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.

The second dealer bid me £700 on the spot, adding an apologetic-sounding rider that said, in effect, that though this might strike me as a low price, they had a living to make.

Taken together, these two contacts mean I have absolutely no idea a) what my plate is honestly worth, and b) what a wise person who knows the market would do with it.