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


Updated 6th July 2020


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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.  £2,450


WJC-6550:  1644 Charles 1st “Declaration” Shilling.  Oxford provincial mint date in script.  Spink 2975A.  A nice grade, seldom seen denomination in this Declaration issue.  £825


WCom-5686:  1658 Oliver Cromwell Milled Silver Halfcrown.  Rare Dutch copy, late 1600’s to very early 1700’s, cast from the Simon dies.  The coin is unusual in two aspects:  Firstly, the amount of wear indicates the coin was passed into circulation.  These Dutch copies were intended to supply collectors with Cromwell coins rather than be used as currency.  Very few coins were available at this time due to the unpopularity of Cromwell after the Restoration.  It is recorded that of the small number of coins that were not recalled by the mint, many were deliberately defaced.  Interestingly, I have never seen such a defaced Cromwell coin, in the same way that I have never seen a contemporary counterfeit Henry 1st penny (BMC 6-14), although the mint at the time obviously thought it was a problem because they officially cut every coin leaving the mint to show the public the coin was silver.  Being cast after the Protectorate, the Cromwell halfcrown would not have circulated in the UK so presumably passed into European circulation, being just a lump of silver in that market place.  Secondly, and more interestingly, this coin is 11.98 grams.  It is also a smaller flan by a mm or so.  As a cast silver coin, it is difficult to understand how you could create a smaller, lighter coin from the original.  The nature of casting dictates like for like.  Double shillings or Florins were issued in this later Dutch / Tanner period.  Although they are recorded as being double thickness shillings, it is extremely interesting to note that the weight of these florins was 12g, exactly the same weight as this coin.  Further research required on this intriguing coin.  £1,125


WCom-6900:  1654 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Crown.  Initial mark Sun, 29.14 grams, 43mm.  Spink 3214.  A very large coin with several old tickets etc – see here.  The 1654 (rated R3) is similar in rarity to 1651 and 1652, with 1649 being slightly rarer still.  The two common dates that invariably turn up, 1653 (rated N) and 1656 (rated R) have many more extant examples compared to 1654.  Inverted A for V in VS (GOD IS WITH VS) which although ESC do list known varieties (ie the 56 has three listed), it is not recorded.  Obviously Spink don’t list it either.  A pleasant circulated, problem-free rarer date Commonwealth crown.  £2,650


WCom-6496:  1654 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Halfcrown.  High grade and good weight (14.51) so more an irregular flan than excessive clipping, although there has been a degree of clipping as 15g was the standard.  An interesting coin in that the obverse is an earlier 1653 die and the 5 in the reverse date looks to be over a 4, although this is definitely not a modified 1649 die.  Of the many variations of 1654 halfcrowns listed on Sun&Anchor, this appears to be a new, unlisted variety.  £1,295


WJC-6796:  1642 Earl of Essex (Robert Devereux) Military Reward Silver-Gilt Medal.  Designed by Tomas Rawlins.  The reverse shows BOTH Houses of Parliament and the King speaking.  Robert Devereux (1591 – 1646) was the third Earl of Essex and was Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentary General.   After a long but undistinguished military career fighting for the Protestant cause in Holland and Germany, the Earl of Essex was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Parliamentary army under Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. These badges were issued in gold and silver and given as rewards for commendable action by various ranks in his army. Though the army was fighting against the king, he is still represented on these medals for Essex hedged his bets somewhat by swearing to promote the Protestant religion, the security of the king and freedom of parliament. He thus found himself in a difficult position regarding treason but squared his action in that he was fighting, not against the king but against the king’s ‘papist and malicious advisors’, so effectively for the king!  A very similar medal with virtually no original gilding remaining is currently on sale (October 2019) at £4,500 by a leading London dealer (see here).  That same link shows you the Medallic Illustration entry (M.I.296(i)/114).  It is rare for so much gilding to be present, as it is for BOTH rings to be intact.  I have illustrated the medal on different backgrounds and under different lighting conditions.  Rare and choice.  £2,475


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, obv. triple 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!  £2,950


WMH-6579:  Edward III Hammered Silver Halfpenny.  Third Florin coinage, 1344-51.  The very rare Reading mint - escallop in 4th reverse quarter.  Reading Mint, issued by the Abbot of Reading, facing crowned bust with shoulders, beaded circles and legend surrounding without stops, +EDWARDVS REX A.  The right of Reading Abbey to have a mint and moneyer had originally been established in the reign of Henry I, but it subsequently lapsed. However, in 1338 the right was revived by Edward III and the mint struck some of the later star-marked halfpennies.  Half Pence rated as Extremely Rare by Lord Stewartby.  The third coinage halfpennies are thought to be reused dies from the only other Reading mint – the second coinage.  A very rare coin.  £245


WMH-6716:  Henry VI Restored Hammered Silver Groat.  London mint, hENRICV DI GRA REX ANGL FRANC, clear initial mark, Restoration Cross.  Spink 2082.  Henry VI was no longer king in 1461 when Edward IV took over.  However, for a very short period of only seven months, right in the middle of Edward IV’s reign (October 1470 to April 1471), Henry VI was very briefly reinstated or restored to the throne.  Extra (camera phone) image here.  An extremely rare coin.  £425


WMH-6940:  Richard III Hammered Silver Penny.  An exceptional portrait for issue.  1483-85, York mint.  T and upright Key at neck - Spink 2168.  Struck under Archbishop Rotherham of York.  The coin may at first glance appear to be clipped.  It is not.  Lord Stewartby (English Coins 1180 – 1551 by Spink, 2009) states: “The flow of ill-struck and often illegible pence from the northern episcopal mints continued unabated.  (Archbishop) Thomas Rotherham of York was arrested by Richard in June 1483, but soon released.  The production of short flan, underweight coins (ie face value one penny but actual silver content some way below that) would obviously be financially lucrative for the person doing it.  Archbishop Rotherham would appear to have got away with just that as the practice continued throughout Richard’s very short reign.  A high grade coin with an excellent portrait of the rather unsavoury Richard III, whose body was recently discovered in a Leicestershire car park.  Rare.  £785


WMH-6476:  William 1st Hammered Norman Penny.  Wallingford (Oxford) mint: +SPARTBRAND.ON.P, Sword type (B.M.C. 6, circa 1077-80).  Spink 1255.  There are x89 William 1st Wallingford coins listed on the EMC & SCBI database with only three being BMC 6 and non of those Swartbrand.  This is a hugely rare type-mint combination being unrecorded on EMC & SCBI.  £1,395


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.  £2,495


WMH-6880:  William 1st Hammered Norman Penny.  Lincoln mint: +VLF ON LINCINEI (Ulf of Lincoln).  Profile right type (B.M.C. 7).  Spink 1256.  Only three other recorded examples, none of which are a die match to this coin.  1.43g.  The rarest of all the William 1st types.  £1,395


WMH-5913:  William 1st Hammered Norman Penny.  Salisbury mint: +GODPINE.ON.SIERI, PAXS type (B.M.C. 8).  Beautifully toned and from a rare Norman mint town.  There has been some speculation of late as to whether these BMC 8 issues are actually from the reign of William II with one auction house now actually listing BMC 8 coins as William II.  £960


WMH-6123:  William 1st Hammered Norman Penny.  Salisbury mint: +OSBERN.ON.SIERI, PAXS type (B.M.C. 8).  Beautifully toned and from a rare Norman mint town.  There has been some speculation of late as to whether these BMC 8 issues are actually from the reign of William II with one auction house now actually listing BMC 8 coins as William II.  £950


WMH-5721:  William “Rufus” II Hammered Silver Norman Penny.  B.M.C. 2 – cross in quatrefoil type, 1089-92.  +FOLCIERDE-ON-ÐE.  Folcard of Thetford (East Anglia).  Spink 1259.  Struck on a slightly wavy flan otherwise problem-free.  An apparently unrecorded die for this very rare “key monarch” Norman penny.  £2,450


WMH-6308:  Henry 1st Hammered Silver Norman Penny.  B.M.C. 4 – 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.  £1,755


WMH-5799:  Henry 1st Hammered Silver Norman Penny.  B.M.C. 6 – 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. 6 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.  £2,195


WMH-6322:  Henry 1st Hammered Silver Norman Penny.  B.M.C. 7, 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.  £2,195


WMH-6956:  Unique Stephen Norman Penny – Tutbury Castle, family seat of Robert de Ferrers, second Earl of Derby.  Unique Tutbury mint coin.  Obverse: [STEPH]ANVSX, crude crowned bust right holding sceptre.  Reverse: WALCMI.[INVS] TVT, voided short cross with annulet in centre, martlets in angles, reminiscent of the Edward Confessor Saxon Sovereign / Eagles B.M.C.9 coin.  Struck in the summer of 1141 when Stephen was held in captivity, at a time when royal control had all but broken down and chaos (anarchy) prevailed,especially amongst the King’s supporters.  Spink 1298 var and Mack 175 var.  Listed as a Southern Variant in Spink and not an East Midland’s variant – Derby is in the East Midlands and Tutbury Castle is a short distance south east of Derby in East Staffordshire.  Mack (the definitive work on Stephen coinage) states that “…all known coins are from the same die pairing” with the reverse having the legend: +WALCHELINVS DERBI.  There were three coins and a cut half of this type found in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1788 and one other found in London at a similar although unspecified date.  The obverse and reverse of this coin are definitely not a die pair to the other 4 ½ extant “DERBI” examples.  This is a unique coin, from the hitherto unrecorded mint of Tutbury.  Walkelin, the moneyer at both Derby and Tutbury, was a family name of the de Ferrers and so it is likely that the family itself struck this coinage.  The dies were local, in their crudity and workmanship, and were cut by the local seal cutter (see BNJ, v, p.439 and Carlyon-Britton sale catalogue note under lot 1482).  There is obviously no research as to why the family changed the mint town on the coins from Derby to Tutbury (or vice versa) – Tutbury Castle was in the hands of the Earls of Derby throughout this period – as this is the first and only example of a Tutbury coin known.  There is only a single coin of this type listed on the E.M.C database, it being this exact same coin.  This coin made the news some 10 years ago when it was found as a “£10K coin find”, which is remarkable in itself but possibly more so that I can actually remember it making the news, even though I can’t remember what I did last week, never mind what happened ten years ago!  0.97g / 90 degree die rotation.  Ex DNW auction 2014 and ex another auction (see later entry here).  The coin is described as VF in that entry.  There are surface cracks around 6 o’clock which are only apparent under a loop, or the all-revealing camera / lighting setup that I employ for photography.  There is a Castle Rising Watford type Stephen penny doing the rounds of dealers at the moment for £4,000+.  It is not as clear on the legends, not as good a bust, is a rare mint but there are well into double figures of that mint known, and is a just Watford type.  I think that puts this coin into context rather nicely, especially as any discount you may have been awarded previously will be valid on this coin.  £8,850


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-6668:  Henry IV Hammered Silver HALF Groat.  London, light coinage (1412-13 only).  Annulet (filled die) to left of crown, pellet to right, slipped trefoil on breast – Spink 1730.  Comes with an old Seaby coin envelope and an equally old ticket.  Potter III/4, dies 2/2.  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), halfgroats virtually never.  Along with Richard III halfgroats, the Henry IV halfgroat is probably one of the rarest mainstream coins you’ll come across.  In the July 2019 Marvin Lessen DNW sale, a heavy issue Henry IV halfgroat went for £6,000 – see here.  The coin for sale here is somewhat cheaper than the Marvin Lessen coin!!  £1,895


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. £2,595


WSax-6334:  Cnut Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  B.M.C. XVI - Short cross type (1029-35/6), “+BLACAMAN O SNO”.  Spink 1159.  Nottingham mint.  An extremely rare mint coin.  Ex Cnut hoard of 1993, ex Sharp collection, ex Baldwins, ex Spink, ex Lord Stewartby collection.  Sold with three tickets (two shown here).  Dr John Sharp (1644-1714), Archbishop of York from 1691 was an enthusiastic collector and student of coins and medals; his interest seems to have begun around 1687 when, as Rector of St Giles in the Fields, he ‘found it a good divertisement in the evening’. In contrast to nearly all his numismatic forbears and contemporaries who were interested in Ancient Greece and Rome, Sharp selected the coinages of the British Isles and, to a lesser extent, the Colonies and Continental Europe, as his chosen fields. He wrote his ‘Observations on the Coinage of England with a letter to Mr [Ralph] Thoresby’ in 1698-99, which was to circulate amongst numismatists in manuscript form for nearly a century before being finally printed in 1785.  Subsequent owners of the Sharp collection evidently added to the collection. The historical sequence of ownership of the collection runs as follows: 

(i) Dr John Sharp (1644-1714), Archbishop of York;

(ii) John Sharp (1674-1726), eldest son of the Archbishop, of Grafton Park, Northamptonshire;

(iii) Dr Thomas Sharp (1693-1758), his brother, who was Archdeacon of Northumberland and Prebendary of Durham;

(iv) His son Dr John Sharp (1723-1792), Vicar of Hartburn, Perpetual Curate of Bamburgh, who succeeded his father as Archdeacon of Northumberland and who oversaw extensive restoration of the largely-ruined Bamburgh Castle;

(v) His daughter Anne Jemima Sharp (1762-1816), who bequeathed it in her will to her uncle Granville Sharp (1735-1813), the prominent Anti-Slavery campaigner. In the event Granville died before his niece, so that on her death in 1819 it passed to her first cousin, another great-granddaughter of the Archbishop:

(vi) Catherine Sharp (1770-1843) of Clare Hall, near Barnet, whose husband Rev. Andrew Boult took the name Sharp on marriage;

(vii) Her nephew Thomas Barwick Lloyd-Baker (1807-86), the social reformer and ornithologist who was also a direct descendant of the Archbishop through his maternal grandfather William Sharp (1729-1810), George III’s surgeon; thence by descent.

During the 1960s and 1970s material from the celebrated Archbishop Sharp Collection was sold through the agency of dealers A.H. Baldwin & Sons, and Owen Parsons of Gloucester. There were auctions of Continental Coins (Sotheby & Co., 14 March 1966) and the particularly important English Coins and Medals Charles I – Anne (and Colonial Coins) held by Glendining & Co., 5 October 1977. The cataloguer of the latter sale drew attention to the distinctive toning found on many of the Archbishop Sharp silver coins, a feature which applies equally to the piece offered here. Some of these have been studied and occasionally referenced in the past.  This coin £1,995


WSC-6929:  James Francis Edward Stuart / James III of Scotland Silver Touch Piece.  See the excellent “The Sovereign Remedy” by Noel Woolf (ISBN 0 901603 01 5) for everything you need to know about touchpieces and the Kings & Queens that personally handed them out.  The would-be James III of England or James VIII of Scotland was in exile in Italy immediately following his second unsuccessful invasion of Scotland in 1715.  It was while in exile in the Palazzo del Re, Rome (courtesy of the pope) that he had these silver touch pieces made for both his English and Scottish supporters.  This example is very much an Italian commission due to the IAC.III obverse legend, as opposed to the French commissioned English IAC 3 and Scottish IAC 8 reverse legends.  James gave them out in very tiny quantities during special Touching Ceremonies where, because he was in direct contact with God, he had the power to cure Scofula (TB).  Or so he believed.  This one is from a collection dating back to the 1880's – see tickets.  This image here, from an auction just last year, illustrates  just how rare these Scottish pieces are (and how bad the auction house was at estimating value!) - they were produced in such tiny quantities and very few survived.  Guaranteed to have been personally touched by James when he gave this out to a Scrofula sufferer at one of the ceremonies.  This is a piece of Scottish and English (but mainly Scottish!!) history.  £1,475


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.  £745


WSC-6949:  Scottish James IV Hammered Silver Twelve Penny Groat.  A high grade example of this scarce Light Coinage issue of 1496 - 1413.  QR (quartus) at the end of the obverse legend and two stars by the neck.  Edinburgh mint.  Old ticket here.  Spink 5341.  Full flan, no double striking, high grade and choice.  £1,850


WSC-6948:  1553 Mary “Queen of Scots” Hammered Silver **TYPE 1** Testoon.  A single year issue, circulating at four shillings with 0.916 fineness of silver.  The Type II successor of 1555 had, bizarrely, only 0.725 fineness of silver and yet circulated at five shillings.  Spink 5401.  This an excessively rare coin with little more than a handful known.  It is the rarest Scottish Testoon, bar none, and if you take out the 1553 type 1 Half Testoon (a pattern so not strictly currency) and 1565 Ryal (unique?), it is the rarest of all Scottish silver coins.  The portrait of young Mary is outstanding, inspired from a painting by the French artist Francois Clouet who, perhaps progressively for the time (although perhaps not so surprising bearing in mind their nationality), was also known as Janet.  It is interesting to note that this Type 1 Testoon was never counterstamped under James VI even though all the others were, including the portrait left Testoons.  Listed at £4,500 and £12,500 in the now very out of date Spink 2015 Scottish & Irish price guide and virtually guaranteed to be listed at a fair bit more when the 2020/2021 book comes out.  This is a coin that seldom comes up for sale on the open market.  £3,895


WTH-6325:  Edward VI Hammered Silver Portrait Halfgroat.  First issue of 1547-49.  Spink 2459.  Rare in this grade - £1,350 in VF and this is about that grade for issue.  Ex Spink.  £1,185


WTH-6947:  1597 **RAREST DATE** Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Tudor Sixpence.  Sixth issue, initial mark Key.  Spink 2578B.  1597 as a date represents a frequency of <0.04% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and <0.03% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins.  1597 is the rarest of all forty two dates, bar none.  To put this into context, there is only a single 1597 sixpence recorded with PAS, even though they have nearly 3,000 sixpences recorded.  To put the rarity into further context, 1598, the year after this coin (another rare year – in fact the second rarest year in the entire series) has a total of x5 different dies recorded.  1588 has only a single die recorded.  Many people think 1588 (year of the armada) is the rarest date.  In fact, 1588 is only the 4th rarest date.  This coin is ex Walter Wilkinson (an outstanding researcher, a wonderful gentleman; one I was fortunate enough to have some correspondence with before his sad passing, and a man had over the years put together one of the finest known Elizabeth 1st coin collections), ex Mark Senior.  The ticket is also marked ex Shuttlewood but thanks to the research and considerable knowledge of Richard Mooney, this is somewhat spurious.  Shuttlewood was continually upgrading his collection right up to his death.  His 1597 sixpence (lot 420b) was not as good as this one (the lower half of the bust, and an equivalent area on the reverse, are rather flat struck) and it is thus inconceivable that the better Wilkinson coin passed through Shuttlewood’s hands.  See old tickets here.  This coin is in the top three of best known examples and I wouldn’t be surprised if Walter Wilkinson was being modest when he said that, such was the nature of the man.  I have seen two other 1597 coin in all the time I’ve been involved with coins (trust me; it’s been a long time!) – one was utterly horrible; the other barely a grade better but I was still extremely grateful to be allowed to buy it.  This coin is in a totally different league – I’m still finding it hard to accept that I have in my hands a coin of such great rarity but in such good grade!!  Richard Mooney also pointed out to me that the famous Alfred Bole collection of sixpences that DNW sold in 5 sales from 2010-11 didn’t contain a 1597 sixpence.  The Auctioneers' Note in the sale stated: “The Bole collection of sixpences is arguably the best and most complete that has ever been put together by a private collector. Rich in pieces of extreme rarity and replete with variants from every reign and period, it reflects what can still be achieved with single-minded determination and a wide circle of dealing contacts.”  I think that speaks volumes for just how rare the 1597 sixpence is!  An extremely important coin, not just for the reign of Elizabeth 1st but in Tudor coinage in general.  £1,250


WTH-6420:  Henry VIII Hammered Silver Groat, Rare Irish Titles.  Second issue, Laker bust D.  Initial mark lis.  This is the rarer IRISH TITLE: Spink 2338.  An unrecorded variety.  Ex Platt, 1969 (his ticket), ex Spink 1978 (see detailed article), ex Clarendon collection.  There is a multitude of old tickets sold with this coin, some of which are imaged here.  A desirable coin.  £995


WTH-5902:  1554 Philip & Mary Facing Busts Hammered Silver Shilling.  Full titles, Spink 2500.  No creasing, full flan and very nice grade.  £1,495


WTH-6416:  1554 Philip & Mary Facing Busts Hammered Silver Shilling.  Full titles, Spink 2500.  Extremely high grade – I’ve not seen better – with an old, contemporary mark of disapproval on Philip’s head.  £1,595


WTH-6587:  Philip and Mary Hammered Fine Silver Issue PORTRAIT Penny.  Initial mark Lis.  Very clear legends, good portrait and problem-free.  Spink 2510.  Sold with these old tickets.  This fine silver portrait issue is many times rarer than the billon issue but when it does turn up, coins are invariably damaged or come with problems or issues.  I’ve had one other of these and seen perhaps two more in 30 odd years.  Of the four, this is as easily the best and probably the cheapest as the other three were all over £2,000.  Rare and choice.  £2,150