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  1. 15 years on since my previous post on this thread and I'm still going to say raw, for exactly the same reasons.
  2. 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 even once had a 2p coin that had lost part of its copper plating on the obverse and had the steel out in the elements. Even better for you is that it's one of the commemorative issues. Might even be worth a bit extra.
  3. 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?
  4. 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 a coin to it every once in a while. Started this set back in 2008 when I was still a semi-regular on this forum, the first two were a 1917-P and a 1929-P. Somehow these two coins managed to evade the big sell off and more than that they even gathered accomplices like a rolling snowball. It was slow and tedious work but last summer I purchased the final missing piece of the jigsaw. So now I have a complete date run of P mint SLQs from 1917-1930 (I couldn't afford the 1916, so I just ignore that one). All are MS63-64 FH coins except for the 1921 a MS-63 non full head and the 1930 an MS-65 non FH. Here is the last one, 1926-P. Guess I'll have to eat my words about hating slabbed coins! Do I dare to contemplate the D or S mint products? I dunno... they are a lot harder to crack. Maybe I'll try for an S mint circulated set or something more affordable. Maybe AUs? Or perhaps I'll just save up for years and see if I can crack the 1916 in VG?
  5. 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 evidence of any overdates for these 1696 crowns, which was my next logical thought. The edge date is OCTAVO as per 1696. The coin weighs 28.5g and is very worn. Silver ring when dropped and it travels down a magnetic silver slide as one would expect silver to. I though perhaps a forgery was the next logical conclusion.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Sweet, I do love that Vicky young head design in high grades.
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. That's a stunning coin! There's nothing quite like Norman era coins.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Sylvester:Other Precious Metals:Group 7 Exonumia: 1/10 oz 2004 Lewis & Clark Stillwater Palladium Bullion Lewis & Clark Palladium
  19. Antimony? Well there's a new one on me. You wouldn't want to bite into that one to see if it's real!
  20. 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/-
  21. Please note the picture below was not taken by myself, but I do own the coin. Sylvester:Silver:Group 5 1901-Present: 1921P Standing Liberty Quarter 1921P SLQ
  22. Note; the picture was not taken by me, but I do own the coin. Sylvester:Gold:Group 2 1501-1700: 1547 Edward VI Half Sovereign Tudor Half Sovereign
  23. Ah i'd forgotten about that Art, always nice to see an old friend! You know that was the first gold coin I ever owned!
  24. Not this time Art, as I didn't take the photos (which I believe is one of the rules!) I haven't got a camera or a scanner at the moment, so that kind of stops that!
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