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June Auction Preview

This is a preview of some of the lots that will be featuring in our sale on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th June 2021. Join our mailing list to receive our catalogue.

English (British) Banknotes

Twenty Pounds Gill B355 Shakespeare Reverse 01L 429409 scarce First run (March 1988) AU to UNC,
£120 - £220
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Twenty Pounds Gill B355 Shakespeare Reverse a scarce first run consecutive pair 01L 429411 and 01L 429412 (March 1988) AU to UNC
£240 - £440
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World Banknotes

Cayman Islands Currency Board Specimen Set 1974 Pick CS1 comprising 7 notes as follows: $100 A/1 000000 signature Johnson, Reverse: Seacoast view of George Town, $50 A/1 000000 signature Jefferson, Reverse: Government House, $40 A/1 000000 signature Johnson, Reverse: Pirate's Week Festival, $25 A/1 000000 signature Johnson, Reverse: Compass and map of the Islands, $10 A/1 000000 signature Johnson, Reverse: A beach scene, $5 A/1 000000 signature Johnson, Reverse: Sailboat, and $1 A/3 000000 signature Johnson, Reverse: Fish and coral. (Specimen issues of Pick 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5). All dated 1974, the obverse with portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing, turned to the left, and with watermark Tortoise. The $100, $40 and $10 have SPECIMEN in black, the $50, $25, $5 and $1 have SPECIMEN in red, All crisp UNC and contained in the Cayman Islands Currency Board plastic sleeve with gold lettering as issued, a very rare set with only 300 issued, very seldom offered as a complete set, our research has shown that far fewer Specimen sets of 1974 show up than the later sets of 1991 and 1996 which have the same mintage
£500 - £1,000
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English Hammered Coins

Angel Henry VII Obverse with AGLIE legend, with double saltire stops, and Cross Crosslet spear shaft, Reverse with Saltire stops, S.2186, North 1698, Schneider 535, mintmark Cross Crosslet, 5.11 grammes, a little weakness of strike below the angel's wing and correspondingly on the reverse, NER a most attractive piece with excellent detail on the Angel
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Unite Commonwealth 1651 S.3208 mintmark Sun, 9.02 grammes, Good Fine lightly creased, with some weakness of strike in the centre of the obverse
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English Coins Single Coins and Small Lots

Crown 1653 Commonwealth ESC 6, Bull 6, S.3214 NEF with some light contact and flan stress marks, far fewer than usually encountered on this issue. Struck on a full round flan, a very desirable example exhibiting an original grey tone, and with much eye appeal, seldom seen as nice as this
£3,000 - £5,000
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Crown 1703 VIGO as ESC 99, Bull 1340, the R of TERTIO on edge overstruck, with the underlying letter unclear, (possibly a P or D?) GVF/NEF with gentle edge bruises by HIB, the reverse surfaces particularly attractive exhibiting old grey toning with hint of underlying gold and blue, a most attractive example and original example and desirable thus
£2,500 - £4,000
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Crown George IV undated Pattern (c.1829) ESC 265A, Bull 2353, struck in White Metal. Obverse similar in style to the 1821 crowns, with no B.P. below the bust. Reverse Royal Arms with supporters, with M (Merlen) below. Similar in style to the Whiteaves patterns of the period, No legend, 16.79 grammes, Near EF with a few surface marks, Extremely Rare, rated R6 by ESC (3 or 4 examples known).
£950 - £1,500
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Guinea 1686 First Bust S.3400 VF and with a pleasing and even strike, many James II Guineas are encountered with areas of weak striking, this a superior example with excellent eye appeal
£1,500 - £2,500
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Guinea 1710 S.3574 GVF with some light scratches to the obverse, a most pleasing and evenly struck example with plenty of eye appeal
£1,000 - £2,000
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Guinea 1725 S.3637 GVF the obverse with touches of red toning in the legends, all George I gold desirable in grades VF or better
£1,250 - £1,750
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Guinea 1752 S.3680 VF the obverse particularly well struck for this type
£1,000 - £1,750
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Guinea 1753 S.3680 About VF/Near VF, our archive database shows that this is only the third example we have offered since 2003
£750 - £1,500
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Guinea 1758 S.3680 VF or slightly better with traces of red tone
£1,200 - £1,800
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Guinea 1760 S.3680 GVF/NEF all George II gold desirable in higher grades
£1,200 - £1,800
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Guinea 1761 First Laureate Head, with two leaves at the top of the wreath, S.3725 Good Fine, the obverse with a small file mark on the rim at 11 o'clock with fine scratches in this area, an extremely rare and sought after one-year type and seldom offered in any grade, indeed our archive database shows we have only offered two previous examples in 18 years
£1,250 - £2,500
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Guinea 1772 S.3727 EF and lustrous, a very attractive piece with considerable eye appeal, all George III gold rare and desirable in this high grade
£1,200 - £2,200
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Guinea 1778 S.3728 E of REX struck over another E, the underlying E to the right VF/About VF, Very Rare, only the third example we have offered since 2003, inspection of our photoarchive reveals that none of the examples previously offered exhibited the overstruck E
£750 - £1,500
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Guinea 1794 S.3729 Good EF and lustrous a very pleasing coin
£1,000 - £1,750
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Half Sovereign 1835 Marsh 411, S.3831 GVF/VF with some contact marks all William IV Half Sovereigns scarce or rare, and rarely encountered in graded above Fine
£600 - £900
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Half Sovereign 1839 Plain edge Proof with reverse inverted S.3859 UNC with some hairlines and a few small tone spots, retaining much original mint brilliance, the 1839 Proofs always desirable and much sought after
£2,500 - £4,000
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Half Sovereign 1937 Proof S.4077 UNC lightly toned, the reverse with a few minor tone spots, retaining much original mint brilliance
£700 - £1,200
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Maundy Threepence 1765 ESC 2035, the 5 in the date with traces of an overstrike, extremely rare and rated R5 by ESC, NEF/GVF and nicely struck, with minor haymarks and a small scratch on the obverse. Overall a most pleasing coin and excessively rare We note this coin struck from the same dies as a similar piece in our auction A151 (Lot 2746, graded Good Fine/Fine) which realised £1400 hammer price, this considerably superior and quite possibly one of the finest examples extant,
£950 - £1,500
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Penny 1862 Small Date from Halfpenny die Freeman 41 dies 6+G, Gouby BP1862E, Fair and 'misty' in parts, however the date is bold and the variety very clear, Rated R18 by Freeman and seldom offered in any grade
£250 - £500
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Penny 1875H Freeman 85 dies 8+J EF with an attractive and colourful appaerance, the reverse with some small flan flaws around Britannia, Very Rare in this high grade
£750 - £1,250
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Penny 1882 Freeman 112 dies 11+N (No H below date) Gouby BP1882Aa, dies P+r, Fair with a heavy surface knock behind the bust, Very Rare and seldom offered
£600 - £1,200
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Penny 1909 Freeman 169 dies 2+E, 1 of the date points directly to a rim tooth, VG or better with all major details clear, much rarer than the R9 quoted by Freeman, excessively rare with only a few examples known
£400 - £700
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Penny 1922 Freeman 192A dies 3+C Near Fine/Fine, a collectable example of this very rare type, rated R18 by Freeman, £2,500 - £3,500
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Sovereign 1937 Proof S.4076 UNC to nFDC with minor hairlines and a gentle edge bruise, retaining considerable original mint brilliance, the 1937 Sovereign always sought after, being the only George VI issue
£2,400 - £4,400
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World Coins Single Coins and Small Lots

South Africa - Griquatown Silver Ten Pence Token, undated (c.1815-1816) Obverse: GRIQUA TOWN with 10 in centre, Reverse: A dove with an olive branch in it's beak. Edge: Oblique Milling. 25mm diameter, 4.19 grammes, approaching EF, toned with original surfaces. An extremely rare and sought after issue, our research has established that a 10 Pence Silver, described as choice mint state was sold in Australia in 2007 realised $17,250 Australian Dollars, The Griqua Coinage is South Africa's first autonomous coinage and forms an important part of South African numismatic history. Cataloguers note: Griquatown is situated in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The town, formerly named Klaarwater, was established in April 1805 by missionary William Anderson of the London Missionary Society.The Griquas were formidable traders who understood the concept of money, acting as middlemen between the colony and the northern nations. The coinage was minted in four denominations: 1/4 and 1/2 pence in copper, and 5 and 10 pence in silver. The coins circulated for no more than two years before being withdrawn and smelted. The South African Mint struck a Commemorative 5 Rand marking the 200th Anniversary coin in 2015 with the reverse featuring the dove design
£750 - £1,500
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English Cased and Proof Items

Five Hundred Pounds 2020 The Great Engravers - William Wyon - The Three Graces 5 ounce Gold Proof, FDC in the Royal Mint box of issue with booklet and certificate number 001, all Royal Mint certificate number 1 issues highly sought after and seldom offered. The reverse a stunning representation of William Wyon's famed design originally used on the Pattern Crown of 1817. The design based on Antonio Canova's original neoclassical sculpture. Another of Wyon's legendary designs beautifully reproduced on a superb large modern gold coin and fully displaying the skill and expertise of the designer's craft. All the Three Graces design coins were very quickly sold out by the Royal Mint, and with a mintage of only 160 pieces, with just 150 in this presentation format, is sure to be an extremely prized issue in years to come. a 'must have' for the modern gold specialist collector
£40,000 - £60,000
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The 2017 United Kingdom Gold Proof Definitive Coin Set a 13-coin set comprising Five Pound Crowns (2) 2017 Centenary of the House of Windsor S.L49, 2017 1000th Anniversary of the Coronation of King Canute S.L50, Two Pounds (3) 2017 World War I - The War in the Air S.K44, 2017 200th Anniversary of the Death of Jane Austen S.K45, 2017 Renaissance of Britannia, One Pound 2017 S.J39, Fifty Pence (2) 2017 Isaac Newton S.H39, and 2017 S.H30, Twenty Pence 2017 S.G5, Ten Pence 2017 S.F8, Five Pence 2017 S.D8, Two Pence 2017 S.C7, and One Penny 2017 S.B7, all Gold Proofs, the lightest of toning to three of the coins, otherwise FDC and retaining practically full mint lustre and brilliance, in the impressive Royal Mint numbered box of issue with certificate and booklet. The 'currency' design coins only available as Gold Proofs in this set, and each of these have a mintage of just 34 pieces, we note we have only offered the 5-coin Gold set previously, this long set considerable scarcer and more desirable
£7,000 - £9,000
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United Kingdom Golden Jubilee Gold Proof Set 2002 the very impressive Royal Mint issue comprising 2002 £5 Crown Two Pounds ,One Pound, Fifty Pence, Twenty Pence, Ten Pence, Five Pence, Two Pence and One Penny plus Maundy Money set all struck in gold, S.PGJS1, the slightest traces of toning on some coins, otherwise FDC in the Royal Mint box of issue with certificate
£6,000 - £8,000
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Victoria Golden Jubilee Currency Set 1887 Five Pounds to Threepence comprising Five Pounds 1887 S.3864 GEF with a scratch in the obverse field, Two Pounds 1887 S.3865 NEF/EF with many contact marks, Sovereign 1887M Jubilee Head, G: of D:G: further from the crown S.3867A GVF, Half Sovereign 1887 Jubilee Head, Imperfect J in J.E.B Marsh 478C, S.3869 NEF/EF with an edge nick, Crown 1887 ESC 296, Bull 2585 NEF, Double Florin 1887 Arabic 1 ESC 395, Bull 2697 GEF the obverse with some scratches, Halfcrown 1887 Jubilee Head ESC 719, Bull 2771, Davies 640 dies 1A NEF, Florin 1887 ESC 868, Bull 2953, Davies 811 dies 2A NEF/EF, Shilling 1887 Jubilee Head ESC 1351, Bull 3137, Davies 982 dies 1C, NEF with an edge nick, Sixpence 1887 Jubilee Head Withdrawn type ESC 1752, Bull 3264, Davies 1151 dies 2A, NEF/EF with some hairlines on the obverse, Threepence 1887 ESC 2096, Bull 3436 GVF/NEF, comes with black box with 'JUBILEE COINAGE ISSUED ON THE COMPLETION OF THE FIFTIETH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA 1837-1887 in gold lettering on the lid, this in very good condition
£3,500 - £5,500
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World Cased and Proof Items

International Year of the Child an impressive 12-coin set in Gold comprising China 450 Yuan 1979 Gold Proof KM#9, Thailand 4000 Baht 1981 Y#153 Gold Proof, Turkey 10000 Lire 1979 Gold Proof KM#933, Jordan 60 Dinars 1981 KM#46 Gold Proof, Tunisia 75 Dinars 1982 KM#317 Gold Proof, Dominica 200 Pesos 1982 KM#58 Gold Proof, Nepal 1 Asharfi VS2038 KM#852 Gold Proof (struck in 1981), Bolivia 4000 Pesos Bolivianos 1979 KM#199 Gold Proof, Canada 100 Dollars 1979 KM#126 Gold Proof, Ethiopia 400 Birr KM#60 Gold Proof, Mongolia 750 Tugrik 1980 KM#40 Gold Proof, United Arab Emirates 750 Dirhams 1980 KM#8 Gold Proof, Total Gold Weight over 5.8oz, the China Coin scarce, nFDC to FDC retaining practically full mint lustre and brilliance, in the original blue box of issue with certificates, with an additional 10 promotional leaflets,
£8,500 - £9,500
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