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December Auction Preview

This is a preview of some of the lots that will be featuring in our sale on Sunday 2nd & Monday 3rd December 2018. Join our mailing list to receive our catalogue.

Commemorative and Campaign Medals

Coronation of George II 1727 34mm diameter in silver by J.Croker Eimer 510 the official coronation issue Obverse Bust left Laureate, armoured and draped, GEORGIVS. II. D.G. MAG. BR. FR. ET. HIB. REX. Reverse the King enthroned right, is crowned by Britannia VOLENTES. PER. POPULOS Exergue: CORON. XI. OCTOB. MDCCXXVII GEF or better with old grey and blue toning
£300 - £400
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Roman and Ancient Coins

Celtic Gold Stater Atrebates and Regni, Tincomarus or Tincommius Late 1st Century BC - Early 1st Century AD, Obverse COM F on inset tablet, Reverse Horseman with javelin, 5.25 grammes, S.76, Van Arsdell 385, Fine with some stress cracks to the edge
£500 - £600
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English Hammered Coins

Crown of the Double Rose Henry VIII HK crowned in field, S.2273 mintmark Rose, Good Fine
£750 - £1,500
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Half Pound Charles I 1642 Shrewsbury Mint, arms below horse, no cannon in arms, no plume in obverse field, S.2924, SCBI Brooker 804, same dies, North 2368, mintmark Plume, Ex-Dr.John Hulett collection, Ex-DNW Auction 12/12/2017 Lot 808, Ex-Seaby 1980, Good Fine the reverse slightly better, a small edge crack at 9 o'clock barely detracts
£2,500 - £3,500
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Penny Cynethryth (Wife of Offa) c.757-796, Light Coinage Canterbury Mint, moneyer Eoba, S.909, North 339, Chick 138c (this coin), weight 1.12 grammes, About VF, well-centred with a few very small pitting marks, extremely rare, Cynethryth being the only Anglo-Saxon queen to have her name and portrait on coinage
£4,000 - £6,000
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Sixpence 1554 Philip and Mary Full Titles S2505 GVF, strong portraits and with a pleasing light golden tone rare much more so than the Shilling in this high grade
£1,000 - £1,500
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Sixpence Commonwealth 1660 mintmark Anchor S.3220 ESC 1497, Bull 215, 3.05 grammes, lightly creased Good Fine or better, some surface flaws, with a pleasing old grey tone and good overall eye appeal, Ex-Tisbury collection, Ex-Spink Auction December 2017 Lot 170, Ex-Spink Auction 38 10/10/1984 Lot 36, Ex-Glendinings Auction 13/11/1974 Lot 482
£2,500 - £3,000
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Testoon Henry VIII Third Coinage, Tower Mint, HENRIC VIII legend (1544-1547) S.2364, North 1841, mintmark Lis, Obverse with Lombardic Lettering, the reverse with mixed lettering, HENRIC VIII DI GRA AGL FRA Z HIB REX, with saltire stops, Reverse: POSVI DEVM ADITOREVM (with reversed E in ADITOREVM), 7.19 grammes, better than VG or better/Fine or slightly better on a full flan, comes with two old provenance tickets stating 'Shirley-Fox Bequest 1939, and 'Ex-Shirley-Fox Bequest Blunt Stewartby 1629 Very Rare', Ex-Spink Auction 28/3/2017 Lot 1629, only the fourth such example we have offered in 15 years
£2,400 - £2,800
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World Coins Single Coins and Small Lots

Brazil 20000 Reis Gold 1725M KM#117 the obverse with light grafitti in the fields
£1,000 - £3,000
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German New Guinea 5 Marks 1894A KM#7 GVF, scarce
£700 - £1,000
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Mexico 50 Pesos 1945 KM#481 EF
£900 - £1,300
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USA Half Dollar 1834 Small Date and letters, Small c in 50c, Breen 4707, EF, weakly struck on LU of PLURIBUS as often, we note the Breen plate coin has the same weakness
£270 - £320
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USA Twenty Dollars 1852O Breen 7154 EF or very near so with some contact marks and a small edge bruise, Breen states 'often weakly struck' however this a pleasing and well struck example, very rare thus. Our archive database stretching back to 2003 shows that is the first example we have offered in 15 years.
£1,200 - £2,000
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English Coins Single Coins and Small Lots

Crown 1746 LIMA ESC 125, Bull 1668 NEF with an attractive colourful tone
£900 - £1,200
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Crown 1826 SEPTIMO Esc 257 deeply toned FDC and graded PR64 by PCGS rare and desirable thus
£10,000 - £15,000
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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 and graded by PCGS as MS63. Rated R5 by ESC 5 - 10. Ex London Coins A155 (Dec 2016) Lot 714 realised £70,000
£60,000 - £90,000
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Crown 1847 Gothic UNDECIMO ESC 288, Bull 2571, UNC and prooflike and a most attractive blue and green tone
£2,200 - £2,600
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Farthing 1675 Peck 528 NEF with a few small spots, a well-struck example of this issue
£300 - £400
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Five Pounds 1887 Proof S.3864 nFDC, Very minor hairlines, a small edge nick and minimal contact marks only on this beautiful piece, we note a steep increase in values for these pieces in recent times and consequently the better examples are becoming very difficult to find with values in the tens of thousands
£14,000 - £18,000
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Halfcrown 1750 ESC 609, Bull 1692 UNC/AU and with an attractive even grey tone
£2,000 - £2,400
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Halfcrown 1843 ESC 676 sharp and prooflike Unc with peripheral gold and olive toning graded 78 by LCGS and in their holder
£2,000 - £3,000
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Halfcrown 1853 Proof ESC 687, Bull 2736 UNC the obverse with some very minor contact marks and signs of old light tooling in the obverse field. 14.12 grammes. Further research shows that PCGS and NGC have graded just 17 examples of this coin. Only issued as part of the 1853 Proof sets, which are of extreme rarity, this is a rare opportunity to obtain a key coin in the Victorian Halfcrown series. This last such coin offered by us was in February 2009.Our archive database indicates we have only previously offered one example, this being sold twice by us, as part of the Andrew Wayne and Roland Harris collections.
£4,000 - £8,000
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Halfcrown 1903 ESC 748, Bull 3568 EF in an LCGS holder and graded LCGS 65
£800 - £1,200
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Halfcrown 1904 ESC 749, Bull 3570 AU/GEF with some contact marks and small rim nicks, very scarce especially so in this high grade
£1,300 - £1,600
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Penny 1860 60 over 59 Copper, Peck 1521, UNC with traces of lustre in an LCGS holder and graded LCGS 78, the date shows complete figures 6 and 0, and traces of both the 5 and 9 of the underlying 59, this feature rarely seen and as clear an overstrike as we have seen for this rare type, the finest known of 5 examples thus far recorded by the LCGS Population Report, Ex-Spink Auction 68 23/3/1989, Ex-Hopetoun House Collection
£3,000 - £6,000
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Penny 1863 Die Number 2, Freeman 45, dies 6+G (Rarity 19), Gouby BP1863C, Satin 47, pleasant Fine with some old scratches consistant with a Fine grade, this is the first example we have offered. As a relative guide to rarity, in the past we have offered one Die Number 3 and five Die Number 4 Pennies and 6 1877 narrow dates the last of which realised £5500. We also note the Laurie Bamford example of this die number 2 described as VF sold for a hefty £4000 way back in 2006 since when many coin prices have risen by multiples. There was no example in the Workman 1, Workman 2, Alderley, Crocker or Roland Harris Collections
£3,000 - £6,000
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Penny 1909 Freeman 169 dies 2+E, the 1 of the date points directly to a rim tooth, known to be excessively rare with only a few examples known, VG a bold example for the grade with the rim and rim teeth all fully visible with the variety very clear
£750 - £1,250
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Shilling 1724 WCC, ESC 1182, Bull 1595, Fine, with surface porosity through having been in the ground, very rare in any grade, we note that our archive database stretching back to 2003 states that, of the six previous example we have offered, five have been VG, the other Fine, all the VG examples have realised £420 or more hammer price, the Fine example realising £1050 hammer price
£300 - £600
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Sovereign 1838 Marsh 22 Good Fine with some rim nicks, Rare
£900 - £1,200
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Sovereign 1924S Marsh 284 EF with some edge knocks and a scractch on the obverse, Very Rare
£1,400 - £1,800
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Two Pounds 1823 S.3798 GVF/NEF the reverse with some scratches
£750 - £1,250
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Two Pounds 1902 S.3967 GEF in an LCGS holder and graded LCGS 65
£475 - £575
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English Cased and Proof Items

Proof Set 1937 the 4-coin set in gold, Five Pounds, Two Pounds, Sovereign and Half Sovereign, UNC with some hairlines and edge knocks, in the Royal Mint box of issue with Westminster certificate
£6,000 - £10,000
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United Kingdom 1982 Gold Proof Four Coin Sovereign Collection, Gold Five Pounds, Two Pounds, Sovereign and Half Sovereign nFDC to FDC, the Five Pounds and Two Pounds with minor small tone spots, in the Royal Mint box of issue with certificate
£3,000 - £4,000
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United Kingdom 1985 Gold Proof Four Coin Sovereign Collection, Gold Five Pounds to Half Sovereign, the Two Pounds with a small imperfection below the bust nFDC to FDC in the Royal Mint's presentation box with certificate, and Royal Mint promotional leaflet from 2011
£1,600 - £2,400
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