Ancient Gold Coins

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Roman Gold Coins:


WAu-6806:  Roman Gold Aurius – Emperor Hadrian, AD 117-138.  Reverse Victory standing, looking left, holding a wreath and palm.  Struck Rome AD 138.  R.I.C. 283.  7.08g of very high carat solid gold.  Hadrian is a Roman emperor you rarely see in gold and when you do, the high grade aurius go for well over £5,000 and I have seen coins at over £10,000.  This coin has wear to the obverse and is obviously guaranteed to be genuine.  £1,595 RESERVED




Scottish & English Hammered Gold Coins:


WAu-6782:  Edward III Hammered Gold Half Noble.  4th coinage, 1351-61, Spink 1494.  Series G, 1356-61, saltire stops, open E on the reverse.  +EDWAR DEI G REX ANGL Z FRANC D.  3.81 grams, 58.8 grains.  An outstanding grade coin from an old collection. (E)  £2,750


WAu-6807:  Richard II Hammered Gold Full Noble.  London mind, second (mid) period, 1390-99.  French titles resumed, rarer marks by rudder & shield.  A mule between the earlier type IIB (crude style, saltire over sail) and a type IIIB (trefoil by shield).  As such, unique – see the expert analysis undertaken in the form of Jonn Man’s original ticket. The unique aspect of this coin aside, all Richard II nobles are rare (if we see any at all, they’re invariably Edward III), with one of the reasons being that there was a sever lack of availability of gold and silver in the UK, together with an increasing disparity in price between the UK and the Continent, which would reach its peak during the following reign of Henry IV – see Lord Stewartby’s excellent and definitive work on this and many other aspects of the period: ENGLISH COINS, 1180-1551 by Spink.  A rare and important gold coin. (E)  £3,975




Scottish Gold Milled Coins:


WAu-6691:  1701 William II of Scotland Milled Gold Half Pistole.  A single year issue of this excessively rare Scottish gold coin which was current at £6 in Scotland.  Spink 5677.  Both the full and half pistole were struck from gold dust imported by the Darien Co. (The Scottish African Company) from the Central American colony of Darien.  The company asked that its crest, a sun rising from the sea, should be placed on the coinage as an acknowledgement to themselves and to the “Rising Sun”, the ship which had carried the gold.  That emblem is under William II’s bust.  The half pistole is rarer than the full pistole in terms of availability although find either for sale and you’re doing better than nearly everyone else. (E)  £2,950




English Gold Milled Coins:


Charles II


WAu-6624:  1678/7 Charles II Gold Half Guineas – a “Bender” Love Token.  The famous children’s nursery rhyme goes: "There was a crooked man who had a crooked cat... who found a crooked sixpence..."  The fad of the day was to bend a silver coin into this specific Z shape (you wouldn't think it but it's actually a mightily hard thing to do!) and present it to a potential partner in order, presumably, to impress them.  Nowadays we’d just offer to buy them a drink!!  In the above Nursery Rhyme, the old man found a crooked (ie Bender) sixpence.  The suitor who bent this particular coin for his sweetheart must have been very rich to have used a half guinea as it is usually silver sixpences that we see.  However, it looks like his wealth counted for nothing as a metal detectorist found this coin in a field, meaning the woman must have thrown it away in disgust all those years ago!!  Hard to photograph so a compilation image here.  £525 / £1,750 in Spink 2018.  Any decent jeweller could have this straighten out if that's what you wanted to do.  (E)  £445


WAu-6826:  1679 Charles II Full Gold Guinea.  Fourth laureate bust, rounded truncation; crowned cruciform shields with sceptres in angles.  Spink 3344 (£2,650 VF in 2020).  8.33 grams.  Not from a mount.  £1,995




James II


WCA-6694:  1685-88 James II Stuart Gold Touchpiece – guaranteed to have been touched by the king.  This was the official gold coin that the king (James II) personally gave to invited sufferers of Scrofula (TB) at special "Touching Ceremonies".  These ceremonies were performed weekly throughout the year, except on hot days.  The gold touch piece was designed by the famous John Roettier.  This is the first example of a James II gold touchpiece that I have ever seen.  This recent silver gilt on base metal touch piece caught my attention as it passed through a major auction house recently.  It gives an indication of just how collectable these things are.  Read THE SOVEREIGN REMEDY by Noel Woolf for further information.  (E) £1,675



George III


WAu-5714:  1810 George III Gold Third Guinea.  Second bust (short hair).  No mount marks and EF grade.  Spink price is £625 (2018).  (E)  £459




Queen Victoria


WAu-6006:  1875 Queen Victoria Australian (Melbourne) Gold Sovereign.  Young head, very nice grade.  (E)  £375


WAu-6007:  1886 Queen Victoria Australian (Melbourne) Gold Sovereign.  Young head, very nice grade.  (E)  £375


WAu-5928:  1891 Queen Victoria Australian (Melbourne) Gold Sovereign.  Jubilee head, uncleaned.  Getting really close to the scrap price!!  (E)  £295