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  1. If this is true, then perhaps it's less to do with in-hand distinguishing of the two types, but maybe to aid in identification with sales relying on photographs?
  2. I suspect, but I don't know, that it would affect their credit ratings (Standard and Poors etc.), I guess revaluing is akin to defaulting on debts. Countries won't want to do it unless they absolutely have to.
  3. I suspect that if inflation does get out of control and currencies start being undermined/destroyed then I would assume the quickest way of remedying it would be to do what Turkey did in the mid-2000s when they replaced their old Lira with the New Lira. 1,000,000 old Lira = 1 new lira.
  4. Thinking about this from a slightly different perspective. In WWII Britain, rationing with coupons was kind of like this, you were allowed a fixed amount of certain goods per week/per person. Cash was sidelined for many goods. However, it didn't take long for the black market to pop up, run by entrepreneurial spivs who could get hold of goods/items for under the counter cash sales. I suspect the exact same would happen. Even in Ninteen Eighty Four, Winston Smith was purchasing razor blades in this fashion! So gold/silver will still have value, it'll just be outside the official system, us
  5. I believe the plume was removed when the sovereign was redesigned in 1821 for George IV. It was restored in 1887. Until recently when the entire design was recut to restore it closer to the original design (minus the helmet plume and garter) as part of an anniversary issue. Also of note, on the 1817-1820 George III issues, St. George has a broken lance and not a sword, as well as the more obvious garter around the design. So the standard designs have evolved and regressed over the past 200 years.
  6. Only sovereigns and half sovereigns issued after 1837 are legal tender and thus capital gains exempt, to my knowledge. Pre-Victorian sovereigns were demonetised in the 1890s and thus are probably liable for CGT, along with guineas etc.
  7. I always thought these were lovely coins! Such a swell design, same with the incuse half and quarter eagles too.
  8. An early George III half guinea which cost me all of £75 back in 1998. Sadly, I sold it along with my entire sovereign stack in 2005. Made a tidy profit, of course, but it would have been better if I had waited until 2011!
  9. I believe the Hemisphere collection can also be downloaded in PDF form too. It is an equally valuable source of information.
  10. SidS

    Fake Sovereign?

    I believe, but I am not certain (and I'm happy to be corrected), that guineas were demonetised and removed from circulation in 1817*. Whether any circulated unofficially beyond that date is another matter entirely. *The pre-1816 silver coinage was exchanged in February 1817 and the old silver was demonetised shortly afterwards, possibly March 1817. The gold coinage was dealt with afterwards, presumably in the autumn, however, records on the gold are scant. Kevin Clancy did a thorough explanation of the silver exchange though.
  11. SidS

    Fake Sovereign?

    Absolutely! However, that is for coins that are as struck. I've just been browsing through the Bentley Catalogue of Sovereigns from the 1860s and the weight range for EF-UNC specimens seems to hover around 7.98g-8.00g, the better VFs around 7.96g-7.97g, the lower VF range around 7.95g, and coins Good Fine/almost VF striking out around 7.92g-7.94g. Now should a sovereign drop below Fine, into AF or Fair grades then the weight will reduce further. Half Sovereigns are a smaller coin and therefore would have a higher weight of wear, not saying that 3.87g is good, that is a lot of wear.
  12. SidS

    Fake Sovereign?

    If it makes you feel better I once had a genuine 1852 which was lighter than the one you have. So from a weight point of view, I wouldn't worry too much. In another part of this form is a link to The Bentley Catalogue of sovereigns, collected over many years by the aforementioned Bentley, each entry has a weight recorded next to it. You'd be surprised how many of the young head Victorians are underweight, some are even overweight! Seems quite a bit of variation was accepted in the 1850s/60s/70s etc.
  13. SidS

    Fake Sovereign?

    Half sovereigns can drop weight a fair bit especially these young head coins, they were very well circulated during the Victorian era. It was a running battle to keep them above legal tender requirement weight, but also they weren't always minted at the correct weight to start with! Looks like there are some marks just before the V in Victoria and between the VICTORIA and the DEI, these could be edge knocks, hard to tell from the photos. Does this coin appear polished/cleaned? The marks on the rims around the edge would also indicated whether the coin had been mounted in jewellery or
  14. SidS

    925 silver

    I dropped on a nice cigarette case a few months back on fleabay, managed to get it at 2/3rds of the spot price. Of course they don't always land so good, but I had a stroke of luck there.
  15. SidS

    925 silver

    Cigarette cases are great, what with smoking paraphernalia out of vogue for some years it makes them really cheap comparatively. I recently took a shine to Russian silver spoons too, slightly lower purity than sterling, but the whole tsarist Russia thing just grabs me.
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