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    gsimpson reacted to Bagenz in My first Gold Sovereign   
    I never thought I would be posting in the Gold section, im really drawn to Dragons and all things silvery.
    Today my mum told me she had bought be a gift, rather random and for no reason, she has no idea I collect coins nor how much I love all things Dragony.
    I know its not to everybodys taste but look at what she got me. A 1,1/2 and 1/4  sovereign into the Dragons lair.
    Hope you guys like them, 
    Thanks mum
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    gsimpson reacted to HighlandTiger in Brexit status ...   
    Personally, I don't have a issue with American firms being able to tender for NHS contracts. Which is actually what the issue is about, NOT as the left would have you believe of a dismantling of the NHS and going to a system they have in the US. No UK party will ever countenance that. But what is the problem with a US company supplying cheaper services and drugs to the NHS, providing they adhere to our standards and regulations.
    The NHS wastes a huge amount of money through in-house purchasing departments, anything that can reduce this waste is a benefit to everyone.
    But hey, the left prefer soundbites to facts. It's a bit like the chlorinated chicken scares. According to the left, chicken washed in chlorine is bad, forgetting of course that we drink chlorinated water, we wash in chlorinated water and we swim in chlorinated water. EU farmers even wash vegetables in chlorinated water. EU scientists have even claimed there are no health risks from the chlorine. But still, it's a good headline to trot out. 
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    gsimpson reacted to Pete in Queen's Beasts (Gold & Silver) Photo Thread   
    How about including the Platinum one ounce Beasts ?
    Can a moderator edit the title please.


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    gsimpson reacted to Cking83 in Queen's Beasts (Gold & Silver) Photo Thread   
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    gsimpson reacted to CadmiumGreen in Scale Model Millennium Falcon Build   
    I have been working on building the official model of the iconic Millennium Falcon, a 1:1 replica of the original “Empire Strikes Back” movie prop, for several months and have made some progress...As of late I haven’t gotten much done and I was going to see if this post will keep me honest and make this through completion.
    The model is a complete 1:1 scale replica of the Millennium Falcon from The “Empire Strikes Back” produced by DeAgostini models. It is a monthly subscription program, which now you can purchase the complete set at one time. 

    This build will be a whopping size!
    Length: 808mm
    Width: 596mm
    Height: 192mm
    Weight: Approx. 24 pounds
    Along with this build there are aftermarket detail parts that you can buy from the 3D printing source Shapeways, and also photoetched metal parts from Paragraphix. 
    Thus far I have completed the cockpit section and have a good majority of the main hold built out. 

    I have some new 3D printed parts for the main hold coming in the end of the month to build out one of the maintenance pits that I cut completely out of the floor base. 
    Just wanted to have a venue keep me motivated and keeping on track with the build. 
    I will provide periodic updates with progress. Thank you and hope you find this interesting to follow along!

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    gsimpson reacted to Wackattak924 in Silver giveaway! - Children With Cancer UK   
    Ok the results are in

    Bonus prize winner: @Goldhooked!
    3rd prize winner: @Abyss
    2nd prize winner: @NeutronJack
    1st place winner @Tn21
    Thank you all for your donations. 
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    gsimpson reacted to PansPurse in Ste Hawking 50p   
    OK, so, this is going to be a simplified version (theoretical physics was never my specialism, I was more an astrophysics kinda gal.
    Basically black holes tend to screw with the normal laws of physics. In particular the second law of thermodynamics.
    Most of us learned in school that energy can't really be created or destroyed, only transferred. That's the essence of thermodynamics. But it can also be expressed in terms of entropy (entropy is kinda screwy but basically can be thought of as the amount of disorder in the universe) so you can't really create or destroy entropy, only transfer it (crude example, I can neatly line up some rocks, but it takes energy to do that, so the universe hasn't become overall more or less ordered).
    Anyway, black holes really screw with this because it's basically a hole. Whatever falls into it is basically "lost" which is bad because it messes with the thermodynamic laws that say that the amount of order in a closed system is constant.
    Bekenstein theorised that the only way to explain this contradiction would be if the back holes themselves had some entropy (ie they're not just holes but have some level of order/disorder to them). Hawking's contribution to this was to theorise that black holes actually spit out radiation (Hawking radiation). The formula expresses these quantities mathematically (i.e. the entropy of the black hole is balanced by the radiation it emits).
    It's a bit abstract but it's important because it means that black holes aren't actually breaking the laws of thermodynamics. Which is good because frankly physicists have enough other things to clarify around the fringes of the current standard models, so having this bit make sense is really helpful.
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    gsimpson reacted to kneehow2018 in Gold 1/4oz QBs Lions & Griffins   
    At this stage putting these up in order to gauge interest regarding the potential sale of the coins & box (both in lovely condition)
    [UK based. Inclusion of postage aplicable to UK mainland only. Payment by bank transfer please]
    5 x Lions @ £285 each posted. All coins supplied in screw capsules
    5 x Griffins @ £280 each posted. All coins supplied in screw capsules
    The beautiful QB box (Courtesy of Alun) @ £40.00 / F.O.C. if all coins purchased in one lot.

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    gsimpson got a reaction from kneehow2018 in Gold 1/4oz QBs Lions & Griffins   
    OK thanks for letting me know good luck with the current sale, very nice prices, should do very well! 
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    gsimpson reacted to Wackattak924 in Silver giveaway! - Children With Cancer UK   
    Thank you 
    The total now raised so far is £370!! 52% of my target and that is almost all from the support of forum members. Thank you guys. 
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    gsimpson reacted to Goldmick in Oh no its another silver gruffalo   
    Got a spare proof gruffalo its in hand as new got 2 just keeping one will sell for rm price £65 you pay post your of your choice 

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    gsimpson got a reaction from JosephM in Gruffalo hunting starts tonight   
    My order was also moved to closed without any emails, but I received the package this morning - so all is looking good folks
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    gsimpson reacted to Fathallazf in Today I Received.....   
    Today i received my first graded coins from @Numistacker  although they all got 70’s, but the reason i wanted them in a slab is because it is easier to look at closely and enjoy. Plus the slabs makes them feel more precious!  I even had them in scratch proof slabs but i got some scratches on the plastic 😅 i think ngc’s scratch resistant plastic is just the same as the normal one.

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    gsimpson reacted to Wackattak924 in Silver giveaway! - Children With Cancer UK   
    Thank you Bully,
    For sharing your son's story and for showing us the amazing work that beads of courage do. I am glad that you are partnered with CWCUK and hope that this fundraiser also benefits what you are doing. 
    Thank you 
    For everyone else:
    Bully has honoured me by asking me to wear some special beads of courage on my shoelaces when I take my challenge. These beads will then be sent off to  a hospital to give to a child that is on the beads for courage programme and struggling with their treatment.  
    I thought that is a nice personal touch and thank Bully for that opportunity 👍
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    gsimpson reacted to Shinus73 in Year of the Pig 1/4oz   
    The monkey and sheep/ram in 1/4 oz were briefly available on the RM website a couple of years ago, but that’s it. 
    As stated above the 1/4 oz have been minted exclusively for the US market and most of them have gone straight into pension schemes, never to be seen again.
    I’ve never seen anything other than monkey and sheep available in the U.K. 
    I don’t think they produced the horse in 1/4  Oz at all.
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    gsimpson reacted to Stu in Year of the Pig 1/4oz   
    I think the quarters are only minted for the US market but a few make their way back here. They dud the 1/10oz for a short period of time. 
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    gsimpson reacted to Britannia47 in Original & Modern Sovereign Alloys   
    Shown  below are the original sovereigns on the left with modern representations on the right.
    The 1870 'Australia' minted in Sydney contains a typical mix of gold and copper with a reddish hue. However the  2005 Commemorative Proof minted in Perth appears completely different and appears to have a greenish hue. I contacted the Perth mint to find out what the alloy was. In short they didn't know. Undeterred  I visited 'Bairds' this morning in Hatton Garden to have it analysed. As suspected it came back 91.7% gold and 8.3% silver - thus the difference in colour. Does anyone else have this coin ? - it comes with a red book.
    Everyone will be more familiar with the next pair. Again why the difference in colour? On the left is my 1817 sovereign and the 2017 on the right. I found out that the coin contained 91.2% gold, 4% copper, 4.5% silver and 0.2% iron. All these alloys are added to make them more durable in circulation, but don't ask me about the iron. I don't know. 
    Today the Royal Mint uses only copper in its alloy. I wonder if any gold coin today needs to be 22ct. If the Britannia has been successful in converting to 9999 gold as well as the 'Beasties' then why not the sovereign?  In 2020 the last of the Queens beasts will have been issued, and that seems to be an ideal time to start minting 9999 Sovereigns. Perhaps the specs. for the 1/4 oz could be used. I believe this could be a world beater and sell like hot cakes. After all the 'Sovereign' is already a world brand. MMTC-Pamp I'm sure would renew their contract, on the basis of its selling potential not just in India where 24 carat gold is preferred but throughout Asia. Perhaps I will pass this idea past the new CEO at the Royal Mint - Anne Jessop. She could be sitting on a gold mine - excuse the pun!
    That's all for now folks.

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    gsimpson reacted to universalcurrency in Atkinsons deal of the century?   
    Anyone seen this deal, or had the great fortune to snag it? 😮
    Needless to say it has 'run out of stock'
    Somebody in the Atkinson team must of been s##tting bricks!
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    gsimpson reacted to ukcoins in 50 years of 50p sets   
    That’s why’s i joined here recently, to get better info from others when stuff is released. We should set up an early warning * coin release alert * email group!
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    gsimpson reacted to matrawr in Today I Received.....   
    One of a few recent purchases.

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    gsimpson reacted to richatthecroft in Today I Received.....   
    Little & Large arrived today to entertain. Much more enthralling than the comedy duo...

    The Mercury Dime is one of my favourite designs.

    I’m over the moon with my grading results. 

    And thank you to @Britannia47 for this 2017 Half which has remained unopened since its manufacture. 

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    gsimpson reacted to Sovereign in Today I Received.....   
    2002 proof sovereign