Here is another view of the Town Guard data. For this plot, the numbers of QSAs issued to a particular unit has been grouped into buckets of 20s and then 100s. QSAs with clasps has been coloured differently as they normally (with the exception of the Dundee TG last week) influence price. The average hammer price for each group has been added.
The mouseover includes the recipient, unit name and number issued.
Overall the plot shows that the number issued is a factor but probably more important are clasps and medals to officers - based on this sample of data anyway.
I will add in the DNW data and see what that shows.
The stand out for me from this latest plot is the Kimberley TG - 2,594 issued (the most for a TG?), and 4th or 5th most expensive TG QSA on the day. Why?
Apart from their historic high price and the obvious research potential - but limited activity by the TG. But, when compared to actual activity surely the Hopefield TG QSA where they encountered invading Boers and HMS Sybille was wrecked in nearby Saldanha Bay is a better story than a chap in Kimberley sitting in his dugout during a siege?
I guess there is a "fashion" element to collecting.
It has been an extraordinary year for QSA sales with the last Spink and DNW auction accounting for 171 medals.
This plot compares the QSAs and prices achieved for the two houses. DNW sold 68 TG QSAs and Spink 103. For QSAs less than £1k, the average total cost for a QSA from DNW was £188 and from Spink £177. The plot seems to show that DNW achieve slightly higher prices in some of the groups (20-39, 40-59, 60-79) and also that if you seek a rare TG QSA (ie with less than 20 issued), Spink was the place to be.