Choice English Coins
The coins listed on these pages are available for sale now. All coins have been graded and encapsulated by LCGS and come in the LCGS plastic holder.
Many collectors believe quite rightly that the higher the grade of their acquisitions the better, so what could be more appealing than Finest Known (also known as best extant) examples.
It is not uncommon to see coins described on dealer's lists as "the best we have seen", or "surely the finest known", and although these items will certainly be nice coins a real Finest Known designation must be a comparative measurement rather than a matter of opinion.
We believe the numeric third party grading systems supply the necessary comparative measurement by attaching a numeric grade. So where we have a coin type such as a 1903 6d where over 50 different examples of this date and denomination have been graded by LCGS, the highest known grade so far is their UNC 85 of which there are 9 examples. If in future a 1903 6d was graded as UNC 88 or better this one therefore by statistical empirical fact would be the Finest Known and anyone else contending that they owned a superior example would need to prove it by submitting it for grading before they could ask a premium price for the piece.
Below is a selection of stock which LCGS has graded which are currently Finest Known examples either by series, denomination/monarch date or variety.