Coins Wanted are interested in buying single coins and coin collections.

ENGLISH COINS PRE 1947. SILVER


Coins 1920-1947 inclusive contain 50% silver.

The majority of these coins are only suitable for melting down. However, any rare coins or those of exceptional grade will be appraised separately. We pay for all pre-1947 coins by weight, rather than face value.

Today's price that we will pay for .500 silver is £0.18 pence per gram.

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ENGLISH COINS PRE-1920. SILVER


English coins pre-1920 are .925 sterling silver, i.e. 92.5% silver.

Coins received will be judged individually for condition and numismatic value and offers forwarded accordingly.

A lot of Victorian and earlier coins come to us in very worn conditions, but still produce the odd rarity. Our guarantee is that we will check all pre-1920 coins above melt value. Any remaining coins that are badly damaged or too worn will be weighed and paid at top silver spot price.

Today's price that we will pay for .925 silver is £0.34 pence per gram


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ENGLISH COINS EXCHANGED


Here at COINS WANTED, we pride ourselves on being one of the few dealers able to exchange all English pre-decimal coins at FACE VALUE, with a minimal 20% processing fee deducted.

Decimalisation in the United Kingdom took place on the 15th February, 1971. Under the old currency system of ‘Pounds, Shillings and Pence’, one pound was made up of 240 pence. ‘Pence’ was denoted using the letter ‘d’ – this came from the Latin word ‘denarius’ used in old Roman currency.

Prior to 1971 there were 12 pennies to the shilling and 20 Shillings to the pound. With decimalisation, the old shilling became the new 5p and the old Florin or two shillings effectively became the new 10p.

  • FARTHING 1p per four
  • HALF PENNY 1p per two
  • PENNY 1d 1p
  • BRASS THREEPENCE 3d 1.5p
  • SIXPENCE 6d 2.5p
  • SHILLING 12d 5p
  • FLORIN/2 SHILLING 24d 10p
  • HALFCROWN 30d 12.5p
  • CROWN 60d 25p

The majority of coins we receive at COINS WANTED are post 1900 and low denominations and with the exception of a few rare dates or silver content have only exchange value.

Pre-1900 coins, mainly Victorian and Georgian pennies and half pennies, generally arrive in poor worn out conditions. However, please be assured that all pre-1900 coins will be checked individually and appraised for any numismatic value above their relevant exchange value.

COINS WANTED also exchange discontinued decimal coins. These include the old sized 50 pence pieces, 25 pence crowns (Churchill, Diana etc.), old size 10p and 5p, along with the discontinued small halfpence. We pay out for all of these coins at the rate of 80% face value.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM IF YOU HAVE PRE-DECIMAL COINS TO EXCHANGE.


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HAMMERED COINS AND ANCIENT


Hammered Silver, Saxon, Roman and Ancients

We are happy to offer free appraisals and purchase all early milled, hammered silver, Saxon, Roman or any other early coins. This applies to English or foreign coins, and single coins or collections. Please contact us if you have anything specific that requires an evaluation


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SCRAP SILVER AND GOLD


The majority of gold coins that we receive are sovereigns and half sovereigns.

These are 22ct gold. All gold coins are checked for rare dates, but the majority of sovereigns, post-1900, depend on their bullion content for their value. We pay the daily spot price on submission.

Please feel free to compare this rate to other bullion dealers, as we know that we are paying one of the best rates on the market. Any proof gold, foreign gold and pre-1900 gold coins will be appraised and valued individually.


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FOREIGN COINS PRE-1950


Foreign coins pre-1950 will be individually checked for rarities and valued accordingly.

All foreign coins will be assessed for silver content and valued accordingly. Remaining pre-1950 coins that are too worn or with common dates will be purchased by weight at the rate of £6 per kilogram.


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FOREIGN COINS POST 1950


We sort and exchange most post-1950 coins.

Any coins that are not exchangeable will be weighed and paid at the rate of £3 per kilogram.

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METAL DETECTING FINDS


Bring your metal detecting finds to us for accurate evaluation.

With over 30 years' metal-detecting experience, we are happy to evaluate all finds and coins. We will purchase single coins to whole collections. We are happy to purchase metal detecting scrap and pay top prices for lead, bronze, copper and brass.

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We buy ALL coins.

PRICES & POSTAGE

THE PRICES QUOTED WILL BE PAID ON RECEIPT OF GOODS. FOR LARGE QUANTITIES, OR GOLD, PLEASE CONTACT COINSWANTED 01793 329129 TO CONFIRM A PREFERENTIAL RATE. WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN BEING ABLE TO PAY THE VERY TOP PRICES FOR SILVER AND GOLD.

WE DO NOT CHARGE FOR ANY TESTING OR REFINING FEES. WHAT WE QUOTE IS WHAT YOU RECEIVE. WE WILL PAY THE DAY WE RECEIVE YOUR GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE, BY BANK TRANSFER, CHEQUE, PAYPAL OR CASH.

POSTING

WE RECOMMEND ROYAL MAIL SPECIAL DELIVERY SERVICE. SIMPLY PACKAGE WELL AND POST TO US (ADDRESS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST). PLEASE ENCLOSE:

  • A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF GOODS AND WEIGHTS.
  • NAME AND CONTACT NUMBER
  • METHOD AND DETAILS OF PREFERRED PAYMENT METHOD.
  • PHONE OR EMAIL THAT THE PACKAGE IS BEING SENT.
YOU WILL BE CONTACTED AS SOON AS THE PACKAGE IS RECEIVED.

Current Gold Price

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Some of the world's first coins were produced in Lydia, a region in western Turkey, over 2500 years ago.


Electrum (gold and silver mixture)

Was used for the first coins, but coinage gained popularity when gold and silver coins were introduced.

Coinage was probably developed in Lydia because it was a trading centre and possessed large gold supplies.


Before Coins

Payments were made with metal bullion or by barter. To establish its value, metal was checked for purity and weighed.

The Lydians minted coins of consistent weight and purity to speed up transactions.