Ken Payne is our coin specialist who advises on a huge range of items for auction from ancient, rare and commemorative to modern.

He can handle single coins or entire collections, like that of a Lancaster collector which included Australian Kangaroo, Chinese Panda and Canadian Maple leaf coins, gold coins, Sovereigns and silver bars. Ken will also set up a standalone auction if a single collection warrants it, a recent example being a single-owner collection of mostly modern silver and gold coins from around the world, banknotes and bars. It made £78,000 in our feature auction.

Sovereigns continue to achieve the highest hammer prices in our coin auctions, and Ken regularly has examples from the reigns of William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, George VI & Elizabeth II. A gold 1989 United Kingdom Elizabeth II proof Sovereign three-coin set sold for £1450. Other coins which usually do well are florins and double florins, gold sovereigns, guineas, crowns, half-crowns, rare gold £5, £2 and £1 coins, as well as shillings and sixpences. You’ll also encounter boxes of mixed coins and notes from GB and worldwide in this section, including un-circulated examples.

Ken’s advice to anyone wondering if they have a valuable coin is that they are usually those that have low mintage numbers or those with an error. And to bear in mind that the face value of a £100 gold coin is £100 but its actual bullion price could be nearly £1000 depending on the market – it is best to get expert advice.

We sell to an enthusiastic audience of collectors and traders via our busy saleroom and online bidding, attracting buyers through e-marketing. There’s no better way to reach a local, regional, national and international audience of coin enthusiasts. Do get in touch with us if you are interested in selling items within this section.

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Ken Payne

Expert Valuer

Ken is our specialist in coins, stamps, postcards, and small militaria including medals, badges, small arms and uniforms. He’s also our man for alcohol, wines, spirits and all ephemera including football programmes.

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