Ancient Gold Coins

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English Hammered Gold Coins:


WAu-5514:  Henry VIII Hammered Gold Half Angel.  Third coinage, 1544 -1547. Initial mark lis.  A rarer denomination than the full angels.  £1,385


WAu-5766:  Henry VIII Hammered Gold Angel.  First coinage (1509-26), i.m. Castle.  Lovely toning and in very nice grade.  A most attractive gold coin from the reign of Henry VIII.  £2,395


WAu-6383:  Henry VIII Hammered Gold Angel.  First coinage (1509-26), i.m. Portcullis.  Spink 2265.  Excellent legends and detail.  A most attractive gold coin from the reign of Henry VIII.  £2,195


WAu-6102:  Elizabeth 1st Hammered Gold Half Angel.  Initial mark Latin Cross, fifth issue, 1580 – 1581.  All Elizabeth 1st gold coinage is rare but you see many more full angels compared to halves.  No mount marks or piercings.  This is Spink 2527 (without the E and rose above the ship), a single i.m. issue and the rarest of all the fifth issue gold coins; full, half or quarter.  Ex Seaby (1953) and sold with two of their tickets and one later ticket.  Rare.  £2,995


WAu-5683:  1643 Charles 1st “Declaration” Hammered Gold Unite.  Provincial Oxford mint.  Initial mark plume – late Declaration issue.  £2,195




Scottish Hammered Gold Coins:


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




Celtic Gold Coins:


WAu-6357:  English Celtic Full Gold Stater.  “Chute” type, 65 BC.  Head of Apollo, disjointed (abstract) horse with crab below.  £489




English Gold Milled Coins:




WAu-6020:  Queen Anne Gold Touch Piece.  Guaranteed to have been touched by Queen Anne herself at an official Touching Ceremony to “cure” Scrofula (modern day Tubercularosis).  Sufferers of the disease were invited to attend by strict invitation only.  A pass was given which allowed entry although no Queen Anne passes have been recorded, leading to the assumption that either they were handwritten paper passes or the old Charles II passes were re-used.  The Queen personally gave every sufferer one of these gold touchpieces.  The theory was that the Queen touched the gold touchpiece and then personally gave it to the sufferer, so through her God also touched the sufferer.  Queen Anne is recorded as being the most reluctant Toucher out of all the monarchs, getting out of what she could.  The touchpieces were purposefully pierced, always in the same position, in order that sufferers could wear them around their necks, next to their skin.  The vast majority of these would have been melted down and the money spent on everyday living, if not by the sufferer, then surely his or her descendants.  Recipients were not always commoners.  Queen Anne touched Dr Johnson (of the Dictionary fame) when he was 2 ½ on 30 March 1712.  His touchpiece, identical to this one, currently resides in the British Museum.  Dr Johnson’s touchpiece, like this one, also shows little or no sign of wear.  Unlike previous monarchs who physically touched the sufferers’ open sores and wounds, Queen Anne refused to do this, instead opting for a loadstone to do the touching.  She certainly touched the gold touchpieces though.  27th April 1714, three months before Anne died, was the last ever Touching Ceremony performed on British soil.  In total, the practice had been in existence for 50 years.  The Hanoverians (George 1st etc) would have none of it.  This is a high grade example with a provenance going back to 1968 (x2 tickets and a printout).  Touchpieces issued by Anne are much rarer than those issued by other English monarchs.  This is the first I’ve owned and I don’t think I’ve even seen another outside of books and the BM.  £2,275



George II


WAu-5399:  1756 George II Gold Half Guinea – Love Token.  An old head issue, uncleaned and in nice grade.  This is a “Bender” love token.  A male would physically bend a coin in front of his intended sweetheart (not an easy thing to do) as a mark of the strength of his love.  If the woman accepted his advances, she would treasure the love token.  If not, the love token would be discarded.  As this was found in the middle of a field, the assumption is that the relationship didn’t happen.  These love tokens are usually sixpences so we can infer that the man was well-to-do based on his choice of coinage.  See “Love Tokens” in the Medals & Tokens section



George III


WAu-6063:  1776 George III Full Gold Guinea.  Fourth bust with crowned shield.  No mountmarks, high grade and from that important year of American Independence, 1776.  Spink 3728.  We are now seeing the George III spade guineas in high grade with ticket prices approaching £2,000.  This date and this earlier type is a much more desirable coin and considerably better value.  £1,095


WAu-6406:  1793 George III Full Gold Guinea.  Fifth bust with spade shield.  High grade (hard to photograph: see here for a compilation of images in various lighting) with single blob of solder on reverse.  Spink 3729.  £494


WAu-5714:  1810 George III Gold Third Guinea.  Second bust (short hair).  No mount marks and EF grade.  Spink price is £575 (2014).  £459




Queen Victoria


WAu-5927:  1874 Queen Victoria Australian (Melbourne) Gold Sovereign.  Young head, uncleaned.  £295


WAu-6006:  1875 Queen Victoria Australian (Melbourne) Gold Sovereign.  Young head, very nice grade.  £325


WAu-6007:  1886 Queen Victoria Australian (Melbourne) Gold Sovereign.  Young head, very nice grade.  £325


WAu-5928:  1891 Queen Victoria Australian (Melbourne) Gold Sovereign.  Jubilee head, uncleaned.  £295