I’m in a state of high confusion about what to do with a “cherished” registration number I own.

Never really bothered with them on all the assorted machinery I’ve bought and sold, but almost by accident I seem to have acquired one consisting of one letter and three numerals (eg A123).

I gather it’s not madly valuable, given that it doesn’t contain somebody’s name, Initials or a rib-tickling message (eg FU2) but its brevity and age — it was issued in 1906 — apparently give it a value. Question is: what value?

I consulted a couple of well-known dealers and received reactions so totally opposed that all they did was confuse me.

The first included a “personal valuation” of £5000, plus a request to allow them to list it immediately in their adverts. The dealer keeps reminding me they’re keen to help.