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Our new list 140 is now online...

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on September 17th 2019

Our Autumn 2019 coin list has now been uploaded to our website. It contains around 12,400 coins, many of which are brand new to this list. This includes a whole bunch of new Gold, large amounts of Silver, including a very extensive range of Half Crowns, Florins, and Shillings. We have a large collection of new Irish and Scottish coins, a stack of new Decimals, and for good measure a very impressive selection of Pennies.

R. Ingram Coins latest PDF

We get asked about Five Guineas a lot. These wonderful coins evoke an image of the UK, when it really did rule the waves. Below follows a brief history of these splendid coins. We have a number listed.


The 5 Guineas was a machine-struck currency coin produced from 1668–1753. It was a gold coin 37 millimetres in diameter and weighing around 42 grams. Although we know it as a 5 Guineas, during the 17th and 18th centuries it was usually known as a five-pound piece, as during the reign of Charles II a guinea was worth twenty shillings. Its value was fixed at twenty-one shillings by a Royal Proclamation in 1717.

The denomination shows the year of striking on the reverse; but also the edge inscription DECUS ET TUTAMEN ANNO REGNI — An ornament and a safeguard, in the year of the reign... — is followed by the regnal year of the monarch, in Latin words.

In the case of Charles II, the regnal year is calculated from the execution of Charles I, so 1668 is ANNO REGNI VICESIMO, the twentieth year of the reign. The edge inscription was put on the coin before the other two sides were struck — in the early years the blanks were cut out from a strip of gold which had been produced by horse power, then the blanks were sent to have the edge inscriptions impressed by a secret process devised by Pierre Blondeau, a former engineer from the Paris mint who jealously guarded his methods. The blanks were then returned to the mint to have the obverse and reverse struck in a hand-operated press. Samuel Pepys gives a long and detailed description of the rolling, cutting, and striking of the blanks in his diary entry for 19 May 1663.

Many of the coins produced up to 1699 have an elephant and castle beneath the monarch's head, indicating that the gold was provided by the Africa Company. Coins of 1703 (Queen Anne ANNO REGNI SECVNDO) have the word VIGO under the Queen's head, indicating that the gold was captured from Spanish galleons in the Battle of Vigo Bay in October 1702. Very few of these coins exist. When they do come to auction they fetch anything up to £500,000.

Settling in at Avonborne Way

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on August 30th 2019

We have been in our new premises now for seven weeks. So far it has gone better than we had feared. We have been receiving post, seeing people, posting out orders to people and buying coins. All good news.
People have found us easily, and we do like to see people so if you want to sell us your collection, want to see some of our stock in the flesh, or just want to have a chat then we would love to see you. Do bear in mind that we do not store coins on the premises though, so we always need notice if you want to see anything.
Our new posties are as great as our old posties, very reliable, and friendly. I know some of you are nervous about the postal service, but you don't need to be, in 22 years, we have had very very few problems. Its as safe as houses (in truth these days probably safer!) .
Remember the new telephone number 023 80275079. We do have a mobile now as well 07730 782810. Do call us.

We have moved - but things still mostly the same

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on July 24th 2019


Well those of you who follow us on social media or are visitors to us, will know that for a LONG time now, we have been preparing to move. Not very far as the crow flies, but an hours journey by public transport from our old Honeysuckle Road address. I am, now a commuter, for the first time since 1977.
Our first day in the new premise was Friday July 12th. As I write these notes 12 days later, it seems like a long time ago, because so much has changed. There is a long way to go before we have everything as we want it, but the computers and printer work, our franking machine works and we are able to do our day to day activities, pretty much as we always have.
We are seeing lots of people at the new place, and we'd love to see you. If you have something to sell, or would like to look at some of our stock it can be arranged; do bear in mind though we need notice to actually arrange the item for you to see.
The July catalogue is pretty new and without doubt the best we have ever issued, so do have a good look.

New List

Posted by: R. Ingram Coins on May 22nd 2019

Our Summer 2019 coin list has now been uploaded to our website. It contains over 12,500 coins, many are new and we have picked up some superb collections of Gold, Silver, Copper, US, Australian, Foreign and much else besides. In particular we have listed many new Sovereigns, Crowns, Shillings, hammered, and Scottish.


We are often asked where we obtain or coins, and our sources are many and varied. One source is from metal detectorists, and if you are keen on detecting, you might find the following story of interest. I am thankful to Wikipedia for it:

It concerns the Lenborough coin hoard. It was discovered, on 21 December 2014, on farmland in the Buckinghamshire hamlet of Lenborough, between Buckingham and Padbury, during a metal detectorist rally organised by the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club involving approximately one hundred people. One of the participants, Paul Coleman, located the coins inside a lead container buried 2 feet under the ground.

Coleman said that he "found a piece of lead and thought it was junk. But then I looked back in the hole and saw one shiny coin. Then I lifted a larger piece of lead and saw row upon row of coins stacked neatly." According to Pete Welch, the founder of the club, the coins were in remarkably good condition: "They're like mirrors, no scratching, and buried really carefully in a lead container, deep down. It looks as though only two people have handled these coins, the person who made them and the person who buried them." They were found covered in clay and silt that had seeped though holes in the lead, but otherwise, they were pristine.

Buckinghamshire County Museum archaeologist Ros Tyrell, the Buckinghamshire Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, was present during the rally to record any objects discovered, and excavated the hoard immediately after it was found. The hoard was taken to the British Museum for examination and conservation.

The hoard consists of 5,252 silver coins. The coins, date from the first half of the eleventh century, and include many coins from the reigns of two Anglo-Saxon kings, Æthelred the Unready (978–1013 and 1014–1016) and Cnut (1016–1035). The coins were wrapped in a sheet of lead.

As the hoard consists of precious metal more than 300 years old, it had to be assessed by a coroner under the terms of the Treasure Act 1996 to determine whether it is treasure. The coins are in such good condition that their total value has been estimated at £1.35 million.

The reasons for the burial of the hoard are unknown. Simon Keynes, Professor of Anglo Saxon at Cambridge University, calls the hoard "difficult to explain" at present, and he wonders whether it is "a hoard of a Viking—his accumulated wealth" or something else. A fuller explanation may be possible when the coins have all been cleaned and it is clearer from which reigns the coins date

Bucks County Museum hopes to save the hoard for the public and must raise the money.
That is what you call a lucky day.

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.

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