Silver Stamps and eBay

I passed my blood test, and as a reward they have given me a whole four weeks until the next test. This will save a lot of time, car parking and pain. Not that there is much pain really, but I like to go for as much sympathy as possible.

This morning I continued putting stamp ingots on eBay. For those of you who don’t know, these are models of stamps made in silver. I knew such things existed because I’d seen them, but until Tuesday I didn’t know what they were called. I do now.


Silver Marks

Silver Marks

Ironically for something called “The Empire Collection” the third mark, the one that looks like a cross and circle is an import mark, which means the ingots were made abroad.  The others are the maker, .925 to denote Sterling silver and, at the end, an “E” for 1979. You’ll have to take my word for that, it’s a peculiar font for that series of date letters.

My current homework is learning about American coins, as I put some on earlier this week and realised I didn’t even have a basic working knowledge of the subject. It’s by no means my only area of ignorance, but it is one that has a good book to remedy the deficiency.

Not sure what I’m listing tomorrow, but I’m sure there will be something to do.

I would write more, but my card reader is playing up and I can’t access more photos.

Meanwhile, Julia was down at the Mencap garden watching butterflies and watering in the polytunnel. She had Orange Tips, Peacocks, Small Whites and a Common Blue.

In the shop we had to content ourselves with one single, droning fly.

Julia cooked tonight so we ate in a more sophisticated manner than normal – seafood linguine and rhubarb crumble (with rhubarb fresh from the garden). It’s nice to have someone else doing the cooking.

20 thoughts on “Silver Stamps and eBay

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  3. Laurie Graves

    Dinner sounds absolutely delicious! How I envy you those peacock butterflies. My only consolation is that the hummingbirds have arrived in Maine, and either today or tomorrow, he will putting out the feeders. Now that he is retired, one of his new responsibilities is to be valet to the animals.

      1. Laurie Graves

        Today, today, the feeders go up. My wee camera doesn’t do the greatest job of taking pictures of those zipping beauties, but if I do get one this year, I’ll post it for you.

  4. jfwknifton

    Yesterday I saw a single Orange Tip and a single Small White. We also had our first Holly Blue. Those stamp ingots are very nice and very expensive, I suspect.

    1. quercuscommunity

      We started them at £4.99, which is below the silver cost of several of them. They were expensive in 1979, about £16 each, when the cost of silver was under £1 an ounce. Now that it’s about £11 they will probably sell for between £10 and £20 each, which is much better value.


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