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 1920 Davies 1672N struck in a hard nickel type alloy and weighing 11.92 gr. There are 1924 trial nickel shillings, with a very rare example
struck metrically weighing 5 gr. The 1672N Halfcrown listed here may also
be a R.M. trial, when a complete elimination of silver seemed feasible. There
appears to be an interesting 'privy' mark, introduced by a thicker downstroke
to the 'D' of 'Dei' with the top and bottom serifs of this 'D' being double struck. The
border bead above compensates for this downstroke by being oversized. This would
be an odd occurrence for any counterfeiter, especially on top of striking perfectly
die-cut, but lightweight coins in this hard metal, and having excellent milling.
Only 6 of these examples are known to the vendor, NF/VG
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
Guinea 1781 Pattern or Trial in copper with double reverse, after the original currency design by J.Tanner, Plain edge, reverse inverted, struck on a thick flan weighing 6.95 grammes, similar to Wilson and Rasmussen 96 but struck in copper, we note these two patterns also exhibit the recut last 1 in the date as the gold piece, UNC and excessively rare
Guinea 1781 Pattern or Trial in copper with double reverse, after the original currency design by J.Tanner, Plain edge, reverse inverted, struck on a thin flan weighing 4.01 grammes, similar to Wilson and Rasmussen 96 but struck in copper, we note these two patterns also exhibit the recut last 1 in the date as the gold piece, UNC and excessively rare
Pattern or TrialGeorge III One Florin 1871? Obverse bearing the right facing portrait of George III within a beaded border GEORGIUS III D.G. BRITT. REX , the reverse with a crowned shield within an inner circle in a much later style, legend ONE FLORIN 1871 GVF/NEF and better than the example sold in LCA 141 Lot 1907 which realised £220
PennyEdward VIIundatedtrial c.1902 produced by the Kings Norton Metal Co. Birmingham, on a thin flan weighing 8.43 grammes, Obverse: Bust of the King, right, within a raised inner circle, no legend, with a toothed border, Reverse: Toothed border, no legend, a design of 20 groups of four interlinked circles, within, four further groups of 25 interlinked circles, these groups interlinked with a further four separate circles within each ring, GVF, the obverse weakly struck, of extreme rarity, possibly the only known example, we note similar in style to the lots 383 and 384 in the J.Tansley Collection DNW 28/9/2005 (realised £460 and £800 hammer price respectively), these two pieces on flans of 10.12 grammes and 10.25 grammes
Pattern or TrialGeorge III One Florin 1871? Obverse bearing the right facing portrait of George III within a beaded border GEORGIUS III D.G. BRITT. REX , the reverse with a crowned shield within an inner circle in a much later style, legend ONE FLORIN 1871 NVF, a curious piece (Ex LCA 139 Lot 1513 realised £320)
Sovereign 1967 struck in brass 4.7 grams good milling and striking so presumed a Royal Mint strike die axis inverted, perhaps a trial piece or unofficial off metal striking AU a few scratches reverse, unusual and scarce
Two Pounds 1902 Matt proof Pattern or Trial having a more raised or detailed head. On a flat surface the coin distinctly rocks side to side unlike ordinary proofs which do not, and the even edge is broader and more satinised. The principal difference for this proof is having the 'rounded base 2' and 6.25mm wide date, this being the only example known to Peter Davies, as all other 1902 Two Pounds he has noted have the pointed base 2. Originally from a proof set which also included Lots 1262 and 1263 from London Coins Auction A124 these being the Halfcrown and Florin with similar raised head characteristics. Lightly toning FDC and Very Rare
Two Pounds 1887 ProofPattern or Trial utilising dies from the small B.P. currency issue. While the 1887 Proof issues use this special die sinking, the proof offered here appears to have been produced from the small B.P. currency dies. All new currency dies appear to have had Proof counterparts created, often with one or two struck for inspection, archive or presentation purposes. This piece has some unusual features, namely, the flan is about a 1/3 of a millimetre wider than usual allowing use of a bevelled or satinised edge. This broad, flat and even edge is always characteristic of 1887 Proofs. The milling, uniquely, is concave, mirror-like and less thick, unlike the standard small B.P. currency piece. This is the only such example known to Peter Davies and represents a extremely rare variety. Approaching EF with some surface marks
PatternCrownundated (1937) Uniface trial striking without a collar in pewter. Head of Edward VIII left. Large size portrait by Donald R Golder. DRG below bust. One of 3 similar obverse strikings in pewter. FDC
PatternCrown 1937 Uniface trial striking without a collar in pewter. St George slaying dragon after B Pistrucci. Date (1937) in exergue, word ‘MODEL? behind sword. One of 3 similar reverse strikings in pewter FDC
Two Pounds 1887??PATTERN from PROOF dies - a very rare trial piece struck from a unique Obv. die. The legend arrangement is similar to the standard proof dies, but?the 'Britt' is now at its highest?known point above the crown and the 'R' and 'E' of 'Reg' do not touch as all other 1887 two pounds. The crown supporter has 8 small pearls, not 7 larger ones as other proofs and currencies. This coin has a unique thin Obv. rim, with the bust?now?enlarged to?accommodate this feature, whereas the rev. still has the usual and?inconsistent thick rim. An unpublished pattern struck from proof dies with only?two other examples noted by the vendor.? Choice and virtually as struck
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