Coin collecting by younger buyers is popular at Top Banana Antiques with their online business offering a good selection. This Edward I silver long cross penny, c.1272-1307, costs £48. The long cross on the reverse was an attempt to prevent illegal clipping.

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Pre-lockdown the centre was full for the first time in six years, “doing double a normal good week with nearly all the business privately led with young people collecting things like coins and the slightly older buying glasses and decanters for their student halls and flats,” he said.

“We invested in a new website and by the time we entered lockdown 2 we kept all staff working and listing like mad with the shop open for click and collect. Our hard work has paid off.”