Welcome to my collection of British coins. My primary interests are in copper and bronze coins, with a few silver denominations thrown in just to make it interesting. This is an example of one of the coins that currently don't fit in to my main collecting areas. 1953 Crown for the coronation of Elizabeth II in Proof 66 Cameo. I have wanted one of these because I like the design, and although they are cheap it is extremely difficult to get them in high grade. This is currently the highest graded at NGC, and I have looked at dozens of raw examples without finding one its equal.
I've been collecting medals in my German States collection for some time, but recently added my first to the British Collection. This is the 1704 bronze commemorating the Battle of Blenheim, NGC 64PL.
2-20-14 - I've updated the Gorge III page with a rare 1812 BoE 18 pence proof pattern token and a recently purchased 3 Shilling piece.
1-19-14 - Well the new auction season has started with the NYINC show, I've updated the site with 2 new halfpenny additions on the Geo. III page. A lovely 1772 in MS65 RD and a very nice 1788 Brown Gilt version in PF66. I've added several new pieces including a lovely tin halfpenny of James II and several new Victoria sixpence's obtained from the sale of the Newman collection.
These pages are set up by ruler, for those that I have a reasonable number of coins, and by type sets for those interested only in specific denominations. The information given is to the best of my knowledge, if you have additional information please feel free to email me.
Bronze and Copper Coin Notes:
Bronze and copper, in addition to a numerical grade, is graded by color. On my listings you will see RD for red, RB for red-brown, and BN for brown. All other things being equal red coins sell for more than red-brown, which in turn sell for more than brown.
I would like to note that some of the most beautiful copper coins you see are graded brown, but with really nice toning and hence often very high prices.
Any references you see to "P" with a number following refers to C. Wilson Pecks volume " English Copper, Tin and Bronze coins in the British Museum 1558-1958". This is a must have reference book for serious collectors of British copper. ESC-xxxx denotes Seaby's English Silver Coins.
Third Party Grading:
NGC refers to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, one of the two leading third party grading (TPG) companies.
PCGS refers to Professional Coin Grading Service, the other of the top two grading companies.
I do on occassion buy coins in ANACS holders as they are often fairly graded and will cross over to the other TPG's at the same grade much of the time. The older small ANACS holders often have real bargains in them that will upgrade under today's grading standards.
The majority of my coins are in NGC holders rather than PCGS. This is not due to any bias on my part but simply because NGC has been grading World coins much longer than PCGS and has a much larger market share. When I submit coins for grading I tend to still use NGC, the turn around time is often shorter and the slabs fit in with each other when I am displaying.
Although the latest version of the NGC slab with the edge view was quite controversial when first issued, mainly due to the prongs intruding on photographs, I have come to prefer them. In particular for early coins with different edge insciptions or patterns it becomes a little easier to see them.
Other countries that I collect can be seen here.