £150. Then it was reduced to "£5" after Christmas. I said to a sales assistant that surely the price cannot be correct but she said it was. I went ahead and brought it even though I didn't need the case.)
  3. I wonder why they still bother about printing a catalogue now that the auction is essentially postal. The online version is good enough for nearly everyone and saving the printing money must be attractive to them.
  4. The crown is remarkably free of any contact marks!
  5. My 1818 crown has the first 1 with very faint RH serif and the second 1 with no RH serif. CGS documented this as a "variety" but the reason is probably due to die filled and so it isn't really a variety. I have just noticed that the 1819 (9 over 8 ) crown also have the same features: weak RH serif with the first 1 and no RH serif with the second 1. I wonder if the die for my 1818 was later changed into the overdate? My 1818 is the first photo. The second is an example sold by LCA. The third is an example currently on sale on Chards.
  6. Have you considered using a 2x2 self adhesive coin holder? It will keep the pieces together and you can see the coin in "one piece" through the window.
  7. I agree. You need to ask yourself the reason for wanting to "restore" the coin. I cannot believe it make any financial sense to do so. The only reason I would consider spending money on it is if it has very strong sentimental value. Sentiment is priceless after all. You might even consider gluing it together yourself if you really want it in one piece and after you are satisfied that it doesn't have monetary value in its current state.
  8. I am not certain what's happening. I click on their link in numisbid and it directed me to some Japanese site! It is not so easy for any auction house to get quality back once it has gone downhill...
  9. That must be a consequence of no live or even room bidding.
  10. Sword

    New Youtube Channel, History of Coins!

    A possibility could be on how coins were minted during the past millennium. From hammered to screw press to modern times. Some museums have dies and reducing machines etc on display and might be happy for you to make a non commercial video if you ask them.
  11. Sword

    2015 britannia £2 rarity

    It's a nice strategy to collect low mintage circulating coins at low cost. You can't lose and some of them (for whatever random reasons) will become sought after in the future.
  12. Sword

    Gutted - E1 Halfgroat DNW

    Very nice toning too!
  13. Sword

    Cabinet Friction

    I am rather of the opinion that the lack of toning on the high points is not due to the removal of tone by slight friction. I think it is more likely that the coin has experienced light wear centuries ago resulting in the loss of lustre on the high points. The lustrous fields tones nicely over the centuries but the high points do not. Just a thought.
  14. Quoting the late John Smith, "He wasn't stabbed in the back, he shot himself in the foot!"
  15. "Prime minister asks Speaker to nominate 'acceptable' new PM". BBC news! And I thought it was impossible for Boris to develop a guilty conscience. Then I realised the headline was actually referring to the very serious situation in Sri Lanka.
  16. Sword

    Cabinet Friction

    I agree that cabinet friction is just a diplomatic term for slight wear however caused. I think it is often used when you have a coin without many contact marks to make it more believable that it was caused by storage. The term "athlete's foot" sugars the pill for someone with a foot fungal infection. Most people with the condition are definitely not athletes!
  17. https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/08/nadine-dorries-could-join-tory-leadership-race-16970021/ Seriously? Might be running for cover would make a lot more sense ...
  18. Sword

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    Indeed. Even a decent VG example of F169 is well over a thousand. But sometimes you see a worn rare silver variety with less than a handful of known examples selling for less than a hundred.
  19. Sword

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    I agree with you. But I think it is fair to say that bronze / copper collectors are more into rare varieties than silver collectors. A rare variety penny grading fine can worth many thousands, but the market is not quite the same for a rare variety silver in my view.
  20. Sword

    Ebay's BEST Offerings

    If it is a choice between collecting high grades and rare varieties, then I would go for high grades.
  21. Sword

    Is this error or bad designed?

    It is not a design fault or an error. The coin looks like it has taken serious abuse to cause the centre to drop out.
  22. I have never looked into this in detail but it is likely enough that different alloys were used for casings. Cupronickel coinage of 75% Cu and 25% Ni is already white in appearance. Hence 40% nickel would definitely not result in a copper colour shell which are common in WWI. Could it be possible that a certain amount of copper was mixed with the silver depending on the composition of the casings used to ensure some sort of consistency?
  23. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    But "sold" on eBay doesn't necessarily mean that money has changed hands.
  24. Davies (British Silver Coins since 1816) has a discussion on alloys. 10% Nickel and 40% copper was achieved by using discarded bullet envelopes. But this caused a number of problems such as higher fuel cost (due to higher melting point), discolouration, flaking etc
  25. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    It was "sold" but relisted. Then it is "sold" ...