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  1. Murph


    Sent me a slightly different item from the one I ordered a couple of times but apart from that they have been OK.
  2. Someone is sleeping on the couch or in the spare room tonight.
  3. Murph

    GOLD DEALS - See a deal, post here :)

    Must have been quite a while ago?
  4. Murph

    GOLD DEALS - See a deal, post here :)

    The 87 won't be either I imagine. They still don't list the jubilee heads apart from the young heads even with the huge price hike. Better off buying from a dealer or auctio where you can see the actual coin and condition.
  5. Murph

    GOLD DEALS - See a deal, post here :)

    They have over 10 now but the price is ridiculous for sight unseen.
  6. Murph

    Coin Box Material?

    I wonder if you get that compressed felt for foot injuries in black? It comes in large sheets and has a sticky back so you could use one for the base and another with holes cut out stuck on top
  7. Murph

    Electron Microscope

    I take you mean a 100x objective with something like 10x eyepieces for a total of 1000x. Isn't this a bit high for optical use on coins? The depth and width of field and would be rather small, wouldn't it? You do get objectives that use air or water immersion at or near 100x. I can't say I've seen a water next to an oil to compare them. I think I recall seeing older z stepper motors for some Wild Stereoscopes and I have seen some pretty fancy computerised controls on modern Zeiss scope adverts. It sounds like you have your heart set on a SEM sg86. Maybe you could find a University that have upgraded and decided to get rid of an older device? I'd think that would be cheaper than buying from a dealer but then the support would be lacking in comparison.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. Murph

    Ebay 15% off

    I missed this too. Only noticed around an hour ago. I never get the targeted ones either.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.