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About living.history

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  • Birthday 11/09/1970

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    History, radio comms, metal detecting, music and a million other things.
  1. I sell replica coins on eBay as gap fillers, educational handling examples and living history tools. I make very sure that the description is very clear that the coin for sale is a replica. Some of the replicas being made in China are obvious modern replicas but others are extremely good and might fool even an expert who examined the pictures alone. I sometimes have to stamp the coin with a replica mark myself, especially some of the copper coins. eBay has tightened things up but it's still a long way from watertight. If you mention the word 'replica' in the title or description, you get a heads up asking to make sure the coin is in the Coins>Novelty section. Even then, it's up to the seller where it gets listed, there is a George III Northumberland shilling on eBay right now that is obviously from the same stock as those I sell for £4.50 per piece being offered as an original. Be vigilant....
  2. These are produced for use in education and living history, the design and sizing differs from the originals so they cannot be passed as original to collectors with less experience. I sell these and other replica coins myself, some are so good I have to stamp a replica mark onto them.
  3. Hello everyone, I'm hoping someone with more knowledge of the coins of this period can help. I found this penny a few weeks ago and cannot for the life of me identify it as a known type. It's a Henry II/John/Richard/ Henry III but I've been through all my Sylloge reference books and Spink and the obverse appears to me to be unique, I can't find any match on the beard. I'm sure it's not an unknown obverse so if anyone can help identify it as a known type I would be eternally grateful.
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