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 with the high art depiction of Persephone, and the Greek hero Ajax who fought in the Trojan War described by Homer in the Iliad (Lot 7). We also offer pieces from a fascinating collection of ancient coins with mint errors (N.B. Lots 4, 10, 12, 13, 14, 19 and 21). Besides attractive hammered coins, the British section includes many appealing farthings, the denomination of daily commerce. Four highlights worth noting are the exquisite Charles II silver penny brockage (Lot 47), the George III halfpenny mint error (Lot 55), the George III pattern “Cartwheel” type farthing (Lot 58), and the George III FDC Irish proof farthing (Lot 77). Collectors call the U.S. draped bust half cent “the little sister” (see Lot 94). There is no such cute nickname for British farthing tokens, but they share a special appeal, and this sale offers many lovely examples. U.S. commemoratives and British Museum replicas of Royal seals (followed by a few bits of important print) close the sale.

We hope you find some things of interest. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, to discuss lots, and to place bids.

Allan, Marnie, & Lief Davisson
Friday, February 26, 2016


How Bidding Works


Davissons Ltd uses a soft close for its auctions, which means no lot closes until everyone is done bidding. Every time a bid is placed within the final 40 seconds of a lot closing, the timer is reset to 40 seconds. This continues until no bids are placed for 40 seconds, at which point the lot closes. There will never be more than one lot closing at once, as the next lot is not allowed to begin closing until the current lot closes.

To bid: enter your maximum bid into the text box, and click submit. Only round dollar amounts are accepted. You are then required to confirm your bid. Once confirmed, all bids are final. If you have placed a bid in error you must call during office hours and speak to one of us. If you are the current high bidder then it will display “Current High Bidder: YOU” If you are not the high bidder, or if you are not logged in, then the current high bidder will be identified by their 5 digit client ID. You may find your client ID under the Account tab.

Bids are reduced automatically, so feel free to bid your maximum and it will be reduced to one increment over the current high bid. If a user places a bid that is higher than necessary to be the current high bidder on the lot, the displayed bid will reflect one advance over the next lower bid. For example, if a user "A" places a bid of $120 on a lot which opens at $100, "A" will be winning that lot at $100. If another user "B" bids $110, the winning bidder will be "A" at $120, one advance over the supporting bid of $110. If user "B" in this example instead placed a bid at $120, then user "A" will still be winning at $120 because they placed that maximum bid value first.

Increments can be viewed here. The next bid will always be on the next increment, so if a user is winning a lot at $100, or $105, or $109, the next bid will still always be $110.

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