Crown 1834 ESC 275 the John Jay Pittman example (David Akers sale Numismatic Inc 6-8 August 1999 Lot 3864) choice FDC pleasing old grey tone with orange and gold hues in places, free of contact marks and hairlines a choice coin. Rated R5 by ESC 5 - 10 examples known, and in today's buoyant and international market a difficult piece to estimate. Heritage of Dallas sold a high grade example in 2011 which realised $69,000 (£44,000 at 2011 exchange rates, £56,000 at todays) but key date rarities in choice grades have surged forward since then. For example the sister coin to this the 1831 crown with a mintage 10 to 15 times greater than the 1834 would have realised £8000 - £10000 in 2011 or put another way the 1834 could expect to realise 4 - 5 times more than the 1831 in a like for like grade, but an 1831 Crown in MS65 just realised £61,000 hammer price in St James Coinex sale September 2016. As this piece is choice and has been graded 88 by LCGS one could predict an MS65 could be given if submitted to the US graders and could argue that a £200,000 - £300,000 price ticket would not be absurd. However we have estimated it more conservatively and will await the results of the bidding. All William IV crowns are rare and sought after by collectors ESC lists three varieties of the 1831 in silver these were made for inclusion in the 1831 Proof Sets which had a mintage of just 225, a gold example is known dated 1831, a trial strike in lead dated 1832 and rated R7 (one or two in existence) and the 1834. This is the first 1834 example we have offered and the only example graded by LCGS whilst we have previously offered 11 examples of the 1831 crown and LCGS have graded three 1831s. Our research has found no other 1834 crowns sold since 2011 and this Pittman example to our knowledge has not been offered at auction since 1999 so if you are interested in choice rarities of the sort offered globally once or twice a decade this is the lot for you.
Halfcrown 1839 the rare currency issue, WW incuse, with two plain fillets, ESC 672 EF with a minor depression in the obverse field around the date area, one of the key rarities in the entire English milled series, very few examples known and seldom offered for sale
Maundy Set 1823 ESC 2427 GVF to EF the Threepence with an edge knock, housed in a dated case with 'HIS MAJESTYS MAUNDY ON THIS DATE 1823' on the lid, these early dated boxes very rare, expert and well networked collectors of Maundy Sets in contemporary boxes inform us that this is the earliest dated Maundy Box known
Halfcrown 1680 ESC 485 VF/GVF, with a pleasant underlying tone, Very rare and rated R3 by ESC, probably rarer in this grade, this example the finest we have offered, indeed our archive database going back to 2003 shows we have offered only two previous examples, the previous finest an example grading NVF/VF which realised £1638 inclusive of buyers premium in our June 2011 sale
Crown 1687 TERTIO ESC 78 GVF and attractively toned, boldly struck the obverse and free from adjustment lines as often found on this series, comes with three old Spink tickets, one stating 'bought Spink 21/5/51 £4'
Halfcrown 1731 Roses and Plumes, also Q of QVINTO rotated 90 degrees clockwise, this type unlisted by ESC or Bull, About EF/EF with a most attractive tone and superb eye appeal, Ex-Spink Auction 1981, Ex-Porter February 1986, Ex-M.Rasmussen
Halfcrown 1750 ESC 609 EF with a few very minor hairlines, rare in this grade, the reverse with some very small flecks of darker tone in one of the angles, lustrous and with a hint of golden tone, a most attractive example with considerable eye appeal
Crown 1822 TERTIO ESC 252 a prooflike early strike with an attractive and colourful tone AU/GEF, the reverse with a few contact marks, however a most attractive example with excellent eye appeal, Ex-Spink
Halfcrown 1666 the 6 overstruck, probably over an 8 (see footnote in 1992 ESC regarding Harrington Manville's opinions on this overdate) Elephant below bust ESC 462 VG/Fine nicely toned and of even appearance, pleasing for the grade, a collectable example of this very rare type, rated R3 by ESC: Collectors note:- there has been speculation over the underlying date figure for many years, and based on the evidence of this coin, there is strong evidence of the last figure being over an 8 as the lower loop and part of the upper loop of the underlying digit are clearly visible, an important coin
Shilling 1683 Fourth Bust ESC 1065 NVF/GF with a thin scratch on the bust, Very Rare, rated R2 by ESC, of just four examples we have offered since 2003, this is by far the finest: Cataloguers note, all Fourth Bust Charles II Shillings rare even in Fine grade
Halfcrown 1821 ESC 628 UNC the obverse with small contact marks on the King's chin and a small rim nick by ANNO a sharply struck example with very few imperfections even under magnification, the reverse showing the intricate detail in full, even the vertical hatching to the Hearts in the Hanoverian shield, an excellent example of this short-lived series, one for the type collector
Shillings in LCGS holders (10) 1913 ESC 1423 UNC and attractively toned, slabbed and graded LCGS 78, 1915 ESC 1425 UNC and lustrous, slabbed and graded LCGS 78, 1917 ESC 1427 UNC with golden tone, slabbed and graded LCGS 80, 1918 ESC 1428 UNC and lustrous, slabbed and graded LCGS 78, 1919 ESC 1429 UNC nicely toned, slabbed and graded LCGS 78, 1926 First Head ESC 1436Davies 1808 dies 5D slabbed and graded LCGS 70, 1927 First Reverse ESC 1438 UNC and lustrous with a few flecks of toning, slabbed and graded LCGS 82, 1929 ESC 1442 UNC and lustrous, slabbed and graded LCGS 82, 1934 ESC 1447 UNC, slabbed and graded LCGS 80, 1946 English ESC 1470 Lustrous UNC, slabbed and graded LCGS 78
Crown 1696 Third Bust OCTAVO ESC 94, VF/About VF, Ex-Roderick Richardson, ESC states the same rarity as the first bust coin, but our archive database shows many times more examples of the First bust coin being offered, so probably rarer than stated by ESC
Maundy Set 1838 ESC 2445 Lustrous UNC, the Penny with light toning and some minor contact marks, the Fourpence formerly in an NGC slab now with ticket graded MS65, the Threepence formerly in an NGC slab now with NGC grading ticket graded MS64
Bank Tokens in LCGS holders (5) One Shilling and Sixpence (4) 1812 Head type ESC 972 A/UNC and lustrous, slabbed and graded LCGS 70, 1814 ESC 977 UNC and lustrous, slabbed and graded LCGS 78, 1815 ESC 978 A/UNC and lustrous, slabbed and graded LCGS 78, 1816 ESC 979 EF toned, slabbed and graded LCGS 60, Three Shilling Bank Token 1813 ESC 421 A/UNC and lustrous, slabbed and graded LCGS 75
Shilling 1727 George II Roses and Plumes as ESC 1190 the 2 of the date double struck, the underlying 2 being almost a full digit width to the left and touching the top crown EF with some light haymarking and a pleasant colourful underlying tone
Halfcrown 1861 Fair, one of the 'missing' dates in the Young Head Halfcrown series, mentioned by way of footnote in ESC by Rayner in the 1969 edition who had heard of an example sold in a "Northern" auction in Fair in 1967 for £115. Reported as unrecorded in Royal Mint striking records, more recent opinion is that these are regarded as later forgeries struck around 1887 from worn dies, as the head types are incorrect for the period
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