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I do a lot of coin buying on ebay and lately I started looking through listings with key words like "Unknown" and "unidentified" when searching for good deals on coins. Its not only fun for me to identify, but it opens up posibillities for great deals that other bidders don`t find. I found a 4 coin lot listing a few days ago with 3 ancient coins and a 4th coin with a deer and axe on other side. I searched the words "Value me as you please" and " Cut my way through" online and found a lot of info on Higley coins. I endded up winning the auction at $20. I think I got a great deal even if its fake. After its shipped to me I will measure it, weight it and check the side for any writing.
Dear Board, If others aren't too busy, I would appreciate some help here: http://www.coins.nd....TARY.intro.html From the above webpage, Louis Jordan writes: "The Wellington tokens were struck at Thomason's press with dies and punches cut by Thomas Halliday, a die-sinker located on Newhall Street in Birmingham. Rulau identifies the specific Wellington portrait punches used on the Washington military bust tokens as varieties of the Wellington bust used for the Wellington peninsular token Charlton WE-11, which is cataloged with seven small bust varieties (WE-11A) and eight large bust varieties (WE-11B)." He got this information from Rulau and Fuld's Medallic Portraits of Washington (1999), p. 35, and apparently from the 4th edition of The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Colonial Tokens (2000). Now, here is what Rulau and Fuld exactly wrote: "The portrait on Baker 4 is actually that of the Duke of Wellington! Thomason simply borrowed the punch used for the Canadian Wellington tokens, Breton 987, Charlton 222-224. Thomas Halliday created the obverse dies, Ingram the reverse, and Sir Edward Thomason struck them." Confusingly, Breton 987 corresponds exactly to WE-11A in the 6th edition of Charlton on Canadian colonial tokens (2006) while it supposedly corresponds more vaguely to "Charlton 222-224" in the 2000 edition. Is this correct? Did Charlton seriously revamp their coin cataloging system in the interim? I am confused as to which Wellington Peninsular token varietie(s) share the same obverse portrait punch with the Washington & Independence military bust tokens. Any insight would be most appreciated! Best regards, Mark Fox Michigan