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Record price for UK coin

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on March 1st 2019

Recently at a Baldwins Of St. James auction in New York a price of $1,080,000 (£845,000) was paid for a 1703 VIGO Five Guineas. The price is a world record for a British coin sold at auction. It was sold in a slab and graded MS62.


The coin is a very famous and historic coin. The VIGO coins came about because just as Queen Anne ascended the throne, the War of Spanish Succession broke out. The war was, in essence, a conflict between two sides that were each seeking dominance in Europe. On one side were the Habsburg Empire, the English and the Dutch Republic, on the other the French and the Bourbon Spanish.

One of the earliest engagements in the war was the Battle of Vigo Bay, situated off north west Spain, on October 23, 1702; it was a major disaster for the French and Spanish, with all of their ships either destroyed or captured, in fact so decisive was the victory for the Anglo-Dutch that it was instrumental in leading the Portuguese King Peter II to turn away from his alliance with Spain and go over to the other side! Not only was the victory a huge boost for morale, but it was also good for the war effort too, as the captured ships yielded a large amount of Silver and Gold. Admittedly there wasn’t as much as the allies were hoping for as a great deal of it had already been off-loaded, but it is estimated that somewhere in the region of 4,500 pounds of silver and seven and a half pounds of gold was captured.

This was subsequently delivered to the Royal Mint and, at the behest of the Queen, coins made from it were stamped with the mark VIGO so as to “Continue to Posterity the Remembrance of that Glorious Action”. As well as a small number, fewer than 20, of the Five Guineas, Guineas and Half-Guineas were also struck and from the Silver came Crowns, Shillings and Sixpences. All VIGO coins are sought after and command a substantial premium over unmarked coins of the same year, but they do so not simply because they are rare, but because of the story behind them.

We shouldn’t be surprised of course, think of the other record breaking coins—the Coenwulf Penny (the first time the name London was used on a coin); the 1933 Double Eagle (from the Farouk collections, the only one allowed to be owned by a collector); the 1933 Penny (struck at the behest of King George V even though Pennies weren’t needed that year); the Edward VIII coins (the coins that never were); the 1794 flowing Hair Dollar (one of the first dollar coins ever made) and so on. Each is a rarity in its own right yes, but there is more to them than that—each has a story behind it, something that takes its appeal beyond that of just a lump of metal, no matter how rare or beautiful, and on to a different level.

It is always worth remembering though that coins have stories too and whilst not every one will be as interesting as the VIGO or 1933 Double Eagle tale, there may be more to the pieces in your collection than you realise. So next time you’re checking condition, die varieties et al think bigger, wonder what story that the coin you now own might be able to tell you, see beyond the metal into history. You’ll be amazed at what you may find.

I would like to thank Coin News from which this is an abridged version of their March editorial

Christmas is here (almost) - So...we have uploaded more coins

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on December 7th 2018

We have today uploaded a stack of new material, noteworthy material includes a remarkable collection of USA, some lovely Canadian, and a good range of early banknotes. We hope you'll have a look.

We now have to accept that 90% of the population are in Christmas mode, I know several people who stopped for the holidays on Friday 7th December -  Yes really!

We have been asked when we will be working over Christmas. I can't really answer that as I don't know. if you want to buy a coin, have a chat, sell some coins or ask some questions, the simple answer is call, e-mail, or Facebook/Twitter us. I won't be offended if you contact us on Christmas day (I probably won't reply to you, but I am quite hard to offend, and you get a reply and probably sooner than you think). All we ask is that you don't call Sundays, we don't work on Sunday.

Apart from that, if I am here, replying to e-mails, picking up a phone or posting on here, then you know I am working.

Record number of coins on our website

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on November 20th 2018

If its true that size matters, then its also true that quantity matters too. If you look at our website listing right now, you will find around 12,200 coins you can buy. Its important for us to have a huge number, because that way we can cater for everybody. You might think, why do we need to list so many, isn't this number too many? Well we'd answer no and the following illustration might help. We have no fewer than 9 examples of 1829 Shilling. We have an AUNC £595, NEF £210, AVF £55, GF £39.50, Fine £27.50, NF £22.50, Fair £15, Poor+ £7.50, NFair holed £5.

Now you might think there would be no demand for holed coins, in very low grade, and if you did you would be wrong, we sell most of our listed holed coins.  The Poor+ has got little  more than a clear date, but plenty of collectors are happy with a clear date. The Fair is £15 and for an individual coin, that is the budget for probably 25% of our customers, and so I could go on. Each coin is aimed at a specific type of collector. We want to sell to kings, we want to sell to paupers and everybody in between.

So it is a VERY extensive list. Areas where we have added especially large numbers of coins include Sovereigns, Crowns, Half Crowns, Hammered and Scottish. We hope you can add to your collection. We are always here to advise.

September 2018 catalogue

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on September 6th 2018

We have been issuing lists now for 21 years and the September list, number 134 is our latest instalment. We have always prided ourselves on having an extensive list and we hope you agree that this is about as extensive as it gets. We like to highlight the areas where we have bought particular collections, to show where you will find the new stock, but this time we have bought so many collections, it is hard to know where to begin. We do quite literally have more of everything.

If you collect Gold you should be happy, all areas of Gold have increased, particularly smaller Gold, the Britannias both Gold and Silver are always popular and we have bought them in too. All the standard denominations feature in larger numbers, and unlike some dealers we value Bronze and Copper coinage. We bought a fabulous collection of Pennies and there are virtually no dates and few varieties which we are now missing.

We have been looking to build up our stock of Maundy sets too. At one time we had quite a skimpy selection, not now, we have no less than 126 sets, including the complete run from 1866-1887. Many in original boxes. I could go on, but you get the picture.

One more thing I need to bring to your attention. WE HAVE CHANGED OUR BANK. So if you are paying money in you need to do so to:

R. J Ingram (Santander) Sort code 09-01-34  Account number 69090588.  

List 133 now online...

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on July 5th 2018

Its a sensational list, more than 12,000 coins are included, and some are once in a lifetime coins, like the 1853 Crown; but above all else we are proud that it is a very extensive list. We have tried to get EVERY date and wherever possible, we have tried to get multiple grades listed, because we are acutely aware that not everybody is a millionaire and coin collecting cannot just be a rich mans hobby.  That said as in all walks of life, money helps and if you do have a few tens of K to spend, please spend it with us!

We do love feedback so if you are looking for anything, or have any constructive comments about our site, we do really want to hear them. Here's hoping for a good result against Sweden...


List number 1 September 1997. Just uploaded list 132 May 2018

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on May 11th 2018

When we issued our first list 21 years ago, we had no idea we would one day be issuing list 132. Essentially the first list was a trial, we thought we would see how it went. It went well, we went for list number 2 a couple of months later, and we have been issuing them every 2 months ever since. Its not always been a smooth ride, ill health, babies, and the complications of modern life, have occasionally got in the way, but we are quite organised people and to a considerable degree we have issued a list on the second week of every odd month since September of 1997.

The internet was a game changer. We were on very early indeed, about a year into the business. That was a very basic site, and initially we had very few sales through it. In the early days, probably one a month, these days on a busy day it can be once an hour! We have throughout our time always issued lists. In recent years the internet has provided a larger slice of the sales cake, and today, a majority of our sales are through the site. Most dealers who went online in the late 1990's are no longer issuing lists, we still are and plan to continue into the foreseeable future.

Indeed we now issue a 64 page list, A4 size in response to many of our customers saying they struggled to read the small print. If you want a hard copy of our catalogue we will be delighted to add you to our mailing list. Alternatively you can see the pdf. The pdf is a full list of our stock. The catalogue has to fit into 64 pages, so some items have to be left out. Whichever way you look at our coins, we thank you for doing so. Enjoy the new list and remember we always value feedback.

Spring list uploaded

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on March 5th 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have just uploaded our Spring list 131 to our website and we hope you will find time to have a good look at it. Like everyone else, recent times have all been about the snow. We have lived in Southampton since 1980 and I am not sure we have ever experienced anything like it. Certainly it has been problematic posting out orders, because if the post offices aren’t open, we can’t use them! Nonetheless, the hope is that things will return to normal in the next few days, and certainly by the time we post our hard copies out, which is scheduled to be in a week or so’s time.

If you do get a chance to look at the new list, you will find a record number of items listed. The figure is close to 11,500. Because we do have such a huge stock, not all of it can squeeze into our catalogue. That runs to 64 pages of A4 text, but we do spill to several sheets beyond that. However the pdf is the full listing and is the place to go if you want to see everything.

What is most notable about the new list is the amazing variety of items on offer. The biggest growth areas have been in Hammered, especially a vast collection of Charles and James Farthings, virtually all the Peck numbers are covered so if you collect these, this is the list for you. We have also added, stacks of Banknotes, plenty of US, we have a new 5 Guineas from 1688, and plenty of Gold, Silver, Copper and Bronze as per usual. Notably we have bought in nice collections of Shillings and Silver Threepences. Our Foreign selection is ever expanding too, and covers about 25% of the complete listing.

Over the 21 years of our existence our catalogue size and shape has changed, and we are now publishing an A4 size catalogues. We began this with list 129 in response to collectors telling us that they were struggling to read the print. We are thus continuing with this size for the forseeable future. If you would like a copy just let us know.

As ever our new catalogue was a pleasure to put together, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We always love to hear your feedback, so do contact us.


Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on January 12th 2018

Happy New year to everybody and we hope you will have a wonderful time collecting coins. Our NEW YEAR 2018 LIST has now been uploaded to our site. It has, as always, involved a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

A lot of dealers will tell you its really hard to get new stock, this is nonsense, as our list shows. We have bought lovely collections of Gold, Half Crowns, Shillings, Copper, Hammered, including an extensive selection of James 1st farthings; as well as heaps and heaps of new foreign.

We hope you enjoy looking through our new list. Always feel free to contact us, we are always happy to offer advice on any area of coin collecting. Best wishes.

We are always buying coins

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on January 12th 2018

We buy a lot of coins, every day, sometimes several times a day we are taking in someones collection. And it does vary enormously. On one day last week we bought a fantastic collection of coins, including a 5 Guineas, some slabbed Gold, an 1831 Crown and much more besides. The following day we bought a quarter of a ton, of mostly junk. It consisted of bags and bags of 1967 Pennies, and a whole bunch of sealed bags of Brass threepences. Lots and lots of other stuff and if you are looking to buy bulk coins, do give us a call. Most of what we bought will probably go to the local scrap metal dealers. The material we have is unlikely to be wanted by anybody else, its akward to store and difficult to move. So to the tip we go, unless anyone is looking for a huge amount of bulk coins.

List 129 is here

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on November 17th 2017

We have recently uploaded list 129 to our website and we hope you will find time to peruse it. We always try to have a very extensive listing, and this one certainly is that. It has over 11,200 coins, our record number ever. So much have we got, that a sizeable chunk has had to be omitted from our 64 page catalogue. more on that below. What is most notable about the new list is the sheer variety on offer. The two biggest growth areas have been in Decimals and Foreign coins. A few years ago, we sold very few Decimals, in truth they were regarded as the "poor mans collection". No longer, sparked by the Olympic 50p issues, we now sell a huge amount of Decimals and many command serious prices. Modern proof sets are now sought after. We have the collectors sets from 2013-2017 for between £175 and £260 each, and we are not expensive. We now devote about a third of our entire listing to foreign coins, we may be leaving the EU, but interest in all things foreign is growing in leaps and bounds.

Over the 20 years of our existence our catalogue size and shape has changed, and this issue sees it become an A4 size. We have had many comments over recent time to the effect that some folk struggle to read the print. We ourselves have sometimes had difficulty,  so we have finally done what many have asked and increased the size. Still 64 pages long, it is now much easier to read, though less handy to pop into your back pocket! The change has come because you our customers requested it, and we do need your feedback. So good or bad, tell us what you think, and if enough of you don't like the new size, then we will return to the smaller size.

In these days of buying online, we do realize that many of you no longer require a paper copy, and that's fine; however many of you do. The internet is great, but nothing beats sitting in a comfy chair, with a glass of whatever floats your boat, and looking through a catalogue. We do know many of you feel that way, because you tell us. Many are concerned we will stop producing lists. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT, we plan to continue lists, every couple of months for the foreseeable future. It is true that most dealers no longer issue catalogues, but we do and are proud to do so. You can compromise, if you like looking at a list, but don't want a paper copy, you can browse our  pdf. This is from which we produce our list. You get an added bonus as the pdf carries our full listing, not just that which can be squeezed into 64 pages.

Our new catalogue was a pleasure to put together, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. The new catalogue is superb, though we say it ourselves, with lots and lots of new material, including much Silver, Copper and Foreign. We hope you enjoy it and we do love to hear your feedback, so do contact us.  And if you should want a hard copy of our catalogue, just let us know and we will be delighted to add you to our mailing list.

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R. Ingram Coins,
206 Honeysuckle Road,
SO16 3BU,

T: 02380 324258
E: [email protected]