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  1. Here is the obverse. (Too large to add to the original post)
  2. I recently bought an MS 1870 Double Eagle/$20 with what appears to be a large 'D' in 'GOD'. Looking at some online photos of other 1870 Double Eagles, I can't find any others. I see no sign to suggest it is a forgery. It has surface marks typical of a low-grade MS coin. I would welcome advice.
  3. The dies for the one Rouble and the Imperial each realized £6,000, plus about 30% in buyer's commission/taxes. That is just under US$12,000 each.
  4. 10 original and unique dies made and used by Matthew Boulton - 'the father of modern coining' - come up for auction on Tuesday,19th January in Salisbury, England. They include the dies for both sides of his Battle of Trafalgar medal, and 2 obverses for Russian 1804 patterns. See: http://www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk/departments/silver/sv190116.aspx?page=15 There is sure to be a lot of interest! Online bidding.
  5. They also refer to the fact that Victoria, as a woman, was not eligible to succeed to the throne of Hannover, which only males could inherit; so, after the death of her uncle, William IV, in 1837, that throne went instead to another uncle - Ernest. These very common little brass tokens were distributed as a form of grievance at this. Britain had no similar bar to female monarchs.
  6. This is one of many different types of George V Coronation commemorative medalets - or souvenirs - struck in 1911. 1902 also saw many for the Coronation of Edward VII. They are common as a group, although some types may be scarcer than others. I don't know of anyone who would collect them. Value very low, if anything. A loop may have been attached for wearing - patriotism was encouraged. 'Greater Britain' was the description used for Britain and all of it possessions overseas. It appears on some patterns as well as on souvenirs (such as this is), but no coins.
  7. I have this rare early Jamaican brass token - 1844, Thomas Lunday.
  8. Hi declang Here is a photo of the 1862 penny with signature: http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/london-coins/catalogue-id-srlo10011/lot-72b6f282-62a1-48c1-9f11-a55300c5e384 A few years since your post, but maybe you still would like an answer. Obverse 2 is different from the normal obverse 6, found on almost all 1862 pennies, not only in having the signature below the bottom right of the bust, but also by having the lowest leaf of the top group point to the upper dot of the colon after 'D:G:' On obverse 6 it points clearly above it, as the bust is higher. The signature on obverse 2 only shows on coins with little or no wear, as the bottom half of these tiny letters was not struck up. By the way, obverse 3 also occurs for 1862. Also ex. rare. Very similar to obv. 2, but no diagnostic hollow on the bottom centre of the bust.
  9. On 19th January 2016, an auction will take place in Salisbury, Great Britain, which will include the 2 original obverse DIES for the Matthew Boulton Russian pattern silver Ruble and for a gold Imperial of 1804. Each die believed to be UNIQUE. SEE http://www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk/departments/silver/sv190116.aspx?page=15
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