Agnlesey Rare Number Plate Sells For High Price
A vehicle registration which belonged to the seventh car ever registered on Anglesey more than a century ago has been sold for almost £40,000 at auction.
The EY 7 number dates back to 1903 and bears the island’s designated EY county registration code, which was commonplace on Anglesey number plates before they were phased out in 2001.
The sale, which was held at Morgan Evans’ auction house at Gaerwen on Thursday, garnered unprecedented interest, according to company director Simon Jones.
“It garnered a lot of interest as it belonged to only the seventh car that was ever registered on Anglesey, which was in 1903 when there were were hardly any cars on the roads at all,” he said.
“The guide price was between £20,000 to £25,000, but it’s telling of the amount of interest there was that the eventual sale price was much higher.
“The plate has been held by a family from the island all this time, and it’s nice to see it stay here, having been bought by a local businessman.”
EY 7 was not the only plate that went under auctioneer Simon Bower’s hammer.
Until the practice was scrapped 16 years ago, the last two letters on number plates usually indicated where the car was initially registered.
At last week’s auction, 10 AEY sold for £5,100, 4 AEY sold for £5,000, 77 REY sold for £3,800, and 17 OEY sold for £3,700.
Mr Jones added: “All the plates were sold to local buyers, with the auction house packed to the rafters.
“The EY 7 plate is a particularly unusual item, and not something we come across often at all.
“But such is the interest this time around, we hope to try to source some more.”
When you are getting a valuation for your private registration number, think about the fact that certain types of number plate match will lead to much higher worth. These include plates that represent names, initials, models or makes of cars, or words.
The rarity and desirability of any combination of letters and numbers on a registration plate will essentially determine its value on the market. Bear in mind that there is only one version of every number plate in existence, so each is basically rare because it’s unique. But its value requires more than that exclusivity, it must also be worth something to somebody else. People will pay more for a good representation of their name than they will for an average representation of their initials, for instance, so how well a number plate depicts the word, interest, name or initials in question can add or subtract £hundreds or even more from its price tag.
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