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Suz D

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    Cheshire, UK
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    Sixpences, farthings, nice toning, and real craftmanship.
  1. I'm about to start cataloguing my collection but to save time in photoshop, what are the best px dimensions to save my pictures in for omnicoin? My macro mode shots spit them out at 1000 px wide currently, you can almost see the bacteria waving!!
  2. Hi, I'm new too, and I like the way you think - I often wonder who handled my coins too, and where they've been. I guess the things to do as a new collector are: 1) Protect your pennies! Invest in a nice new coin folder or holders, prefarably one with no PVC in. All sorts of things can create coin damage over time, the chemicals in paper , the acids in wood, the sweat off your fingers... 2) Don't be tempted to clean or polish them in any way! 3) Get a high magnification magnifying glass. There are details on coins you never knew were there! Also, you need a magnifier to 'grade' them properly. 4) Learn about the art and inexact science of grading: http://www.coinsgb.com/Grading.html Here are some websites with lots of info on that I use, as well as from this one: http://www.coins-of-the-uk.co.uk/values/index.html#Grade Further down this long webpage is more on grading. http://www.coins-of-the-uk.co.uk/values/penny.html I also use the above page to check for rare dates. The 1933 penny is the rarest penny there is. http://www.predecimal.com/forum/ Friendly UK based community. I am currently on stage 4 so I will end this post here.
  3. Those are lovely. There's not a lot of available info on tokens I can learn from so thanks for posting.
  4. Thanks both. I doubt from my initial research that I have anything very valuable or scarce but I'm enjoying learning how to grade them, have some nicely preserved farthings (yes, the aboutfarthings website is amazing) and I have fallen for peruvian and spanish silver in a big way. Sorry to hear you got stung, seldom. Maybe the universe will make it up to you with a rare find some day?
  5. I should clarify, these are British superstitions, so there are plenty more where those came from. I think a lot of the sixpence superstitions have their roots in the biblical thirty pieces of silver, the sixpence would be the coin to carry such superstitions as even lower income families would be familar with them. People still buy sixpences off ebay to bake into christmas puddings and sometimes christmas cakes. If you recieve the sixpence you get a years worth of luck. But if you choke on one or break a tooth, that's clearly not so lucky. Romany families, even today, wear a lot of gold sovereign jewellery. This harks back to the need for nomadic people to carry their wealth with them for security. They do see gold as an impure metal compared to silver, I'm told. My partner points out that placing pennies on dead people's eyes, apart from being useful to undertakers, is also to pay the Ferryman across the River Styx. He also has heard the one above,that to pick up a found coin with tails showing is unlucky. It's seen as bad form to give someone a wallet or coin purse as a gift without at least a penny in it, or else you condemn them to poverty. And finally, now I know why so many coins in my collection are ruined by holes: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touch_piece Edit to add: I'd really like to read the former threads on this but the links direct to page not found?
  6. Thanks, this is the kind of information I was hoping for. Unfortunately I'm stuck with a smartphone camera for the moment.
  7. I find Folklore fascinating, and often it touches on scientific truths. We now know silver has anti-bacterial properties, so no wonder our relatives thought it was special. My interest in sixpences definitely has something to do with their ubiquity in several nursery rhymes, and their association with good luck. This is a personal superstition, but I don't like cartwheel pennies much, mainly because they would have been weighting down so many corpses' eyes. They just make me shiver. My mum would buy your warts off you for 20p and they would seem to disappear when you spent the money. I presume 20p is the decimal equivant of the shilling her grandfather bought them for. i'd hate to think I was underpaid. The concept of payment and debt pops up everywhere in life. Even the Royal Mint now acknowledge the Tooth Fairy.
  8. First, let me apologise for the terrible photo, I'm new to this (and to the forum), and haven't got a proper photography set-up yet. I have an 1864 Em 1 Kopek coin with a cyrillic letter 'A' missing from the denomination. It is somewhat worn around the edges, and you can see that the mint mark is almost gone, but under a magnifier there isn't even a ghost of where the missing letter would be. I'm inclined to think it was never there to begin with. Does this sound like a known error for this coin?
  9. Hello everyone, I'm another of those bitten by the collecting bug after inheriting a small collection from a relative. It occurs to me that coin collecting encompasses so many interests and skills in one hobby: history, art, geography, metallurgy, chemistry, treasure-hunting... Fortunately I enjoy most of the above and quite like research. I haven't decided where to focus yet but my relative has left me a wonderfully random, global selection, so I could pop up anywhere in these forums!
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