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  1. I can only assume that is one of these UK 50p coins. Pretty much what Mark said to be honest. Since about 2004 or so I have noticed reduction in quality with some of the circulation issue coinage. It's no surprise really given the ever increasing mintages and the various extra steps to prepare them, striking in harder metals (such as steel) and plating etc. All will be more time consuming. Hence, coins are turning up defective on occasion. Looks like you found an interesting error. The 20p coins are always good to look out for, they often have extra lumps of metal or die stress issues. I
  2. I would surmise perhaps two blanks going into the die simultaneously, one gets the obverse, one gets the reverse - where they meet they are blank or have a faint impression. That said I'm not entirely sure on how such an interplay would actually affect the blanks themselves, I can only assume that the dies are set to operate to the correct required thickness of the blanks and the correct pressure. Two blanks in there at once would no doubt increase the pressure between the dies, possibly damaging something?
  3. After 30 years of being a coin collector I've finally managed to accomplish something I've never done before. I finally finished a collection. The way it normally goes is... I buy, then I lose interest, then I sell. Then I buy, and repeat the previous actions. I have not really collected coins for a long while, sold most of the collection off years ago - hence my absence from this website for so long. I have the odd regret about the coins that went. However, there was one set I kept, simply because I think they are beautiful coins and although they were mothballed for years, I added
  4. I was about to put this on eBay, just assuming it was a bog standard worn 1696 crown. So I photographed it, looking at the photos and the coins I thought oh it's a 1698, looked in the coin book and then though, wait hang on there ain't a 1698. So I've looked at this coin every which way, in natural light, artificial light and thought hard 'the last digit is a 6', but as worn as the coin is, it certainly looks more like an 8 - however, looking at 1698 halfcrowns the 8 is a different shape to what I have here, it looks like a 6 which turns at the top and comes back to make an 8. I can't find any
  5. 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.
  6. 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 coi
  7. Sweet, I do love that Vicky young head design in high grades.
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. That's a stunning coin! There's nothing quite like Norman era coins.
  15. 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 1
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