Sunday, November 25, 2012

Archaeologist Barford endorses WGS Store

Paul Barford, a "British archaeologist living and working in Warsaw Poland. Since the early 1990s" has publicly commented on the WGS Store in a recent online post titled "Pieces of the Past for all....".  Barford notes that the WGS store is an independent web site launched by Wayne G. Sayles subsequent to the December 2011 closure of Sayles and Lavender, LLC which was a Vcoins storefront.  John Lavender still maintains a storefront on the Vcoins site under the business name Moneta Numismatic Services to which WGS remains an active consignor.

Barford points out that the WGS store is currently selling coins from the James Theselius Collection, indicated on the web site as "JTC" in contrast to those from other consignors.  Reverend Theselius formed a highly important collection of Islamic coins over the past two decades, buying from major auctions in the U.S. and abroad as well as from bourses primarily in the Midwestern U.S.  The collection consists of approximately 800 coins from the Umayyad Caliphate to Persian Civic Coinage with a heavy concentration on coins struck under Turkoman, Ilkhan and Central Asian dynasties.  As Barford confirmed, this is one of the largest private collections of Turkoman coins to be sold in recent years.  Also for sale are a number of related books from the Theselius library.  The popularity of these nonclassical coins among collectors is increasing every year.  Of the nearly three hundred lots posted for sale to date, about half have already been sold.  New lots are being posted on a continuing basis.

In keeping with the recommendations posted on this blog last year, each item on the WGS Store is sold with a guarantee of authenticity and of clear title.  Those to whom the seller is unknown can review background and affiliations on the WGS web site under About WGS.

Mr. Barford is apparently followed widely in the Archaeological community and his advertising of the WGS store is very much appreciated considering that many archaeologists are also collectors of coins and antiquities.


Cultural Property Observer said...

Well, it's pretty clear Mr. Barford can't take a joke. Wind him up and watch him take off. He’s now after Arab coins, thinking they were looted as part of the Arab Spring. I’m sure he pines away for the "good old days" days of Saddam when looters would be shot, except of course those closely associated with the Regime. And it was not all that different in Egypt either. Throw the poor farmer in jail for selling off something he finds on his land, while Zahi and friends were using Egypt's cultural heritage for their own purposes....Now that is a system worth defending....

Wayne G. Sayles said...

A subsequent online comment by Mr. Barford suggests that the above post does not reflect his actual feelings. We apologize if that is the case, it seemed like an accurate portrayal of the facts at the time written and certainly was not critical in any way of Mr. Barford. He did indeed advertise the WGS Store without compensation or any other form of inducement -- and for that we are appreciative.