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  1. Sword

    Newark Shilling with hallmark

    I find myself looking at this coin over and over again. The hallmark from the original host plate highlights the fascinating history of this series.
  2. Thanks for sharing photos of your coin collection. The sentimental value of such an inheritance is priceless and could be the catalyst to spark off an interest in coins. Many of the coins are very collectable but none are in particulalrly high grades. You can have a look at the London coins website to see what how the coins would look in high grade / mint conditions. https://londoncoins.co.uk/?page=Pastresults&auc=185&searchlot=2360&searchtype=2&red=1 The Charles II fourpence and 1687 are maundy coins and not intended for circulation. Hence they have good details despite their age. The 1834 (and probably 1887 half crown) was removed from a brooch and hence the marks. (In general, scratches, edge bumps, previous cleaning also lower value.) You have a nice selection there. (At a glance, I imagine the collection is worth several hundred pounds.) Like Paddy said, enjoy them!
  3. Not saying that has actually happened 😁 I haven't looked at trays of coins in markets for many years. On the last occasion, I did pick out a half a dozen of pre 1920 / 1947 silver coins for 50p each.
  4. That's brilliant! The feeling of "rescuing" a great 1951 sixpence would make one happier than a financial gain. But not quite as good as finding a 1905 halfcrown in a £3 tray!
  5. Then the buyers of these lots will very occasionally have nice surprises. It will be like finding something nice in a £5 / item tray .
  6. Unless the seller has supplied the description. If reserve is set by seller: "the seller describes his lot (we grade it) and states the minimum amount (the reserve) he is willing to accept for the lot before any commission."
  7. Virtually all the lots are modern commemoratives and so the buyer will know what to expect. It wouldn't be worth the effort to take photos of so many lots. Looks like someone is getting rid of an accumulation of 15 or so years. It dreads me to think how much they would lose if the items were purchased close to the issue prices.
  8. Sword

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I think it is a "fantasy" coin. The legends are completely different to the real thing and so the maker never intended it to be a fake. But anything can happen if someone can see "1902" when "1905" is shown.
  9. Sword

    Before and After

    Getting rid of some tarnish definitely makes the coin looks better. But only time will tell how it will tones from now on.
  10. Sword

    Error Code?

    I had the same problem too and wasn't able to get to the site for more than 2 weeks. It didn't work on my laptop or my tablet. But the site has been working for me since yesterday.
  11. Sword

    Recent purchase story.

    Buying an unphotographed coin is always going to be pot luck. I would assume that such a coin has got defects if the price is lower than the going rate. If none of the coins photographed on a dealer's website are bargains, then I don't expect to find a bargain within the unphotographed ones either. BUNC could still have edge knocks, ugly contact marks, etc. I agree it is very annoying to buy a coin remotely only to realise that you would never have brought it in person. For that reason, I would rather miss out on a potential bargain than to risk getting annoyed afterwards. I once brought a pair of slabbed MS62 coins from LCA unseen. I took a gamble because they added "with exceptional eye appeal" to the auction description. That turned out quite well.
  12. Sword

    Gone Bananas

    I remember having quite a few banana trees when I was very young and was living in somewhere warmer climate.
  13. There are private silver 1 shilling tokens but they do not bear a portrait of the king. The BoE tokens all have portraits on the obverse. It is certainly plausible that they had different denominations to prevent any confusion with official coins.
  14. It's nice if there is an option to earn some bonus money if one wants too. I am not old enough to know of a time when any non essential services (like post, transport, supermarkets) would operate on Christmas day.
  15. I had to look it up, and Christmas day delivery stopped in 1960. Here is a postman's account. https://vinhanley.com/2014/12/24/delivering-the-post-on-christmas-day-in-newcastle-west-long-ago/
  16. Nope. Posties don't work on Christmas day.
  17. Just come across this story. Believed to have 11m gold and silver coins and a cargo which could be worth billions. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/dec/21/san-jose-shipwreck-recovery-treasure-colombia-spain
  18. Merry Christmas and a happy 2024! The first commercially produced Christmas card (1843):
  19. Hey, I wished for real coins, not fakes! 😄
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. You probably have seen it. There is more information here: https://ladyjanegreyrevisited.com/2021/05/12/the-paine-miniature-is-it-elizabeth/
  24. 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.
  25. 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.