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  1. A very rare, possibly unique, french(late 19th century)-santa domingan(1974) mule, hand made in China, 21st century :hysterical:
  2. From This Link Dr. Bruno Kisch's work, 'Shekel Medals and False Shekels' in Historia Judaica, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1941 is the reference for these. Link to spencer shekel
  3. Check this link it is an Imitation Spade Guinea. Some are more collectable than others, especially the older types which are often quite rare & well struck, unfortunately your example is about the commonest variety available, sorry They were used as gaming tokens.
  4. A finish appears to have been applied to the obverse & sides before or after the strike & it has bubbled &/or corroded, due either to poor storage or an incompatibilty between the finish & the underling metal, or a combination of both, not struck from rusted dies. If this had been just a medal I would have probably passed on it because of its bad case of the measles, but as a possibly unique trial piece I could not let it go. I love trial strikes, but especially ones that show diferences to the finished die.
  5. SOCIETE D'ENCOURAGEMENT 1802 54mm (pewter like metal) by Tiolier, Pierre Joseph(1763-1819) Medallist & coin-engraver, who was appointed Engaver-general of French coins in March 1803. This is an early unifaced trial strike with numerous changes before the final die was engraved. Some of the things to note; The caduceus was repositioned, no inscription in the exergue(FONDEE LE IX BRUM.AN X.1802), not signed, the inscription rotated slightly anti-clockwise, the lowest decoration on the pillar is different, the retort & receiver are differently shaped, the oven below the retort is likewise differently shaped etc. A gold example awarded in 1834 for comparison, which was struck from the original dies. The Société d'Encouragement pour l'Industrie Nationale was founded in 1801 by Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul, and J.A. Chaptal who was its first president. The Society of Encouragement was intended to stimulate industrial development and improvement of agriculture, arts and manufacturing in France. Its means of action consisted of distribution of reward money &/or medals awarded to those who invented, perfected, machines or processes relevant to the various branches of industry etc that were introduced in France & successfully tested.
  6. Post, post #56789 people will be asking..........Art, where art thou
  7. Comes across as very rude, when you post a coin & state only that they come from a family collection & ask for any opinions(you did not say that it was russian 1 kopek) & then reply using !! to ccg. Perhaps when asking for opinions/info you should provide all the info that you already know, because if not and some one tells you something that you are already know you seem to be annoyed! None of us here are mind readers, so by giving the full details of an item you stand the best chance of receiving new info, if any is available, or at the least not being told something you already know!
  8. The number of sixpences = the number of children in my parents house. I am sure that when Mum cut the pudding & dished it up that she inserted the sixpences into each of the childrens servings, ie with sleight of hand after cooking, quite easily done into a cut piece of xmas pud
  9. Welcome It is Queen Victoria, need size to know if they are pennies, halfpennies(unless you can read it on the reverse) etc, CHECK THIS LINK for lots of examples
  10. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; This is (MI 401/31). Admiral Robert Blake, Restitutional Medal. but you need to read 30 to get the full picture. 30. Admiral Blake. 1653. Bust, three-quarters, r., in stiff ruff, armour, and scarf across the breast. Leg. Robt. Blake, Born 1598 Died 1657. He fought at once with Ships & Castles, He dared the Fury of all the Elements, he left an Example to Posterity which is incredible, to be imitated. Rev. Naval engagement, with broad border of trophies. Same as No. 26. 2-3 by 2-15. MB. AR. Unique. The obverse of this piece is engraved upon a thin plate of silver, and, with an original impression of the die of the reverse of the "Naval Reward" medal (No. 26), also upon thin silver, is formed into a medal by being united by a thin silver rim. The portrait is not, as it professes to be, of Blake, but is a coarse copy of one of Maurice, Prince of Orange. (Compare Van Loon, II. p. 87.) 31. Admiral Blake. 1653. Bust, three-quarters, r., in stiff ruff, figured armour, and scarf across the breast. Rev. Naval action; similar to No. 26, but on the stern of the sinking ship, A. Simon. Laurel border on both sides. 1-95 by 1-75.MB. M. Very rare. This is altogether a fabrication, being a cast medal, afterwards chased, probably by Stuart, about the middle of the last century(18th). It has a ring for suspension. The obverse is copied from the same portrait as the preceding. The reverse is copied from the " Naval Reward " medals just described.
  11. The Edward VI shilling has a nice great portrait & nice very clear inscription, the Vickys nice great too Edit: Must stop using 'nice'
  12. Great Toronto notes Saor Alba & a fascinating post
  13. Very nice Commemorates the Pope's pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1964. The latin inscription PATER SANCTVS IN TERRA SANCTA means The Holy Father in the Holy Land.
  14. I have added the details to the original post Art, though apart from one being unlisted not much to add.
  15. These type of small medal/medalet were often sold both with or without a hole. The holed ones were sometimes supplied with a ribbon that was threaded through the hole so it could be worn. As a general rule(in this era) if the hole is very neat it means that the medal was supplied holed, if the hole is crudely done it was done after market with a nail punched through so the owner could hang it from a ribbon or chain etc to wear. Here is an unholed example of BHM 1853 the third medal down posted above AE. Silvered R. 29mm. The medals are the same size, 29mm, the images posted are not. Here are two more holed medals from a previous post BHM# #1862 RRR. Brass 24mm. Unlisted, almost as struck. Brass 24mm. The last one I promise Queen Victoria Coronation Medal 1838. Unlisted in this size or metal. Same design as BHM#1861 RR. but that is brass 24mm. This is WM. 33mm so extremely rare.
  16. It has been a while since I posted any Vics, so here are 2 that have lying around for quite sometime. Nothing special but they are nice clean strikes, still in good condition. BHM 1828 Br 25mm R. The description in Brown states 'seated right' everything else matches so I believe it is just a mistake as clearly she is seated left. If not this is an unlisted reverse. The clipped planchet is pre-strike not post-strike damage. EDIT. Because I have since seen an example of BHM#1828 I now know that this is an unlisted reverse. BHM 1858 Br 24mm C. EDIT: Here are 2 more I just discovered that had gone missing. BHM# 1853 R. AE. R. AE. silvered R. 29mm. Unlisted in Br. Unlisted in BHM.
  17. Very nice designs, let us hope that they still need designs for euros in 2017
  18. If I had to chose just one I would go for the copper as the body of the archer is just sublimely engraved. Mind I would not say no to the argent
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