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10 Jul 2018, 12:56 pm

French UFO coin from 1680. The truth is out there. :D

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04 Sep 2018, 2:09 pm

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Nothing beats an original but I do like the enamel

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Why is it George IIII instead of George IV. Have looked it up and this is the double sovereign. The sovereign

has George IV and the half sovereign has George IIII. I will investigate further.



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04 Sep 2018, 5:58 pm

^ That's a George IV Crown (5 Shillings), made of sterling silver (92.5% purity). They were only minted in 1821 and 1822.

Double Sovereigns were only minted in 1823/4/5/6, mostly as proofs, and only with the 'bare head' obverse (the coin illustrated in Save Ferris's post has the 'laurel head'). Earlier sovereigns and half sovereigns were minted with the laurel head, later ones with the bare head. The former tended to have 'Georgius IIII', the latter 'Georgius IV'. Not sure why this was.


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Later George IV gold sovereign (1827) with bare head obverse and crowned shield reverse.


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05 Sep 2018, 12:47 pm

DeepHour wrote:
Not sure why this was.


George IV didn't like it that way , so it was changed in 1824


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05 Sep 2018, 1:07 pm

I've read that George IV didn't like the actual portrait on the earlier coins, so it was changed for a more 'dignified' looking one. I think the point in question here though was the change from IIII to IV to denote 'Fourth'. Is there any evidence that old Prinny (as he was known) had any views on that?

By the way, I was a bit shocked to see the 1822 Crown here being offered for sale at £93. It's actually a very poor example, and is worth no more than about £30. :|


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05 Sep 2018, 3:52 pm

Thank you DeepHour, I didn't think it looked gold but I thought that might just be the light, because I could only

find the George slaying the dragon on the double sovereign. I did not look hard enough.

Some sites suggest IIII was used by the Romans more often than IV on coins, and apparently lots of clocks use

IIII; I'd never noticed.



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05 Sep 2018, 3:54 pm

DeepHour wrote:
I've read that George IV didn't like the actual portrait on the earlier coins, so it was changed for a more 'dignified' looking one. I think the point in question here though was the change from IIII to IV to denote 'Fourth'. Is there any evidence that old Prinny (as he was known) had any views on that?

By the way, I was a bit shocked to see the 1822 Crown here being offered for sale at £93. It's actually a very poor example, and is worth no more than about £30. :|


I may have my facts confused but I was pretty sure he was not a fan of "IIII" denoting 4 , my books are in storage but I will look it up when I can.

As for the 1822 Crown , it is not in stock , in my experience items not in stock always have the prices bumped for some reason ( some sort of retailer psychological mind game ? )


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05 Sep 2018, 4:02 pm

fluffysaurus wrote:
apparently lots of clocks use IIII; I'd never noticed.

I'd always heard that the IIII was used to visually balance the heavy VIII on the opposite side, but that may be entirely a myth.

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16 Oct 2018, 7:22 pm

Maybe one for your collection Darmok

https://i.imgur.com/X6CFzm3.mp4

Google romen booten , he makes some great looking coins


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16 Oct 2018, 7:34 pm

I collect Wheat Pennies because they are pretty old and made of real copper.

I also have an Indian Head Penny from 1900 which is very old. I bought it at a flea market for two dollars. I think if I ever get the chance to go back I should buy more.



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16 Oct 2018, 8:56 pm

SaveFerris wrote:
Maybe one for your collection Darmok

https://i.imgur.com/X6CFzm3.mp4

Google romen booten , he makes some great looking coins

Zowie. That must be some kind of attachment -- I can't imagine it could be carved.


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16 Oct 2018, 10:27 pm

Here's what an American Indian head penny looks like

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It's basically Lady Liberty wearing an Indian Headdress.

And here is what Wheat Pennies look like.

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16 Oct 2018, 11:03 pm

SaveFerris wrote:
Maybe one for your collection Darmok

https://i.imgur.com/X6CFzm3.mp4

Google romen booten , he makes some great looking coins


That coin is VERY impressive!! !
Ty for showing us! :D :D :D


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17 Oct 2018, 4:57 am

Darmok wrote:
SaveFerris wrote:
Maybe one for your collection Darmok

https://i.imgur.com/X6CFzm3.mp4

Google romen booten , he makes some great looking coins

Zowie. That must be some kind of attachment -- I can't imagine it could be carved.


Have a look at his Instagram ( use this link if you don't have an account yourself https://web.stagram.com/romanbooteen )


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Video of him carving it

I dunno how he added the mechanics - shrouded in mystery


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02 Nov 2018, 12:28 pm

The Australian mint is having a contest: https://dollardiscovery.com.au

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