A selection of choice Ancient & Hammered coins for sale through HistoryInCoins.com

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WSax-6004:  Offa Middle Saxon Mercia Hammered Silver Penny.  King’s name variety, 765-92 AD.  Kings of Mercia era.  OFFA REX with two lunettes with crosses in between.  London and Canterbury mint; moneyer ETHENOTH.  Good silver, good edges and good detail thus rare.  A seldom seen variety.  North 286 – listed Extremely Rare, Spink 904.  An iconic ruler, evocative of that period in our history.  Sold with a couple of old tickets.  £1,995


WSax-6339:  Offa Middle Saxon Hammered Silver *PORTRAIT* Penny.  London or Canterbury type, North 301, S.905.  Floriate cross with lozenge reverse.  17mm, 1.07 grams, 16.6 grains.  First image in natural light.  Extra image with flash - chip at 10 o'clock (obv), the effect at 7 o'clock(rev) is just a lighting effect.  A sought after type coin.  £3,295


WSax-6415:  Offa Middle Saxon Mercia Hammered Silver Penny.  King’s name variety, 792-96 AD.  Kings of Mercia era.  OFFA REX.  LondonCanterbury and East Anglia mint; moneyer ETHENOTH.  Good silver, good edges and good detail thus rare.  A seldom seen variety.  North 321 – listed Extremely Rare, Spink 908.  An iconic ruler, evocative of that period in our history.  £1,995


WSax-6079:  Wulfred Middle Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  Portrait penny, Canterbury (Archbishops of Canterbury) with SAEBERHT as the moneyer.  Group III, WVLFRED ARCHIEPI and AEBERHT MONETA.  North 240/1, Spink 889.  BMC 26, circa 815-23.  Excellent grade with just a small ragged edge at 12 o’clock.  Rare.  £1,875


WSax-6442:  Coenwulf Middle Saxon Kings of Mercia Hammered Silver Penny.  Portrait penny, Canterbury with DVDA as the moneyer.  Group II, Spink 915.  BMC 26, circa 815-23.  Excellent grade with small edge chips at 7 o’clock.  Ex Mack, Lockett and Spink.  See tickets here.  In 1975 this coin was sold as part of the Mack collection by Glendinnings (see here).  The estimate was £900 - £1,000 (£5,032.46 in today’s money – accurate as of Sept 2017).  Rare and with excellent pedigree.  £2,495


WSax-6194:  Aethelred II Hammered Silver Saxon Penny.  B.M.C. viii var.  Late Saxon, 1003-09 AD.  Helmet type.  London mint town.  Moneyer PVLGAR.  Extra annulets in the first and third reverse quarters – an extremely rare ECCLIASTICAL issue.  Unusual varieties with Ecclesiastical devices are nearly always exclusively from the East Anglian mints.  This is London and the first I’ve ever seen.  Hild type E, Spink 1152 var, North 775 var.  No examples known for B.M.C or in Scandinavia.  Not on the E.M.C. database.  Sold with three tickets (an old one shown here, a Mike Vosper ticket and a Tim Owen ticket).  A very rare coin.  £895


WMH-6389:  William 1st Hammered Norman Penny.  Sandwich mint: +IELFHEH.ON.SAND, Profile right type (B.M.C. 7).  Spink 1256 (listed £3,000 for type and moneyer in 2017).  The rarest of the William 1st types and from a rare mint town – there are only two examples of this type and moneyer listed on the EMC and SCBI databases with one of those being a fragment and the other not as good as this coin.  Ex Lord Stewartby, ex Spink.  Excessively rare and choice.  £2,395 


WMH-6097:  William “Rufus” II Hammered Silver Norman Penny.  B.M.C. iv (cross pattée and fleury), circa 1095-98.  Spink 1261, North 855.  1.26 grams.  “+NIREPORÐ ON TAM.  Nireworth of Tamworth.  Completely unrecorded type for the Tamworth mint.  Completely unrecorded moneyer throughout the entire Norman and Saxon series for any mint town.  An extremely rare mint town for all monarchs, there being only six Norman and four Saxon pennies in total listed on the EMC database for Tamworth (obviously none for Wm II type iv).  The BMC lists three Norman Tamworth pennies for Wm II types i & ii only (moneyers Bruninc & Culinc).  None for type iv.  The Elmore-Jones collection had seven Saxon Tamworth pennies.  He also had both the William II type ii coins mentioned above (Colinc & Bruninc) in the BMC database as well as a William 1stBonnet type ii (Colinc) which was again the BMC coin.  It just goes to show how good a yardstick the Elmore-Jones collection is because not only is seven Tamworth Saxon pennies unprecedented in a private collection (a number greater than the EMC) but he also managed to get both the BMC Tamworth Wm II pennies (there were only three) as well as a Wm 1st Tamworth penny which was also in the BMC. The anomaly in the photograph (reverse edge, between 6 and 7 o’clock) which looks like a split or crack is in fact a slight double strike that you can’t see without a lens (or this highly detailed image).  The coin is totally problem-free having no cracks, chips or repairs.  It rings as well as any coin when dropped.  A high grade coin with attractive toning.  Sold with several tickets, one of which is a CNG ticket from 2014.  In terms of unique coins, this ticks all the boxes.  £5,700 


WMH-6308:  Henry 1st Hammered Silver Norman Penny.  B.M.C. IV – cross & piles issue of 1105 only.  Aelfwine of London.  Some ligation to reverse legend (N-E and O-L).  A very early Henry 1st issue, pre-dating the official test cut practice.  A high grade, well struck example in a notoriously badly struck issue.  £1,555


WMH-5799:  Henry 1st Hammered Silver Norman Penny.  B.M.C. VI – pointed bust with stars.  Full frontal crowned bust of Henry 1st, vertical sceptre to king’s right, three large stars to king’s left.  GODRIC of Lincoln.  This is an exceptionally rare issue, being struck in AD 1107 only.  Whilst B.M.C. VIII is probably harder to source, B.M.C. VI coins are priced higher in Spink (B.M.C. VI have the highest valuation for any Henry 1st penny).  There are only two B.M.C. VI Lincoln coins listed on the EMC database, one of which is this coin (reference 2013.0242, found Market Rasen).  A very rare coin.  £1,895


WMH-6322:  Henry 1st Hammered Silver Norman Penny.  B.M.C. VII, quatrefoil with piles type.  Moneyer:  Godwine of Wallingford.  Spink 1268.  Whilst Godwine is recorded as being a moneyer at the mint, Godwine is NOT known for type 7.  This coin effectively re-writes the reference books.  The official test cut at 5 o’clock is as expected.  Type 7 coins are rare coins, as are Wallingford mint coins.  A unique coin.  £1,995


WMH-6481:  Empress Matilda (Rightful Norman Heir of Henry 1st) Cardiff Hammered Silver Penny.  Cross patonce over cross fleuree in saltire.  Struck 1139-48.  Cardiff mint – moneyer Beorhtmaer.  Ex Coed-y-Wenallt Hoard (June 1980), ex Spink (1982), ex Baldwin’s (1998), ex Coincraft2010.  [MA]TILLI[S: IMPER:] and [BRIC]MER[:ON:CAIER]D[I].  This exact coin is illustrated in Boon (Coed-y-Wenallt 42).  100% unambiguously Matilda.  The Coed-y-Wenallt Hoard was small but it trebled the number of extant Matilda coins overnight.  The coins in this particular hoard were struck from silver that was brittle and as a result, most coins were found damaged similar to this one.  Cardiff Museum repaired (and obviously recorded) this and all the coins but they did so as a museum should – by making the repair as obvious as they possibly could.  There are skilled repairers of coins in business these days who could take this coin and make it so much better.  Needless to say they wouldn’t be using cheap PVA glue!  The Coincraft ticket is imaged here.  The coin also comes with a detailed printout.  To illustrate the desirability and price of Matilda coins, just last year an example of Spink 1326 sold for £8,000 which was presumably close to £10,000 after commissions.  Details of that coin can be seen here.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to own one of the most iconic and significant Norman coins of the Civil War period.  £2,850


WMH-6427:  Edward I Medieval Hammered Silver GROAT.  Struck very early on during the New Coinage which commenced 1279.  Bust with larger oval face with bushy hair, thick curved drapery with rosette in centre, quatrefoil in three lines surrounding bust, flowers in spandrels, obvtriple pellet stops, mm. cross pattée, rev. with pellet barred N and colon stops :DNS HIBN' EDVX AQVT', 4.99g, (S.1379E, N.1006, Fox 4). Never gilt or mounted , slight edge chip and only about fair but very rare.  Ruding says that during the reign of Edward I, William de Turnmire, of Marseilles was appointed to the office of Master of the Mint in England, under an agreement dated Thursday the Feast of the Conception of the Blessed Mary, in the eighth year of Edward's reign (i.e. 8 December 1279). Amongst other things it was agreed that Master William should make great Sterling ('grossus sterlingus') to the value of four lesser sterling.  This new denomination proved unpopular with an almost complete recall sometime after the date of the class 3g coinage.  Ex Beauchamp Coins, ex AMR, ex Yorkshire collection.  Sold with these tickets.  On-line provenance here.  An excessively rare coin (Jon Mann, the acclaimed numismatic researcher, ex of Spink, stated on his ticket that there were only 59 recorded groats for Edward 1st by Dr Martin Allen) with the bulk being either gilt or mounted or both.  This coin is neither…and neither does it come with the usual £10,000 price tag!  £2,850


WMH-5808:  Henry IV Hammered Silver Penny - Choice.  York mint, heavy coinage (1399 – 1412).  Typical round chin & broad face.  Relatively few examples exist and most of those are either creased, weekly struck, clipped, worn or some combination of all of those things.  This coin has the initial mark (Cross Pattee), a full reignal name and an excellent portrait.  It is interesting to note that all the commonly used reference books have the obverse legend on this York issue incorrect.  This is perhaps not surprising as these coins are rare in any grade but exceptionally rare to have legends remaining.  An ecclesiastical issue struck under Archbishop Scrope of York in around 1405.  VF for issue which Spink rate at £1,500 in their 2017 edition (S.1722).  Rare coin and the key monarch for collectors.  Sold with a collector’s / dealer’s ticket.  £1,275


WMH-6421:  Henry IV Hammered Silver GROAT.  London, light coinage (1412-13 only).  Ex Reigate Hoard, ex Glendinings.  Pellet to left of crown, annulet (filled die) to right; Roman lettering to reverse – Spink 1726 (£2,500 / £9,000 in 2017 edition).  Comes with an old ticket as well as a digital copy of an old auction extract here.  Very little coinage was produced during this period due to a severe shortage of silver bullion in the UK with the bulk of that heading to the Continent (and thus the melting pot) where the price of silver was more than it was in the UK at that time – think taking £10 notes from the UK and exchanging them for the equivalent of £15 each on the Continent.  Henry IV pennies rarely turn up, groats once in a blue moon and then they are usually Henry IV / Henry V mules (listed under Henry V in Spink as the obverses are Henry V).  This is a true first issue Henry IV groat, the dies being altered Richard II dies.  A very rare coin.  £2995


WAu-6504:  Henry VI Hammered Gold Half Noble – High Grade.  Annulet Issue of 1422-30.  Spink 1808.  The much rarer Calais mint with an "h" in the reverse centre.  No mount marks, no cracks; no issues at all.  3.41 grams, 52.51 grains.  Listed at £4,500 in the 2018 Spink guide.  A choice medieval hammered gold coin.  £2,950


WAu-6072:  1601 James VI Scottish Hammered Gold Sword & Sceptre Piece.  Eighth coinage just prior to James VI  of Scotland becoming James 1st of England.  Some scuffs which are much enhanced due to the nature of the photography.  Sold with an old, pictorial sale’s printout.  A very desirable hammered gold coin from Scotland.  £1,825


WSC-6029:  Alexander II Hammered Silver Roxburgh Penny.  Voided short cross Phase C, 1230 – 1234.  Joint moneyers Peris & Adam of Roxburgh.  Spink 5034.  Rarer right facing bust.  Outstanding legends.  The very first issue of Alexander II in the name of is father William.  Alexander was 16 when his father died.  Spink recently sold a very similar example of S.5034 (described as ‘Alexander II in the name of William the Lion’ for £1,320.  A rare coin.  £995


WSC-6479:  Robert “The Bruce” 1st Medieval Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Bust of Robert Bruce left, reverse four mullets of five points each.  Coinage was only struck very late in this reign.  Spink 5076.  Once of the rarest, most iconic Scottish coins you can get and also very rare.  This one much better than normally seen (although ‘normally’ is the wrong word when you bear in mind I’ve only seen three of four ever) and equally on a par with one that was doing the rounds at the UK coin fairs which had an asking price of over £2,000 and recently sold.  This coin accompanied by an old auction printout.  £1,250


WSC-6460:  David II Medieval Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Second coinage, 1351-57.  VILLA ABERDON – the very rare Aberdeen provincial mint.  Spink 5121 where the 2015 price guide lists this coin at £900.  I am unaware of any Aberdeen pennies coming up for sale in recent or even non recent times.  A great rarity.  £695


WJC-5498:  1645 Charles 1st “Newark Besieged” Silver Shilling.  Emergency coinage made from silver plates from Newark Castle and nearby which were cut and stamped.  This one has the rarer spelling of Newark.  As with many of these siege coins, they were pierced and worn around the neck, possibly as a sign of one’s loyalty to the crown.  Unusually high grade on this example and benefiting from coming out of the Ross Schraeder collection.  £1,695


WCA-6419:  1648 Charles 1st “Pontefract Besieged” Silver Shilling.  Emergency coinage made from silver plates from Pontefract Castle and nearby which were cut and stamped.  Many of these siege coins were pierced and worn around the neck, possibly as a sign of one’s loyalty to the crown.  This coin has not been pierced or plugged.  Pontefract was a strategic Royalist stronghold.  It was first besieged in December 1644 with Lord Thomas Fairfax in command (although he arrived early 1645).  Pontefract was again seized during the Second English Civil War (the first being 1642-46 and not the Stephen & Matilda civil war of 500 years earlier), this time by Colonel John Morrice who declared it for Charles 1st.  It was during this siege that coinage was struck.  It is interesting to note that Pontefract and Scarborough were the very last castles to hold out for the king.  This coin is ex CNG where it sold for well over $5,000 in 2012, ex Ian Gordon collection, ex Philip deVicci collection and ex CNG (Sept 2000).  Sold with the 2012 CNG lot ticket and an extract from that catalogue (which is very detailed and most interesting) together with another unidentified printed auction / list entry.  £3,495


WJC-5744:  1642 Charles 1st “Declaration” Full Crown.  Shrewsbury provincial Civil War mint.  Initial mark Pellets.  With ground line.  Good provenance (see here) – tickets included.  £3,250 VF price in 2013 Spink.  Problem-free coin with strong provenance.  £2,250


WJC-6318:  1644-45 Charles 1st “Declaration” Half Crown.  Worcester mint with W below horseman.  Unrecorded reverse.  Sold with original 1997 Roderick Richardson sale’s tickets (sold for £4,750) here.  Spink 3096.  VF or good VF in grade, being far superior to the Spink plate example (see close-ups here - notably the reverse crown).  £3,850