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Grange Hotel Bracknell, Charles Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1ED

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Auction 158
Misc Items 1981 Obverse as the adopted coin with Machin bust, the reverse with a wreath with berries, 3.23 grammes About EF with some staining, unusual, we note there was no example in the Tansley collection
£310 London Coins : A158 : Lot 825 : Penny 1981 trial die Obverse as the adopted coin with Machin bust, the reverse with a wreath with be... London Coins : A158 : Lot 825 : Penny 1981 trial die Obverse as the adopted coin with Machin bust, the reverse with a wreath with be...

Auction 157
English Coins an uniface obverse Obverse K, as used on the s of 1811 exhibiting the a die flaw running from the rear of the truncation to the rim, and numerous die rust spots on and below the drapery and obverse rim, weight 34.2 grammes (527.78 grains) thus heavier than the thick flan coins described by the new ESC, but lighter than the 'very thick flan' listed pieces. Listed as Davis 39, and stated to be in copper, although has the appearance of a brass piece, interestingly Davis lists a standard striking in brass (Davis 38), A/UNC with traces of lustre and a dark tone spot on the obverse rim
£410 London Coins : A157 : Lot 1978 : Bank of England Dollar an undated uniface obverse trial Obverse K, as used on the patterns of 1811 e... London Coins : A157 : Lot 1978 : Bank of England Dollar an undated uniface obverse trial Obverse K, as used on the patterns of 1811 e...

Auction 157
Misc Items s 1957 Britannia Moneta legend with Britannia striking coins, struck in - (10) weight range 5.17 to 5.33 grammes VF to EF
£190

Auction 156
Tokens Papal Paul II (1464-1471) a later restrike in EF, 1957 Britannia Moneta EF
£15

Auction 155
English Cased Florins Florin Engraver's Trial pieces undated c.1961 (5) each with TRIAL DIE on the reverse, the obverses with the standard early Elizabeth II portrait, the legend on each coin with a different typeface, with the type face abbreviated name raised in the field, i.e. Albertus (TRIAL ALB.) Albertus Light (ALB.L), Poliphilus (Pol.). Baskerville (BAS.), and Ionic (ION.) each coin UNC, comes with booklet and copy of original handwritten notes detailing each type face and the experiments conducted by the Deputy Master of the Mint into the suitability of certain styles of lettering for use in the design and minting of coins and medals, The set is accompanied by an additional handwritten note stating that there were originally seven sets made, these sets were then presented to the Queen for her consideration. One set had the handwritten note and typed manuscript, the other six sets, rather than having TRIAL DIE on the reverse, had plain reverses. This set is the original set, with a photostat copy of the folder from one of the six other sets which became detached from the coins. Comes in a large and impressive hard black case, originally purchased from the for £18,000, a wonderful documented insight into the processes involved in development of pre-decimal coinage in the early Elizabethan era
£7,050 London Coins : A155 : Lot 84 : Florins Elizabeth II Florin Engraver's Trial pieces undated c.1961 (5) each with TRIAL DIE on t... London Coins : A155 : Lot 84 : Florins Elizabeth II Florin Engraver's Trial pieces undated c.1961 (5) each with TRIAL DIE on t...

Auction 155
World Coins INA Retro Series Fantasy 1936 Edward VIII in silver, a having no obverse border beading UNC with some lustre, Rare, INA Retro Series Fantasy 1901 Edward VII with die axis inverted Lustrous UNC, unique
£280 London Coins : A155 : Lot 2172 : Australia INA Retro Series Fantasy Crown 1936 Edward VIII in silver, a trial having no obverse borde... London Coins : A155 : Lot 2172 : Australia INA Retro Series Fantasy Crown 1936 Edward VIII in silver, a trial having no obverse borde...

Auction 153
World Coins 1952 in chromed steel, FT327 TRIAL written vertically to the right of the King's head, the reverse with TRIAL written vertically above the 52 of the date, GEF toned, with some file marks on the edge, as often, Note: these pieces were made by the in the late 1960s as pieces using old dies
£90 London Coins : A153 : Lot 911 : British West Africa Shilling 1952 Trial in chromed steel, FT327 TRIAL written vertically to the righ... London Coins : A153 : Lot 911 : British West Africa Shilling 1952 Trial in chromed steel, FT327 TRIAL written vertically to the righ...

Auction 153
Misc Items Strikes (3) each 25mm diameter, the first 1927 Obverse Britannia striking coin, BRITANNIA MONETA, Reverse 1927 within 6-pointed star ROYAL MINT TRIAL DIE, in aluminium?, 1.75 grammes, A/UNC, the second with Obverse and Reverse the same, Britannia striking coin, BRITANNIA MONETA 4.19 grammes, EF with the edge damaged, perhaps as a metal test, the third with Obverse and Reverse the same 1957 within 6-pointed star ROYAL MINT TRIAL DIE 4.18 grammes About EF, again the edge showing damage at fairly even intervals, perhaps as a metal test, an interesting trio
£80

Auction 153
Tokens , Llantrisant, William Price, oval memorial token to Jesus Christ, 1884, serpent around goat, vowels of the Welsh alphabet around, rev. gwel jesu crist o yr tan yn llysco, etc., in five lines, 37 x 25mm (TCSB 6, pp.111-14; cf. Coin News, April 1997). Obverse edge knock at 3 o’clock, otherwise VF. Provenance: Bt. L. Bennett March 1987). Dr William Price (1800-93), Chartist, heretic, archdruid and pioneer in the legalisation of cremation in Britain, studied at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and became an FRS in 1822. A gifted surgeon, he nevertheless acted with complete nonconformity, after numerous splative ventures in and around Pontypridd he was forced to leave the town in 1873 after being acquitted of the manslaughter of a patient, moving to Llantrisant with his 16-year old housemaid Gwenllian Llewellyn, who gave birth to their first child, Iesu Grist [Jesus Christ], in August 1883. Unfortunately the infant succumbed and Price cremated him on 13 January 1884 with full druidic rites. His subsequent and acquittal had an enormous public impact and led to the start of cremation being accepted as a way of disposal of the dead in the UK
£50 London Coins : A153 : Lot 799 : Glamorganshire, Llantrisant, William Price, oval copper memorial token to Jesus Christ, 1884, serpen... London Coins : A153 : Lot 799 : Glamorganshire, Llantrisant, William Price, oval copper memorial token to Jesus Christ, 1884, serpen...

Auction 151
English Coins 1920 Davies 1672N struck in a hard nickel type alloy and weighing 11.92 gr. There are 1924 nickel s, 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
£120 London Coins : A151 : Lot 2687 : Halfcrown 1920 Davies 1672N struck in a hard nickel type alloy and weighing 11.92 gr. There are 1924... London Coins : A151 : Lot 2687 : Halfcrown 1920 Davies 1672N struck in a hard nickel type alloy and weighing 11.92 gr. There are 1924...

Auction 149
English Coins 1887 Jubilee Head , 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 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 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
£5,000 London Coins : A149 : Lot 2839 : Sovereign 1887 Jubilee Head Pattern, with the obverse displaying 14 Beads to Queen’s necklace ... London Coins : A149 : Lot 2839 : Sovereign 1887 Jubilee Head Pattern, with the obverse displaying 14 Beads to Queen’s necklace ...

Auction 148
World Coins of 36 1901 in lead Reverse uniface on an oversized flan, UNC Unique
£150 London Coins : A148 : Lot 677 : Cyprus Trial Die of Patina Series 36 Piastres 1901 in lead Reverse uniface on an oversized flan, UNC... London Coins : A148 : Lot 677 : Cyprus Trial Die of Patina Series 36 Piastres 1901 in lead Reverse uniface on an oversized flan, UNC...

Auction 147
Misc Items Euro Cent 16mm diameter in , Obverse Coat of Arms flanked by Castle and Rose, Reverse Wreath, UNC and lustrous
£60 London Coins : A147 : Lot 1503 : Royal Mint Euro Cent Trial Die undated 16mm diameter in bronze , Obverse Coat of Arms flanked by Cas... London Coins : A147 : Lot 1503 : Royal Mint Euro Cent Trial Die undated 16mm diameter in bronze , Obverse Coat of Arms flanked by Cas...

Auction 145
Misc Items Papal dies? (45) in lead most appear 19th Century, mostly octagonal, some square with a few round, uniface a wide variety of sizes up to 60mm diameter and up to 7mm in thickness, varied state, also USA Trials in lead (5), some in the designs, each on an irregular flan and with the word COPY in the design, varied state
£170

Auction 139
Misc Items s (16) 1927 to 1960s a of many different designs and metals, some showing Britannia, others with Coat of Arms, or numeric reverses, many rare and previously unseen by this cataloguer, EF-UNC
£1,000

Auction 138
English Coins 1967 struck in brass 4.7 grams good milling and striking so presumed a strike die axis inverted, perhaps a piece or unofficial off metal striking AU a few scratches reverse, unusual and scarce
£550 London Coins : A138 : Lot 2807 : Sovereign 1967 struck in brass 4.7 grams good milling and striking so presumed a Royal Mint strike d... London Coins : A138 : Lot 2807 : Sovereign 1967 struck in brass 4.7 grams good milling and striking so presumed a Royal Mint strike d...

Auction 134
English Cased 1996 the seven coin in the maroon velvet box cased FDC, Proof Set 2001 Red Leather cased FDC, Five Pound Crowns (2) 1997 Golden Silver Proof, 2000 Silver Proof, Two Pounds Silver Proofs (5) 1995 Peace Dove, 1996 Football, 1997, 1998, 2001 Marconi, Two Pounds s (2) 1995 UN, 1998, One Pound 1996 Silver Proof Piedfort, One Pound 2000 Silver Proof, One Pound a 4-coin set 1994-1997 Silver Proof Piedforts, Fifty Pence 1998 NHS Silver Proof, Fifty Pence 1998 NHS Silver Proof Piedfort FDC in the cases of issue with certificates, Five Pounds Coin and Banknote set 1998 50th Birthday comprising Five Pounds Kentfield PW50 prefix UNC and Five Pound Crown 1998 -, Two Pounds 1995 Peace Dove UNC, Last £sd set 1965-1967 (8 coins) UNC, Two Pounds 1995 Peace Dove in Plastic Dome, Fifty Pence 1994 D-Day in plastic dome, Trial Die Set 1994 Minting of the first bimetallic coin UNC, (2) 1998 Five Pound Crown Prince of Wales 50th Birthday plus stamps, Guernsey 1994 50th of D-Day plus stamps, Medallic First Day Covers (2) 2001 The Archers 50th Anniversary plus stamps, 1995 of the Birth of R.J.Mitchell plus stamps, Eurotunnel 1994 50mm in cupro-nickel, Soloman Islands Dollar 1991 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbour UNC, European Community Coin Collection a 12 coin set 1990-1993 comprising one coin from each of the Eurozone countries, UNC in the wallets of issue, Guernsey Two Pounds 1994 50th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion Silver Proof FDC in the case of issue with certificate
£320

Auction 133
English Cased s 1970 (3), Isle of Man Proof Set 1980 Diamond Finish FDC cased as issued, s (8) 1991 (7), 1993 (1), Royal Mint Trial Die set a 4-piece set 1994 showing various stages of minting these UNC in the Royal Mint wallets of issue, Unofficial Last £sd sets (5) in slide cases, Threepences set (15) in mixed grades to UNC in a slide case, Pennies Elizabeth II (8) Lustrous UNC in a slide case, World unofficial sets (10) Norway (2), Guatemala, Finland, Bulgaria, Denmark, Cameroon, Sweden, Lebanon and Japan from the 1950s and 1960s UNC in sleeves
£45

Auction 131
Misc Items 1927 date in star with T in star below date, Britannia striking coins reverse UNC with good lustre and a few spots
£80 London Coins : A131 : Lot 484 : Royal Mint Trial Die 1927 date in star with T in star below date, Britannia striking coins rever... London Coins : A131 : Lot 484 : Royal Mint Trial Die 1927 date in star with T in star below date, Britannia striking coins rever...

Auction 131
Tokens Grendon 1842, William Ward , Rose Co.One Penny & 1811, 1957, date in star, Britannia striking coins, . Together with other assorted tokens, some . Mixed grades (21)
£65

Auction 129
English Coins 1887 or 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
£1,400 London Coins : A129 : Lot 1993 : Two Pounds 1887 Proof Pattern or Trial utilising dies from the small B.P. currency issue. While the ... London Coins : A129 : Lot 1993 : Two Pounds 1887 Proof Pattern or Trial utilising dies from the small B.P. currency issue. While the ...

Auction 128
English Bulk Lots Pattern 1835 . A of 10 coins made at the start of the Pat series by INA Ltd to test dies and the use of specific metals. One of only ten sets made. Each specimen has the obverse design of William Wyon?s classic portrait of King William IV facing right, coupled with a plain reverse inscribed with the word ‘MODEL,? placed horizontally across the diameter. The other pieces have the symbolic 3 Graces, DECUS ET TUTAMEN and the date 1835. The collection consists of 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in . 925 , 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in proof , 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in bright , 2 pieces (obv. and rev.) in golden alloy, and 2 pieces (obv. and rev.) in silver. 10 sets made
£150 London Coins : A128 : Lot 1987 : Pattern Crown 1835 William IV. A collection of 10 trial coins made at the start of the Patina retro ... London Coins : A128 : Lot 1987 : Pattern Crown 1835 William IV. A collection of 10 trial coins made at the start of the Patina retro ...

Auction 128
English Bulk Lots Pattern Crown 1836 . A of 10 coins made at the start of the Pat series by INA Ltd to test dies and the use of specific metals. One of only ten sets made. Each specimen has the obverse design of William Wyon?s classic portrait of King William facing right, coupled with a plain reverse inscribed with the word ‘MODEL,? placed horizontally across the diameter. The other pieces have the crowned Hanoverian shield and the date 1836. The collection consists of 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in . 925 , 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in proof , 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in bright , 2 pieces (obv. and rev.) in golden alloy, and 2 pieces (obv. and rev.) in silver.10 sets made
£130 London Coins : A128 : Lot 1988 : Pattern Crown 1836 William IV. A collection of 10 trial coins made at the start of the Patina retro ... London Coins : A128 : Lot 1988 : Pattern Crown 1836 William IV. A collection of 10 trial coins made at the start of the Patina retro ...

Auction 128
English Bulk Lots Pattern Crown 1887 . A of 10 coins made at the start of the Pat series by INA Ltd to test dies and the use of specific metals. One of only five sets made. Each specimen has the obverse design of Boem?s ‘Jubilee Head? portrait of Victoria facing left, date in legend, coupled with a plain reverse inscribed with the word ‘MODEL,? placed horizontally across the diameter. The other pieces have the dragon of Wales imposed upon a crowned tablet. The collection consists of 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in . 925 , 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in proof , 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in bright , 2 pieces (obv. and rev.) in golden alloy, and 2 pieces (obv. and rev.) in silver. One of 5 sets made
£120 London Coins : A128 : Lot 1989 : Pattern Crown 1887 Victoria. A collection of 10 trial coins made at the start of the Patina retro pa... London Coins : A128 : Lot 1989 : Pattern Crown 1887 Victoria. A collection of 10 trial coins made at the start of the Patina retro pa...

Auction 128
English Bulk Lots Pattern Crown 1820 . A of 10 coins made at the start of the Pat series by INA Ltd to test dies and the use of specific metals. One of only ten sets made. Each specimen has an obverse draped laureate portrait of George IV left facing right (similar to that used on contemporary Irish coins) coupled with a plain reverse inscribed with the word ‘MODEL,? placed horizontally across the diameter. The other pieces have the crowned shield with and rose motif and the date 1820, as featured on the reverses of the , and 1820-1823. The collection consists of 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in .925 , 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in proof , 2 pieces (obverse and reverse) in bright , 2 pieces (obv. and rev) in golden alloy, and 2 pieces (obv. and rev.) in silver. 10 sets made.
£110 London Coins : A128 : Lot 1986 : Pattern Crown 1820 George IV. A collection of 10 trial coins made at the start of the Patina retro p... London Coins : A128 : Lot 1986 : Pattern Crown 1820 George IV. A collection of 10 trial coins made at the start of the Patina retro p...

Auction 126
World Coins 1887 from -like dies. A very rare piece struck from a unique obverse die. The legend arrangement is similar to the standard proof dies but the BRITT is now at it's highest known point above the and the R and E of REG do not touch as on all the other 1887 Two Pounds. The Crown supporter has 8 small pearls, not 7 larger ones as all other proofs and currency issues. This coin has a unique thin obverse rim with the bust now enlarged to accommodate this feature, whereas the reverse still has the usual and inconsistent thick rim. An unpublished pattern struck from proof dies with only two other examples noted by the vendor. GEF/AU with a few light scuffs and surface marks
£1,200 London Coins : A126 : Lot 441 : Two Pounds 1887 Pattern from Proof-like dies. A very rare trial piece struck from a unique obverse d... London Coins : A126 : Lot 441 : Two Pounds 1887 Pattern from Proof-like dies. A very rare trial piece struck from a unique obverse d...

Auction 125
English Coins 1887??PATTERN from PROOF dies - a very rare piece struck from a unique Obv. die. The legend arrangement is similar to the standard dies, but?the 'Britt' is now at its highest?known point above the 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 struck from proof dies with only?two other examples noted by the vendor.? Choice and virtually as struck
£1,600 London Coins : A125 : Lot 1171 : Two Pounds 1887??PATTERN from PROOF dies - a very rare trial piece struck from a unique Obv. die. Th... London Coins : A125 : Lot 1171 : Two Pounds 1887??PATTERN from PROOF dies - a very rare trial piece struck from a unique Obv. die. Th...

Auction 123
World Coins 1964 Reverse with 'TRIAL' raised in the field, d with a 1957 'Britannia Moneta' die Obverse, 23.5mm diameter in cupro-nickel, A/UNC and highly unusual
£600

Auction 123
English Bulk Lots (31) 1869 with the last digit of the date altered VF/GF, 1902 GVF with damaged edge, 1940 Lustrous UNC, 1936 (12), 1946 (16) toned A/UNC-UNC, s (30) 1937, 1941, 1942, 1959, 1961, 1966, 1967 (25) UNC, s (36) Fine, 1854 NVF plus Wrens (34) these in EF-AU with lustre, Crown 1960 A/UNC, 1915 toned EF, 1931 GEF, s (2) 1935 EF, 1946 English Wide Rim UNC, 1925 GF with the rims missing (removed?), s (2) One 1957 in UNC, the other with Britannia minting a coin on the obverse, the reverse with a small square in the centre with a castle within UNC, plus World (20) 19th and in mixed circulated grades
£140

Auction 123
Misc Items related items (2) Royal Mint 25mm diameter in - Obverse BRITANNIA MONETA showing a coin being struck, Reverse ROYAL MINT TRIAL DIE date 1957 within six-pointed star UNC with some lustre, Token square with rounded corners struck in iron and uniface, ROYAL MINT CANTEEN with 1 in centre VF scarce
£20

Auction 119
Misc Items in silver weighing 1 troy 36mm diameter Obverse BRITANNIA MONETA showing a coin being struck, Reverse THE ROYAL MINT LONDON Buildings, we have seen and examples before, but not this large piece, GVF
£36

Auction 112
Misc Items Brockage George III in 19 mm VF, die 1957 25 mm GVF with several edge knocks
£50

Auction 104
Misc Items 1957 date in star, Britannia striking coins reverse gEF lustre
£24

Auction 104
Misc Items 1957 date in star, Britannia striking coins reverse EF
£22

Auction 103
Misc Items Strike for obverse die of Austrian Maria Theresa 1780 restrike ex Birmingham Mint who struck these coins from 1949-1955, retrograde image
£100

Auction 101
World Coins sized die or piece dated 1864 copper narrative in retro script (as a mirror image) reads J.Watt & Co. Soho Birmingham
£210

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