Welcome to E-Auction 28

This is our fifth E-Auction for 2018. With well over 900 lots offered in E-Auctions and 390 lots in our major February sale, a small company that publishes just over 1300 lots in a year sounds a bit modest—this in an era where large auctions with thousands of lots published in phone book-sized catalogs abound.

Yet, we feel as if we have hit our stride. We can craft sales that regularly offer items from areas we have always focused on: the ancient world and the British Isles. And we can reach out into other numismatic byways, offering coins, tokens, medals, and numismatic miscellanea that expand our horizons and hopefully yours as well.

While what we are able to offer is controlled by what we acquire or have consigned, we also reach out seeking material in new areas. Lately, my fondness for United States type coins and the American colonial period has been on display. As our recent catalogs show, we have been seeking out American colonial and U.S. material emphasizing collectability in a more old world tradition—i.e. “raw” coins and appealing “used” coins.

This catalog has plenty to offer from our more “usual” offerings. Look at the front cover for a quick overview: a gorgeous Henry VII angel, an example of the rare first official coronation medal, issued for James I (two choice examples sold in September went for over $3700 and $6000 respectively), an interesting variety of a high grade early Indian head cent, a classic Corinthian stater, and a choice Æthelred II penny. Check out the back cover too.

A highlight of the ancient section is a small group of Roman Britain coins that samples an important numismatic era in the over two millennia continuous history of British coinage. This period is cataloged in the Standard Catalog of British Coins as well as in the standard Roman references. The coins are distinctive and, for the most part, inexpensive. 

The long-term collecting efforts of Frank Robinson have enriched our English milled coinage section. This catalog continues the half crown series and our major February 2019 auction will include some of the important rarities from the series including a choice 1905 crown, one of the rarest currency issues of England in the 20th century

Some high grade and attractive tokens, a smattering of world coins, a bit of early American copper and early type, and some fascinating medals—historic in some cases, simply beautiful in a couple of other cases. And, to round it all out, a selection of important references complete this sale.

Our next catalog will be our annual major sale. Look for it early in 2019!

Best wishes to you and yours for the holidays.

Allan Davisson

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


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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