USA $500 Gold Certificate dated 1928, series A00039233A, signed Woods & Mellon, Pick404 (FR 2407, this is the consecutively numbered note to the one pictured in the Friedberg catalogue), GVF to EF and extremely rare
Proof Set 1937 (4 coins) Five Pounds to Half Sovereign FDC or near so with a few hairlines and light toning, in the original case of issue, case in very good condition, a pleasing set and certainly a lot better than average for grade
The 2013 United Kingdom Gold Proof Set a 15-coin set comprising Five Pound Crown 2013 60th Anniversary of the Coronation, Two Pounds (4) 2013 London Underground Train, 2013 London Underground Roundel sign, 2013 200th Anniversary of the last Gold Guinea, 2013 Standard issue, One Pound (2) 2013 Floral Emblems England and Wales, Fifty Pence 2013 Ironside, plus Fifty Pence to One Penny all struck in 22 carat gold, (over 243 grammes) in the impressive Royal Mint box of issue with certificate
Iraq Proof Set 1953 (7 coins) choice FDC and rare with a mintage of just 200 sets, graded and encapsulated by LCGS 100 Fils LCGS 95, 50 Fils LCGS 95, 20 Fils LCGS 94, 10 Fils LCGS 95, 4 Fils LCGS 96, 2 Fils LCGS 93, and 1 Fils LCGS 94
A Bronze Arctic medal 1818-1855, designed by Leonard Charles Wyon, octagonal form, reverse with a three masted ship "For Arctic Discoveries", 1818-1855 in exergue, obverse Queen Victoria to left, VICTORIA REGINA with beaded border, on a 4mm thick flan, UNC in the box of issue with some minor contact marks
William Wyon Bronze Medals (4) each 35mm diameter in bronzed copper, To The Army of the Punjab 1849 Obverse Young Coronetted head of Victoria, left, UNC, To The Army of India 1799-1826, UNC, China 1842 Arms Exposcere Pacem UNC, To The British Army 1793-1814 UNC, all with an attractive matching tone
Angel James I Third Coinage, Reverse with three-masted ship in sail, S.2635, North 2110, mintmark Trefoil, Good VF, Ex-R.C.Lockett 1956, Ex-Spink Numismatic Circular 1956, Ex-Norweb Part 2 13/11/1985 Lot 394, Ex-Sheffield Collection 1993
Crown 1652 Commonwealth ESC 4 About EF struck on a full round flan, with a small edge flaw at 3 o'clock a very attractive example of the type, with lots of eye appeal, only the second, and finest example we have offered since 2003
Crown Charles I Group II, Second Horseman , type 2a, Smaller horse, with plume on head only, cross on housing, S.2755, North 2193 mintmark Harp, the harp on the obverse overstruck GVF, full and round, with a pleasing even strike, a most pleasing piece and very desirable in this grade, we note the Slaney example of this type, in slightly higher grade and with inferior surfaces, realised £8000 hammer price in May 2015
Crown Elizabeth I mintmark 1 (1601) S.2582 VF or better especially the obverse which has much sharp detail some faint rubbing and stress lines as usual obverse fields and planchet flaw 7 o'clock when viewed from the reverse
Farthings James I and Charles I Rose, Harington, Maltravers and Richmond types in four display trays (241 pieces), in mixed grades Most are Fine or better with some VF or better, a number of pieces having good provenances from the Dean, Dr.Johnstone, Shuttlewood, Entwisle and Cooke collections, a comprehensive and interesting study group, accompanied by many useful and informative sales tickets
Penny Cynethryth (Wife of Offa) c.757-796, Light Coinage Canterbury Mint, moneyer Eoba, S.909, North 339, Chick 138c (this coin), weight 1.12 grammes, About VF, well-centred with a few very small pitting marks, extremely rare, Cynethryth being the only Anglo-Saxon queen to have her name and portrait on coinage, we note an EF example sold for $42000 in May 2008
Penny Wiglaf of Mercia, 2nd reign 830- 840AD Silver penny, Obv: +WIGLAF REX M cross with a pellet in each angle. Rev:REDMUDH in and between lunettes. As North 401 and BMC 117 but different obverse die with much larger central cross. Different reverse die with additional pellets in lunettes and taller lettering, which is closer to BMC example. Weight is 1.26 grammes. Recorded at the Fitzwilliam by Martin Allen as EMC 2017 0045, with eight examples recorded of this moneyer. Spink 934 and excessively rare, found in the river Thames circa 1997 and cleaned professionally, see pictures before and after. Surfaces slightly water eroded, otherwise in extremely fine condition with no cracks or chipping. No examples sold in recent years so a unique opportunity to acquire an outstanding specimen.
Rose Ryal James I Third Coinage S.2632, North 2108 mintmark Spur Rowel GVF/About EF, the obverse with a small crease this not visible on the reverse, overall a most pleasing example with lots of eye appeal, now listed at £15000 in VF in the latest Spink catalogue
Testoon Henry VIII Third Coinage, Tower Mint, Group A, 9oz. Fine Silver, S.2364, North 1841, Jacob O.8/R.13, HENRIC 8 legend. Mintmarks:- Obverse Lis and Pellet in annulet, Reverse Pellet in annulet, Lombardic Lettering with Roman E and R on both sides, 7.59 grammes, a couple of slightly weak areas but overall near VF, with pleasing portrait, and with an edge flaw at 2 o'clock, Ex-Gordon Stanley Hopkins, and Spink Numismatic Circular December 2004 (HS1910), Ex-Rasmussen 2015, the double mintmark very rare on the 9 oz. Fine silver issue, comes with four old tickets
Unite Commonwealth 1651 S.3208 Mintmark Sun, GVF and bold with a hint of old red tone, a most attractive piece with much eye appeal. Seldom seen this nice. Comes with old Baldwins ticket from 27/6/1930
Broad 1656 Cromwell S.3225 Unc or near so and with a light orange hue over prooflike brilliance, graded PCGS MS62 which is the highest grade so far given to this coin type by PCGS out of 6 so far graded, a few light hairlines and contact marks otherwise choice and with a lovely eye appeal
Five Guineas 1693 Obverse conjoined busts of joint monarchs right. GVLIELMVS ET MARIA DEI GRATIA. Reverse, crowned garnished square topped arms, lion of Nassau in centre Elephant and Castle below the bust S3423. Edge year QVINTO in raised letters on edge, GEF rare thus, not far off in grade to our lot 857 in LCA 155 Dec 2016 which realised £71,500 hammer. But this piece, the Elephant and Castle variety, is usually more sought after. The famous Samuel King Five Guineas sale by Spink included their well researched analysis of Five Guineas offered for sale in a 40 year period and the 1693 E & C offered here had a frequency of 19 compared to 91 of the S3422 type (1693 without E & C below). Last year a William and Mary 5 Guineas of this same type S3423 Elephant and Castle below in MS63 realised $258,000 in the USA. William and Mary were spouses who reigned over the kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland. They began their joint reign in February 1689 after they were offered the throne by the Convention Parliament. James II (Mary’s father) had fled the country and William and Mary occupied what was in effect a vacant throne. They were the first joint rulers in England for over 800 years, although Philip II and Mary I had appeared on English coinage together. Mary was to reign until her death from smallpox in December 1694 and William continued his rule alone, until his death in March 1702. The reign of William and Mary was brief and their coins are relatively scarce, the piece offered here has a very competitive starting price and would truly be a bargain in todays market at the low estimate or in our opinion at several bids above.
Five Guineas 1738 DVODECIMO Young Laureate Head with revised shield garnish S3663A EF rare thus the reverse brilliant and with reflective fields and with an interesting wave like effect in the planchet when viewed from the obverse which must be an original feature, a pleasing and desirable piece
Guinea 1685 Elephant and Castle S.3401 UNC retaining much original mint lustre and with a peripheral light tone. Very attractive and fully struck, vastly superior in grade and strike than the Jacob.Y.Terner example (Ex-Bridgewater House collection), which graded NGC MS63, described as 'mint fresh and beautiful', and realised $18,400 at Ira and Larry Goldbergs Auction in 2003 (Lot 20), similar in quality to the illustration on page 9 of the Bentley Collection catalogue detailing the history of the Gold Sovereign and it predecessors. A truly stunning example of this rare two-year type, and seldom offered in any grade, perhaps one of the finest examples extant. The elephant and castle was the emblem of the Royal African company, founded in 1660 as the Company of Royal Adventurers Trading in Africa. This organisation held a monopoly on trade along the West African coast. In 1667 the original company collapsed but later merged with the Gambian Merchants Company to become in 1672 the Royal African Company. Trading was chiefly in gold and silver, and sadly for several decades, human slaves
Guinea 1716 Fourth Laureate Head as S.3631 but with Hanoverian Shield at date, the shields and sceptres all rotated by 90 degrees clockwise. Unlisted as such, and internet searches have failed to locate another such example offered for sale. Many silver varieties of this period have shield positioning varieties, however this is believed to be the first such error found on a gold coin of this period. A potentially unique opportunity for the milled gold or Guinea collector. In an NGC holder and graded XF40, with a scratch across the chin, Ex-Goldbergs 5/2/2013 Lot 4900
Halfcrown 1681 with Elephant and Castle below Bust ESC 488 (rarity 4) about VF toned some faint scratches reverse extremely rare in this higher grade Spink 2016 listing a price in VF at £10000, now rising to £12500 in the 2017 publication, Ex-London Coins Auction A107 28/11/2004 Lot 965, £3290 inclusive of buyers premium
Penny 1864 Crosslet 4 Peck 1664 with 239/136 scratched in the obverse field, toned UNC with traces of lustre and a few small spots. The numbers were scratched into the field during the mastership of Professor Thomas Graham (1855-1869) have been shown by G.P.Dyer to represent overall output in tons of bronze coin minted since 1860 (the higher figure) and output in tons of that particular denomination since 1860 (the lower figure) This is not the example pictured in Michael Gouby's 'The British Bronze Penny' - Specialised Edition (Page 49) but displays a superb sharp strike. A highly desirable piece of Victorian bronze coinage history, as stated by Gouby there are only 2 examples known, this, Ex-D.W.Grey 20/10/1971, Lot 111, Ex-Seaby Bulletin, September 1974, item K162, Ex-Sotheby Auction 9/10/1979 Lot 257, Ex-Michael Freeman, and one other, the other example illustrated in Gouby's book being the Ex-Norweb, Ex-A.H.F.Baldwin example, described by Spink as 'Extremely Fine and attractively patinated'. A total of 34 'scratched field' bronze coins are recorded of all dates and denominations, made up of 20 Pennies, 7 Halfpennies and 7 Farthings. Of the 20 Pennies, 12 are known to be in the British Museum Collection, this being one of the remaining 8 available to commerce. An extremely rare opportunity to bid on a piece of Victorian numismatic history. We note a standard currency 1864 Crosslet 4 Penny in UNC sold in our March 2014 auction (Lot 1844) for £3978 inclusive of buyers premium.
Farthings 1890 in lustrous Unc (460) most with dark toning spots, reported as being from an original Five Pounds bag from the time of issue, Spink now gives a book value of £100 in Unc so in theory £46,000 total book value