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Offline FosseWay

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Charing Cross collectors' market
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:56:16 PM »
I may be in London on Saturday 23 December. Does anyone know (a) whether the market in the concrete bunker next to Embankment tube is still going in general, and (b) whether it is likely to run two days before Christmas?

The website given on e.g. numista for the market appears not to work any more.

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Re: Charing Cross collectors' market
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 05:12:50 PM »
I don't think there's a good answer to the question, unless it'll be closed. Given the time of the year, some regular dealers won't show up, but nobody knows how many. Even the weather that morning or the day before may play a role.

I would suggest you change your approach. Think of it as visiting the shops of Philip Cohen and Colin Narbeth, both in walking distance, with a possible side trip to Charing Cross. Personally, I bought more from from Cohen than from all the dealers in Charing Cross together...

Peter
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Re: Charing Cross collectors' market
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 05:51:38 PM »
Fosseway,

I will be in London the next 2 saturdays and I will be at the Charing Cross market at least one of those.  I talk to some of the sellers to get their thoughts on the level of attendance on such a day.  As Peter says, the two stores on Cecil Ct.  are a worthwhile visit.  I also recommend visiting the Baldwin's offices on the Strand for their selection of books.  I generally also visit CoinCraft near the British Museum but rarely purchase much due to their prices.  Diligent searching there can yield interesting finds though. 
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Re: Charing Cross collectors' market
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 08:09:16 AM »
Thank you for the suggestions for alternatives  :)

I take it that the market is still going, though? I take the points about the weather, Christmas etc. - it was more that I wasn't finding many signs of life at all in the past 6 months or so and the publicised homepage is evidently not working.

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Re: Charing Cross collectors' market
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 05:35:25 PM »
Yes.  I believe the market is going strong.  This URL is working for me: http://www.charingcrossmarket.com.  Is it the one you tried?  In any case, I will post a first hand report here within the next few weeks.  Best, Terry. 

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Re: Charing Cross collectors' market
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2017, 06:25:32 PM »
Yes.  I believe the market is going strong.  This URL is working for me: http://www.charingcrossmarket.com.  Is it the one you tried?  In any case, I will post a first hand report here within the next few weeks.  Best, Terry.

Cheers.

The ways of the internet are sometimes unfathomable. When I did a search yesterday, before asking the question at the top of this thread, I got mainly hits for http://charingxcollectorsfair.moonfruit.com/, which no longer seems to exist. The link you posted didn't feature, at least not in the first dozen or so results. Now it does, all over the place. Odd, but nice to know it's still going strong!

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Re: Charing Cross collectors' market
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2017, 12:29:21 AM »
FosseWay,

I stopped by the market for a while on each of the Saturdays I was in London on my recent trip.   I spoke with several vendors.  The market will be held on Dec 23 (but not Dec 30) but it sounds like attendance among vendors will be lower than normal.  In general, the highlight of my visits to this market is shopping with Anthony (Tony) Travis, specialist in hammered coins, especially Tudor and Stuart.  This time was no exception as I picked up a very nice and rare Charles I Half Crown, wonderful Elizabeth I Shilling, and Harold I Penny among a few other things.  A number of other vendors had a few things of interest.  Several vendors have BU examples of recent GB and Euro issues pulled from circulation or sets which can be hard for me to get here in the states or as a visitor.  Other than that, a grab bag of GB, world, and ancients is on display.  I was not blown away by anything except some of Tony's.  Unfortunately, I don't think Tony will be there on Dec 23. 

Regarding other things numismatic in London, I also visited Cecil Court.  I stopped in but did not make any purchases with Philip Cohen there but did spend some time and bought some notes from Colin Narbeth and Son.  I also connected with Pavlos Pavlou for the first time on this trip.  He maintains a stall at Gray's Antique Market near the Bond Street tube station (very close to our flat for this trip).  He has a lovely stock of Ancients and Medieval.  Take a look at this vcoins store to learn more. 

Hope this helps. 
 

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Re: Charing Cross collectors' market
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2017, 08:04:09 AM »
Terry, thanks very much for the info. I still don't know whether I will be able to go into town on the 23rd, but if I do it sounds like there are some worthwhile things to do, numismatically speaking.  :)