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  1. Welcome to E-Auction 20!

    An interesting mix of things to consider: a few gold pieces including some appealing American currency, ancients with an appeal and interesting history that reflect our belief that “it doesn’t have to be expensive to be appealing,” do note the nicer Greek ...

  2. Welcome to E-Auction 19!

    We try to find interesting things for our sales, unusual but fascinating byways of numismatics and this catalog has its share of items you don’t ordinarily see. The ancient section may at first seem to be just another list but the surprise here is the low ...

  3. Henry VII: “Tentative Issue” groat

    Auction 36, Lot 142 “Groats of the latter period of his reign provide us with what are possibly the most beautiful example of the moneyer’s art to be found in the coinage of our country.” Raymond Carlyon-Britton made this observation in an article ...

  4. Auction 36 Opening Thoughts (written at the end of catalog production)

    There are some amazing coins in this catalog, the kinds of coins that lovers of this material sell last or only when their entire collection is let go. Fine Greek art is on display, from the magnificent Lockett Collection Siculo-Punic tetradrachm with its ...

  5. A Beginning And a Finishing Up

    Welcome to E-Auction 18! The photos on the back cover of the print version of the catalog introduce a major collection of English copper, tin and bronze coins formed by someone I have known since the 1970s, Frank Robinson. I knew he was an attorney and ...

  6. Welcome to E-Auction 17!

    Serious collections built over a long time include many unusual things in addition to the main concentration. Sometimes there are infrequently seen items like the three inexpensive Henry VI episcopal pennies (lots 75 to 77). The manuscript hinting at a ...

  7. Welcome to E-Auction 16!

    Welcome to E-Auction 16! Our largest E-Auction to date, this sale includes a broad selection of ancient Greek and Roman, British hammered and milled, tokens, and much more. In the ancient section we have a scarce electrum hemihekte (lot 1), an Athenian ...

  8. Welcome to E-Auction 15!

    This auction features an interesting and varied ancient section-- from a lovely hemidrachm portraying Cleopatra VII as Aphrodite (lot 9), to a small and interesting group of Roman Egypt coins, including a particularly choice and scarce Augustus 40 drachms ...

  9. OF FARTHINGS AND FOUL-UPS-- focus on farthings and mint errors

    Welcome to E-Auction 14! This no buyer's fee sale contains 108 choice lots of coins, tokens, medals, and books; closing March 30th, 2016. Our ancient section is small but significant. The highlight is the rare and beautiful stater of Lokris Opuntii ...

  10. Rethinking the Henry Darnley Ryal (lot 291)

    Henry Darnley, a cousin of both Elizabeth I and Mary, became Mary’s husband in 1565. A dashing but dissolute spouse, Henry began scheming early on to become the real rather than the titular king on the Scottish throne. In these intrigue driven times, ...

  11. Opening Thoughts for Auction 35

    A British collection formed over several decades anchors this auction. Building a definitive collection such as this takes time, study and patience, and the willingness to buy when opportunities arise. Almost all the coins came from the American ...

  12. Fall in Minnesota

    Fall has come to Minnesota, and with it a new auction! E-Auction 13 is now live, featuring 100 lots of coins, tokens, medals, and more! It closes on Wednesday November 4th. We are also hard at work on our annual January auction. Consignments have been ...

  13. Welcome to E-Auction 11!

    Closing July 22nd, 2015 starting at 10 A.M. CDT. Place your bids here on our website, or via email, mail, phone, or fax! This sale has 100 lots of attractive and affordable coins and tokens, from Greece and Rome to Great Britain and the world. Of special ...

  14. Welcome to E-Auction 9!

    Welcome to E-Auction 9! For this sale we have upped our game with some better material and some interesting ideas: *A run of mints of Edward I and a sampling of the different coinages of Elizabeth I *The Greek bronzes are part of some stock we had in the ...

  15. Welcome to E-Auction 8! And A Note on Bidding

    Welcome to E-Auction 8! This 100 lot auction features an interesting selection of affordable items for you to browse. It closes on Wednesday, March 4th, starting at 10 AM CST. As with all our auctions there is NO BUYER'S FEE, so feel free to bid the ...

  16. Happy New Numismatic Year!

    Remember-- Auction 34 closes on Wednesday, January 21st beginning at 10 AM Central Standard Time (4 PM GMT) Bid online at www.davcoin.com, or by mail, email, phone, or fax This NO BUYER’S FEE sale includes: • Dr. Cedric Raine’s extensive collection of ...

  17. Opening Thoughts for Auction 34 (written at the end of catalog production)

    D r. Cedric Raine, a name familiar to several North American dealers, has been an enthusiastic and dedicated collector of English hammered coins for well over three decades. He has consigned 109 of the early English coins, filling a major portion of this ...

  18. Announcing Davissons Ltd Auction 34, closing January 21 2015

    Unusual Americana pieces are an interesting and seldom offered part of Davissons Ltd. Auction 34, a no-buyers’-fee mail bid and live internet auction closing January 21, 2015. Davissons main focus, British coins, is well covered by a hammered collection ...

  19. Spring 2014

    Spring in Minnesota, when it finally arrives, is always particularly sweet when the winter has seemed so unrelenting. The winter months have been productive for us. The supporting structure of our website has been improved; our library is several steps ...

  20. A Holiday Note and news about Auction 33

    It is cold and snowy in Minnesota-- a white Christmas is inevitable where we live. It seems a good time to thank you for your interest and support over the past year. This first full year of Lief's involvement in our business has been an exciting ...

  21. Opening Thoughts for Auction 32 (written at the end of catalog production)

    C oin catalogs arrive regularly in our office. And there are always sales to view on the internet. Many of the sale catalogs we see are heavyweight, literally and figuratively—works that offer thousands of lots. By comparison, our catalogs are small ...

  22. Auction 32 coming in May, to close June 6th

    The family firm of Allan, Marnie, and Lief Davisson is currently finishing work on their 32nd printed auction, due to close on June 6th, 2013. Print copies will be in the mail in early May, and the sale will be posted online at that time. Auction 32 is ...

  23. E-Auction 1 Is Now Live

    Our first ever E-Auction is now live! It consists of 100 carefully selected lots, spanning more than 2300 years of history. Lots will close on our website every 40 seconds or so, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6th. Print copies were sent to all the ...

  24. Something old, something new

    W elcome to our 31st Auction and our first involving our new partner, our son Lief. While the format of the printed catalog has not changed much since Auction 30, there are two major changes about our business and this auction: First, there are now three ...

  25. Numismatic musings

    December 2010 Comments on the coin market? Anyone who follows this particular market recognizes the counter-flow with respect to other markets. Prices are high; demand is great; inventories are low. This is true of the finest pieces, the rarities, the ...

  26. Numismatic musings

    Stability is a great but reluctant economic friend for those of us whose passions tend toward these little bits of metal that have helped define two and a half millennia of human exchange. The rise and fall of markets, of value and even of nations is ...

  27. A brief introduction to the sale and a few thoughts about the overall market

    Greek coinage represents the beginning of this means of exchange with beauty and style as yet unmatched after 2600 years of minting money. The Greek section in this catalog is largely one collection. It has been a rare privilege and a joy to handle a ...

  28. December 2007

    The completion of our 26th auction carries with it a feeling of satisfaction and even excitement about the material. I have been viewing printed sheets as they come off the press so that any final adjustments to the color can be made before the catalogs ...

  29. March 2007

    This space has been blank for two months for no better reason than the demands of our business since December. In the past two months, we have attended coin shows in Florida and New York and I spent a week in London attending a coin show and seeing ...

  30. November 2006

    Fall marks the beiginning of the numismatic year much as it marks the new academic year. This is not as obvious to American collectors because major coin fairs are held in the United States throughout the summer. This includes the ANA show, arguably the ...

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