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 1709 S.3572 PCGS AU58, Ex-Terner Collection, we grade GEF and lustrous with a small scuff on the 7 of the date and some very light haymarks, a most attractive example very scarce in this high grade
Third Guinea 1776 Pattern by Yeo, Laureate Bust right obverse with legend GEORGIVS.III.DEI.GRATIA, reverse with crowned lion standing on a crown MAG.BRI.FR.ET.HIB.REX plain edge, choice and proof nFDC and graded PR63CAM by PCGS, Ex Terner, Rasmussen and Wilson 137 (r 3) Extremely rare, certainly the first we have seen
Crown 1746 VICESIMO ProofESC 126 Choice FDC or near so and attractively toned grey with hints of peripheral gold, This is from the E.D.J.Van Roekel collection of superior Crowns, sold Spink November 2001 auction, lot 190, described as ‘FDC very attractively toned.' Nicer than the Montagu/Nightingale specimen and arguably finer than the Terner collection specimen and the DNW sale 86 (lot 790 June 2010) specimen, which fetched £10,900 including premium
Halfcrown 1658 CromwellESC 447 Practically mint state and attractively toned blue and gold. A crisp strike and compares well with the example in the Terner collection, comes with a dealer's ticket priced at £7500
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