The cur­rency of the col­lec­tor

Western Mail - - BUSINESS WALES - An­themion hold valu­a­tion days ev­ery Fri­day be­tween 10am and 4pm, for ev­ery­thing from coins, jew­ellery and spe­cial­ist col­lec­tors items, to fur­ni­ture, paint­ings and ce­ram­ics. It is now ac­cept­ing items for fu­ture auc­tions. For any queries please con­tact Anth

THERE is ev­i­dence that coins and cur­rency have been col­lected from as early as medieval times. Dur­ing the re­nais­sance, it was a popular hobby among the more priv­i­leged classes, in­clud­ing kings and queens, and by the 18th cen­tury, in ad­di­tion to coin col­lect­ing, the study of cur­rency, known as nu­mis­mat­ics, emerged as an aca­demic dis­ci­pline.

The rea­sons for col­lect­ing coins can vary enor­mously; for some, it is mo­ti­vated by in­vest­ment, and is in­tended to ac­cu­mu­late worth largely based on the metal value of the coins.

Many col­lec­tors how­ever, are hob­by­ists, col­lect­ing for the pure en­joy­ment of the coins aes­thetic value. Of th­ese col­lec­tors, some spe­cialise in coins of a par­tic­u­lar theme, for in­stance the type of art­work de­picted, oth­ers may col­lect based on the na­tion­al­ity of the coin, or a cer­tain his­tor­i­cal pe­riod.

An of­ten sought coin type is the er­ror coin, where some dis­crep­ancy in the mint­ing process has caused a small run of coins which dif­fer in some as­pect from their coun­ter­parts.

At An­themion Auc­tions in Cardiff, there is a buoy­ant mar­ket for coins.

In the Septem­ber gen­eral sale, a lot con­tain­ing two al­bums of Vic­to­rian sil­ver crowns, half crowns, shillings and other coins, sold for £1,200. In the same sale, a fur­ther lot con­tain­ing a col­lec­tion of pre dec­i­mal coins, Churchill crowns and Royal Mint Nu­mis­matic coin sets, sold for £550.

All auc­tions at­tract na­tional and in­ter­na­tional bid­ders, and are avail­able for live we­b­cast bid­ding, so col­lec­tors come from far and wide to find pieces re­lat­ing to their cho­sen spe­cial­ity.

The auc­tion mar­ket sees coins go un­der the hammer from many coun­tries and his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods, as well as ban­knotes and other fi­nan­cial arte­facts.

In An­themion’s fine art and col­lec­tors sale on Au­gust 22, a bank of Eng­land £5 note from 1920 sold for £450, and a Vic­to­rian “Gothic” crown from 1847 sold for £1,150.

A Vic­to­rian ‘Gothic’ crown sold for £1,150

A Bank of Eng­land £5 note from 1920

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