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London Coins Auction 159
Grange Hotel Bracknell, Charles Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1ED

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May 2014

London Coins Auction - General Sale - March 1 - 2, 2014

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The highlight of this event was a 1953 UK proof set comprising the 10 coins from the crown to the farthing. I expect that after that opening statement, readers will think that this sale went downhill from there. However, it was not one of the 40,000 sets issued by the Royal Mint to mark the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, but one of a small number of proof sets that were presented to dignitaries. The design of the coins is frosted and the fields are very highly polished.

There are other factors that also make this particular set special. The proofs dated 1953 feature the first obverse die that has a lower relief than the second. Furthermore, there is a different alignment of the legend, with the beaded edge. The difference of the alignment is particularly well-explained in Peter J. Davies' British Silver Coins since 1816, an excellent book that I had forgotten about. It was published privately in 1982. Copies are still available on Amazon.

However, it is the penny that gets collectors of modern bronze very excited. The obverse has a beaded edge and the reverse a toothed one. Technically it is a mule, as the reverse type is a George VI penny while the obverse relates to
Queen Elizabeth. Freeman in The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain estimates the rarity as 19, which relates to just a handful being known (at least two, no more than five). The 10 coins have been graded by CGS (the Coin Grading Service) at various grades from 90 to 95, which can be summed up by "practically uncirculated". Unfortunately the green fitted case with a gold pattern on its cover in which the coins are housed is in poor state. However, just as one
should never judge a hook by its cover, the same with a set of proof coins. Estimated at £6,250- £7,500, the set was contested to a hammer price of £10,000, which is £11,700 with the Premium.

Another lot with an interesting story featured in the small ancient section. The first Roman coin to be offered was a base metal antoninianus of Carausius circa 286-93 AD. Its reverse features Romulus and Remus suckling the "She wolf ". Most likely a recent find, its owner decided to sell it on ebay. He realised that it was not in the various catalogues so offered it at £400, which is a steep price for an antoninianus. He was swamped with enquiries and realised that he had something really special, so he withdrew it and sent it to the British Museum. The reply from the Museum's expert was that the type was unpublished for this Emperor, so it could be unique. He decided to consign it to London Coins Auction. The piece is in good very fine state and the surfaces are good. There is an
even green patina. The cataloguer estimated it at £750-£1,250. There was great interest in it. The
piece was eventually purchased by the British Museum for £1,872.

Scottish coins featured in the World Coins section as opposed to the British. With talk of Scotland's independence from the UK, the auction house seems to be anticipating the outcome. To some the coins "appeared to fly" off the block and there was some talk of it all being because Scotland may be having its own currency again after some 300 years. There were only 10 lots on offer. However, it is unlikely the demand was spurred by the talk of independence. As I remarked a few months ago, one just does not see very many Scottish coins being offered in the salerooms.

Top lot here was a James VI tenth coinage (1609-25) gold unit or sceptre piece with the Scottish arms in the first and fourth quarters. The obverse features a hall-length figure of the King wearing the Scottish crown and holding the orb and sceptre. It is an impressive piece and with this coin, the portrait is far better than most encountered. It sold for £2,340, its mid-estimate. A 1602 gold sword and sceptre piece in fine / near fine state that had been bent and then straightened was sought and sold for £825. The Scottish section was followed by South African material. Five of the six lots were from a "deceased estate".

The highlight was an 1874 "fine beard" 1874 Burgers pond. This was the country's first coin equivalent to the sovereign, The fact that it featured the Republic's second President did not meet with the approval of the South Africa legislators and the whole striking of 695 were sold off as novelties. Most were used in jewellery and therefore became damaged. The example offered here is in extremely fine / good extremely fine state. Examples in this high grade are desirable.

The market for South African material has been affected by exchange rate movements. The rand has depreciated nearly 50 per cent against other world currencies. So, how did this impact on the realisation? In June 2011, DNW offered a practically as struck example. It sold for £70,000 hammer. In September 2012 BaldwIn's sold a mint sate specimen in the second Bentley Collection sale, It realised a hammer price of £38,000. So how did the example fair at this event? It realised £10,000 hammer, or £11,700 with the Premium. Nevertheless, it sold.

An interesting group of pattern George III guineas were on offer and these attracted great interest. However, the realisations were mixed. The lowest price was for an 1798 example in copper by Kuchler (as Wilson and Rasmussen 109). An extremely rare piece it was graded as nearly FDC and estimated al a vide £500-£1,000. It sold at its lower estimate, which is £585 with the Permium.

Another example of the same rarity with only slight traces of the legends was offered in silver gilt and a "lustrous UNC" condition with the same estimate. It realised £2,340, which happened to be the top price jointly with a 1791 very rare silver uncirculated example also by Kuchler. It would begood if the same buyer purchased this group.

Victorian copper and bronze have always been popular and there were certainly some rarities to tempt buyers here. Top lot here was an 1864 Crosslet 4 penny which apart from some minor cabinet friction is in in uncirculated state with traces of lustre. It was contested to £5,978, which is an extremely good price. The estimate was £1,500-£2,500.

With all sales at London Coins Auction, there were surprises in the world section. This time it was a group of 47 Cypriot piastres to quarter piastres dating from 1879 through to 1940. The grading is mixed, but a few are in VF-EF slate. Estimated at £100-£150, they sold for £702.

The sale totalled £718,000.

London Coins - Coins, paper money, medals, bonds and shares - February 28 - March 1, 2015


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May 2015

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This 3,000 - lot sale set a new record for the company as it was their first March sale to break through the £ 1 million total. With such a huge sale there was literally "something for everyone", with prices ranging from under £ 20 to over £ 20,000. The sale... Continue reading

London Coins Auction-General Sale - December 6 - 7, 2014


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February 2015

Coin News
Top lot at this event was an 1839 plain edge proof crown. Its reverse contains much brilliance while the obverse has a choice blue and gold tone. Slabbed and graded by CGS at 82 (choice uncirculated), documents with the piece shows that it was graded at MS65 by ICCS, the Canadian... Continue reading

London Coins Auction - General Sale - March 1 - 2, 2014


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May 2014

Coin News
The highlight of this event was a 1953 UK proof set comprising the 10 coins from the crown to the farthing. I expect that after that opening statement, readers will think that this sale went downhill from there. However, it was not one of the 40,000 sets issued by the... Continue reading

London Coins - General Sale - June 1 & 2 2013


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August 2013

Coin News
The highlight of this sale was a 1643 Oxford Mint Charles I triple unite in very fine state. It had an excellent provenance from Sir K. Vaughan-Morgan (Sotheby's 1935), through R. C. Lockett (Glendining's 1961), Spink (1990) to more recently Bonham's (2006). The estimate of £40,000 - 50,000 brought mutterings... Continue reading
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Auction 141

London Coins - General Sale - March 2 & 3 2013


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May 2013

Coin News May 2013
This sale not only attracted bidders from all over the UK, but others travelled from further afield, including the Far East, Portugal, Russia, Spain and the USA. The highest price at this sale was the £15,795 paid for an 1826 proof five pounds. Apart from some hairlines on the portrait and... Continue reading
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Auction 140

London Coins - General Sale - December 1 & 2 2012


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February 2013

Coin News
As the proverb goes, "Two swallows don't make a summer", but it was nevertheless good to hear that after a long absence two buyers from financially distressed Greece made a reappearance at Bracknell. Other overseas buyers included Russians and Spaniards. Bidders had to contend with a commotion outside the rooms... Continue reading
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Auction 139

London Coins - General Sale - September 1 & 2 2012


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November 2012

Coin News
What was fascinating for me with this sale is that it included a good collection formed in the 1980s. It was an eclectic cabinet embracing Roman, English hammered and milled. It was not sold as a named collection, but was offered in the relevant sections of the sale. Now I have... Continue reading
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Auction 138

London Coins - General Sale - June 2 & 3 2012


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August 2012

Coin News
During the first weekend in June, there may have been plenty of fireworks in London as HM Queen E1izabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, but there were also plenty of fireworks at this sale. There were gasps from the audience before bidding on one lot got underway. As is the... Continue reading
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Auction 137

Can you make a mint from Jubilee coins?


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29th May 2012

Money Market UK
While for many such coins may really be a sentimental purchase, just how do they shape up as investments? The Royal Mint has issued a range of coins, including special sets, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year. The latest issue is a range of silver, gold and platinum versions... Continue reading

London Coins - General Sale - December 3 & 4 2011


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February 2012

Coin News
Top price at this weekend auction was for a stunning 1732 proof crown. Examples are extremely rare. Graded as about FDC, the cataloguer added, "This piece is virtually free of contact marks, has an even grey tone and shows just a hint of friction on the points of the obverse,... Continue reading
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Auction 135

Stephen Lockett Interview with Coin Week


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23rd February 2012

Rare Coin Auction Market in Great Britain

Coin Week
Auction continues to be a popular method to sell coins in Great Britain. Stephen Lockett shares what items have been selling and how prices are faring. He talks about what sales his company has coming up in the future. Continue reading

London Coins - General Sale - September 3 & 4 2011


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November 2011

Coin News
Prior to the event, the team of London Coins Auction (LCA) thought that this was a routine sale. However, with the buoyant market, when they analysed the results they realised the sale total was the company's second highest to date. To say that some prices were astounding is no exaggeration.... Continue reading
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Auction 134

Stephen Lockett Interview with Coin Week


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19th November 2011

Coin Auctions & Third Party Grading in Great Britain

Coin Week
Mr. Lockett operates London Coins Ltd, a coin business that trades in numismatics and includes an auction service. He is also founder of Coin Grading Service UK, Britains first encapsulating grading service. He shares his perspective on the collector market, how auction functions in the sale of coins, and the... Continue reading

London Coins - General Sale - June 5, 6 & 7 2011


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August 2011

Coin News
This was a landmark event for auctioneer Stephen Lockett. Potential bidders could not have failed to notice that his regular auction has now been extended from two to three days and that paper money now has it's own catalogue, This auction house has been chipping away at the market and... Continue reading
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Auction 133

London Coins - General Sale - March 5 & 6 2011


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May 2011

Coin News
The best place to see what is going on at an auction is from the auctioneer’s podium. The results of this sale reflect the strength of the market, but the thing that struck Stephen Lockett in his role as auctioneer is that a year or two ago the then relatively... Continue reading
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Auction 132

London Coins - General Sale - December 5 & 6 2010


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February 2011

Coin News
Just prior to this sale, the snow fell in Kent for 72 hours. The sale was held in Berkshire and Stephen Lockett not unnaturally was concerned as he was snowbound in Kent. The van hire company could not promise to supply a vehicle, but remarkably they did - after digging... Continue reading
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Auction 131

London Coins - General Sale - September 4 & 5 2010


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November 2010

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London Coins auctioneer Stephen Lockett commented after this sale: “The sale was notable in my view for its all round strength with an overall hammer total of £580,000 with the vast majority of items selling. It seemed that dealers, collectors and new faces are all in the scramble for new... Continue reading
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Auction 130

London Coins - General Sale - June 7 & 8 2010


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August 2010

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This sale was held on a Monday and Tuesday as opposed to a weekend, which means that the coins were available for viewing at the London Coin Fair on the Saturday. At one of its regular clinics, the auction house was approached by a member of the public with a... Continue reading
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Auction 129

London Coins – General Sale – March 6 & 7, 2010


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May 2010

Coin News
I have never seen so many certified coins in a UK auction before. Some had been slabbed in the US, but the Coin Grading Service UK (CGS) encapsulated most. Top of the slabbed pieces was a 1601 "Elephant and Castle" five-guineas certified by CGS UK as EF 60. Estimated at... Continue reading
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Auction 128

London Coins – General Sale – December 5 & 6, 2010


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February 2010

Coin News
This £500,000 plus sale took London Coins' turnover for 2009 to a record £2m for this auction house—an increase of 30 per cent over 2008. Because this was a bumper sale of 2,500 lots over two days, the usual convention of having papermoney and bonds exclusively on the Saturday, meant... Continue reading
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Auction 127

London Coins – General Sale – September 5 & 6, 2009


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November 2009

Coin News
"We kicked off the season in a very robust and exciting way", said Stephen Lockett after this sale. It was certainly an extraordinary event setting a new record for a Victorian bronze penny. The piece is dated 1863, but needless to say this was not the standard coin but an... Continue reading
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Auction 126

London Coins – General Sale – June 6 & 7, 2009


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August 2009

Coin News
The first weekend in June is clearly popular for coin sales. Stephen Lockett commented after the event, “The market is still good and we are pleased with a £373,000 total". Top price was for an 1841 London sovereign, which is the key date rarity (as opposed to variety) in the... Continue reading
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Auction 125

London Coins – General Sale – February 28 & March 1, 2009


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May 2009

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Prices for copper and bronze material was very strong. For example, an 1843 penny with no colon after REG was offered in uncirculated state with around 70 per cent lustre. Estimated at £750—1,500, the piece was contested to £4,212. Interestingly, the same coin but with the colon was also offered... Continue reading
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Auction 124

London Coins – General Sale – December 2008


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February 2009

Coin News
As I browsed through this catalogue, I was drawn to a rather splendid example of a Charles I shilling struck at besieged Newark in 1645. By the very nature of these specimens I being an emergency coinage, surviving examples are not always the best creations to emanate from a mint.... Continue reading
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Auction 123

London Coins – General Sale – September 6 & 7 2008


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November 2008

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“There is no sign of the credit crunch here", remarks Stephen Lockett from his base south of London. He continued, “I asked a Russian buyer, who had journeyed from Siberia to our sale, how the credit crunch was affecting the Russian market. He looked at me seemingly astonished by the... Continue reading
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Auction 122

London Coins – General Sale – June 6 & 7 2008


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August 2008

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This sale broke with tradition and was held on a Friday and Saturday as opposed t0 a Saturday and Sunday. The top price was for an impressive Charles 1 1643 Oxford mint triple unite. This is an example of the large bust without a scarf. The piece has some minor... Continue reading
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Auction 121

London Coins – General Sale – March 2008


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May 2008

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This has to be a first – the successful bidder’s car broke down while removing his newly acquired “bulk lot” from the sale’s venue. To be fair, it was perhaps one of the mightiest coin bulk lots offered at a coin auction. Consisting of 22 boxes of British and world... Continue reading
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Auction 120

London Coins – General Sale – September 1 & 2, 2007


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November 2007

Coin News
This was London Coins’ best ever sale, both in the number of lots offered and the realisation. The 2,640 lots resulted in a total of 580,000. There was another record for the auction house too – the highest realisation for an individual coin. So congratulations all round to Steve Lockett... Continue reading
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Auction 118

London Coins – General Sale – June 2007


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August 2007

Coin News
As usual, the sale started with an offering of banknotes. However, just over 100 of these lots had very unusual provenance. Known as the “Organ Pipe Hoard”, they were found when a church organ at an undisclosed location was being restored. When three of its wooden pipes were thrown into... Continue reading
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Auction 117

London Coins – General Sale – March 3& 4, 2007


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May 2007

Coin News
This was the first sale held at The Grange Hotel at Bracknell in Berkshire as opposed to The Dartford Hilton in Kent. The auction house’s former venue was unable to provide the required accommodation. Stephen Lockett of London Coins said after the event, “I am convinced more business can be... Continue reading
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Auction 116

London Coins – General Sale – December 2006


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February 2007

Just over 500 lots of banknotes were featured on the first day of the sale. English notes were strong with a Bradbury first issue type 1 Treasury £1 with the serial number letter A selling for 50 per cent above the estimate at £1,650 in almost extremely fine state. A... Continue reading
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Auction 115

London Coins – General Sale – September 2 and 3, 2006


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November 2006

Coin News
There were many new faces at this event. Banknotes were in great demand with dealers commenting that the prices for English notes were “sky high”. As usual, there was a strong demand for Scottish material. The highlight of the coins was a 1706 five-guineas in very fine/nearly extremely fine state.... Continue reading
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Auction 114

London Coins – General Sale – March 4 & 5, 2006


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May 2006

Coin News
There was a good offering of UK bronze and copper at this sale. The highlight was a potentially unique 1922 penny variety. Unrecorded in any of the standard references, the coin is dated 1922, but the Britannia featured on the reverse is the one used for pennies struck from 1927... Continue reading
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Auction 112

London Coins – General Sale – November 26 & 27, 2005


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February 2006

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This event was held on the weekend that parts of the UK suffered very early snowfall. Road travel was very difficult in some parts of the country. However, this did stop one bidder battling his way from Cornwall, the county worst affected, to attend the event – en route he... Continue reading
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Auction 111

London Coin Auctions – General Sale – March 5 & 6, 2005


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May 2005

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This is not a central London sale as it is held at the Hilton Hotel at Dartford Crossing. The venue is just off the M25, London’s Orbital motorway, in Kent. The organisers must have been somewhat concerned in the week leading up to the sale as the county of Kent... Continue reading
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Auction 108