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An Impressive Group of VIP Proofs from a private collection formed over 10 Years

Halfcrown 1940 VIP Proof/Proof of record Davies 2033P, unlisted as a VIP Proof by Bull , in a PCGS holder and graded PCGS PR66CAM, a superb example
£1,500 - £1,800
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Halfcrown 1943 VIP Proof/Proof of record Davies 2036P, Bull 4052, listed as R6, in a PCGS holder and graded PCGS PR66
£1,500 - £1,800
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Florin 1943 VIP Proof/Proof of record Davies 2077P, Bull 4093, listed as R6, in an NGC holder and graded NGC PF65
£1,000 - £1,250
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Sixpence 1938 VIP Proof/Proof of record Davies 2191P, Bull 4223, listed by Bull as R7 but also states 'not traced', in a PCGS holder and graded PCGS PR64CAM, Ex-Heritage Auction 3024, April 2013, Lot 24411
£850 - £1,000
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Sixpence 1939 VIP Proof/Proof of record Davies 2192P, Bull 4226, listed by Bull as R6 but also states 'not traced', in a PCGS holder and graded PCGS PR66CAM, Ex-Heritage Auction 3024, April 2013, Lot 24412
£850 - £1,000
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Sixpence 1940 VIP Proof/Proof of record Davies 2193P, Bull 4229, listed as R7 ,in a PCGS holder and graded PCGS PR66CAM, Ex-Heritage Auction 3024, April 2013, Lot 24413
£850 - £1,000
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Sixpence 1947 VIP Proof/Proof of record Davies 2201P, Bull 4251, listed as R5 ,in a PCGS holder and graded PCGS PR65CAM, Ex-Heritage Auction 3024, April 2013, Lot 24415
£850 - £1,000
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Sixpence 1948 VIP Proof/Proof of record Davies 2202P, Bull 4254, listed as R6 but also states 'not traced' in a PCGS holder and graded PCGS PR66CAM, Ex-Heritage Auction 3024, April 2013, Lot 24416
£850 - £1,000
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Sixpence 1957 VIP Proof/Proof of record Davies 2494P, unlisted by Bull, in a PCGS holder and graded PCGS PR66CAM, Ex-Heritage Auction 3024, April 2013, Lot 24425
£850 - £1,000
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Halfpenny 1932 VIP Proof/Proof of record Freeman 419 dies 3+B, listed at R18 by Freeman, in an NGC holder and graded PF66 BN
£600 - £750
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Halfpenny 1934 VIP Proof/Proof of record Freeman 423 dies 3+B, listed at R18 by Freeman, in an NGC holder and graded PF65 BN
£600 - £750
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Crown 1960 VIP Proof ESC 393M in an NGC holder and graded PF65 Cameo
£1,250 - £1,500
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A Comprehensive Group of Victorian Maundy Sets in Original Cases

Maundy Set 1838 ESC 2445 A/UNC to UNC with a choice matching golden tone, the Twopence with minor cabinet friction, overall a most eye-catching set, comes with round contemporary Spink case and original card with the inscription 'The First Coins made and issued in Queen Victoria's Reign 12 April 1838' and with slots cut in the card for displaying the coins, a most interesting insight into early Victoriana and Maundy presentation
£800 - £1,000
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Maundy Set 1846 ESC 2456 UNC with a colourful matching tone, comes in a dated black case, Very Rare
£1,050 - £1,250
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Maundy Set 1847 ESC 2457 the Fourpence with 8 over lower 8, the Penny with no horizontal bar to the 4, with some uneven tone on the obverse, EF to UNC, comes in a black dated case, Very Rare
£1,050 - £1,250
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Maundy Set 1848 ESC 2458 A/UNC to UNC and with a matching colourful tone, the Twopence with a couple of tone spots, the Penny with a small rim nick, comes in a maroon dated case, Very Rare
£1,050 - £1,250
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Maundy Set 1850 ESC 2460 the Penny with Large 18 over Small 18 A/UNC and with a matching deep tone, comes in a maroon dated case
£400 - £500
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Maundy Set 1852 ESC 2462 A/UNC to UNC with minor cabinet friction and with an attractive matching tone, comes with an undated maroon Spink 'Royal Maundy Money' case
£700 - £900
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Maundy Set 1853 ESC 2463 A/UNC to UNC and lustrous, the Penny and Twopence with some light tone spots, with much eye appeal, comes with a black dated case, this with a sticker on it's base, Very Rare
£1,400 - £1,600
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Maundy Set 1866 ESC 2477 UNC with a deep and attractive matching tone, comes with a black dated Spink case
£250 - £350
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Maundy Set 1872 ESC 2485 UNC and with a choice deep and matching tone, the Twopence and Penny with the lightest cabinet friction, comes with a maroon dated box
£180 - £250
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Maundy Set 1889 ESC 2504 UNC and with a choice deep matching tone, come with a dated black 'Maundy Coin' c ase
£180 - £250
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English Coins Single Coins and Small Lots

Five Guineas 1693 Obverse conjoined busts of joint monarchs right.  GVLIELMVS ET MARIA DEI GRATIA.  Reverse, crowned garnished square topped arms, lion of Nassau in centre Elephant and Castle below the bust S3423. Edge year QVINTO in raised letters on edge, GEF rare thus, not far off in grade to our lot 857 in LCA 155 Dec 2016 which realised £71,500 hammer. But this piece, the Elepant and Castle variety, is usually more sought after. The famous Samuel King Five Guineas sale by Spink included their well researched analysis of Five Guineas offered for sale in a 40 year period and the 1693 E & C offered here had a frequency of 19 compared to 91 of the S3422 type (1693 without E & C below). Last year a William and Mary 5 Guineas of this same type S3423 Elephant and Castle below in MS63 realised $258,000. William and Mary were spouses who reigned over the kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland. They began their joint reign in February 1689 after they were offered the throne by the Convention Parliament. James II (Mary’s father) had fled the country and William and Mary occupied what was in effect a vacant throne.  They were the first joint rulers in England for over 800 years, although Philip II and Mary I had appeared on English coinage together.  Mary was to reign until her death from smallpox in December 1694 and William continued his rule alone, until his death in March 1702.  The reign of William and Mary was brief and their coins are relatively scarce, the piece offered here has a very competitive starting price and would truly be a bargain at the low estimate or in our opinion at several bids above.
£50,000 - £70,000
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Five Guineas 1738 DVODECIMO Young Laureate Head with revised shield garnish S3663A EF rare thus, the reverse brilliant and with reflective fields and with an interesting wave like effect in the planchet when viewed from the obverse which must be an original feature, a pleasing and desirable piece
£30,000 - £40,000
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Broad 1656 Cromwell S.3225 Unc or near so and with a light orange hue over prooflike brilliance, graded PCGS MS62 which is the highest grade so far given to this coin type by PCGS out of 6 so far graded, a few light hairlines and contact marks otherwise choice and with a lovely eye appeal
£40,000 - £50,000
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Guinea 1665 S.3342 About Fine for wear and rare with a slight weakness on the French shield, otherwise an even and collectable example of this rare date.Our records confirm that this is only the second example of this date we have offered in 14 years, this being marginally better than the previous example we offered in June 2014
£1,500 - £2,000
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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

£12,750 - £15,000
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Guinea 1687 S.3402 Fine or better with a small flan flaw on the reverse by the date
£600 - £900
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Guinea 1693 S.3426 Fine and bold, a very collectable example of this type
£650 - £950
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Guinea 1716 Fourth Laureate Head as S.3631 but with Hanoverian Shield at date, the shields and sceptres all rotated by 90 degrees clockwise. Unlisted as such, and internet searches have failed to locate another such example offered for sale. Many silver varieties of this period have shield positioning varieties, however this is believed to be the first such error found on a gold coin of this period. A potentially unique opportunity for the milled gold or Guinea collector. In an NGC holder and graded XF40, with a scratch across the chin, Ex-Goldbergs 5/2/2013 Lot 4900
£14,000 - £16,000
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Sovereign 1831 First Bust Marsh 16, EF and lustrous with some light contact marks, scarce and desirable in this high grade, more so than catalogue prices would suggest
£2,000 - £4,000
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Halfcrown 1681 with Elephant and Castle below Bust ESC 488 (rarity 4) about VF toned some faint scratches reverse extremely rare in this higher grade Spink 2016 listing a price in VF at £10000, now rising to £12500 in the 2017 publication, Ex-London Coins Auction A107 28/11/2004 Lot 965, £3290 inclusive of buyers premium
£9,000 - £11,000
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Florin 1852 ESC 806 UNC and nicely toned over considerable underlying lustre, the obverse with very light contact marks
£300 - £400
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Florin 1853 No Stop after date ESC 808 UNC and lustrous with minor contact marks only, a very pleasing example
£250 - £350
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Florin 1856 ESC No stop after date 813A UNC and attractively toned with the lightest cabinet friction on the reverse
£350 - £450
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Florin 1859 ESC 817 with stop after date UNC or near so, attractively toned with minor cabinet friction and light contact marks only
£250 - £350
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Florin 1865 ESC 826 Die Number 2, UNC with some lustre, a couple of small rim nicks barely detract
£300 - £400
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Florin 1866 ESC 828 Die Number 12 UNC and choice with a deep and colourful tone
£300 - £400
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Florin 1877 WW with 48 arcs ESC 846 UNC and highly lustrous, the obverse with minor contact marks, an eye-catching example of the Gothic type, an execellent example for the type collector
£300 - £400
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Florin 1878 ESC 849 Die Number 28, the die number struck over a higher 28, UNC or very near so with light contact marks and a small tone line on the IN of FLORIN
£250 - £350
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Florin 1879 No WW 38 arcs ESC 852 UNC and attractively toned with touches of underlying gold
£250 - £350
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Florin 1881 ESC 856 UNC with underlying lustre,a couple of tiny rim nicks, visible under strong magnification barely detract
£240 - £350
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Florin 1883 ESC 859 UNC and highly lustrous with a couple of very small rim nicks
£240 - £350
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Florin 1884 ESC 860 UNC or near so and lustrous with small rim nicks, the reverse with a heavier contact marks by ONE
£240 - £350
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Florin 1885 ESC 861 some very light toning in small areas otherwise UNC and lustrous with minor cabinet friction, a most pleasing example with considerable eye appeal
£250 - £350
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Florin 1890 ESC 872 Davies 817 dies 3D UNC with a choice colurful tone, formerly in an NGC holder graded MS64
£150 - £250
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Florin 1894 ESC 878 Davies 835 dies 2B UNC with a deep and attractive blue, green and gold tone
£120 - £150
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Florin 1904 ESC 922 UNC and lustrous with minor contact marks and tiny rim nicks only, the reverse with touches of mint bloom, all Edward VII Florins now difficult to find in this high grade, our archive database shows only 4 previous examples graded UNC since 2003
£200 - £300
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Halfcrown 1706 Roses and Plumnes ESC 572 GVF/NEF the obverse with some contact marks
£750 - £950
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Halfcrown 1741 41 over 39 Roses ESC 601A GVF and attractively toned
£800 - £1,000
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Penny 1860 as Freeman 10 dies 2+D Toothed Border but with N over sideways N in ONE Satin 11 a well-known variety rare in high grade AU/EF and lustrous, Rare
£1,000 - £1,200
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Penny 1861 Freeman 23 dies 4+D struck on a heavy flan weighing 11.32 grammes, thickness 2mm, UNC toned with a couple of small contact marks in the reverse field, rated R18 by Freeman
£5,000 - £6,000
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Penny 1862 Small Date from Halfpenny die Freeman 41 dies 6+G, Fine and superior to most examples seen of this type, Very rare with all major details very clear, the finest we have handled, and possibly one of the finest known examples, Ex-Michael Freeman
£1,500 - £3,000
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Penny 1862 VIGTORIA error a recently discovered type, previously unlisted by Freeman, Gouby, Satin or Spink, only Fair but the variety very clear, we note also the error G is of a slightly different font to the G of D:G: extremely rare and believed to be one of only four known examples, probably rarer than the 1877 Narrow date coin, of which an LCGS Fine 20 example realised £7020 in our June 2010 auction
£500 - £2,500
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Penny 1863 3 over 1 Gouby BP1863Aa dies J+g with the top of the underlying 1 showing at the top right of the 3, also with a small 'spike' at the top of the right curve of the 3 Fine or slightly better, a clear example, one of just a small number of examples thus far recorded of this rare type
£1,800 - £2,200
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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.
£4,000 - £6,000
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Penny 1848 8 over 6 Peck 1494 also with I over thicker I in GRATIA UNC and with around 30%/40% lustre, very scarce in this high grade , Spink lists at £725 EF with no price given for UNC
£700 - £900
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Halfpenny 1773 Contemporary Counterfeit of excellent style Coleman CH1773B-14 EF nicely toned with residual lustre, weight 8.29 grammes, probably rarer than the genuine coin in this grade, superior to the plate coin in the Coleman book
£140 - £180
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Shilling 1658 Cromwell ESC 1005 NEF and with an attractive and even grey tone, with flashes of blue, green and gold toning in the legends
£1,250 - £2,000
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Shilling 1961 English VIP Proof Davies 2419P nFDC with a small spot on the obverse, Very Rare
£600 - £800
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Farthing 1798 Pattern in Copper Peck 1216 UNC with minor cabinet friction, Ex-C.Cooke April 1998 (£185)
£250 - £500
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Farthing 1805 Restrike Pattern in Bronzed Copper, Peck 1319 R95 nFDC and attractively toned, Ex-C.Cooke List 52, April 2009 (£425)
£275 - £450
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Crown 1819 LIX ESC 215 UNC or near so, with some light contact marks, the portrait frosted, fields with blue, green and gold toning and with exceptional eye appeal
£750 - £850
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Sovereign 1916C Marsh 224 EF/About EF Extremely Rare with a mintage of just 6119 pieces
£18,000 - £22,000
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World Coins Single Coins and Small Lots

Canada Dollar 1948 KM#46 EF/About EF and lustrous with some contact marks, with an edge nick at 10 o'clock on the reverse, the key date in the series
£600 - £800
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USA Dollar 1795 2 leaves below wings, 7 over 1 in date, Breen 5361, VG nicely toned and of even appearance, with a few small edge nicks, Very rare as are all the early USA Dollars
£2,000 - £2,500
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India - Bombay Presidency Mohur (15 Rupees) 1770 Official Collectors Imitation in gold (of KM#183) EF, the original an extremely rare issue
£2,000 - £2,500
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India - Madras Presidency Mohur undated (1819) KM#421.1 VF or better with a small dig on the shield
£1,600 - £2,000
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India Mohur 1862 KM#480 EF or near so with some light contact marks
£2,500 - £3,500
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India Mohur 1889 KM#496 EF with some light contact marks
£2,000 - £2,500
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India Mughal Empire Mohur AH1111/43 (1699) Y#315, 10.95 grammes GVF
£500 - £1,000
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India Mughal Empire Mohur Muhammad Akbar (AH963-1014, 1556-1605 AD) Agra? Mint, 10.84 grammes VF
£1,000 - £1,500
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India Mughal Empire Mohur Muhammad Jahangir AH1020/6, KM#106, 10.17 grammes Good Fine
£3,500 - £4,500
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Indian Princely States - Awadh Gold Ashrafi Ghazi-ud-Din Haidar, as King, AH1239, Y#170.2, weight 10.69 grammes, NEF
£1,500 - £2,000
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Indian Princely States - Awadh Gold Ashrafi Wajid Ali Shah AH1264/2, Y#378.2 on a smaller flan 21mm diameter, weight 10.75 grammes, VF with an edge nick
£1,500 - £2,000
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Indian Princely States - Kutch 100 Kori Gold 1866 (VS1922) Y#19 NEF
£1,500 - £2,000
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Indian Princely States - Kutch 50 Kori Gold 1874 (VS1930) Y#18 GEF
£1,500 - £2,000
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Andaman Islands One Rupee Token 1866 KM#Tn2 EF silvered, weight 9.14 grammes, noted by 'British Commonwealth Coins' by Remick/James/Dowle/Finn as being 'the rarest British Commonwealth coins' and records only 5 examples having been sold btween the publications of the second and third editions between 1969 and 1971, Internet research has not revealed any past auction results for the pieces dated 1866
£2,000 - £4,000
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Bermuda Crown 1959 350th Anniversary of the founding of the Colony Proof in an NGC holder and graded PF65 Cameo, a very rare matt proof is listed in the latest Krause catalogue, but brilliant proofs such as this are unlisted, we note a Proof 65 Ultre Cameo sold for $4025 in 2009
£3,200 - £4,000
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Muscat and Oman Saidi Rial AH1378 (1959) KM#31 Silver Proof in an NGC holder and graded PF61 Cameo, Krause states a mintage of only 100 pieces
£1,000 - £1,200
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Russia Rouble 1894 AГ C#46 GVF toned, Rare with a mintage of just 3007 pieces
£600 - £800
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Southern Rhodesia Halfcrown 1937 Proof KM#13 Krause states only 40 Proof sets produced for this year, in an NGC holder and graded PF67 Cameo
£1,500 - £2,000
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Southern Rhodesia Halfcrown 1954 VIP Proof/Proof of record KM#5 only 20 examples minted nFDC lightly toning, retaining almost full mint brilliance
£1,500 - £2,000
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English Hammered Coins

Crown Charles I Group II, Second Horseman , type 2a, Smaller horse, with plume on head only, cross on housing, S.2755, North 2193 mintmark Harp, the harp on the obverse overstruck GVF, full and round, with a pleasing even strike, a most pleasing piece and very desirable in this grade, we note the Slaney example of this type, in slightly higher grade and with inferior surfaces, realised £8000 hammer price in May 2015.
£5,500 - £6,500
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Crown Elizabeth I mintmark 1 (1601) S.2582 VF or better especially the obverse which has much sharp detail some faint rubbing and stress lines as usual obverse fields and planchet flaw 7 o'clock when viewed from the reverse
£4,000 - £5,000
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Groat Edward IV or V with the Sun halved with Rose mint mark on both sides S.2146A with no pellet below bust EDWARD DI GRA REX ANGL ' FRANC obv, Rev POSVI DEUM ADIVTOREM DEUM 3.1 gramms CIVITAS LONDON North 1631 VF or near so and rare in all grades
£1,500 - £2,500
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Penny Alfred the Great Third Coinage, Two-line Cross-patee type moneyer [--]NBERHT (Hunberht?) Canterbury dies S.1066 North 635 VF
£1,500 - £2,000
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Penny, Cuthred, Kings of Kent, (798-807) Non-Portrait type, Single Tribrach, moneyer Sigebehrt S.876, North 208/2, EMC 2016.0316, weight 1.13 grammes, found Stodmarsh, Canterbury, VF on a full flan, darkly toned, only the second known, and finest example
£2,500 - £4,500
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Shilling 1652 Commonwealth ESC 985 mintmark Sun, approaching EF, on a generous full flan, some darker toning around the rims and some very light porosity near the edges but overall a high quality example with much eye appeal and almost never encountered in this high grade
£1,300 - £1,600
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Shilling Edward VI Second issue 1550 Bust 4 Tower Mint, S.2466 mintmark Martlet/Leopards Head a very rare die combination, better than Fine with a pleasing and even grey tone, Ex-Alfred Bole collection DNW 16/3/2011, Lot 11, Ex-Roger Shuttlewood collection 15/3/2001 Lot 245
£900 - £1,200
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Shilling Edward VI Second issue 1550 Bust 5 Tower Mint S.2466 mintmark Leopards head, the reverse weakly struck, some verdigris and with scratches on both sides, otherwise around Fine, extremely rare, Ex-Alfred Bole collection DNW 26/3/2011 Lot 1360, Ex-Roger Shuttlewood collection 15/3/2001 Lot 246
£900 - £1,200
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Sixpence Edward VI Fine silver issue S.2483 mintmark Tun Good VF with some small edge nicks and with some colourful toning in the reverse legend, a most attractive example and with considerable eye appeal, Ex-Alfred Bole collection part I DNW 29/10/2010 Lot 1451
£2,000 - £2,500
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Sixpence Elizabeth I 1568 Fourth Issue, Intermediate Bust 4B, S.2562 EF with some lustre, an exceptional strike, struck on a full flan, the Spink catalogue plate coin, Ex-Baldwins Auction 83 24/9/2013 Lot 4323
£400 - £600
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Unite Commonwealth 1651 S.3208 Mintmark Sun, GVF and bold with a hint of old red tone, a most attractive piece with much eye appeal. Seldom seen this nice. Comes with old Baldwins ticket from 27/6/1930
£12,500 - £15,000
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English Cased and Proof Items

Fifty Pence 2012 Gold Proof Piedfort Gold Medal Winners Coin - Athletics FDC in the box of issue with certificate and 'Chief Engraver Master Proofs' card, number 18 of just 29 issued
£4,500 - £6,500
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Proof Set 1937 (4 coins) Five Pounds to Half Sovereign FDC or near so with a few hairlines and light toning, in the original case of issue, case in very good condition, a pleasing set and certainly a lot better than average for grade
£8,000 - £14,000
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English (British) Banknotes

USA $500 Gold Certificate dated 1928, series A00039233A, signed Woods & Mellon, Pick404 (FR 2407, this is the consecutively numbered note to the one pictured in the Friedberg catalogue), GVF to EF and extremely rare

£3,000 - £6,000
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Commemorative and Campaign Medals

George III, Protector of the Arts 1760, 39mm diameter in silver, by J.Pingo, Eimer 685, Obverse : Head of George III left GEORGE III, Reverse : George III in Roman dress , receives 'Mother of the Arts' who implores protection of her children Sculpture, Poetry and Architecture, ARTS PROTECTED, Exergue : MDCCLX SOC P.A.C. UNC or near so with golden and blue tone and light cabinet friction
£225 - £275
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Union of Great Britain and Ireland 1801 49mm diameter Gilt by C.H.Kuchler for M.Boulton, Eimer 927, Obverse Bust of George III left, armoured and draped GEORGIUS III. D:G. BRITANNIARUM REX. FIDEI DEF&c. Reverse Britannia and Hibernia stand facing each other, their hands clasped. JUNGUNTUR OPES FIRMATUR IMPERIUM, UNC and with a small test mark on the edge which barely detracts
£250 - £400
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