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 tale of fatherly concern and the vagaries of love, lot 162, is part of the same collection. These come from a collector whose outstanding English collection anchored our last major auction. We are moving to the end of that collection and items like the US type coins and the investment lot of US proof sets are part of what remains. A Robert Bruce penny is from the same collection, the second such piece we have handled in the last year. If the past is any indication, it will be a while before we have another.

This collector had a good eye and enthusiasm, characteristics that continue to make his collection a pleasure to handle and an opportunity for others to benefit.

While there is more to offer from his collection, starting with our next E-Auction and continuing into our major annual auction (Auction 36 which will close in early February) we will begin featuring another significant collection. It will be primarily milled material in high grades collected with an exhaustive approach—a solid run of early type and varieties ending with an effort to represent all the Victoria-and-on dates of the non-gold English issues. (‘Sorry, no 1933 George V penny.)

Collecting by date has not been the focus for collectors of British coins that it has for US coin collectors with their Whitman boards and Red Books, but prices at auction lately suggest that there is a growing demand for high quality 19th and 20th century issues. I noticed this with Victoria coins a couple of years ago and now I have been tracking prices for 20th century kings—Edward VII, George V and George VI. High grades for many of these issues are particularly difficult to find. The coins are typically common but choice uncirculated examples are very uncommon.

Of course you will continue to see a broad representation of the British series, Celtic to modern, the full two-millennium-sweep of numismatic history. We have been fortunate to be able to continue to offer fascinating and diverse catalogs of ancient, British, and world coins, tokens, medals, and miscellany. We would be delighted to give your collection the same careful attention when the time comes for someone else to treasure what you have owned for a while.

Allan, Marnie, & Lief Davisson
Saturday, September 3, 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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