the Collection










COLLECTORS REFERENCE AREA


The reference is organised by Monarch, and then by denomination.  Think of it as a virtual coin cabinet.  Notice that the menu structure is different, compared to the rest of the website.   The menu at left is the familiar top menu transposed.

To avoid people stumbling across endless links that go nowhere, I will keep updating this list of where I have got to:


Elizabeth II: Farthings, halfpennies, pennies, threepence, sixpence, shillings, florins, halfcrowns, crowns
George VI: Farthings, halfpennies, pennies, threepence, sixpence, shillings, florins, halfcrowns, crowns
George V: Farthings


Anywhere else, there may be some useful information, there may not yet!



Scope


The objective has been to collect, in as high a grade as possible, one of each currency piece from 1797 to 1967.

I do like to specialise somewhat on varieties, and where they exist but are not included, I have tried to make the rationale for their exclusion clear.  I consider the hunt for scarce varieties to be coin collecting at its very purest, and the last arena in which we mere mortals can still hunt for treasure.

The collection only includes those coins intended to be spent, with a few exceptions in the later Crowns, just for the sake of completeness.  It does not cover:


Standard numismatic reference works

Any serious coin collector will soon find themselves collecting coin books too.  There are plenty more, but these are the ones I am likely to have referred to.

Reference works

British Silver Coins since 1816 - Peter Davies

British Silver Coins since 1816
Peter J. Davies
published 1982

Comprehensive listings of varieties and widely used numbering system.  Does include values from 1982 which are still useful to indicate relative scarcities.


Referred to as "Davies"

The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain - Michael Freeman

The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain
Michael J. Freeman
3rd edition 2006

Comprehensive listings of varieties and widely used numbering system.  Does include values from 2006 which are still useful to indicate relative scarcities.  Rarity scale R20-C20.


Referred to as "Freeman"

English Silver Coinage since 1649 - Rayner

English Silver Coinage from 1649
P. Alan Rayner
5th edition 1992

Essential for pre-1816 silver, and still very useful for dates after that.  Rarity scale R7-C3.  Widely used numbering system.



Referred to as "ESC"

English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum 1558-1958 - C.W.Peck

English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum 1558-1958
C. Wilson Peck
2nd Edition 1970

Essential for pre 1860 copper, and still very useful for dates after that.  Rarity scale PU-EXC.  Widely used numbering system.


Referred to as "Peck"

Identification of British 20th Century Silver Coin Varieties - David J. Groom

The Identification of British 20th Century Silver Coin Varieties
David J. Groom
published 2010

Much more comprehensive than either ESC or Davies for the period 1900 onwards, even including some varieties not included by them.  More detailed descriptions and clearer photographs.  Some scarcity information.

Referred to as "Groom"

Identification of British 20th Century Bronze Coin Varieties - David J. Groom

The Identification of British 20th Century Bronze Coin Varieties
David J. Groom
published 2009

Much more comprehensive than either Peck or Freeman for the period 1900 onwards, even including some varieties not included by them.  More detailed descriptions and clearer photographs.  Some scarcity information.

Referred to as "Groom"


Price Guides

Spink's Coins of England and the United Kingdom - Philip Skingley

Spink's Coins of England

Annually published price guide and an excellent visual reference.  Covers a wider date range than any other publication.  If you only have one coin book, have this one.

Can be a little generous on values, and does tend to ignore most varieties.

Collectors Coins GB

Collectors Coins GB

Published annually (ish) by Chris Perkins, the founder of predecimal.com and its legendary forum.

Probably the most accurate of all the price guides and also devotes more space to varieties than most.

British Coins Market Values

British Coins Market Values

Useful as a sanity check as the values quoted are always far below those in Spink.  Very basic listings without many variety references.  Published annually.

Coin Yearbook

Coin Yearbook

Published annually by Token Publishing, the people behind Coin News.  Tends to be lower than Spink, and a little more generous than BCMV, but not by much.  Very thin on varieties.


The other real must-have


Standard Guide to Grading British Coins

The Standard Guide to Grading British Coins
Derek Francis Allen

The definitive and visually delightful guide to correct grading of coins.  If every coinie had a copy of this, then eBay, and perhaps the world, would be a better place. 

Do the right thing and buy one.

Oh, and one of my coins is in it!  : )