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  1. I can understand that, and it is a very reasonable point, however... If an "expert" or specialist publishes something which is intended to inform others, and which might impress others by his expert knowledge, then he should take enough care to get it right, and this might entail checking his facts, perhaps asking himself before publication, otherwise he risks revealling himself to be less expert than he is trying to appear. If this was one single example from this particular dealer, then I might well have just shrugged, and ignored it, but it is not. In fact, if it was competitor who I had great respect for, I might alert them to the error, so they could correct it quickly and quietly. I have very little respect for this particular dealer, and have noted many occasions when he displays a lack of professional, integrity, or expertise. I will not list all of them here, although I will note that I only noticed the misinformation after it came to my attention that the dealer was in breach, yet again, of an RM embargo on the release of an important new coin. This is unfari on all the reputable and ethical distributors who respect and observe the embargo. It give the breacher a short term competitive advantage, and possibly some kudos and free publicity for being the first to break the news, but carries a long term risk of being penalised by the RM, and it also risks damaging any respect that competitors may have for him. There is also the risk, that the RM may delay, suspend, or cancel his allocation of the product or even terminate its trading agreement with him. This would put any of his customers at risk of their orders being delayed or worse. Potential buyers should therefore be aware that buying from unethical embargo breakers carries a greater risk than buying from more ethical dealers. The reference to capital punishment reminds me of Al Capone, who was popular and well respected by some, but who was responsible for many crimes, including murder, and was only convicted for tax evasion. Of course, I could have changed the topic title to "BRITANNIA MISINFORMATION BY A REPUTABLE DEALER", but I am not sure that would consitute capital punishment, and it also contravenes TSF guidelines for titles. 😎
  2. Yes, although better condition coins would have been preferable. 😎
  3. Britannia Misinformation by a Reputable Dealer Anyone can make a mistake, but when "experts" are airing their knowledge to educate and impress customers with their vast knowledge, they ought to check their facts, and get things right. According to one of our competitors: These will be the first ever Britannia coins not to feature Queen Elizabeth II, marking a new chapter in this iconic British coin series. This is of course incorrect. The first ever Britannia coins were issued by the Ancient Romans. Here is a page of information about them: https://www.chards.co.uk/blog/roman-britannia/338 Britannia Seated on the Reverse of an As of Antoninus Pius The first British coins to feature Britannia were farthings issued in 1672, and had King Charles II's portrait on the obverse, and were quickly followed later that year by halfpennies. Here is a page about these early British copper coins: https://24carat.co.uk/frame.php?url=britannia2.html Britannia on 1672 Copper Farthing of King Charles II There were then tin halfpennies and farthings issued from 1684 which still had Charles II's head on the obverse, as well as Britannia on the reverse. More of both denomination continued in tin for James II, then William and Mary, until 1692. From 1694, copper halfpence and farthing production was resumed for William and Mary, then William III. Copper Britannia farthings of Queen Anne are a famous rarity, and no halfpennies were produced for her. Britannia farthings continued during the reigns of George I, George II, and George III. There were even copper cartwheel pennies and twopences issued in 1797. These featured Britannia, and were the first two ounce and one ounce Britannia coin. Britannia on 1797 Copper Cartwheel Twopence Weight Two Ounces Copper Britannia pennies, halfpennies, and farthings were issued for George IV and William IV. There were also Copper Britannia half farthings and third farthings issued for both of these Monarchs. For William IV, there were silver groats, with a denomination of fourpence, issued in 1836 and 1837. These were the first ever British silver Britannias. Britannia on 1836 Silver Groat of William IV These Britannia groats were continued for Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1862. Copper pennies (1839 to 1860), halfpennies (1838 to 1860), farthings (1838 to 1864), half farthings (1838 to 1868), third farthings (1844), and even quarter farthings (1838 to 1868)were issued for Queen Victoria. Bronze coinage generally replaced copper from 1860, including Britannia bronze pennies, halfpennies, and farthings. These were continued for Edward VII. George V, and George VI, although the George halfpennies featured a ship and his farthings featured a wren. That is a long list, and I may have omitted some coins, please let me know if I have. I am always wiliing both to learn and to correct my errors. 😎
  4. "How to test if gold coins are real or fake?" If you can see them, touch them, hear them, taste them, or smell them, then they are real. If not they are imaginary. Once you know they are real, your problem is to tell whether they are genuine or fake! Not all gold Britannias are 24k gold, even the post 2012 ones are only 23.9976cts. 😎
  5. Wasn't Trex a brand of cooking fat? Warning: Do not spoonerise that! 😎
  6. No, he is with Royal Mail, not the RM. The Royal Mint has existed since 886 AD, Royal Mail was much later, in 1516. Stop trying to sow confusion! 😎
  7. Fine, just send half of it for now*, you might want to keep the other half. * I assume this offer includes free postage! 😎
  8. I can't read them because I have now got a crick in my neck! 😎
  9. I would love to buy a nice Spink & Son Ltd... I missed out on A. H. Baldwin & Sons! 😎
  10. Spink & Son Ltd were always very nice to me whenever I called in, except sometimes their (temporary / agency) receptionists could be rather toffee nosed and frosty! 😎
  11. No, the genuine silver Gothic florin is Diameter 30 mm according to the Numista link I posted. If a silver florin is 65mm, it is not a "genuine large silver florin coin". The reverse of "your" "coin" is of a Gothic Crown, not a florin. I do know someone had some large replicas made, perhaps about 10+ years ago, they were silver, alhough off-hand I do not remember whether they were 925 or 999. Spot fine silver is just over £600 per kilo, so I suspect that most interested TSF members would take £200 as their starting price. Of course, if it is on ebay, then it might be / probably is a fake replica made in silver-plated base metal, overpriced, and my bet is the seller would be dodgy even if he had 100% feedback. 😎
  12. Is This The Most Attractive Half Gram Gold Coin Ever? I am usually very dismissive of tiny gold bullion coins, for a few reasons: It is difficult to get sufficient definiton on such small coins. The manufacturing costs are disproportionately high compared with sensible sized coins such as one ounce or quarter ounce, hence: The premium when new is uncompetitively high. I need an eyeglass to see them properly. But... "Au .9999 half gram NOBLE" 2020 Jody Clark portrait of the Queen Without looking it up, I don't know if this was minted by Pobjoy Mint, or whoever took over the contract for Manx coins. Although the definition on the obverse could be better, I am astounded at the detail on the reverse. My main criticism would be wondering why "half gram" is in lower case, my preference would have been for "Half Gram" 😎
  13. If they are "Euro coins", then the certificates will or should tell you, and it is a near certainty that Westminster did not make it or them, because they would not wish to be accused or convicted of counterfeiting. Westminster are a "Coin Marketing Company". 😎
  14. Gothic florins were only made in one size, to the best of my knowledge. Here is a link to an 1852 example: https://24carat.co.uk/frame.php?url=1852gothicflorin.html Rather shockingly, I / we seem to have omitted to include the dimensions, but they were about the same size as the old ten pences. But you could look on Numista: https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces4840.html I have not any clue about what coin you are talking about. I didn't like to say that. A link or some pictures would be beneficial. Of the coin, not the dealer, although it would be interesting to know who the "dealer" was who was so uninformed and ignorant. It could have been Chinese made replica, worth about £1, but probably offered on ebay or Amazon as extremely rare, stunning, for about £500, by someone who "doesn't know anything about coins, but my grandfather left it me in his will 50 years ago" 😎
  15. My apologies, I usually say it, but as I like to give exhaustive answers, I usually do so by posting this link: https://www.chards.co.uk/blog/advice-guide-for-uk-bullion-investors/1041 Which covers many other topics, with further links. I do try to moderate the number of times I post it though! 😎
  16. I said "probably" because it would have required too muc effort to calculate all the quantity discount price breaks, at least our site make it quick and easy to see our premiums, so you can compare. Most other dealers don;t want to make it easy for obvious reasons. Sometimes I point out Harrington and Byrne's loss-leader one per household per annum bullion sovereign price, and encourage all 18,000 TSF members to buy one, but exercise extreme caution with any of their other offers, or bait and switch suggestions. I am all for people getting the best deal, and not getting ripped off! 😎
  17. Probably cheaper here, including postage: https://www.chards.co.uk/2023-king-charles-iii-silver-britannia-bullion-1oz-coin/17653 😎
  18. That's because I can always get a great deal from my LCS, or direct from RM, PM, etc I don't pay postage at my LCS, I collect instead, or I can get free storage. 😎
  19. You will often have to wait to get secondary market silver bullion coins, as they usually fly out quicker than we can buy them! Nothing wrong with buying on TSF! 😎
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