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Biographical Details

I began collecting coins in 1965. Mostly US material. Collections were formed and sold, and there was much rejoicing. In the late 1990's I was introduced to British tokens by David Litrenta. We became close friends and I helped him to curate his collection before it was sent off to DNW for auction. Since then, I have focused almost exclusively on the 18th century token series.

Some years ago, the good folks at Baldwins asked me to help them organize their token holdings. For over five years I rummaged about in their basement looking in boxes and cabinets and trays, and pulling out tokens that, for the most part, had been waylaid or misplaced or hidden for nearly a century or more. Over the course of those years I examined tens of thousands of tokens, many representing original acquisitions from the collections of James Atkins, John Dudman, Richard Dalton, Samuel Hamer, Frederick Lincoln, and Francis Cokayne. It was not only a wonderful numismatic adventure, but a true privilege, as well - and I am quite cognizant that a similar experience is not likely to be repeated.

About 4000 of those tokens were catalogued and auctioned in three sales from 2014-2016. The last of the three, Baldwins Auction 102 on 4 October 2016, turned out to be the last, and final, auction conducted exclusively under the Baldwin name. It was a good run.

Access to Baldwins "Basement" stock provided an unparalleled opportunity to not only examine a large quantity of tokens, but a large quantity of tokens that had remained unhandled for a very long time. For the most part they had not only retained their original surfaces, but many had acquired a bit of basement patina, as well. Early on in the cataloguing process, it was decided to leave the tokens alone and not to remove any accumulated detritus nor brush them up in any way. Those actions would have to await the desires of their new custodians. 

The quantity of tokens also provided an opportunity to view multiple examples of identical, or similar, varieties. As a result I was able to study die states, die progression, and surface characteristics is a way that would not have been possible otherwise. While I was able to develop a greater appreciation of the series, I was also struck by just how much more there is to know - and my education continues.

 

Web Site Functionality

The system is now set up to accept credit card and Paypal payments online. Payment is also accepted via check if drawn upon a US bank, or via wire transfer. Please contact me for details. Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail and tracked; orders above $2500 will generally be sent Registered, unless requested otherwise. Should you have a question, or would like to arrange for a different shipping and/or payment method, please do contact me directly.

I can ship to some international locations. Please contact me for details.

I am sure there are going to be some glitches. Please let me know if you run across any issues as the site is intended to be as user-friendly as possible. Comments are welcome! Many thanks!


 

Terms and Conditions

Life should not be so complicated. All items are guaranteed to be as described.

All numismatic items are retained in secure bank vaults. I do not maintain a retail location. However, I am perfectly happy to make personal appointments when appropriate and convenient to everyone.

For new customers, please allow sufficient time for clearance of funds, as well as for shipping. Payment is accepted through a secure server, via credit card or Paypal, cash, check, or wire transfer. Layaway payment terms may be available for some items. Please contact me for details.

I travel a lot. As such, please be patient. When I'm away, it's likely that items may not be able to be shipped until my return. Conversely, should you require delayed shipment, or alternative means of delivery, please do contact me in advance. 

Anything purchased may be returned for any reason within fifteen days as long as it is in the original packaging and in the same condition as when acquired. No questions asked. Refunds are sent promptly.

If you choose to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the "Complete Orders" link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. I will notify you via e-mail of your refund once I've received and processed the returned item.

It has always been my intent to develop and maintain long-term relationships with my clients and members of the numismatic community. Please do let me know if there is anything I can do to be of service. 

Contact

Gary Groll

P O Box 717

Corvallis, OR 97339

info@garygroll.com