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  1. I got an interesting 'error' coin (so to speak) a few months back. Sadly I can't post a photo these days because I don't have a camera. It's a UK 2p coin, copper plated steel. But the copper plating has flaked off of the obverse so the head of Lizzie is mostly bare steel, but there's copper plating around the legend areas. It almost looks like a bimetallic issue. There are no scraping marks, so I presume the plating just didn't take.
  2. I'm quite envious you know, you guys in the states have so much more history as far as current 'circulating' coinage goes. (Same for Canada and Switzerland too). For those of us in the UK we only go back to 1971, not particulary exciting really. Although I realise this is maybe still better off than eurozone countries that only go back to 1999. There was a time back in the early-mid 1990s that old predecimal coins would turn up unofficially every now and again; usually farthings, halfpennies and shillings. But these days I don't even see those. Occasional Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Jersey coins, but they too are all from the decimal era onwards. Clad US dimes also turn up frequently, as well as the bronze 2 eurocents. I'm always on the lookout in my change for anything with a monarch other than Elizabeth II on it - so often disappointed though.
  3. Sweet, I do love that Vicky young head design in high grades.
  4. Some of us in England have been known to use England and Britain interchangeably; it really annoys the Scottish, Irish and Welsh (and with good reason too) - not that we do it on purpose it's just misuse of the term Britain.
  5. That's my thinking on the matter. Seems strange that the old large 5p and 10p coins might even outnumber their replacements in 10 years or so...
  6. Some great coins everyone! Thanks you Art for having the time to do this, I'm glad this is one tradition that's kept on going.
  7. That's why i'm not generally in favour of slabs, the slab should not (in an ideal world) make a coin worth more. It should just protect and be a guarantee of authenticity. The old saying of 'buy the coin and not the slab' should be paramount. But I believe the 'grade/price inflation' of slabs has already taken root.
  8. Coincraft is quite good actually (although it only does the major types). North is the 'bible' of English hammered so to speak, unfortunately trying to use it is a lot like wading through mud. I feel you really need to have a general grasp on the hammered serieses before you go delving into the North catalogue, a bit specialist.
  9. I've not been buying many coins these days to be honest, I really ought to save up money rather than buy coins! Although there is the P mint SLQ set that needs finishing!
  10. That's a stunning coin! There's nothing quite like Norman era coins.
  11. Great ideas but it should be noted that the history of money is generally rather conservative, especially in the US where the dollar bill is immovable (so far at least). At least 3 attempts to introduce a coin has failed, in the late 70s, the early 00s and the Presidential series. It should be noted that the $1 coin has never really been all that popular in the states (as a whole), the silver dollars were too big and cumbersome, the gold dollars were too fiddly and small. The only way to move forward with a dollar coin is to axe the bill at the same time. We did it in England back in the 1980s when the £1 coin arrived, and you know what? People hated the coins at first, there was apparently some resistance to loosing the 'treasured' pound note, nearly thirty years on of course the story has reversed, the £1 is quite popular and the £1 note just seems weird to those who haven't lived through it. In essence therefore, it's not really the practicality that is at debate, it's change that's the problem, most people simply dislike change.
  12. Don't get me wrong, I do like it. I'm always interested in the unusual, just has that extra pull in this case is that it also happens to be poisonous too, I wonder how many fell ill from Antimony poisoning using these things in everyday transactions? Very similar effects to Arsenic by all accounts.
  13. Sylvester:Other Precious Metals:Group 7 Exonumia: 1/10 oz 2004 Lewis & Clark Stillwater Palladium Bullion Lewis & Clark Palladium
  14. Antimony? Well there's a new one on me. You wouldn't want to bite into that one to see if it's real!
  15. I seem to recall these do quite well Please note the picture wasn't taken by myself but I do own the coin. Sylvester:Base Metal - Cupronickel:Group 5 1901-Present:1952 East Africa Shilling East Africa 1/-
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