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  1. ArthurD

    Mints and Moneyers

    If you take a look at the SCBI and EMC you can filter by mint as well as monarch and view a comprehensive list of coins for that mint. It's excellent up to and including the Norman period, a bit sketchy for Plantagenet issues. Martin Allen is very approachable and always keen to hear about new discoveries and will also assist with questions.
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    English Hammered Provenance "Ex Lucas".

    Thanks again, the article specifically mentions the pre Conquest coins in the Lucas collection - these are the ones I'm interested in at the moment. I'll take a look for the Glendining and Spink catalogues mentioned. Cheers
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    English Hammered Provenance "Ex Lucas".

    Thanks very much indeed for the replies, much appreciated. I'll carry out some more research around the 1970's. It's a common provenance with hammered from this period so I'm sure there will be some info. somewhere. The coin I bought from the Spink Stewartby auction has a couple of old tickets which should also help me. I spend so much time researching coins before I buy them but this provenance just escaped me! Cheers
  4. HI Folks, my first posting even though I've been reading the forums for a while. I keep seeing a provenance for hammered silver as "ex Lucas" - what or who was Lucas? I've noticed it in particular for Edward The Confessor and Norman period coins. Over the past couple of years I've picked up quite a knowledge of coins from this period but this reference eludes me, I'm probably missing something obvious, not for the first time I hasten to add Any help much appreciated. Thanks
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    Buy the best you can afford

    I always try to buy the best I can afford. I think quality not quantity is the way to go with any collection. Rarity need not be at a huge cost, increase your knowledge, find an area to specialise in and you would be surprised at some of the material available. Personally I enjoy English hammered especially early medieval and medieval. There is a wealth of material available in the short cross penny type but it does need a specialised knowledge and lots or research, but that is the part I enjoy most and of course you learn a lot about history too! Most of all enjoy it whatever you collect, buy something because you like it and and you will never be disappointed, well not often anyway :-)