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.
Shilling 1721 Roses and Plumes ESC 1171, Bull 1577 (8 strings to Harp) EF the obverse with some haymarking, Ex-M.Rasmussen, our records indicate this is the first we have offered since 2003, whereas we have offered all the various overdates for this year, so probably rarer than the 'R' rating given by ESC, Cataloguer's Note, there is evidence of doubling to the 21 in the date but is quite different to examples of the published overdates we have studied, also Bull states the overdates have 7 or 9 harp strings and the Plain date coin has 8 harp strings, graded 65 by LCGS
Shillings in LCGS holders (9) 1874 Crosslet 4 Davies 903 Die Number 9 GEF with deep tone, slabbed and graded LCGS 70, 1897 ESC 1366 UNC and colourfully toned, slabbed and graded LCGS 80, 1911 ESC 1420Davies 1791 dies 2A Lustrous UNC, slabbed and graded LCGS 82, 1911 ProofDavies 1792P nFDC and attractively toned, slabbed and graded LCGS 88, 1912 ESC 1422Davies 1794 dies 3A Lustrous UNC and choice, easily the scarcer of the two die types, slabbed and graded LCGS 82, 1914 ESC 2114 UNC with an attractive colourful tone, slabbed and graded LCGS 80, 1919 ESC 1429 UNC, slabbed and graded LCGS 80, Ex-Cheshire collection formerly in an NGC holder and graded MS64, 1928 ESC 1441 Choice UNC, slabbed and graded LCGS 85, the second finest known of 24 examples thus far recorded by the LCGS Population Report, 1935 ESC 1448 Choice UNC, slabbed and graded LCGS 85, the joint finest known of 23 examples thus far recorded by the LCGS Population Report
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 1680 ESC 485 VF/GVF, with a pleasant underlying tone, Very rare and rated R3 by ESC, probably rarer in this grade, this example the finest we have offered, indeed our archive database going back to 2003 shows we have offered only two previous examples, the previous finest an example grading NVF/VF which realised £1638 inclusive of buyers premium in our June 2011 sale
Shilling 1708 Second Bust, Roses and Plumes ESC 1146 Good Fine, the reverse better, with a pleasant and subtle tone, Very Rare in any grade, rated R3 by ESC, only the second example we have offered since 2003
Books (3) Pick Standard Catalogue of World Paper Money 1368-1960 11th Edition, Pick Standard Catalogue of World Paper Money 1961-present (2) 12th and 14th Editions, Replica Million Pound note as described in the Mark Twain novel, later made into a 1954 film starring Gregory Peck, plus two replica notes, a Million Pound note dated 20 June 1903, and a 'Bank of Restriction' note these with BANKSY and 3nnLSU underneath on the reverse
Spur RyalJames I Second Coinage (1606-1607) S.2614North 2080, mintmark Escallop, weight 6.77 grammes, a small edge crack at 1 o'clock on the reverse, skilfully repaired, otherwise VF and with red toning, Ex-St. James Auction 17, 24 May 2011 Lot 92, Ex-Lingford, Glendinings 20/21 June 1951 Lot 892? (not illustrated), a seldom offered type
Halfcrowns to Halfpennies a wide ranging group (45) Halfcrowns Charles I (2) S.2776 mintmark Triangle, S.2777 mintmark Star, Shillings (11) Edward VI Fine Silver Issue S.2482 mintmark y, Elizabeth I (4) Second issue S.2555 mintmark Cross Crosslet, Sixth Issue (2) S.2577 mintmark Key, S.2577 mintmark Tun, Seventh Issue S.2584 mintmark 1, James I (2) Second Coinage S.2655 Fourth Bust, mintmark Bell, Second Coinage 1607 Fifth Bust S.2656 mintmark Grapes, Charles I (4) Group E, S.2797 mintmark Triangle, Group F, larger bust S.2799 mintmark Triangle in Circle, Group G (under Parliament) S.2800 mintmark Sun (2) one struck on an uneven flan, Sixpences (9) Elizabeth I (5) 1562 S.2560 mintmark Pheon, 1562 Milled Issue (2) S.2595 mintmark Star, S.2596 mintmark Star, 1567 Milled Issue S.2599, Small Bust, mintmark Lis, 1579 Fifth Issue S.2572 Mintmark Greek Cross, James I (2) First Coinage, First Bust 1603 S.2647 mintmark Thistle, Fourth Bust S.2658 mintmark Coronet, Charles I Group D, no inner circles, S.2813 mintmark Bell, Charles II Third Issue S.3323 mintmark Crown, Groats (4) Edward IVLondon Mint, Light Coinage, Henry VIII Facing Bust issue S.2199 mintmark Pansy, Elizabeth I Second Issue, S.2556 mintmark Martlet, Charles II Third IssueS.3324 mintmark Crown, Threepences (2) Elizabeth I Fifth Issue 1569 S.2573 mintmark Coronet, Elizabeth I Fifth issue 1578 S.2573 mintmark Greek Cross, Halfgroats (7) Henry VI Calais Mint, Pinecone-Mascle issue S.1877 Mintmark Cross Patonce, Edward IV Canterbury Mint clipped, Henry VII Canterbury Mint S.2209 Mintmark Tun, Elizabeth I, Pellets behind Bust S.2579 mintmark Crescent, James I (3) Smaller Crown on Obverse S.2660 mintmark Trefoil, S.2659 mintmark Trefoil, S.2660 mintmark Thistle, Pennies (8) Henry III Long Cross (3), Henry III Short Cross (2), Edward I London Mint (3), Halfpennies (2) James I S.2663 (2) Near Fine to GVF the majority of the coins evenly struck and Fine or better, with some nearer VF than Fine, a pleasing group
Crown 1893 LVI ESC 303 the T.B initials below the bust showing signs of die wear, the T very weak and the B resembling an L, an intermediate die stage to the 'I.L.' types outlined in the Peter Davies collection (see London Coins Auction Catalogue A124 28/2/2009 Lots 1152 and 1156), GVF with some contact marks
Proof Set 1911Long Set (12 Coins) Five Pounds, Two Pounds, Sovereign, Half Sovereign, Halfcrown, Florin, Shilling, Sixpence and Maundy Set, the gold extremely attractive with minor hairlines only, the silver with attractive matching light tone, nFDC to FDC with minor hairlines only, the case in good overall condition, we note a similar set described as 'virtually as struck' realised over £12000 in a London saleroom last year
Shilling 1699 Fifth Bust, Roses ESC 1120 VG with an old scratch on the reverse, very rare, rated R3 by ESC, our archive database stretching back to 2003, shows this is the first of this type we have handled
Shilling 1705 Plain in angles ESC 1134 VG, Very Rare, only the second of this type we have handled, so probably rarer than catalogue values would suggest, Cataloguers note: the previous example we have offered, graded as Fine realised £397 in our March 2013 auction
Crown 1687 TERTIO ESC 78 GEF or better with some light haymarking and some adjustment lines on the top of the King's hair, and in the corresponding position on the reverse, a most attractive piece Ex LCA 134 Sep 2011 Lot 1819 realised £2,000
Shilling 1704 Plain in angles ESC 1132 Fine the obverse with a small area of haymarking, the reverse with a thin scratch in the field, rated R5 by ESC, only the second example we have offered since 2003
Florin 1887 Jubilee Head Proof Davies dies 4A, unlisted by ESC, a recent discovery, the obverse with a slightly smaller bust, and with I.E.B on the truncation, a small vertical indentation or groove runs up from the truncation just to the left of the imperial insignia, an example was offered previously in the Peter Davies collection London Coins Auction A124 28/2/2009 (Lot 1199) described as Prooflike EF, this a superior piece, UNC nicely toned, and retaining much lustre, the bust fully frosted and thus confirming the discovery coin
Crown 1893 LVII ESC 305, Davies 502 dies 1A, listed as 'to be confirmed' in the Davies Book, although referred to in London Coins Auction Catalogue A124 28/2/2009 Lot 1175 (footnote) NEF/GVF with some small edge nicks, rare
Shilling 1725 WCC ESC 1185 EF attractively toned over some original mint lustre, an outstanding example of this extremely rare type, our archive database stretching back to 2003 shows that this is by far the finest example of this date and type we have handled
Shilling 1704 Plain in angles ESC 1132 VG/About Fine, an extremely rare piece, rated R5 by ESC (estimated 5-10 examples known) indeed our archive database stretching back to 2003 shows this is the first example we have handled
Shillings (2) 1718 Roses and Plumes ESC 1165 About VF with grey tone, the obverse with some light haymarks, 1720 Plain in angles, Large 0 in date with larger reverse lettering ESC 1169 NVF with golden tone
Crown 1831 W.WYON on truncation, Plain edge ProofESC 273 UNC with very light cabinet friction, by far the rarer of the two silver types, slabbed and graded CGS 78, Ex-London Coins Auction A111 27/11/2005 Lot 885
ShillingCommonwealth 1653 COMMONWEALH error, also No stop after THE, ESC 988B, About Fine with some light scratches and a couple of small weaker areas, Extremely Rare rated R4 by ESC (11-20 examples believed to exist)
ShillingCommonwealth 1653 COMMONWEATH errorESC 989 Extremely rare, rated R4 by ESC (11-20 examples believed to exist), Fine with some light flan imperfections and a scratch to the right of the shield on the obverse
Crown 1746 ProofESC 126 FDC or very near so, a choice example, slabbed and graded CGS 88, Ex-London Coins Auction A135 4/12/2011 Lot 1484, the finest example thus far recorded by the CGS Population Report,
Crown 1680 Third Bust, TRICESIMO SECVNDO edge, unaltered date ESC 58 EF, the obverse with some old scratches, struck on a full broad flan, slabbed and graded CGS 65, Ex-London Coins Auction A133 5/6/2011 Lot 232, Ex-London Coins Auction A107 28/11/2004 Lot 797 Trevor Stone collection
Crown 1732 Roses and Plumes SEXTO edge ESC 117, GEF and attractively toned, slabbed and graded CGS 70, the only and therefore finest example thus far recorded by the CGS Population Report, Ex-London Coins Auction A142 1/9/2013 Lot 1995
Greek Ar (11) Stater Corcyra , 450-400BC, cow and calf, rev. stellate pattern, club behind, K before (GCV 2007v) NVF: Fifth Stater Philip II Macedon c.,350BC (GCV 6689) VF: Tetrdrachm Alexander the Great, mint of Aradus, GF weak before face: Hemidrachms (2) Kolchis c.400BC (GCV 3628) GF, and Cherronesos, Thrace C.400BC, obv. lion (GCV 1602) VF: Drachm Epidamnos-Dyrrachium after 229BC (GCV 1899) VF: Half Shekel Tyre 10/11AD (GCV 3921v, Prieur no examples) F scarce: minors (4) all damaged described on tickets including a rare issue commemorating the defeat of Carthage by Syracuse (11)
Crown 1696 OCTAVO First Bust, Early Harp ESC 94 UNC or near so , slabbed and graded CGS 75, Ex-London Coins Auction A132 6/3/2011 Lot 876, the finest of 3 examples thus far recorded by the CGS Population Report
Sixpence 1680 ESC 1519 About EF and attractively toned, Very Rare, rated R2 by ESC, only the second example we have offered in 11 years and a full grade better than the example in the Andrew Wayne collection which realised £260 hammer price back in 2006 (the only other example we have offered)
Noble, Henry IV Heavy Coinage (1399-1412) London Mint mint mark Cross Pattee, old arms with four lis in French quarters, crescent on rudder, nails on ships side point to the left S.1705North 1336 (a), as Schneider 189 with minor stop variations, Good EF about as struck, the portrait especially bold and clear and struck on a full round flan with all legends and details sharp and crisp, weight 7.71 grammes. A rarer type and in superior grade to the S.1706 cf.Schneider 194 specimen sold at St. James Auction 30/9/2010 which realised £56,000 hammer price. This coin is from the MPO Utrecht auction May 2003 where a large European hoard was sold which included over 130 English Nobles (mostly Edward III and Richard II) and many hundreds of continental gold pieces. The most recent English issues were 3 Henry IV Heavy Nobles this lot being one so the hoard must have been lost soon after these were struck thus the exceptionally high grade. A choice example of the extremely rare first type of Henry IV Heavy Coinage seldom offered for sale in any grade, this coin is certainly amongst the finest known or perhaps the best extant of this type. EX MPO Utrecht 30 May 2003, Ex Stephen Lockett Coins who the current vendor bought it off in September 2003 for £16,500, so not been on the market for 11 years
Sixpence 1867 Plain Edge Proof, Davies Dies 3A with upright die alignment (similar to the rare 1871 and 1879 Proof issues), the Proof issue listed by ESC, Davies, Krause and Spink is listed only as a milled edge Proof and never listed as a Plain edge coin. Die Number 24, this number previously unrecorded on a Proof strike (previously it was thought that the Proof issues were only from Die Number 2) extensive research by the vendor over a number of years has recorded only 5 milled edge examples (all die number 2), and just this example as a Plain edge Proof, UNC and with an attractive grey tone, the high points with just a hint of cabinet friction, previously from the Alfred BoleCollection (Ex-DNW 16/3/2011 Lot 191), quite possibly unique
Crown 1831 Plain Edge Proof, ww on truncation, Reverse Inverted, ESC 271, S.3833 GEF unevenly toned, the obverse fields displaying some light tooling, with some scratches to the edge, thus accounting for the slightly lighter weight of 25.85 grammes as against the stated 27.0 to 28.0 grammes of a mint state piece, nevertheless very rare and missing from the majority of Crown collections, Ex-Baldwins 7/11/2007 retailed for £7,750
Crown 1893 LVII ESC 305Davies 502 dies 1A single line beneath streamer, this die pairing unrecorded in the Davies book, but an example appeared in the Peter Davies Collection sale (London Coin Auction A124 March 1 2009 Lot 1153) stating that this type had 'recently been discovered', EF with a few light contact marks
Crown 1893 LVII ESC 305Davies 502 dies 1A single line beneath streamer, this die pairing unrecorded in the Davies book, but and example appeared in the Peter Davies Collection sale (London Coin Auction A124 March 1 2009 Lot 1153) stating that this type had 'recently been discovered', VF with some contact marks
Two Guineas 1711 S.3569 VF or near so with traces of a mount having been skilfully removed from the rim , all Queen Anne Two Guineas hard to find, this being only the fourth we have offered since 2003 and only the second dated 1711, the previous piece described as Good Fine realised £2200 hammer price in our Auction A130 (September 2010 sale, Lot 1978)
Sixpence 1698 Plain ESC 1574 EF with two areas of haymarking on the reverse, compares favourably to the example in the Andrew Wayne Collection London Coins Auction A113 June 2006 which realised £180 hammer price
Crown 1680 TRICESIMO SECVNDO Third Bust ESC 58 EF pleasant tone the detraction of a few old scratches obverse are more than compensated by the generous flan (ex Rasmussen) Ex-London Coin Auction A107 28/11/2004 Lot 797
Groat 1852 ESC 1948CGS EF 60 Ex-Andrew Wayne collection London Coins Auction A113 June 2006 Lot 849, and Ex- Roland Harris Collection London Coins Auction A124 2/ Feb 2009 Lot 412, very rare and one of only two example thus far recorded on the CGS Population Report
Penny 1882 without H Freeman 112 dies 11+N CGS EF 60 very rare thus and surely amongst the finest known, we note that the example in the Laurie BamfordCollection (June 2006) was described as 'About Fine, with the reverse better, and an example in CGS grade G 3 (good) and the only other example recorded on the CGS population report realised £1,400 last year on the E-bay, this piece was purchased for £450 in the eighties from Spinks
Dollar Bank of England 1811 Pattern in Copper ESC 205 Obverse K bust facing left, Reverse 5a BANK TOKEN 5S 6D 1811 in four lines within wreath nFDC with some subdued lustre and a couple of carbon spots on the obverse
Halfcrown 1841 ESC 674 GVF the reverse retaining some lustre, with a scratch in the field after VICTORIA, nevertheless very rare and with much eye appeal (We note a similar example listed as 'Bright GVF' sold in London Coins Auction A116 3/3/2007 for £2600+buyers premium)
Coin First Day Covers in two albums and a wallet depicting 1970-2000s Royal events (20) Silver Proof Crowns (8), Cupro-nickel Crowns (13, some with coloured surfaces), Elizabeth I Crown a copy with WRL incuse on the reverse Good Fine with join visible around the edge, Five Pound Crown 2008 Elizabeth I Commemorating 450th Anniversary of Accession UNC in the Royal Mint wallet of issue, USA 2003 copy of 1933 Gold $20 in gold plated cupro-nickel BU, Netherlands copy of 3 Gulden 1817 in silver plated copper BU, plus Gold medalets (2) Martin Luther 2000 and South Africa 2007 40th Anniversary of the first Bullion Coin both 11mm diameter in .585 gold nFDC, GB 'British Banknotes' medallic issues depicting coloured Banknotes on the reverse (4) as part of a group of modern GB and World Commemoratives (12) UNC in capsules, World Silver issues (7) 'Great Historical Silver Coins of the World' in mixed grades each with an accompanying envelope and description
Shilling 1850 ESC 1297 50 over 49 or 46 (R4). The 5 clearly struck over a 4 though the underlying figure below the 0 is unclear approaching EF perhaps once cleaned and retoned nevertheless extremely rare and especially so in this high grade Ex-Andrew Wayne collection London Coins Auction A113 June 2006 Lot 1284
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