Ancient Gold Coins

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English Hammered Gold Coins:

 

WAu-6441:  Edward III Medieval Hammered Gold Noble.  Fourth coinage, 1351-77, series G, im cross 4, Spink 1490.  Comes with an old ticket stating: "MALLARD, LOCAL AUCTION 1970's.  SERIES G".  Unclipped, uncreased, unrepaired, full weight (7.68g) - a very nice coin indeed.  £2,895

 

WAu-6449:  Henry VI Hammered GOLD Noble.  Annulet issue, London mint.  H in reverse centre, annulet in one spandrel.  6.65g.  Spink 1801, Schneider 832 var.  Slightly creased, very fine.  Ex Baldwins (sold with their printout).  £2550

 

WAu-6453:  Edward IV Medieval Hammered Gold Angel.  Second reign, initial mark annulet, 1471-72.  Very nice grade.  Spink 2091.  £2,395

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

WAu-6447:  James VI Scottish Hammered Gold Unit or Sceptre Piece.  Tenth coinage just after James VI  of Scotland becoming James 1st of England.  1609-25.  Graffiti on the obverse which, if desired, can be easily removed without a trace by any half-decent jeweller.  Personally I never go down that route, even to the extent of cleaning.  Spink 5464.  A very desirable hammered gold coin from Scotland.  £2,495

 

 

 

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:

 

Anne

 

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 III

 

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