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Everything posted by damian1986

  1. I like how the image associated with that article is a German 1901 5 mark issued as a commemorative and a mintage of 460,000, the least they could have done is nicked a picture of a kew gardens 50p or something.
  2. damian1986

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The quality will be appreciated long after the price is forgotten.http://www.globecoins.com/Product/1677_Gold_5_Guinea_United_Kingdom_2098/
  3. damian1986

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Definitely makes sense as a space filler, seller has made a couple of unimportant mistakes in attribution but otherwise excellent.
  4. Can each member list 2 or 3 examples of what they would consider the "the most highly coveted proof issues of the 19th century"?
  5. damian1986

    Slaney 2

    Just received a link in an email to prices realised: https://www.spink.com/auction.aspx?id=15031 . Thanks for the link The Briot medal / pattern (lot 348) looks a bit of a bargain (to whoever got it, not me ) in context. I thought it'd hammer 3 or 4 based on not so hyped up sales attaining that much (admittedly possibly slightly better examples). The rest, well, just all looks a bit insane.
  6. damian1986

    Slaney 2

    Where can we find a list of realised prices? On the Sale Room: This auctioneer has chosen to not publish their results. Please contact them directly for any enquiries. Or if you kind folk noted prices for these lots?: 339 342 348 435
  7. Edward the Elder. The moneyer is Beornner and there is one other known for that particular moneyer / type (sold in Part 1 of the Carlyton-Britton collection and now in the Fitzwilliam museum). Not a big deal considering just how varied the ornaments (trefoils, crosses, pellets, ...) are on the horizontal type coins, but the crosses above and below is quite a bit scarcer (trefoils above and below is most common). Coin was made in Wessex, probably Winchester. It was struck later in the reign, somewhere around 910 to 915 AD.
  8. damian1986

    Guess The Grade Revisted

    72 50 75
  9. The best way is to block by IP or domain at the mail server level - if you're using something like Outlook or a web client then any spam detection is going to be after the fact and doesn't work as well. Ideally you want the mail server to actively reject the emails coming in. If you can find some sort of 'mail server settings' and then the option to explicitly blacklist senders that would be the way to do it.
  10. A Harry Enfield joke about premature ejaculation came to mind when I saw the Cnut. Here's my offering which is a very attractive blue-grey and is likewise a pain-in-the-arse to photograph.
  11. damian1986

    LCA - Jun 2015

    I browsed the catalogue on the website itself. Better really as all photographed. Just filter by category. I identified that shilling because it is slabbed CGS 75 - so they obviously cant say "well its actually only EF so we overgraded it previously" - they're sticking by their original grading even though incorrect... God forbid an admission of subjectivity in the slabbing process.
  12. damian1986

    LCA - Jun 2015

    Not wanting to be too critical or anything but quite a few are 'UNC or near so' and pretty sure they're not even close? http://www.londoncoins.co.uk/?searchlot=2535&searchtype=2&page=Catalogue
  13. Just photographed this, love the tone:
  14. damian1986

    More Pennies

    12 + N is the most common die pairing at the Heaton mint so don't understand why, if the 12 + N no-H is authentic, there are only 3 poor examples knocking about? If the no H examples were created at the Royal Mint then (a) again a decent example is more likely to exit? ( b ) we'd expect similar numbers of 11 + N and 12 + N to exist? I suppose there are loads of variables that can be brought into play here but help me out of my ignorance?? Out of interest is anyone able to say with certainty where the no-H coins were actually struck? I saw the thread from aeons ago where this got given a good seeing to but didn't seem anything certain except that it's unlikely that they made a mistake in Birmingham as they were "cereomonious" in their preparation of dies for production, but also that the Mint were doing trials despite not having much equipment and the fact that these coins then made it into circulation rather than either a) the dustbin ( b ) a mint workers home cupboard, doesn't sit that well with me.
  15. That's an interesting depiction of Britannia. Notable engraver too in J.J. Barre. Lovely
  16. A bit lazy on my part up to now and a change of subject... I was looking to figure out the dates that the Sharp E5/2 shillings were struck. Which I still would like an answer to. But of more importance would be an answer with references to and discussions around the steps you'd take in figuring out this kind of information. For example both Francis and Sharp specify the dates of first issue of a particular mint mark - how did they obtain this information? And where Sharp specifies "the order of evolution of [tun] types would appear to be E2,E3,E1,E4,E5", this would be based largely on having studied a large number of this type to try to link dies (e.g. E1 was "reintroduced from the early Bell issue" but I can't see why E3 is thought to have come before it, for example)? - the Tun was first issued 14th February 1636 (according to Sharp, Francis actually specified "1635 / 6") - the Aberyswyth mint opened in 1638 - appears to be some crossover between the E5 bust and F1; - dies possibly shared between Tower mint and Aberyswyth So that puts the E5/2 at 1636 - 1638?? Monsieur Tom Goodheart et al.? Cheers
  17. Excellent reply Rob thank you.
  18. These are realising £1k + juice in fine so I think it's worth more than that -- that said for £2,000 to £2,500 could get a problem free EF+, and I think we were on about this before how popular these are with 8 offered for sale in London Coins December 2014 so one will show up.. http://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archive/catalogue-archive/lot.php?department=Coins&lot_id=172284 http://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archive/catalogue-archive/lot.php?department=Coins&lot_id=164499 http://www.londoncoins.co.uk/?page=Pastresults&auc=147&searchlot=2150&searchtype=2 http://www.londoncoins.co.uk/?page=Pastresults&auc=148&searchlot=1718&searchtype=2
  19. Looks familiar... Very nice thanks. I think it's a little kind on George IV though! This coin with a similar estimate and the same date would do me: The design can be had, however, much more cheaply by just buying one of the French pieces from a few years earlier... which I think I'll do in lieu of having a spare 20 grand.
  20. Cheers my own would probably be 1831 as the only crown for the ruler, the gothic crown and possibly the Soho mint patterns and Taylor restrikes despite being common. Why has no one mentioned the 1887 crown? http://coins.ha.com/itm/great-britain/world-coins/great-britain-victoria-proof-crown-1887-pr64-cameo-ngc-/a/3040-30049.s Sold for just short of £3,000 and was described as follows: Starkly contrasted between the raised devices and mirrored fields with eye-catching multicolored tone at the peripheries that attractively frames the centers. Certainly high-end overall, and undisputed as one of the most highly coveted proof issues of the 19th century. One thing, Heritage do have some decent copywriters on their staff. However I hereby dispute the indisputable
  21. damian1986

    Slaney 2

    The one I want most comes further down the pecking order than some of the others I also intend bidding on. If I got those thered'd be nothing left for that one. I dont have the balls to prebid on 12
  22. damian1986

    Slaney 2

    Same pictures? With the greatest respect -- buy a nice coin, copy images and description, sell. Where is the value in this and where is the 2 grand margin justified? I'm a fairly passive collector I guess. Would always prefer buying from dealers!! As good a service as the auction houses offer, I really do appreciate dealing directly with knowledgeable dealers who have effectively done the leg work for you in sourcing the coins (and 20%+ juice is a bit high IMO). They have overheads, an inventory to maintain, years of Numsimatic knowledge, and are often very helpful. The margins are justified. Pay it, build a collection, be happy. But some of the higher end coins are moving around a bit too willy nilly!! and I don't really see the point in the existence of those who are just throwing money at coins with a view to satisfying the investor-collecor market or whoever these collectors are that wouldn't miss 2 grand??
  23. damian1986

    Slaney 2

    Well then the hope is that those looking to invest or turn the coins around quickly don't bother if the prices do get up there. The difficult thing is if spending a lot of money and then needing to recoup that money down the line I'd want some value to be retained, but otherwise it's owning the thing for my own personal pleasure -- In another thread Azda mentioned a Liz I shilling from a recent Spink auction that's gone straight back onto the market at near £6k - if that's going to happen I'd rather over pay a bit at auction than a lot afterwards!! It's not a level I'm really comfortable at and need to give it a bit of thought but there's another Nicholas I'm particularly fond of...
  24. damian1986

    Slaney 2

    Would suit me just fine if the dealers' coffers are eaten up by all that lovely gold What do you think of the estimates, a bit low or about right? Presumably they'll take a good hiding whether 'right' or not.
  25. damian1986

    Two Anglo Saxon coins

    Was looking at the Eadgar. They appear to have had some problems with the o? Did the punches ever 'break up' or anything so the O couldn't be fully struck in one go? No idea what the character after REX on the obverse is and no matching examples with the pellet after A (but some with apellet after E in EADGAR).