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  1. George II reigned from 1727 to 1760. In that long period, proofs were issued in only one year, 1730. Here is a gem example. During George III's long reign from 1760-1820, many patterns and proofs were produced, mostly from the revolutionary Soho Mint, which utilized the first steam powered coin making machinery in the world. But first, they had to overcome the resistance of the Royal Mint to the new technology before they got a license to produce coins for Britain. As it was a private concern, many patterns and trial pieces were produced during the year shown on the coin (early Soho), later than the date shown (late Soho) , and by WJ Taylor later in the nineteenth century after obtaining the original Soho dies (restrikes). It is very difficult to distinguish the stage at which a piece was produced and usually you go by the state of the dies used in the strike. As a private concern, the Soho Mint was free to make pieces in different metals or gilt pieces as well. Here are some examples, mostly in PR 65, some of which came from the family holdings of the descendants of the original proprietors of the Soho Mint (the Boulton Family).
  2. There is lots of Roman imagery in British coins. And there are close to 300 types of Roman Coinage listed as types in the British Standard Coinage catalogue.
  3. I clicked on your link to the Gem piece. Wow!!
  4. The seated Britannia on British farthings , halfpennies and pennies starting in the seventeenth century are taken after Roman pieces of Britain.
  5. Thanks Kohaku. I am still adding to my collection, in fact I got a Napoleonic Wars era Bank Token (1812) in MS 66 just yesterday, and started a new competitive set with it and a matching 1811 in Ms 65. Many more will be added to registry sets in the coming weeks as I have over 30 pieces in for grading right now, including the 1665 pattern farthing I recently posted on these pages. Are you planning on getting a piece for each emperor, usurper, wife if applicable, etc? That would be quite a collection. Byzantines as well?
  6. Best of luck on your quest!
  7. Here are patterns and proofs I have collected for the reigns of Queen Anne and for George I. In the first 3 cases, these pieces were made under the Master of the Mint at the time , Sir Isaac Newton. This was his day job when he wasnt figuring out the physical laws of the universe. I would be less than surprised if the 1713 and 1717 farthings shown here were personally handled by him as the quantities minted were miniscule. No currency farthings were minted during the reign of Queen Anne (r 1702-1714). This was due to the insistence of influential people to make the farthings out of pure copper, but at that time there was no means to reliably do so. They were subjected to the "hammer test" of the time, and too high a percentage of pieces subjected to the blow cracked or split. As to the copper piece shown, rumours of its rarity had persisted for decades, to the point where murder was attempted on at least one occasion in the hopes of obtaining one. It ended up that the rumours were incorrect, but well less than 1000 were probably made. As to the 1713 silver piece, Peck variety 747, this is very rare. the 1717 lacquered proof is from the collection of Colin Cooke, who amassed probably the greatest collection of farthings of all time. This piece is extremely rare, with likely less than 10 made.
  8. From time to time I have had some difficulty in getting registry sets for Britain properly set up. In those cases, rather than acting passively I called NGC to try to get things corrected and to refer them to the Standard Catalogue of British Coins or other standard references, which, it was plain, were not being used. I know they have the Standard Catalogue now and have got the corrections I was asking for. Numismatics for world coins is a vast subject and it is hard to keep track of 26 centuries of making coins. Sometimes help or a nudge is what is needed.
  9. There is a companion short hair version available. I know where it is and might get it (another 1665 pattern farthing, that is). The 1699 is far better than the picture shows, and has great luster and toning but does not have a complete strike. It should be kept in mind that the screw and pulley press machinery used at the time (no steam power) almost always did not exert enough pressure to give a complete strike and so some detail was often lost. Any silver coins made prior to about 1800 had the same issues,which is when steam powered machinery was finally installed and more force could be brought to bear on the strike.
  10. Not necessarily rim damage, might be a flan issue. It can't be emphasized enough how primitive the production conditions were then. As to RB vs BN , there is a trace of red on the coin . It would be a judgement call but really, I would let the coin speak for itself. As to your birthday, many happy returns! More proofs and patterns coming. Next instalment will include a piece almost certainly handled by Sir Isaac Newton, a 1717 proof farthing.
  11. Now that the Coronation Medals I have are done, lets go thru a tour of English and British farthing patterns and proofs. Most of these were produced in tiny quantities, often well less than 100. First up will be the 17th century pieces I have, a 1665 pattern Charles II (Peck variety 423) and a 1699 proof in silver. The 1665 is being graded right now but will probably come out as a 64 or 65. the 1699 proof is a 65, cross graded from PCGS, which also graded it as a 65. A fairly large quantity of 1665 dated pieces are out there with different varieties. Generally the longer haired versions (this is one) are more rare than the short haired varieties. To my knowledge this is the first depiction of Britannia on a coin since the days of the Roman Empire. And rumour had it that the lady depicted as Britannia was the Kings mistress. The silver proof piece must be one of the best known, although I have seen one or two pretty much its equal. This is an example of a William III Type 2 farthing, and came from the Terner Collection, one of fabulous quality sold more than 10 years ago.
  12. Yeah, Ive noticed slow traffic as well, but in my case more understandable as Im not collecting US. And as for your sentiment Chris B about enjoying your collection, I agree 100 percent. That's the point of it.
  13. Sorry Lincoln Man, I am aware of them but dont know anything about them. However there are dealers in the UK and US such as Hedley Betts that have a bunch of them.
  14. Here is my example of a 1911 proof set, for the Coronation of George V. This is the no gold version of the set and was bought raw, but has since been slabbed. I have bought a proof 1911 half sovereign separately. Here is a picture of that piece as well as that of a spare proof halfcrown of the same year.
  15. There is a proof set of coins from 1953. I have one of them. This is in common with previous monarchs either during their Coronation Year or soon after, such as Victoria in 1839, Edward VII in 1902, George V in 1911, and George VI in 1937. But I havent seen a mention of an official Coronation Medal. Several unofficial ones were made.