If you clicked on this item expecting to buy a gold sovereign, you would be disappointed, and having your time wasted. The item is not a gold sovereign, it is not even a forgery, it is an imitation. It is not even made to the same specifications as a real sovereign.
Why does this eBay member and seller use such a misleading title?
We don't actually know, but we can guess that he sells more of his replicas or copies. Perhaps some people don't bother to read the description or interpret it.
The description itself does state "modern issue" as though this explains that the item is not a genuine authentic coin, but recent official issues are known as "modern issues".
To make his description clear, and to avoid misleading potential buyers the description should clearly state that this is an unofficial copy or replica, is not a real coins, and has not legal tender status or value.
It would also be better to state the weight of a real sovereign for comparison.
We believe many of the buyers for these replicas believe, or at least hope, that they are getting a real sovereign. It may be rather naive of them, some may say stupid or greedy, but it does not excuse the vendor for failing to describe his item clearly and honestly.
In addition to the description being made clear, the item title should clearly state the word "COPY" or "REPLICA", this would save many potential buyers from having their time wasted looking at an item which is not what it is stated to be.
We know from our own 42 years of experience that even when we try our best to make things clear and simple, misunderstanding arise, some people make mistakes.
The vendor is clearly a dealer, and as such should exercise more care and attention to the accuracy of his listings. With a feedback of over 2377, and 17 similar replica items currently on offer, he should stop trying to fool people.
What's more, eBay appear to consistently turn a blind eye to these abuses. We guess the simple reason for this is that they are making plenty of money from the selling fees.
Come on eBay, clean up your act!
As an eBay member, you could do one of a number of different things about listings like the above.
* You could ignore them.
* You could report them to eBay. It would be interesting to see the results. Whenever we report any misleading auctions, nothing happens. eBay make a big song and dance about their "Trust and Safety Centre", and have forms and procedures on its sites to allow members to report offending auctions. These forms are fairly hard to find, even when you have used them before. There are numerous pages to click through and read before you get to the report item form, and when you do get there, in most cases there is no space or facility for you to tell eBay exactly why you are reporting the listing. In many case the items breach more than one listing rule, and there is no way to tell eBay when you file a report. Try it and see!
* You could and should avoid buying anything from any vendor who persistently uses misleading titles and descriptions. They are no better than crooks and scammers.
More Misleading Items From the Same Vendor:
* PROOF EDWARD VIII 1937 GOLD SOVEREIGN
Magnificent 1937 Edward VIII 1937 Gold Full Sovereign modern issue. Struck to Full Proof standard with 6.4 gram of Gold, hallmarked on a milled edge.
* PROOF EDWARD VIII 1937 GOLD HALF SOVEREIGN
Magnificent 1937 Edward VIII 1937 Gold Half Sovereign modern issue. Struck to Full Proof standard with 3.4 gram of Gold, hallmarked on a milled edge.
* VICTORIA GOTHIC 1847 GOLD HALF SOVEREIGN MODERN PATTERN
Magnificent 1847 Victoria Gold Half sovereign modern patterns. Superb strike with over 3 gram of Gold, hallmarked on a milled edge. Only 200 of these struck - very rare.
Two types available George and Dragon or Gothic Shield reverse, just let me know which you require.
* Spectacular Edward VIII (8th) 1937 Brass Threepence
The King who Abdicated.
None of Edward VIII coinage was issued for general circulation. Only a handful of 1937 Brass Threepences accidentally got into circulation and are magnificently rare and expensive.
The ONLY way for most of us to own one is with one of these recent issues.
Beautifully designed 12 sided Brass 3d. 5.6 gram, slightly thinner and lighter than convential threepence just like some of the real Edward VIII patterns that got into circulation.
Comes fully encased in a plastic protective capsule.
Two types available - professionally Toned and full BU versions. Just let me know how many of each you require.
Paypal, Sterling or Euro cheques accepted with no extra charge.
For more items visit my website:
(We have removed the link from our guide,as it is contrary to eBay general policy)
* Edward VIII (8th) Penny 1937 Brilliant Uncirculated
The king who abdicated.
None of Edward VIII coinage was issued for general circulation. They are magnificently rare and enormously valuable.
The ONLY way for most of us to own one is with this superb PROOF modern strike.
Paypal, Sterling or Euro cheques accepted with no extra charge.
For more items visit my website
(Another auction breaching eBay general policy about web links).
* 1905 Crown PROOF
FABULOUS MODERN PATTERN BEAUTIFULLY STRUCK TO PROOF STANDARD
No 1905 Crowns were ever produced. The larger silver coins of this year are very rare, achieving high prices even for low grade specimens.
Now available is this Modern Pattern 1905 Crown struck to PROOF standard with excellent detail and reflective surfaces.
Milled edge, 39mm diameter.
* 1847 VICTORIA GOTHIC HEAD PENNY
No Gothic Head Victoria Copper coins were ever struck but now available is this Superb Modern Pattern struck to PROOF Standard.In the style of the larger Bun Head pennies this is 34mm diameter and 18.8 gram it looks Fantastic amongst a penny collection of that Era.
* 1887 VICTORIA JUBILEE HEAD PENNY BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED
No Jubilee Head Victoria Copper coins were ever struck but now available is this Superb Modern Pattern struck to PROOF Standard. Looks Fantastic amongst a penny collection of that Era.
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