Day 139

So soon? I have just finished day 138 (Part 2) and am already into the next post. It took about 24 hours to get round to the last one and is already midnight, so I will be completing this in Day 140. This is confusing me, so I don’t know what you readers think of it.

The teashop review won’t be done for a few days, so that will be even more dislocated.

Today was less complicated in the shop – no complaints and a few orders. They were all easy to find and I had them all packed by 10.00. Another couple of orders came later in the day and we got them done easily too. It was all too simple – I’m sure we will pay for it in the morning – we are bound to have more complications.

This seems to be the way at the moment – not many customers about and the ones we  get are the ones that cause problems.

I got a 5 ounce silver coin ready for eBay today. It’s a £10 coin from Tristan da Cunha. Clearly it’s just a piece of nonsense as nobody would want a 5 ounce coin in their pocket, and nobody would put a coin into circulation that was worth so much more for its silver value than its face value.

It commemorates the Year of the Three Kings (1936) when we had three Kings – George V (who died), Edward VIII (who abdicated and George VI (who didn’t really want to be King). There is a contemporary medallion set, but most of the commemoratives are very recent. A bit like Edward VIII memorabilia – most of it is recent in origin.

Tristan da Cunha is a remote archipelago which earns much of its income by allowing people to issue coins and stamps using its name. There are 250 people living there so it’s not as if they need many coins – this coin has a mintage of 499, which sounds small in world terms, but is actually enough for every inhabitant to have two each.

We have had several other years with three monarchs – 1066, 1483 and 1553. 1936 is the only one that didn’t involve murder or execution for at least one of the participants.


8 thoughts on “Day 139

  1. tootlepedal

    It has always seemed a bit odd to me that collectors collect coins that are produced solely for collectors. It is a bit like shooting sitting birds, rather easy. I may be missing a point here.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      No, I agree. For me it’s about the thrill of the hunt and forming a collection from diverse pieces. have never been able to collect just by buying modern mass-produced “collectables”.

  2. LA

    It comes down to what’s a more interesting story: Murder/execution/giving up the throne for love/being pushed aside because people are afraid your girlfriend is a nazi…

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      That wasn’t the worst thing about Mrs Simpson – I read the memoirs of one of his valets and a major objection to her was that she had ice in her drinks. 🙂

  3. derrickjknight

    In my dotage I never know what day it is, so you are safe with your numbering. The Tristan da Cunha story is fascinating, but the royal portraits are better than most.


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