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  1. I took a very quick look at your link, and am waiting for someone to find the England and the Lion drawing, although I guess it might not go under that name. 😎
  2. No, I saw your post above, although I did not look at the link to your earlier post. Neither did I mention prediction, although I mentioned "projection", and "expect". I am aware that forecasts are about probability, although the average person looking at a weather forecast expects it to be "right" because they fail to understand that it is based on statistics applied to data. I am also aware there is a difference between "forecast" and "prediction", although I do not entirely agree with this statement: "Forecasting is an estimation of a future events which one can make by incorporating and casting forward data related to the past in a pre-determined and systematic manner. Prediction is an estimate of future events made by subjective considerations." I wonder if tasseographers / tasseomancers became extinct because they failed to foresee the popularity of tea bags? 😎
  3. Yes. Technical analysts spend hours compiling charts, reading the tea leaves, then project a pattern into the future, and their typical conclusion is something like... "I expect (the) silver (price) to break higher if it hits £$€xxx, but if it fails to break upwards this time, I think it will crash (through its lower support level)..." In other words, they think silver (or whatever) will go up, but if it doesn't go up, it will go down. Of course, they may be wrong, and it might stay in its recent trading range, but that wouldn't be interesting to their readers. I think I would rather go to a fortune teller on Blackpool Promenade! 😎
  4. Are you suggesting that one of our biggest "competitors" tells lies? I don't even like the title "Lady Liberty". Also, I have not yet seen the original drawings, but I imagine they are far better then the somewhat crudely styled engraving on the medallion. 😎
  5. This chart only has data back to 2017, but includes a low of about £535 Does that alter your thinking? 😎
  6. I read their sales blurb, and detected 3* missing apostrophies, and a bit of curious English / Irish? After more than a hundred years hidden between the leaves of a book deep in the vaults of the Smithsonian Museum, “One of the most beautiful designs of all times” has finally been brought to life in pure 24-carat Gold. The discovery was a revelation and we are very excited to announce that at last, these wonderful images have finally been brought to life by The Smithsonian Institutute. These strictly limited commemoratives have all been struck to Proof quality, the highest possible standard which is unrivalled in sharpness, detail and finish, and come complete with an informative story card. George T. Morgan created this design while he worked at the British Royal Mint and took it with him as he ventured on his new career in the United States, meaning it was already in existence before the worlds is most known coin design – the Morgan Dollar. When you compare both designs, there are some instantly recognisable elements with the Lady Liberty – which makes the ‘London & the Lion’ motif, possibly the design that influenced what became one of the worlds most instantly recognisable coins – ‘The Morgan Dollar’. Rest assured that you have no further commitments and your purchase is protected by The Dublin Mint Office 14 day “no quibble” guarantee. You have no further obligations. * Arguably only 2! 😎
  7. And of course, Dublin Mint Office is the Irish sister company of London Mint Orifice Office! 😎 You can say tat again! 😎
  8. Thanks for finding that and including the link Order your Smithsonian’s Uncovered Design 'London and The Lion' Pure 24-Carat Gold Commemorative Medal today for €4,295! Anyone want one for half price? Might even throw in free postage! 😎
  9. I know, and used to try to receive them, but as I did not buy as a retail customer, I alwayg got unsubscribed after a month or so. An RM trade manager did try to help once, but I / we still have more missing issues than non-missing. The next problem is finding which issue you need. Many things were not included in the Bulletins. 😎
  10. I guess you were not aware that Benedetto Pistrucci invented the "U" turn! 😎
  11. Thanks, I used to try to keep records of them, but had too much data missing. 😎
  12. I beat you to it, also: https://taxfreegold.co.uk/1988fivepounds.php 😎
  13. "U" For Uncirculated From the 1984 issue, the Mint started to place a letter "U" to the left of the date to denote Uncirculated versions of the five pound gold coin. https://www.chards.co.uk/1987-gold-5-pound-bullion-coin/11719 Although this is a 1987 rather than a 1988. And it needs better photos! 😎
  14. If you want to find "mush" about them, you might have come to the right place! 😎
  15. 1872 One Ounce 999 Gold Medallion London and the Lion Smithsonian Uncovered Medallion... ... or is it? Obverse: Queen Victoria with tiara and veil. CN 999 Anchor hallmark "SI" Reverse: A winged cherub, personification of London with shield and crown, helmeted Britannia standing with lion. St.Paul's Cathedral in background. LONDON FEBRUARY 28TH 1872 The Smithsonian Uncovered Design London & the Lion Certificate of Ownership At first, when I saw the photos of this gold medallion, I thought it was an original 1872 medallion. There is nothing on the medallion to specifically state otherwise. The anchor mark for Birmingham Assay Office is a clue. The C.M. is apparently for Commonwealth Mint. For some strange reason, there appears to be no date letter as part of the hallmark; this is unusual. The "Certificate of Ownership" is interesting, but for the wrong reasons. Fiirst, it does not name the owner, and does not appear to actually certify anything. It apperas to be three meaningless words. It does not clearly state that the medallion is a modern reproduction, or whether there was a genuine original. It fails to explain what the "uncovered design" was. There is a facsimile signature of Daniel Penney, Managing Director of The London Mint Office, but no date. As I feel sure that the LMO were not in existence in 1872, it seems that this is either a modern reproduction or interpretation of an original medla, or perhaps what an original medal would have looked like. I believe the wording of the "Certificate" is either deliberately or carelessly designed to give the misleading impression that this was an actual 1872 medallion. It certainly failes to make it clear that it is not. I hope we have checked it with our Niton XRF machine! 😎
  16. For me, that more or less sums up charts and technical analysis "they'll break up or down at some point" 😎
  17. I have been trying to work out who the company might have been, and what processes they were doing. JM and Engelhard mainly did their own refining, but may have sub-contracted stamping or wire drawing to other specialists. Any more information? 😎
  18. I am not sure I understand the question... Correction... I am sure I don't understand the question1 😎
  19. New starters are usually very impressed by much of what we handle, but it is normal for familiarity to take effect. Most of them have probably never seen a London Good Delivery bar, which would get some attention, We do not own one, but it can only be a matter of time, and would be an interesting addition to our showroom. We still get staff reactions to new products, even it is is only something like a new one ounce silver bullion coin. The transaction values also show a similar pattern, not just the physical metal. When someone new does a 6 figure sale or purchase for the first time, it is a novelty, but then they quickly get used to it. I am still impressed whenever I look at our growing stacks of silver monster boxes, but it is mainly because of the physical volume. 😎
  20. I could wear my ski boots, but it does look like the Fed workers shoes have special soles. They certainly look weird, like something out of Star Wars. 😎
  21. Have you ever attempted to start a distributorship for Air-tites? No It seems conspicuous by its absence. Yes 😎
  22. I will tag in @ChardsCoinandBullionDealer so the team are aware of the interest in different capsules. Most of ours are Lighthouse (Leuchturm). The old RM screw top ones used to be the best IMO. 😎
  23. Our serration counts started because of a comment on an (American) coin forum. We only thought about denticle counts quite recently. Denticles are part ot the obverse or reverse designs, which one would expect to be less subject to variation, whereas edge serrations and lettering are a sligthly different part of the design and production processes. 😎
  24. I would leaave it alone. It would need a good bench jeweller to do it right, giving it a lengthy pickle in hot acid.
  25. Not necessarily by Victorian jewellers. Guineas probably got mounted sometime from 1816 onwards. Unless there are hallmarks on the mount, which is uncommon, it would be difficult to know. This guinea is in better condition than many mounted guineas, so is not entirely ruined. Soldered mounts can be removed, and if done carefully can be almost undetectable. As someone said, when it was mounted, it was probably only worth about £1, so in one sense there was nothing to ruin, and mounting it probably saved it from the melting pot. 😎
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