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FAQ

Information on forthcoming auctions

Can I view the lots prior to the sale?

Yes - viewing is available on the day of the sale prior to the auction. Viewing times are 9:30am until 12:00 noon.

Shopping basket and wish lists

How do I bid using the shopping basket facility?

When you are viewing a live lot you will be able to enter a bid and save it to your shopping basket. When you have finished reviewing the sale, you can complete the check-out process and submit the bids to us.

Please note that bids will only be submitted to us when you complete the checkout. Adding the items to your shopping basket is not sufficient.

There is no need to submit payment during the check-out process. We will contact you to arrange payment if your bids are succesful.

I have found a lot I like. Why can't I bid?

This website includes a history of sales from 2005 onwards. Lots which are from archive sales will appear in the same manner as live lots but will hav a message indicating that the lot is from an archive sale. These lots are for information only and it is therefore not possible to bid on them

Bidding

What are the accepted methods of payment?

Cash

Cheque (subject to clearance unless supported by a valid guarantee card)

Major credit cards (Subject to additional charges) or debit cards (no charge)

Who may bid on the auctions?

Anyone may attend the auction, or provide bids through proxy.

Acceptance of all bids is at the absolute discretion of the auctioneer.

How do I bid?

Bids are accepted in person or before the day of the sale via fax, email, or telephone.

Do you offer online bidding?

Not quite. We offer the ability to select your bids and add them to a shopping basket. When you complete your order the bids are submitted to us and will be treated like any other proxy bid. We do not offer real time online bidding.

What is proxy bidding?

When you place bids with the auctioneer in advance of the sale, rather than attending the sale in person your bid is a proxy bid.

Will I have to pay the full amount of my bid if I use proxy bidding?

With a proxy bid, the auctioneer bids on your behalf. If successful, you will purchase the item at the next bidding step above the underbidder, whether this is in the sale room, or another proxy bidder. eg. If a proxy bid of GBP 20 is received and the highest bid received is GBP 12, the proxy bidder will win the item for the price of GBP 14.

What happens if two proxy bids of the same amount are received?

The first bid received by the auctioneer will be accepted.

Is the final sale amount of the lot the full amount which must be paid?

No - There are additional charges for post & packing (where applicable) and buyers premium. Please take this into account when bidding. The current buyers premium is 5%

Can I limit the amount I spend?

Yes - you will need to submit your bids over the phone, through the contact form, by fax or by email. This facility is not available through the normal shopping-basket. If you want to limit the amount you will spend if successful please make your intentions clear when you place your bids. Failure to provide clear instructions may lead to purchases in excess of your limit.

What if I want to bid on more than one similar item, but only require one?

If there are similar items which you wish to bid on, please state clearly when bidding EITHER LOT ... OR LOT .... Failure to provide clear instructions may lead to additional purchases.

What if I am unhappy with an item I have purchased? The auctioneer provides description and grading of lots for sale. Items may only be returned if the item is not as described - please see the Conditions of sale for more information.

Is there a limit to the amount of bids I may place in one sale?

This is at the auctioneers descretion. The auctioneer reserves the right to impose limits on the amount of purchases made by an individual. If you plan on making significant purchases and are a new customer, or in excess of your normal purchases please contact us in advance of the sale. A deposit may be required to ensure all bids are confirmed.

What if there is a dispute?

The auctioneer has absolute discretion in the case of any dispute.

What do the abbreviations in the catalogue description mean?

These may refer to the grade of the coin, any distinguishing features or references in books which can provide more information. Please refer to the Abbreviations page for further information.

Types of lots in the auctions

What type of lots are included in the auctions?

There is a variety of items which appear in the sale - the best way to get an idea is to look at the current catalogue (and some previous ones available in the archive) to get an idea of the volumes of particular items appearing in the sales.

How are the lots catagorised?

We do not use a set group of types due to the variety of items we receive for sale in the auctions. British coins may be categorised as below:-

Crown

Henry VIII originally struck this denomination in 1526 as a gold coin with a face value of 4s6d. Now silver and worth 5s crown issues are generally reserved for commemorative issues such as the wedding of Charles and Diana.

Farthing

Out of production since 1956. Edward I minted a 1/4d silver coin to provide an alternative to the practice of cutting pennies for smaller denominations. This was replaced by the more recent bronze coin.

Florin

With a value of 2s this coin originated in Florence Italy and was first struck in 1252. There was a gap in production of 500 years before being re-introduced by Victoria in 1849.

Half Crown

Henry VIII first introduced the gold half crown in 1526 though this was replaced by a silver coin of Edward VI in 1551. It has a value of 2s6d (or 12.5 new pence)

Half Guinea

Designed by John Roettier the first milled Half Guinea was introduced by Charles II in 1669

Half Penny

This coin was last produced in 1984 though this was only for official sets. The coin first issued by Henry I was not popular in the decimal coinage due to its trivial size and value

Half Sovereign

With a value of 10s or Ĺ a pound this gold coin was introduced by Henry VIII. Due to itís value it was often referred to as a double crown in early issues.

Hammered Coinage

Prior to 1662 the majority of British coins were hammered. A hammered coin is produced by placing the flan for the coin between two dies and striking the top die with a hammer.

Maundy Money

These coins are associated with a royal ceremony celebrating Maundy Thursday. The reigning monarch distributes sets consisting of a 4d 3d 2d and 1d coin. Each recipient receives 1d for each year the monarch has been alive.

Penny

This denomination originates from the Roman Denarius which explains the occasional use of the letter d to represent pence.

Shilling

Edward VI first minted the shilling worth 1/20 of a pound (5 new pence or 12 pre-decimal pence) though a coin of equal value

Sixpence

With the value of half a shilling the sixpence was first introduced by Edward VI in 1551 though it ceased to be legal tender in 1980.

Sovereign

In 1816 the sovereign replaced the Guinea as the English unit of gold currency it has a value of 20s (£1) and was originally introduced by Henry VII in 1489.

Threepence

The threepence denomination is available in silver or a larger brass coin. The brass coin was introduced as the silver coin had become unpopular possibly due to its insubstantial size

Other items

Non-British items may be categorised by their country of origin. There may also be Roman coins, books, tokens etc.

Selling through CCA

Can I sell my lots through this auction?

Yes - though acceptance of lots is at the auctioneers descretion. Submission of lots for sale is subject to acceptance of the grading, estimate, and where necessary grouping of lots as recommended by the auctioneer. All sales are subject to commission and insurance charges.

Can I place a reserve on items placed in the auction for sale?

Yes - The vendor may place an "absolute" reserve on their items, or give the auctioneer descretion to sell within a certain range from the reserve price (eg. 10%) The charging structure for reserved items is different to unreserved. The auctioneer reserves the right to reject items with unreasonable reserve prices.

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