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secret santa

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  1. secret santa

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    And this guy is making a lot of money selling them: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/196217830331?hash=item2daf7e7bbb:g:pKMAAOSw~0xluNZ4&amdata=enc%3AAQAIAAAA0EmSRXm4oigGHs2VZdI8DrArm11xpKYjXu%2FYzGhQyoD%2FcqA54GbMUK7kXeAC1wewqAWkyMxasw9K4rQiWyxLcTK7uRyW8bebzI%2F8ERyrL9y9ZyDx%2FgX0mJf7jVRwvemuvgrufTmT%2BF%2BRoW8mVt2OTs5TJEMY5kCbSfk18K89jQ7ppYJcDb2XUKKZd8VBwPji3zEP1R06H6ttSSeAL0XV8x1Becgl8cDuC9O1bmk%2FXqVp8%2F5gTPFpFpPs4NrjWiGSO8v97UwK766aNDo2tfDm52s%3D|tkp%3ABk9SR4b8wsmrYw
  2. secret santa

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Further to my previous post, they are now making replica coins in an "aged" condition and they are appearing on Ebay in increasing numbers. The fake obverses all have 180 border beads/teeth whereas the genuine coins have 175.
  3. secret santa

    1954 fake one penny coin

    I bought this one for £30 3 years ago for novelty value.
  4. secret santa

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I reported this listing to Ebay today - it's an obvious replica: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/325985059920?hash=item4be6394450:g:EHcAAOSwp91ltkcq&amdata=enc%3AAQAIAAAA0AaRk5xddPBH27qigZUEyIop%2F5aKdToWXukNQwqQ0lLkgbH4OTBEYJHeXHERTqxPpmlcWUb%2F%2FcuOe1KATXNU5H5CNFBMrLHzryB8hUk8QaYAvhSiKKJmdWdlrIXa3ec5ihlO3Te3EquK8ZkkZmpKq4npCftNxc6s01sSHuHKqGBqPgAc5JTy4vVwkAogn0yNRGL6mvklppjN%2Firp0GOnn%2F%2B4KTwzFe3B4KbGSXVm9jghyuzQ5lZYnK4%2Fe9%2F5%2B8L1JigBasGKsM%2B1EZPrrgHh0jg%3D|tkp%3ABk9SR6SBpJWqYw And here's their reply: What happened: We looked into your report and didn’t find the listing to be in violation of our policy. This determination was made using automation or artificial intelligence. So that's alright then.
  5. secret santa

    1919 kn forgery

    Her prehensile big toe is also rather creepy.
  6. secret santa

    1919 kn forgery

    Yes, the teeth are too long, her right thumb is too short, the left hand waves cover the teeth plus a few other minor details but generally the best attempt at a bronze penny that I've seen to date.
  7. secret santa

    1919 kn forgery

    That reverse is scarily good - I had to count the teeth to make sure but the fake has 180 teeth whereas the genuine article has 187.
  8. secret santa

    More Pennies

    Given the large 5 was only used from 1856-59, could the last numeral be a combination of 7, 8 and 9 ?
  9. secret santa

    More Pennies

    And here's another example - listed as 1858 over 3 on Ebay but it doesn't have the characteristic die flaw through the base of the numerals, although it does have the "classic" large 5.
  10. secret santa

    1919 kn forgery

    They're getting better at this. It's much better than the Victorian bronze pennies.
  11. secret santa

    New Edition Freeman Bronze Coinage

    I'm sure that people on here would be prepared to buy in the UK and post to the US.
  12. secret santa

    More Pennies

    When one talks about the possible 1858 overdates, there is an assumption that previous dies from an earlier year were reused with the final digit being altered or over-punched, i.e the 1858 over 3 is an altered die from 1853 (or, as Gouby theorises, 1852). One assumes that the Bramah 25c above also results from these dies or 1854 or even other. The problem is that the 1858 large date, 1858 over 3 and the Bramah 25c are clearly struck with the classic large date 5 with the distinctively shaped pointed top as seen below: (sorry about the different size of images) But 1853 and 1854 (and 1851) pennies, however, were struck with very differently shaped 5s, suggesting that dies from those years were NOT re-used. Unless I'm missing something ?
  13. secret santa

    More Pennies

    It remains a mystery.
  14. secret santa

    New Edition Freeman Bronze Coinage

    Seems logical - they get rid of all the shrapnel with out having to lug them to the bank themselves.
  15. secret santa

    New book "The Decimal Penny"

    Michael Gouby put me in touch with a chap called Frank Hulett who's just had published a new A5-sized booklet devoted to the decimal penny 1971-2020. It's an excellent piece of work with superb illustrations and descriptions of the different varieties that he's come across. He's also discovered that the Brilliant Uncirculated specimens issued by the Royal Mint sometimes have characteristics different from the specimens issued for circulation. Frank is happy to supply interested collectors with a copy of his splendid book for the cost of postage. His email address (which he's happy for me to quote) is: frankhulett@hotmail.com I recommend it for collectors of decimal coins.
  16. secret santa

    More Pennies

    Gary Schindler wanted these pages added to this post:
  17. secret santa

    More Pennies

    Michael Gouby sent me a photo of another 1861 F27 ! I've added it to the rare penny site. They're still out there !!!!
  18. secret santa

    New Edition Freeman Bronze Coinage

    A few of us contributed appendices covering varieties identified after the 1985 version, including those recorded by Gouby.
  19. secret santa

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I immediately emailed the auction house about this but never received an acknowledgement.
  20. secret santa

    More Pennies

    That 4 looks on the slant to me - or am I seeing things ?
  21. Exactly. You just can't rely on photographs to reflect reality.
  22. Here are 2 1806 pennies, both sold as F1328 Bronzed - compare the colours !
  23. I agree that it looks like copper. Bronzed specimens tend to look a browny-pink (see below) .
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