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  1. I remember reading once that silver was going to go astronomical by 2005! And the US dollar would have failed and the world would be on a barter economy. Then again I also remember the world was going to end in 1992. So I guess the real question is: Which comes first; silver hits the moon, or the end of the world?
  2. Ha! I thought about that too, or William IV for the same reason, short reign. I'd obviously not bother with the gold for William IV, quite expensive Edward VII coinage is particularly beautiful in my eyes, the shillings, florins and half crowns are great designs.
  3. You know it's funny you should ask, I was thinking a few weeks ago about having a silver penny from every reign from Alfred the Great through to Elizabeth II. I reckon that would be pretty cool. But I just can't quite bring myself to pay such a premium on such tiny coins (the Maundy Pennies specifically). So I shelved that idea. I also keep thinking about florins in tip top grade, an example of each type. I love florins. Or a king Stephen type set. I'd also love to just throw myself into collecting either Charles II or George II young head coinage in the highest grades possible,
  4. I hope that more people will wake up to what is going on and realise the real state of the economy. PMs are real wealth, not illusionary. It's a long journey but hopefully the mess we are in is so obvious that people can see the cracks in the system.
  5. I think we gold bugs often overlook a very important social point. I can only speak for the UK here by the way. But I don't think most people think of gold as money. People know gold has value but it's generally viewed as simply jewellery, and a couple of old coins etc. I suspect many people are quite happy to liquidate it for what they consider 'real money' (fiat currency - ironically). Bitcoin does something else, kind of like stocks/shares or a bank account of sorts. I guess people think of it as an investment vehicle, a quick shot to turn a profit, kind of like gambling/playing t
  6. As you can see above, St. George certainly has reduced in relief considerably, give it a few more years, if they carry on like this, it'll be incuse!
  7. The detailing on the Vicky sovereigns (or other Vicky coins) are a perfect example, compare the 1840s young head designs with the poorer quality (and lower relief) 1880s young head designs. Edited to add: the early young head coins from 1838-1850s are just gorgeous in higher grades. The Bun Head, Jubilees and Veiled head coins are well executed designs. The Gothic is the best though in my opinion.
  8. SidS

    Queen's 70th Jubilee

    Do we really need another definitive Elizabeth II portrait? Cash is being used less and less, the mint or Bank of England is sat on millions of surplus coins struck between 2016-2019, so much so that they think no more 2p coins will need to be struck for another decade! The last change of portrait only occurred in 2015, and I presume the process of consulting artists and developing concepts to the finished design will take a few years from start to finish. TheQueen is on the verge of her 95th birthday, and whilst I hope she can live for many more years yet, to break a few more r
  9. I think the modern ones are just too shiny, the reflectiveness loses a lot of the detail. The field and the detailed areas are all highly polished (the dies that is, not the coins). But then again, I don't like proofs full stop, so maybe I'm jaded there. I dunno, it just makes coins look either fake or like they were made yesterday. I was looking at some Maundy sets the other day (yes I realise they are proofs), the 1950s ones had a nice real looking appearance, the 1980s ones looked like shiny buttons, like the wrappers on chocolate coins - overly bright. The other issue you ha
  10. I believe the guinea was legally set at 21 shillings in 1717, part of Newton's attempts to stabilise the currency. There were some discrepancies between the silver and gold ratio that led to silver being undervalued in GB but gold being overvalued (silver was shipped to the continent in huge quantities and swapped for gold which came to GB to buy yet more silver). The real rate should have been 21/6d to be ideal but it wasn't a round number, so the silver/gold ratio imbalance persisted right up until the Great Recoinage. The real solution would have been to reduce the weights of the silve
  11. Just to add, when I state religion, I should have stated 'organised religion', where an authority claims to know the will of deities/God and then use it for political justification/influence/control.
  12. Socialism/communism/New World Order etc. It's all the same thing at the end of the day. The 'own nothing and be happy philosophy' has been going around for centuries, but as levels of education have improved and control through religious oppression has declined, the groups that hold power have to dress things up differently and do a little sleight of hand. I.e. you can invest in property, but you pay taxes for it and they can take it from you at any time - compulsory purchases for engineering projects etc. So do you really own it? Thinking about feudalism. In those days, peasants wer
  13. Originally banknotes were promissory notes. The £1 note being a credit note for a gold coin. The US notes were a little more blunt in that they stated exactly what the note could be changed for, 5 gold dollars, or 1 dollar in silver coin etc. With regards to old white British notes of this era, they would be cancelled when the money was paid out, usually by having holes put through the note or cutting a section out. I always thought it odd that many banknotes of the era were denominated in pounds (great for swapping into silver coinage) but not so great for swapping into guineas, whe
  14. From my point of view, I don't think there is a silver shortage. Now I'm not knocking silver or stacking in any way. I love silver as much as the next person on here but I am looking at it from a different perspective perhaps. To me a shortage should be 'global' (which could be inferred as worldwide, but also as just everywhere in general - this will hopefully make more sense below). Think back to the toilet roll shortage back in 2020, couldn't find them for love nor money, everyone fighting over the same things, it wasn't one brand or one type, or one shop's stock, it was just every
  15. Well it certainly worked in Shawshank Redemption, old Norton didn't find the old rock hammer.
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