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  1. I think you have answered your own question regarding the medieval coins they were found filthy and so to conserve them they had to be cleaned. I have no idea what this cleaning consisted of, might have just been a soak in some sort of liquid or it may have been something a little bit more aggressive. However it needed to be done to preserve them also so that people can visit a museum and view them.

    in this case it was the right thing to do.

    On something not so old such as a 1900 penny there is no need to conserve it. Pete makes a good point "if you are not happy buy another one"

    Having said that if I can flick a bit of verdigris off or soak something in acetone I probably will but I judge each coin before doing so and have left many with their natural look even if it is green🤔.

    I disagree with your comment about any bright 100 year old coin being cleaned. In some cases they have just been stored correctly with minimal handling and a bit of luck helping preserve their lustre, personally I don't mind a toned coin

  2. 5 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    Very pleased with the 1902 LT (lot 1285) I won at the LCA. True, I did pay over the usual odds for it. But well worth it in my view, as it's about as close to flawless as it's possible to get for a currency strike of that age.  




    Well done Mike, now I know who outbid me😞. Pleased that it went to a Forum member😀

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  3. Hi Cartwheel,

    just as an extra couple of questions, you say that once the coins are in the coin holders then they are stored flat in coin trays. How are your coin tray then stored, are they in a cupboard or left out somewhere?

    The reason I am asking is it may be another factor that is causing the toning especially as you say it's often on one side.

    I would have guessed that Lighthouse would have become aware if there was a problem with their holders or the adhesive they are using. Are they genuine Lighhouse holders?

    Just trying to eliminate possibility 


  4. 1 hour ago, PWA 1967 said:

    If thats the colour Ian as looks a bit odd , i would say the reverse definately MT and the obverse maybe gold 😂or partly MT.

    The 1934 come in all different shades from black to a very light brown.They will lose the hypo when in circulation or even just being against something else over nearly ninety years.

    The obv i am 50/50 although it looks a good one as very few on the OBV have much detail to the hair.

    Yes, you are right Pete, a bit odd but it's the best I can photograph at the moment, but it's probably not gold 🤣Will try and get a better photo.

    You are right again about the different shades. I have some lovely examples of deep dark toning through to lighter shades. But with this one it hard to tell if it's MT or just natural aged toning.

  5. 1 hour ago, PWA 1967 said:


    Either size date are scarce ,so doesnt really matter ,obviously the rose is on the reverse :)

    If you look at LOT 2652 & LOT 1810 its the same Large date as you have and the description notes,underlying figure.

    So my one is as they call it "the companion piece" to your one. If only my one was as high a grade as yours, that would make a decent double act.

    Will be keeping my eyes open for oneB)

  6. 1 hour ago, Rob said:

    Who's your employer? Father Christmas? You'll struggle getting that one funded out of petty cash. If the business needed one it probably would have bought one already, or at least have a 3rd party facility elsewhere it can draw on.

    I work for a University, STEM courses are the future. Will let you know if I manage to swing it<_<

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  7. Thank you all for your comments. I am going to keep looking at it for a bit longer. Also going to try and get my work to invest in an electron microscope:ph34r: I am sure it will come in useful, for something.;)

    As Pete said its a scarce one anyway, I was just hoping it was one of those really scarce ones that no else one has. B)


  8. 8 hours ago, RLC35 said:


    Looks like a 9 to me.....


    I was thinking 9 as well, the straight back and small lump on the inside bottom left which could be the tail of a nine.

    If it is a nine, would it be normal to overstep it with an 8?

    Is this something that is usually found on a Large Rose variety?