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X Percent ( & Copyright Theft
X Percent ( coffee-being of Silver Springs, Florida is yet another dishonest dealer who has used our copyright images without permission.

Copyright Theft is Dishonest - Can You Trust This Dealer?
Using other people's copyright images is illegal, it is dishonest, and it is unethical. Using the hard work of a fellow dealer to sell the same goods in competition with him demonstrates an extremely low standard of ethics. We would not recommend anybody to transact business with this person or company.

X Percent's 1971-1-New-Penny-England-Great-Britain-Coin Page

Reviews & Guides
2 Two Pound Coins Queen with Necklace Rumour & Facts
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Necklet Rumour
We tell the History of the British Two Pound Coin in full on our websites, which we are not allowed to mention here, however we keep getting so many enquiries, phone calls, e-mails, and visitors asking, that we have provided this separate page specifically to make it quicker and easier for you to find the information you want.

An Urban Myth
During 1999, we became aware of a persistent rumour that a two pound coin with the queen wearing a necklet was worth 15. There is no truth in this rumour. It is the sort of story which appears to start for no particular reason, and then self-perpetuates in a form of "Chinese whispers", so that it becomes part of an urban folklore of misinformation.

1997 Bi-metallic Issue
The rumour relates to the 1997 new bi-metallic two pounds coin. The nearest we can come to solving the "mystery of the queen's necklet" is that a listener phoned a Red Rose Radio / Rock FM phone-in programme, and said that he had heard, from where or whom we do not know, that a two pound coin with the queen wearing a necklet was worth 15. That afternoon we received about four telephone calls all asking was it true, etc.. We were able to quickly ascertain that there was no known rarity or error.

Obverse of 1997 2 Gold Proof

1986 to 1996 Nickel-brass Issues
All two pound coins from 1986 to 1997 bear the queen's third portrait in which she is shown wearing what appears to be a pearl necklet, from 1998 th...
British One Pound Coin - Brief History - Designs Photos Show Guide...

Brief History Of The One Pound Coin
The history of the British one pound coin really starts with the gold sovereign, first issued in 1489 for Henry VII, and were last struck for circulation in 1932, however we relate that part of the story elsewhere on our site.
The story of the modern pound coin starts in 1983.
The new one pound coin in base metal, nickel-brass was introduced in 1983, as a replacement for the 1 banknote. Banknotes, being made of paper suffer from wear and tear more readily than metal coins. By 1983, the life expectancy of the 1 note was about 6 months, and that of a coin is about 100 years. The 1 note had become too popular, and was too expensive to produce and replace. Notes are more suitable for higher value denominations where they are handled less, and therefore last longer. The last 1 note was issued in 1984, and ceased to be legal tender on 11th March 1988.
A 1 coin denomination is not, of course, new. The gold sovereign has been struck from 1489 until 1932, although it started to be replaced during the first world war. It has again been issued intermittently from 1957, although as a bullion and collectors piece rather than for circulation.

Silver Proof Version of 1983 the First Pound Coin

Gaining Popularity
The 1 coin was not very popular when it first appeared, but this is often the case. It promises to be quite an interesting series, in its first 16 years it has had 13 different designs, only repeating a pre...

Who would have thought such honest (although they do not claim this) respectable people would resort to stealing images from their competitors?

What's Wrong?
Using the work of other people to pass off as your own is dishonest. We can identify at least one of the coins on X Percent's Victoria page as using both our photographs (obverse and reverse). This is the 1845 sovereign.
According to the source code for this page, this pair of images were uploaded in March 2009.
We also think some of the other photographs look familiar, and suspect that more of them may be ours, but without investing considerable time and energy, we cannot positively identify which of our images they are (we do update and improve our photographs continually, and do not always retain copies of all our older images.
In addition, the images used on X Percent's site are quite small at about 100 x 99 pixels, making it more difficult to compare accurately.
There is little doubt that X Percent's have copied more of their images from other sources, without the permission of the copyright owners.
All the images have incorrect "Alt" tags. Those on the 1845 state 1837 front (for the reverse) which is the wrong way round, and 1837 back for the obverse.
There is a blank space for 1840 and 1867, so it may be that the page's author does not know that these dates do not exist.
The coin stated to be an "1849 full gold sovereign" is in fact a half sovereign, demonstating the ignorance and lack of expertise of the author.
From 1871 to 1887 inclusive, there is a mixture of shield and St George reverse types, with no explanation that for most dates, both types exist. Anybody hoping to gain knowledge by using this site would be badly let down in this regard, and would be in danger of going away badly informed.
In 1887, there were three design types of sovereign, but only one is shown.

Our Opinion
The entire website is almost completely useless, and contains little or no original content. We believe all the images are available elsewhere, the site is not compete, with a number of almost blank pages, and the information contained is wrong or misleading in numerous places.
It shows poor quality in other respects. It is tautological to say ~"full sovereign", and "full gold sovereign" is even worse. All sovereigns are made of gold, so this is triply tautological.
The image captions are all in lower case as though the author could not be bothered to format them. (We prefer capital letters for the first letter of each major word, other use all capitals, which is at least an improvement on all lower case). Perhaps the author is more used to texting, or maybe has the typing ability of a cockroach, and is called Archy.

Copyright - Innocent Infringement?
There is apparently such a thing as "innocent copyright infringement), however we believe that it is extremely rare. If people do not realise it is wrong, this is possibly because they prefer and choose to remain ignorant.
In any case, this particular infringer has a copyright notice on each page of his website stating "Copyright 2009 X Percent"!

As often happens with this type of low quality website, there is no "About Us" page, and no clue as to the owner or author. We think sites like this should be avoided.
To find more, we performed a domain search:

13 Park Drive
Silver Springs, Florida WA15 6QU
Administrative Contact:
McHugh, Michael
13 Park Drive
Silver Springs, Florida WA15 6QU
Technical Contact:
Ltd, Webfusion
5 Roundwood Avenue
Stockley Park
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB11 1FF
+44.8712309525 Fax: +44.8701650437
Registration Service Provider:
08709126612 (fax

coffee-being" owns about 81 other domains
Email Search: is associated with about 3 domains

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Obverse of 1997 Gold Proof Two Pound Coin
Obverse of 1997 Gold Proof Two Pound Coin

Obverse of 1983 Silver Proof One Pound Coin
Obverse of 1983 Silver Proof One Pound Coin

Reverse of 1998 Silver Proof One Pound Coin
Reverse of 1998 Silver Proof One Pound Coin

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