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London Coins Auction 165
Grange Hotel Bracknell, Charles Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1ED
London Coins Paper Money Sale
Grange Hotel Bracknell, Charles Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1ED
London Coins Auction 166
31st August - 1st September 2019

Signature Sales

These are sales or sections within sales comprising entirely of one person’s collection. Many collectors are keen to collect items with a provenance and the items shown in these signature sale listings can now be said to include the provenance of these collections.

If you have a collection you are considering selling we will be happy to discuss a signature sale with you. As well as having the potential to attract more bidders your collection will be recorded for posterity.

To see the details of all coins within this signature sale listing please click on the name of the signature sale.

The Ken Humphris Collection

Ken was an eclectic collector so we have the pleasure of offering a very wide variety of material from ancients to modern with an interesting overseas offering. Most pieces were purchased in the 1970s so have been “sleeping” for over 40 years. Ken clearly focused on obtaining items that were good value for money when purchased rather than paying whatever price was being asked for high grade and choice material. However the collection does contain many items in solid and better grades and some instances the eye appeal is superior to the technical grade so viewing is recommended. The collection also contains rare issues we have not offered before especially in the Guinea section. Ken Humphris is now 98 and his son Clive has kindly provided us with some reflections on his father’s coin collecting.

Dad’s interest in coins was first ignited through another interest of his, namely, antique furniture. In 1975 a second-hand antique dealer, who occasionally contacted Dad when he had something of interest for Dad, said he had something different for him to look at. This time it was not a piece of furniture but rather an unusual thin English silver penny. (Dad couldn’t remember the name of the coin). This sparked a fascination in coins for Dad which came from the fact that old coins represented great history and its value came from its age. Dad learnt so much from his English collection including being able to recite the Kings and Queens of England from way back much to the delight of his children. (I remember this! He corrected Mum and I many times for getting the royal succession wrong!)As a chartered surveyor and successful real estate proprietor, he attended and liked going to property auctions. Now he attended coin auctions in and around London and became a regular bidder, sometimes price was no object as the thrill of the chase and the passion to add to his collection drove him on. Hours upon hours in his home office he would pour over his coins in the evenings after work with magnifying glass and coins books at the ready.

The same second-hand dealer that procured the English penny also provided Dad with the start of his Abyssinian collection which were all hammered. Dad became interested in how they were produced and so his collection was broadened. Dad’s Roman collection needs special mention as each was purchased purely driven by a love of history and wonder of the age of the items. Dad’s passion for coins did not start in his childhood but when he was 55 years old. His only childhood memory of coins was putting a coin on the tram line where it got thoroughly flattened. Now at the age of 98 years and now an antique himself he confesses, his family thinks “with great age comes great value.”

Ken Humphris : With Medals : London Coins Signature Sales

Signature Sale of VIP and Proof Issues From a Range of Countries

Included in this sale under the relevant country in this catalogue is a collection of VIP proof issues.

However, for posterities sake we show the lots here as a signature sale listing. This is the second half of the Low Countries Collection we sold in our March 2017 Sale

In some cases we have stated the mintage figures as quoted by standard reference catalogues, however the vendor has tracked the market for these VIP proof issues extensively for ten years and his findings make a compelling argument that these mintage figures are overstated, and where for example Krause Mischler states a mintage of 100 the frequency of such pieces offered in all major sales and on-line auctions over the last ten years is so few as to be on a par with issues where only 10 to 20 are known to have been struck.

The West Country Hoard of George III Guineas

Found in an old cabinet where presumable they had remained since the mid 1790s the following original hoard gives a fascinating insight into relative scarcities in contemporary circulation

The Frank Stephenson Collection of Halfcrowns

Frank was raised in a County Durham pub owned by his parents and it was here that his fascination with coins started. As a small boy, and then a young man, he would examine the contents of the till and remove any coins he liked the look of (sometimes with his parents knowledge) for his collection. Bun head Pennies were still in circulation and he craved those as well as nice condition coins. One of those coins is offered for sale in this collection and that is the 1935 halfcrown that he took from the Royal Oak till in the 60s. A young family and busy life as a coal miner and colliery undermanager meant his hobby was largely forgotten until his retirement.

From 2002 until his death he built an outstanding collection of both Halfcrowns and Pennies with the aid of his son John, who is a coin and medal dealer in the North of England. There is a secondary collection of bronze Farthings and Halfpennies which is largely complete for currency issues, but those denominations were an aside to him.

Franks knowledge and passion for Pennies and Halfcrowns was boundless and his aim was to complete the Halfcrown collection by English Silver Coins reference numbers and the Penny collection with references to both Freeman and Gouby. Quality was always the first choice but rarity often demanded settling for what was available at the time. His great regret was in letting the Colin Adams 1726 halfcrown slip through his hands in the Spink sale that he acquired some of the Charles II halfcrowns from. That date eluded him and should probably be a lesson for all of us that the time to buy 'that coin' is when you see it!

The Frank Stephenson Collection of Halfcrowns : London Coins Signature Sales

The Frank Stephenson Collection of Pennies

Frank was raised in a County Durham pub owned by his parents and it was here that his fascination with coins started. As a small boy, and then a young man, he would examine the contents of the till and remove any coins he liked the look of (sometimes with his parents knowledge) for his collection. Bun head Pennies were still in circulation and he craved those as well as nice condition coins. One of those coins is offered for sale in this collection and that is the 1935 halfcrown that he took from the Royal Oak till in the 60s. A young family and busy life as a coal miner and colliery undermanager meant his hobby was largely forgotten until his retirement.

From 2002 until his death he built an outstanding collection of both Halfcrowns and Pennies with the aid of his son John, who is a coin and medal dealer in the North of England. There is a secondary collection of bronze Farthings and Halfpennies which is largely complete for currency issues, but those denominations were an aside to him.

Franks knowledge and passion for Pennies and Halfcrowns was boundless and his aim was to complete the Halfcrown collection by English Silver Coins reference numbers and the Penny collection with references to both Freeman and Gouby. Quality was always the first choice but rarity often demanded settling for what was available at the time. His great regret was in letting the Colin Adams 1726 halfcrown slip through his hands in the Spink sale that he acquired some of the Charles II halfcrowns from. That date eluded him and should probably be a lesson for all of us that the time to buy 'that coin' is when you see it!

The Frank Stephenson Collection of Pennies : London Coins Signature Sales

The Low Countries Collection

Signature Sale of VIP and Proof Issues From a Range of Countries.

Included in this sale under the relevant country in this catalogue is a collection of VIP proof issues. However, for posterities sake we show the lots here as a signature sale listing. It is in fact only half of the collection, and the vendor is intending to offer the second half later this year.

In some cases we have stated the mintage figures as quoted by standard reference catalogues, however the vendor has tracked the market for these VIP proof issues extensively for ten years and his findings make a compelling argument that these mintage figures are overstated, and where for example Krause Mischler states a mintage of 100 the frequency of such pieces offered in all major sales and on-line auctions over the last ten years is so few as to be on a par with issues where only 10 to 20 are known to have been struck.

Victorian Maundy Sets in dated or contemporary boxes

The following 64 lots comprise a complete date run of Victorian Maundy Sets in dated or contemporary boxes, believed to be the first time such a group has been offered Bids are invited on individual lots or on the whole collection, to be successful a bid on the whole should be no less than £20,000.

If a bid or bids have been received on the whole collection which is likely to surpass the total of bids on individual lots, the collection will be sold in the room as one lot.

The Andrew Howells Collection

Andrew Howells has been associated with numismatics for many years as a dealer and a collector. His dealing activities meant he had a large assortment of material passing through his hands, as well as an extension network of other numismatists dealers, collectors and auction houses. From this position he has over his many years of activity put together a fine collection, of which selected pieces are offered here.

Bay View Collection

Paul Dexter

Like many coin collectors Paul enjoyed collecting stamps and coins at a young age, eagerly looking through piles of change for pre 1920 silver, the H ,KN and of course the bun pennies.

Several careers later and after having indulged his passion for vintage motorcycles, he moved to Cornwall. It was here where he had the opportunity to take his hobby more seriously. The majority of his collection was assembled the old fashioned way working from lists. Business was conducted by letters and telephone calls with trusted dealers.

Paul had a love of history all his life. It was one of the few subjects that he really enjoyed at school. Passion for history and his love of coins and medals fused to become the driving force of a collection which was remarkable in its breadth and quality. His research along a branch of history created the interest in collecting something tangible from that era and exploring further the history around that coinage.

His collection ranged from the pre Roman civilisations of the Middle East, through the Roman era and then into our own history. Indeed Britain was his main focus, from early hammered medieval coinage, through to the high quality milled coins up until decimalisation. He also researched Britain's influence on coinage used throughout the Empire. The coins were complimented by a comprehensive collection of medallions and medals which more specifically evidenced an event or era. Small nuggets of information were scattered about the collection on scraps of paper, ready to explore another avenue or topic.

Paul appreciated the fine artistry of coin designers, dies and medals. He possessed great knowledge of how our coinage was developed, the materials used and the processes employed from design to mint. He was always pleased to talk about his collection with those fortunate enough to visit, be it the coinage or the events in history which influenced it. There is no doubt the coins were a source of enormous pride and pleasure.

Bay View Collection : London Coins Signature Sales

The Finchampstead Collection

The Finchampstead Collection is a result of a 10 year focus on the varieties in the milled farthing series and the collection has examples from most of the top collections on the market in the last few years.The research into unique varieties has involved comparison to the collection in the British Museum, the Royal Mint collection of coins and dies at Llantrisant andpaper based research at theNational Archive at Kewlooking at die, punch and matrix production,usage and scrappage .In combination with the experts at CGS it has resulted in a catalogue of farthings which includes a very high proportion of previously unrecorded varieties and currently leads the CGS Hall of Fame farthing collections . The collection is particularly strong in Victorian Copper ( with a previously unpublished range of new reversevarieties) and overall is of a very high quality with nearly half the collection being the finest known, or only recorded variety by type on the CGS database.

The Diplomats Collection

Coins Struck By East European Mints for VIPs before these countries entered the Euro-zone

The Bill Pugsley Collections of Florins, Shillings and Sixpences

The Florin Collection is the finest so far recorded by CGS, the Shillings and Sixpences both are 2nd finest (see CGS website Hall of Fame)

Collection of 3rd and 4th Century Roman Portraits

The following 38 lots cover the period from the beginning of the Severan dynasty to the end of the Constantinian, circa 200-350AD. The aim of the collection was to acquire attractive imperial portraits to fit 24mm coin trays, hence the choice of smaller types eg. during the tetrarchies. A number of rarities are headed by the antoniniani of Divus Nigrinian, a coin rarely offered, and Laelian, whose career spanned about six weeks.

A Collection of Halfcrowns which formed the current CGS Hall of Fame Halfcrown Collection

A Collection of Halfcrowns which formed the current CGS Hall of Fame Halfcrown Collection (so anyone who successfully won all these lots and added one more Halfcrown to this collection could declare themselves the new CGS Hall of Fame Halfcrown collector)

The Maritime Collection of English Milled Crowns

The CGS Hall of Fame Finest Recorded English Milled Crown Collection

The Michael Cole Collection of Victorian Halfpennies and Pennies

The Pennies and Halfpennies in this collection have been collected largely in the 1970s and early 1980s, with a brief sojourn into the market in the latter part of the 1980s. Many scarce or rare types grace this collection, a number of which are seldom offered in any grade.

The Provincial Banknote Collection

A variety of English Provincial Banknotes from towns and cities all over the country.

The Roland Harris Collection

Roland Harris

1930 - 2008

Roland spent his working life as a farmer. He had an innovative approach to farming and constantly looked for ways to improve his farm. Roland enjoyed challenges and apart from increasing the land he farmed through renting further acres he had lots of ideas for projects that combined well with farming. These included a seed cleaning plant and Animal feed mill, which produced feed without artificial additives. He was one of the first people in the country to have Charolais sheep and went on to become President of the UK Charolais Sheep Society as well as having success with the sheep at shows. Roland went to America to look at and import larger tractors to give greater productivity and from this helped set up Farols, an Agricultural Engineering business that now has four outlets. Roland also invented a new seed drill for planting crops which he developed and saw into production with Bamfords.

Twenty years ago Roland bought a derelict Manor House with a three acre garden. He thoroughly enjoyed the challenged of renovating and modernising the house and creating a wonderful garden. He was idle and always had another project in mind! Roland’s other hobbies which he approached with his usual enthusiasm and energy were fly fishing and bridge.

Roland starting coin collecting relatively late in life after a brief sojourn into stamps, and has formed this impressive collection in about 10 years. However his lateness as more than compensated by the vigour with which he pursued his new hobby. His initial interest was for the entire English Milled series excluding gold but in recent years he narrowed this down to cover 1838 to recent times, Crowns down to Fractional Farthings. He became particularly attracted to bronze and their varieties and became sufficiently learned from time to time, correct our Freeman or Peck attributions. The twentieth century section contains duplication sometimes several times of entire series and offers a rare opportunity to obtain runs and entire groups of twentieth century material in high grades. The Victorian section as the listings soon reveal contains one of the finest selections of Victorian Bronze and Copper offered in recent times, and surely one of the finest groups ever assembled.

Roland Harris : 2006 : London Coins Signature Sales