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.
Halfpenny 1874H Freeman 320 dies 10+J struck on a 2mm thick flan, weighs 7.97 grammes, rated R20 by Freeman, graded CGS 60, Ex-London Coins Auction A132 March 2011 Lot 1409 realised £1,500, Ex-Nicholson Lot 441, Ex-Norweb, Spink Coin Auction 59 17/6/1987 Lot 1803, Ex-V.M.Brand (Chicago), many copper coins bought by Mrs Norweb, Ex-H.D.Davis (London), (see Peck page 567), collection purchased by Baldwins circa 1955, Ex-Stanley Bousfield, Sothebys, 19/12/1911 Lot 453, Ex-J.G.Murdoch, Part 3, 15/3/1904, Lot 659 (part) the only known example and probably unique, an important piece in the series as this impressive provenance shows
Farthing 1860 Pattern in aluminium by Adolf Weyl. Peck 2170, Freeman 901, Obverse Young Head by Wyon, date 1860 below bust, within narrow beaded circle and narrow raised rim, Reverse 4 shields cruciformly arranged, crowned joined by arches with roses, thistle and shamrock in the angles. Shields are of England, Scotland, Ireland and colonial emblems of elephant, sea-lion and kangaroo on the fourth shield UNITED KINGDOM AND GREATER BRITAIN and FARTHING below. Only one piece recorded by Peck. The piece being offered here is likely to be the only other known specimen and if so is likely to be the Murdoch example from Sotheby's in 1903 (Lot 691). A highly important piece. UNC and lustrous with some surface marks and small rim nicks, with considerable eye appeal, Ex-Colin Cooke 11/11/1997 £495
Celtic Dobunni uninscribed Ar Unit c.50-0BC Obv. Head Right Rev. Triple-tailed horse left, Cockerel's head below Allen type C S.377 VF (Ex-Spink Numismatic Circular April 1996, Ex-Sotheby's June 1971, Lot 202)
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