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secret santa

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  1. secret santa

    1879 Penny shuttle variety

    Th explanation for the "dots" was contained in an article that I wrote for Coin News last year. I'll try to precis it for the dot penny page on the rare penny site.
  2. secret santa

    More Pennies

    Looks like it - over to Ian to confirm !
  3. secret santa

    More Pennies

    Right, I'll update my descriptions.
  4. secret santa

    More Pennies

    I also bought a coin in this auction - an 1859 small date with what Ian Fall calls a "narrow" 9. It's taller with a larger and oval loop. I've been looking for one of these for a while so I think they must be scarce. Ian's comparison:
  5. I seem to remember that years ago some weather forecaster said that there was an over 80% probability that tomorrow's weather in the UK would be the same as today's. How things change !
  6. secret santa

    1879 Penny shuttle variety

    I'm not inclined to add it to the "Dot" pennies because virtually all of these have perfectly circular raised dots about which Paul Holland has offered a plausible explanation for their origin and I'd prefer to keep them together as a single "phenomenon". Possibly another page could be created for coins with extraneous extra metal such as this ? Let me think about it. Richard
  7. secret santa

    Rare 20p

    At the time of buying the coin, Barker, of Hull, said he was “over the moon” when he discovered how unique it was. So, how unique is it ? Rather unique ? Quite unique ? Very unique ? A trifle unique ? I'm afraid that the word "unique" is going the way of "literally" and "amazing" - i.e. becoming meaningless.
  8. I would expect a specimen strike to be much, much sharper than this.
  9. secret santa

    More Pennies

    Very rare 1881H F103 sold on Ebay today for £1420 - a reasonable price for a genuine rarity with fewer than 10 examples on my website.
  10. secret santa

    More Pennies

    Ditto for me - I agree that the die crack looks to be a definitive identifier for the obverse. I'll look a little more at the reverse.
  11. secret santa

    More Pennies

    Just checked my 1856 OT - detached clover is there but NOT the misaligned colon after DEF.
  12. secret santa

    More Pennies

    Great work as always, Ian.
  13. secret santa

    More Pennies

    A cursory examination reveals a die crack on the obverse from the C of VICTORIA to the rim and, on the reverse, the colon after DEF is misaligned.
  14. secret santa

    More Pennies

    I wait with bated breath (saves me looking !)
  15. secret santa

    More Pennies

    I've added a little more to the Victoria bronze obverse page on this. https://pennyvarieties.wordpress.com/victoria-bronze-part-2-1861/
  16. secret santa

    More Pennies

    Thank you for your kind comments but the halfpenny site is very much an afterthought, something to do in Lockdown. Pennies are my main (only) interest.
  17. secret santa

    More Pennies

    I've mentioned this with pictures on my varieties website for Edward VII pennies but haven't noticed it on 1900 pennies.
  18. secret santa

    More Pennies

    Yes, slip of the keyboard ! £12,880.
  19. secret santa

    More Pennies

    I was going to bid for the 1895 pattern (F777) at Noonan's today. A similar specimen sold for £3500 on Baldwin's list in 2011 but today it went for £10,880 !!!!!!!!! Needless to say, I didn't buy it.
  20. secret santa

    Coin prices continue to rise

    That must weigh heavy on your mind.
  21. secret santa

    Any garden pics this year?

    My 3 tiered cordyline also bit the dust. I've cut the trunks down to ground level and with luck they will regrow - it did once before when the same happened.
  22. secret santa

    The rarest coin you own?

    That makes sense now. Thanks for the pics.