Welcome to E-Auction 39

Here is the latest in our ongoing series of E-Auctions that began with the arrival of Lief and his digital skills in 2012. We designed the print versions to be less expensive to produce and sized to qualify for the least expensive First Class Mail service, so that we could offer less expensive material but still present it with high quality cataloging and photography, and continue to provide print catalogs for all our sales to all our friends and loyal customers.

From the outset, we have strived to make “less expensive” not be “less interesting” or “less desirable.” We seek out material that is historic, artistic, appealing, and still within most budgets. The vast history of humans making and collecting coins provide us with a rich pool of material to draw from. Look for historical notes online. Due to the large number of lots we ran out of catalog space for some of them.

A bit of gold opens our sale. Then comes high grade and attractive, rare and unusual, ancient Greek and Roman silver and bronze spanning the ancient world and the centuries—the Greek mainland, Sicily and the islands including Thasos and the Cyclades, a nice offering of coins from the unparalleled BCD Collection of coins of the Peloponnesos, Italy, Britain, and Asia Minor. Look for old collection provenances and many coins with vineyard themes of wine--Dionysos, satyrs, urns, and grape clusters; attractive Roman Republican silver, large flan Imperial bronze, some nice Roman Britain, and some appealing large provincial bronzes, ending with several exquisite condition late Roman bronzes.

The British section samples several areas—an Anglo-Saxon sceat (the recent Tony Abramson sale in London achieved remarkable prices for this series), a bit of short cross, long cross coinage, a rare first issue shilling of Charles II with Thomas Simon’s remarkable portrait (an example that appears a bit less fresh sold for $12,500 in London last December; this piece has a superb portrait and a bend in the field, so the estimate is less than a third the London price); a smattering of choice milled coinage including a couple of remarkable copper pieces of George III, a bit of special Scottish, a bit of Irish siege money—in other words, a broad range of British coinage.

The Mike Sussman collection of tokens includes some interesting themes—a bit of naval history, some London building pennies, and political and social issues featuring some of the free speech advocates who fought against the restrictiveness of Georgian England.

We ranged widely in the World coins we picked for our ongoing offering from the collection inspired by James Snowden’s “U.S. Mint Collection as published in 1860.” Some unusual and not-so-unusual but high grade U.S. material and two pages of medals conclude the sale.

Allan Davisson

Wednesday, April 14, 2021


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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