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  1. Murph

    eBay Advice

    I've had similar buys. I remember one said their child had opened the box and played with the item so I said it didn't matter, after which the story changed and parts were lost. A short while later they relisted the item so I tried reporting this to ebay but they don't do anything. Another time the seller said they couldn't afford to post the item and paypal would only release the money after I'd left positive feedback to say I'd received the goods and was happy. Needless to say I refused to leave feedback until I had the goods but I did offer to send them enough to cover the postage which they could repay later or issue a partial refund. They started ranting that I was in effect calling them a thief and a liar and I wouldn't get anything unless I did as they said. Luckily Paypal refunded me. I just hope they didn't get a chance to withdraw or spend the money before Paypal initiated my refund.
  2. If you go for one with someone famous from the republic/early empire you'll pay a lot but the likes of constantine coins are much cheaper.
  3. Murph

    Electron Microscope

    Surely you won't need that high a magnification and you do get software to stack images and therefore increase your apparent DOF. TBH I only ever use my stereo microscope for coins and rarely find myself going as high as 80x. Altering the illumination (brightness and angle) also seems to help a lot. X-ray crystallography/diffraction - don't the smaller machines require you to powder your sample? I don't know if I'd be happy having an x-ray source in my house for hobby use.
  4. Murph

    World War 2

    What about the battle of Britain 50p, VE day £2, Dove of peace 50th Anniversary of the end of WW2 £2 and many others I'm sure that I just can't recall?
  5. Murph

    Ebay 15% off

    I missed this too. Only noticed around an hour ago. I never get the targeted ones either.
  6. Murph

    Girlfriend's Austrian gold coins

    koloman moser 500 schilling at least it's sterling silver and a .800 silver 25 schilling from 1960 they are both commemorative coins.
  7. Think you'd be lucky to get it for £50. Years ago you'd have got away with four people lifting an average couple of hundred kilos of safe but health and safety would probably say you can't lift that weight now. I seem to recall safe shops charging at least £100 to deliver and install even smaller safes that weigh under 100kg. They also wouldn't install or deliver to anywhere with more than 1 step.
  8. Murph

    Royal Mail daylight Robbery

    Yes it used to be around £13 if the item was sent using some priority postal methods which is a bugger when you buy something from ebay and they just round the value to the nearest 10 (e.g. you pay something like $19.01 and they round it to $20) and this puts the value just over the current £15 limit.
  9. Murph

    completed 2016 pandas for cheap £240 for 15

    Gone now then I take it.
  10. Murph

    completed Selection of silver

    Swans gone?
  11. Murph

    Today I Received

    Atkinsons had a few 1905 $5 coins all in uncirculated or as near as damned for ages but I don't know if they have any left. They were around £278 when I contacted them but they weren't really willing to lower the price and had considered having them graded. £278 was slightly too high for me but I think I did end up with one as they don't come up for sale that often over here unless it's at stupid prices on ebay.
  12. Murph

    What is an Arabic 1?

    If there is only 1 variant for that coin I could see why they wouldn't bother but if there are both...
  13. +1 Yes, I still want one. And the St Helena Trade dollar restrike which is also a fair bit more expensive from European mint.
  14. Murph

    Today I bought.....

    A classical period Athenian owl, unfortunately not a tetradrachm but a smaller coin.