The R5 Griqua Town coin

If you are a regular visitor to the bidorbuy Coins and Notes category, you may have noticed there is a relative new-comer: the R5 Griqua Town coin.   This commemorative coin was issued in 2015 by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to mark the …

Grading notes in South Africa

It's finally here!   We are all aware of the note grading companies overseas. The problem with overseas grading is the cost due to the rand/dollar rate, the time it takes to send out and receive and of course, the shipping costs. All in all it …

Jellyfish on South African stamps

Jellyfish are not everyone’s cup of tea. Some find these creatures vaguely repulsive, probably due their mushy and squashy physique. Some find them positively terrifying, a state of mind that seems to be in close correlation to having been stung by a …

Royal Albert porcelain

The name Royal Albert brings to mind delicate tea cups that Victorians might have used. For a good reason: Victorians did use them.   If Thomas Wild and Co. wanted to win the favour of the upper British classes by naming their table and tea …

Rare and expensive

A  Rolex watch can be much, much more always expensive, but this 9 Carat Gold Rolex Half Hunter pocket watch, to give it its full name, is what the seller justifiably calls “a rare find”. It dates from around 1920s or 1930s and, old as it is, still works …

Spade, lion, turtle

And the first coin ever minted was… read on to find out!   Today, you can’t trade if you don’t have money. Long ago, it was the other way around: you didn’t need money if there was no trade.   That is why the first “true” coins …

Royal Doulton porcelain

The secret of porcelain was closely guarded by the Chinese for generations. The method of its manufacture was highly coveted by Europe and when the Europeans finally learned the arcana of porcelain in the 18th century, a thriving industry immediately came …

Militaria cufflinks

Collect them on their own or as a part of a larger collection, for example of military uniforms and accessories; cufflinks in general; or cufflinks and men’s jewellery.   There is something inherently gallant about cufflinks. And what to say …

Dreaming of Africana

Some may miss the hunt and driving hundreds of kilometres to visit crafts markets and small stores. However, most of us will welcome the opportunity to find antique, vintage, traditional or derived South African and African artefacts on …

How to ship collectible stamps

We must admit that the task of having to familiarise yourself with the right shipping process can be daunting when shipping stamps, especially  collectable ones, because they can be very valuable. Bearing in mind the value of your rare find, you are likely …