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
Sovereign 1848 Second Head, 8 over 7 in date, on close examination the evidence of the underlying 7 is seen below the second 8 and to the top right of the second 8, unlisted by Marsh or Spink and we note there was no example in the Bentley Collection, NVF/GF, Very Rare
Medals (4) Robert Bentley Todd, Kings College London 1860, 76mm in bronze NEF, Lusitania medal 1915 EF, Italian Cinematic Medal 1960 40th Anniversary of Cinematography 70mm diameter in bronze, EF, Italy Rome 1973 Declaration of Human Rights 50mm Gilt in case
Sovereign 1820 Short date figures, closely spaced, with open 2, as Marsh 4, similar type to the Bentley collection Lot 945, a different date arrangement to that normally seen on the short date type, Fine/Good Fine with some thin scratches on the obverse, far superior to the example in the Bentley collection, many times scarcer than the closed 2 type, Short date coin as results show on our archive database
Ireland Tokens 18th and 19th Century (32) 8 Pence Ballyglunin and Menlough Castle M.I.Blake, 6 Pence Ballyglunin and Menlough Castle M.I.Blake, 4 Pence Ballyglunin and Menlough Castle M.I.Blake, all undated, Halfpennies18th Century (9) 1789 Wicklow - Cronebane (4), 1792 Camac DH42, 1792 Dublin R L J and Co., 1794 Dublin - Talbot Fyan DH308a, Dublin 1795 H S and Co. Plumes Reverse DH324, 1794 A C M Co., Halfpennies 19th Century (5) 1804 Dublin 1804 For the convenience of Trade, 1806 St. Patrick APOS 432. 1813 Dublin J.Miles 1819 Non-local, Harp reverse, 1820 Hibernicus, Farthings 19th Century Dublin, Todd and Co. (Bell 2), Ferrar and Co Belfast (Bell 6), C and P McGlade Belfast (Bell 18), Pennies 19th Century (11) 1804 Bentley and Co. (Bell 1), Rare, 1813 Edward Stephens, James Street Dublin, 1813 Strabane, 1814 Edward Stephens (holed), 1815 Burke Hibernia 1816 Edward Stephens, 1818 Luke XX, Chap XXV Ver (2) , 1818 Wellington and Erin Go Bragh, 1820 Bust of George III/Crowned Harp, 1858 Cloghjordan William Hodgins Banker, silvered, in mixed grades most around Fine, a few EF and lustrous, along with Ireland Farthing token Youghal this in low grade
Sovereign 1863 with the die number 827 on the truncation Marsh 46A Rarity 6, Spink 3852F no die number variety, Good Fine and bold, we note the Bentley example realised £18,600, and our previous example in Auction A150 in GVF realised £14040 inclusive of buyers premium, extremely rare and only the third we have offered, a rare opportunity for all serious Sovereign collectors to obtain this key date variety
GB and World in albums and bags, including silver along with Books (2) Freeman The Bronze Coinage of England and Gouby The British Bronze Penny and three auction catalogues including The Bentley Collection Part 1 (lot, 24 kilos gross weight)
Sovereign 1872 Shield Reverse Marsh 56, Die Number 65 over Die Number 64 Fine or better with some scratches on the portrait, we note the Bentley example albeit in higher grade realised £1300 hammer price
Sovereign 1863 with the die number 827 on the truncation Marsh 46A Rarity 6, Spink 3852F no die number variety VF the reverse better, we note the Bentley example realised £18,600, and our previous example in Auction A150 in GVF realised £14040 inclusive of buyers premium, extremely rare and only the second we have offered, and a rare opportunity for all serious Sovereign collectors to obtain this key date variety
Sovereign 1863 with the die number 827 on the truncation Marsh 48A Rarity 5, Spink 3853A no die number variety GVF reverse better a comparison to the Bentley example catalogue picture suggests this coin looks superior, the Bentley example realised £18,600, extremely rare and the first we have offered, and a must have for all serious Sovereign collectors
Sovereign 1836 Additional Letter N above ANNO Marsh 20A, VF reverse better very rare in this grade in a CGS holder and graded 50 by them and the only one recorded by CGS. There are thought to be less than 10 specimens in existence of the striking variety, the Bentley example graded as GVF realised £12,000 hammer
Sovereign 1862 Small Date. R over inverted R in VICTORIA. (Note: 1 over lower 1 in date), Ex-Baldwins Auction 79 8/5/2013 Bentley Collection Part 3 Lot 1013 (realised £2,500 against an estimate of £1,000) CGS variety 03 (not listed by Marsh) Good EF and graded 70 by CGS and the only one recorded on the CGS population report
Sovereign 1887 Jubilee Head Pattern, with the obverse displaying 14 Beads to Queen’s necklace rather than 13 on the standard currency and Proof coin.
J.E.B. initials fully on the truncation, on the standard Proof issue they encroach slightly into the field. On the 14 bead coin there is a smaller gap between the A in VICTORIA and the following D of D:G: .This obverse as Baldwin's Bentley sale 8/5/2013 Lot 1228. Reverse: The P of the B.P. initials is poorly rendered, appearing more like a triangle. There are also no stops in between.
The top line of the streamer on the helmet makes a smooth curve onto the next line down, whereas on the standard Proof it is distinctly separate.
The 7 of the date has an extra piece protruding from the right of the horizontal stroke.
The Reverse characteristics are similar to a reverse uniface Proof in the Royal Mint Museum, and had previously not been recorded before on a Proof or currency piece. UNC with prooflike fields, the design and legend heavily frosted. This reverse is as the Royal Mint uniface trial piece. Both obverse and reverse dies types are known, but until now, not on the same coin, and the existence of this piece links together the two previously known types. Comes with a comprehensive folder full of interesting data and research relating to this piece and the other pieces bearing the obverse and reverse die types and their developments and origins, along with many useful and important photographs. Also with authentication from Robert Matthews(ex Royal Mint and a recognised expert in authentication). Slabbed and graded CGS 75, a unique opportunity to acquire this important and unique piece
Sovereign 1825 Laureate Head Marsh 9 GEF/AU with some light contact marks on prooflike fields, sharp and with much eye appeal, an extremely rare coin one of the key pieces in the entire Sovereign series and difficult to find in high grade, of similar quality to the example in the Bentley Collection Part 3
South AfricaBurgers Pond 1874 Fine Beard KM#1.2 NGC AU55, EF/GEF and extremely rare in this pleasing and high grade. This 1874 issue was South Africa's first circulating Pond (Pound or Sovereign) issue, engraved by Leonard Wyon the then Royal Mint engraver and struck by the Heaton Mint Birmingham. The coin was rejected by South African legislators who objected to the use of the portrait of Thomas Burgers the 2nd president of the Republic and the man entrusted with the design. The total issue of 695 were sold off as novelties with the vast majority becoming jewellery pieces, hence the extreme rarity of undamaged examples in this high grade. As well as South African collectors the coin fits well into any comprehensive Sovereign collection being the same weight and fineness, and in fact an example was sold in the recent Bentley Sovereign Collection at Baldwins which realised £38,000
Sovereign 1843 3 in date struck over a higher 2. NB see illustrations in Marsh) the top of the 2 is visible above the horizontal top line of the 3. Also the underlying 2 downstroke is higher than in the Marsh illustration, and thus the end of the base is not visible at the right as it is obscured by the curve of the 3, Ex-Baldwins Auction 79 8/5/2013 Bentley Collection Part 3 Lot 972, EF and graded 60 by CGS
Sovereign 1842 with Open 2 over 1 in date, with the pointed 4 in the date, as normally associated with this variety, this significant coin thus proving that the 1841 dies were re-used the following year. This also lends weight to the possibility of a 'pointed 4' 1841 coin, which, given the rarity of 1841 coin, would possibly be an even rarer type. The 1841 usually has a square top 4, (See the recent Bentley sale Lot 41) CGS Variety 05 graded CGS 45, the only example of type thus far recorded on the CGS Population Report, Very Rare
Sovereign 1864 Marsh 49 Die Number 77 GF/NVF this die number unlisted by Marsh, we note the missing top serif to the B in BRITANNIARUM, and the die flaw at the first I and T similar to the example from this die in the recent Bentley Collection
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