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An odd collection

Post by sweh » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:49 pm

Going through Dad's stuff and I find a bunch of commemorative Crown coins:
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4 * 1977 Silver Jubilee (the ones in the boxes were given to me and my brother at a community party; I think they may have been given to lots of kids)
2 * Diana 1961-1997 (for her death)
3 * Churchill 1965 (for his death)
3 * Elizabeth + Philip Jubilee
4 * 2000 millennium
1 * 1981 Charles + Diana marriage

Not sure why Dad got these; maybe he thought they'd be valuable one day! In theory the face value of these coins are 25p (before 1999) or 5 quid (afterwards) so I might get 23 quid if I took them to the Bank of England. Their ebay.co.uk values aren't much better.

I wonder if Americans will pay more for them...
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Post by Arcadian » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:26 pm

Hmm my dad does a bit of coin collecting, do you want me to see if he's interested in buying them?
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Post by sweh » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:39 pm

Nah, don't worry. I've brought them back to America with me. Not sure what I'm gonna do with them...
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Post by Arcadian » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:44 pm

OK no prob!
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Post by richardtoohey » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:52 am

sweh wrote:Not sure why Dad got these; maybe he thought they'd be valuable one day!
My Dad does the same ... so I've got a UK Elizabeth Queen Mother from 1980, US $1 coin from 1978 and a South African coin (5s) from (maybe) 1952. Like you, not sure why ...

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Post by sweh » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:08 am

Oh, Dad had also kept a bunch of old pre-decimal coins...

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2 shilling coins
                                                       1947*10 1948*29 1949*9
  1950*10 1951*16         1953*3 1954*6 1955*6 1956*14 1957*7  1958*2  1959*3
  1960*5  1961*6  1962*14 1963*1 1964*5 1965*6 1966*25 1967*14

One Shilling:
  1947    1948*4  1951 1956  1960   1963

Sixpence:
  1943  1954  1967

3pence
  1912  1915  1918   1919  1922   1934*2  
  1956

1/2pence
  very worn George coin; can't make out date
  1943  1964*2  1965  
I think he'd hoped they might be worth something, but it seems the florins might be worth 20p or so on the collectors market. They weren't the ones with a high percentage of precious metals. It wasn't worth the effort, so I threw them all away, and gave the smaller coins (shilling, sixpence, thruppeny, hapenny) to my girlfriend.

(Why, yes, I did go through every coin and classified and counted them :-))
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Post by richardtoohey » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:23 am

sweh wrote:(Why, yes, I did go through every coin and classified and counted them :-))
Bet you also made a spreadsheet :wink:

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Post by sweh » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:06 pm

I actually made piles on the floor in a grid layout (very similar to the text output above) and then counted each pile and entered them into a text file (using vi) and then reformatted.

Old school ;-)
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Post by BeebMaster » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:00 pm

That's a full date set of florins still in circulation at the time they were demonetised in 1992. When I was collecting them in 1992 the most difficult year to find was 1958, I really struggled to get hold of those. Shillings from 1937 to 1967 had English and Scottish varieties, I really wish I had collected shillings in 1990 when they were demonetised. The only genuine silver coin I ever found in my change was a 1924 shilling which I kept.

The commemorative crowns are nice to keep, but they tend not to be very valuable. It's amazing to think that the 1972 Silver Wedding Anniversary crown is 45 years old, and it has just been the Platinum Wedding Anniversary a few weeks back.
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Post by sweh » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:51 pm

BeebMaster wrote:That's a full date set of florins still in circulation at the time they were demonetised in 1992.
Not surprised. When I was a wee kid, every Saturday we'd go see the grandparents (Dad's mum, and Mum's parents). They'd each give me and my brother 10pence, which we'd put in a wooden box Dad had built. Obviously there was a bunch of florins and 10 New Pence coins in the mix (trending to the New Pence coins as time went on).

At some point (maybe 1992? Don't recall) Dad broke open the box and took all the coins to the bank. For some reason he may have thought the florins might have been worth something (not realising they were too new to have precious metal in them) and so kept them.

So it's not surprising there was a full set, since they were coins in circulation around that time.
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Re: An odd collection

Post by Commie_User » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:10 am

sweh wrote:I actually made piles on the floor in a grid layout (very similar to the text output above) and then counted each pile and entered them into a text file (using vi) and then reformatted.

Old school ;-)
Hey, the REAL reason we were all supposed to have micros! I knew there was something!

'Count your coins! Log your records!' (All 12 of them, as few kids had much!)

Why did they promote tasks you only maybe resorted to when you were bored?

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Re: An odd collection

Post by 1024MAK » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:55 pm

Hmm, I may have to use a computer to count my computers... :mrgreen:

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Re: An odd collection

Post by crj » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:40 am

Make a database of every computer you own that does not contain a database of computers you own.

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