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This is a preview of some of the lots that will be featuring in our sale on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September 2018. Join our mailing list to receive our catalogue.

The Ken Humphris Collection

We are pleased to announce that in our forth coming September Auction we have the large collection of Ken Humphris. The collection was formed during the 1970s so it is fresh to the market having been sleeping for almost 50 years. It is an eclectic collection ranging from Roman, through Hammered to English Milled with the milled section including early Guineas and a nice grade William and Mary Five Guineas, and both the hammered and Roman sections contain gold. In addition to this there is a large and varied group of world coins again with interesting and seldom offered types.
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English Coins Single Coins and Small Lots

Crown 1688 QVARTO ESC 80 deeply toned EF with two or three old field nicks obverse
£1,500 - £2,500
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Crown 1695 OCTAVO ESC 87 EF with a pleasant deep tone
£800 - £1,000
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Crown 1741 Roses ESC 123 EF with an even and pleasing old tone
£1,400 - £2,400
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Crown 1741 Roses ESC 123, Bull 1666 NEF with some darker toning on the obverse in places, the reverse particularly pleasing for the grade
£2,000 - £3,000
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Crown 1818 LIX ESC 214 Prooflike Unc desirable thus
£400 - £700
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Crown 1847 Gothic UNDECIMO ESC 288 Unc or near so with an even deep tone
£1,600 - £2,400
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Guinea 1709 Elephant and Castle below bust S.3573 Good Fine/Fine, Very Rare, our archive database confirms that this is the first we have offered
£3,500 - £4,500
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Half Guinea 1813 Proof with obliquely grained edge, unlisted by Spink, (type as S.3737), Wilson and Rasmussen 135, a small flan flaw is present above the crown, this is present on all examples seen, in an NGC holder and graded PF63, Excessively Rare as a Proof striking, our archive database shows that this is the first example we have offered since 2003, we note an MS64 example realised over $14,000 in a US auction in 2014
£4,000 - £8,000
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Halfcrown 1676 the finest known Charles II Halfcrown, see it for yourself and you won't dispute our claim, ESC 478
£10,000 - £15,000
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Halfcrown 1686 Choice AU on a generous flan, spectacularv eye appeal SECVNDO edge ESC 494
£4,000 - £5,000
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Halfcrown 1843 ESC 676, Bull 2718 UNC or very near so and lustrous, in an LCGS holder and graded LCGS 75 the obverse partiucularly sharp and pleasing,
£1,250 - £2,500
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Halfcrown 1903 ESC 748, Bull 3569 UNC in an LCGS holder and graded LCGS 78, the finest known of 13 examples thus far recorded by the LCGS Population Report, an extremely rare piece with few examples extant in this high grade, indeed many dealers claim this to be rarer than the 1905 Halfcrown in this high grade and our archive database does not contradict this theory
£1,750 - £2,500
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Halfcrown 1905 ESC 750, Bull 3571, A/UNC in an LCGS holder and graded LCGS 70, the third finest known of 24 examples thus far recorded by the LCGS Population Report, these seldom offered for sale in high grades
£5,000 - £7,500
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Halfpenny 1862 Die Letter A to right of lighthouse Fine, excessively rare , unlisted by Freeman with the mintmark in this position, very few pieces thought to exist, in an LCGS holder and graded LCGS 20, Ex-London Coins Auction A150 6/9/2015 Lot 2482 realised £761 inclusive of buyers premium
£400 - £800
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Shilling 1905 ESC 1414, Bull 3591 UNC exhibiting plenty of original mint lustre, in a PCGS holder and graded MS63, a most attractive example with lots of eye appeal, with very few of this date available in this high grade, a rare opportunity for the Shilling Specialist, we would suggest as nice as the example offered in London Coins Auction A143 (Lot 2295) which realised £5148 inclusive of buyers premium
£1,500 - £2,500
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Sixpence 1848 8 over 6 ESC 1693A, Bull 3183, UNC with prooflike fields, in an LCGS holder and graded LCGS 78, a superb piece and the only, and therefore finest example thus far recorded by the LCGS Population Report.When this date does show up it is usually in lower grades, a key date rarity missing from many collections
£1,000 - £1,500
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Sixpence 1862 Large Date, ESC 1711, Bull 3207 GEF in an LCGS holder and graded LCGS 65, the finest known of only two examples thus far recorded by the LCGS Population Report
£250 - £500
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Sixpence 1863 ESC 1712, Bull 3209 UNC and lustrous with a pleasing tone, in an LCGS holder and graded LCGS 78
£500 - £750
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Sixpence 1878 8 over 7 ESC 1734A, Bull 3235, Die Number 30 UNC or very near so and lustrous, with a small tone spot on the portrait, the obverse with touches of mint bloom, in a LCGS holder and graded LCGS 75
£400 - £800
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Sovereign 1838 Marsh 22 GF/NVF Rare
£750 - £1,500
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Sovereign 1839 Marsh 23 GF/NVF, Very Rare
£2,000 - £3,500
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Sovereign 1839 Marsh 23 in a PCGS holder and graded PCGS XF45, Very Rare
£1,600 - £2,500
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Sovereign 1841 Unbarred A's in GRATIA as Marsh 24 Reverse Fine, the obverse near so, an extremely rare date and type, one of the key dates in the entire Sovereign series
£6,000 - £10,000
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English Hammered Coins

Ryal (Rose Noble) Edward IV London Mint S.1950 mintmark Crown EF and sharply struck, 7.77 grammes, very desirable in this high grade
£4,500 - £6,000
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World Coins Single Coins and Small Lots

Russia Ducat (Chervonets) 1763 CПБ C#80 Trade Coinage approaching EF and with much eye appeal, considerably superior to the Krause plate coin, both obverse and reverse with a consistent and even striking, seldom seen on Russian pieces of this period. Superior to the example in the Leonid Sodermann Collection 'Adolph Hess & Bank Leu' 1968, (slabbed as NGC AU53) Ex-Alexander Auction House 20/9/2014 Lot 178, which realised $19,000 hammer price, our research indicates this may be one of the finest surviving examples, an extremely rare issue, this confirmed by the fact that PCGS does not record a single example on their Population Report
£7,500 - £12,500
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Canada Dollar 1948 KM#46 UNC or very near so and lustrous with a pleasing residual golden tone, a most pleasing example with plenty of eye appeal.Very rare with a very low mintage of 18,780, the key date in this series, we note that this is only the second example we have offered in 15 years, and considerably superior to the example sold in our Auction A156 described as 'EF/About EF and lustrous with some contact marks, with an edge nick at 10 o'clock on the reverse' which realised £585 inclusive of buyers premium
£500 - £1,000
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Malta (Order of) 20 Scudi 1764 Emmanuel Pinto KM276 EF, Friedburg 34 with some underlying brilliance desirable thus
£1,500 - £2,500
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Miscellaneous Items

USA World War II Escape and Evasion Kit "Barter Kit" containing GB Sovereign 1927 SA, Half Sovereign 1873 and 1902, France 20 Francs 1907 and 10 Francs 1857 mixed grades along with 3 x 9 carat gold rings. These sets were issued to US pilots and paratroopers to barter their way out of difficult situations that they may have found themselves in behind enemy lines during World War II. This original black case (now openned) has "IF FOUND RETURN TO COMNAVAIRLANT (CNAL 34) NORFOLK VIRGINIA" on the front. Fascinating peice of WW II military history and seldom offered, certainly the first we have seen
£2,000 - £3,000
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English Cased and Proof Items

Proof Set 1902 Long Matt Set 13 coins in PCGS holders as follows: Five Pounds PR63 Matte, Two Pounds PR63 Matte, Sovereign PR63 Matte, Half Sovereign PR62 Matte, Crown PR64 Matte, Halfcrown PR64 Matte, Florin PR64 Matte, Shilling PR63 Matte, Sixpence PR62 Matte and Maundy Set Fourpence PR64 Matte, Threepence PR63 Matte, Twopence PR63 Matte, and Penny PR64 Matte, an excellent set, the silver nicely matched, comes with the 13 coin official box £6,000 - £9,000
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United Kingdom 2004 Gold Proof 4-coin set Five Pounds, Two Pounds, Sovereign and Half Sovereign nFDC-FDC the Five Pounds lightly toning, in the Royal Mint box of issue with certificate
£1,750 - £2,500
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Commemorative and Campaign Medals

The Fellowship of Engineering, The Prince Philip Medal, for Exceptional Contribution to Engineering, awarded periodically to an engineer of any nationality who has made and exceptional contribution to engineering as a whole through practice, management or education. awarded to Professor Olgierd Zienkiewicz CBE FR.Eng FRS, a British academic of Polish descent, in 2006 in recognition of outstanding contribution spanning the wide field of mechanics and engineering. The medal is 76mm diameter and struck in .999 gold weighing 489.24 grammes, UNC and lustrous, in the large blue Royal Mint case with RA Eng logo in the lid of the case. Only awarded periodically, with just 17 recipients over a 25 year period. Professor Zienkiewicz, a mathematician and civil engineer, was a pioneer and widely regarded as the Father of the Finite Element Method, a powerful technique originally developed for numerical solution of complex problems in Structural Mechanics and has received 28 honorary degrees from different countries. Previous recipients include Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the turbojet engine, in 1991, Ron Dennis, the head of the McLaren Formula 1 team during it's world-beating period of success in the 1980s, who was awarded the medal in 2008, and Professor C.C.Chan who was awarded the medal in 2014 for his role in the development of electric vehicles as we know them today. As far as our research has shown this may be the first Price Philip Medal ever offered for sale.
£16,000 - £20,000
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