This week’s fresh listings:


This page is to be updated every Tuesday and will contain all the latest Coin, Medal & Token listings for that particular week.


Additions to for week commencing Tuesday 22nd August 2017



Previous Weeks’ Listings (scroll down this page for “This Week’s Listings”):

WMH-6427:  Edward I Medieval 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.  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


WAu-6428:  Edward IV Hammered Gold Rose Ryal.  Light coinage, 1464 -1470.  Spink 1952 – Flemish type.  A very large flan with a generous weight of gold.  £2,375


WSax-6425:  Aethelred II Hammered Silver Saxon Penny – Rarer Mint.  B.M.C. iiia.  Late Saxon, 991 - 997AD.  Crux type.  Totnes mint town.  Moneyer AELFSTAN.  Spink 1148.  Ex Bonham’s auction 2006.  Rarer mint.  £425


WI-6426:  Irish Edward VI, struck under Henry VIII, Dublin Hammered Sixpence.  Struck under Edward VI, 1547-50.  Type IV, Dublin mint.  Not far off being ‘as struck’.  Spink 6488.  £425


WCA-6422:  1709 Queen Anne Silver Penny.  E.S.C. 2320 – listed Scarce.  Post Scottish Union.  £95


WCom-6423:  1656 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Shilling.  Clear date, decent grade and the rarer variety with no stops at the initial mark (sun).  E.S.C 995b where it’s listed as Rare.  £395


WMH-6423:  Henry 1st Hammered Silver Norman Penny.  B.M.C. XIII, star in lozenge fleury type, 1121 only.  Mint and moneyer:  WULFGAR of London.  Spink 1274 - one of the rarer of the Henry 1st fifteen types.  Listed at £1,250 but although this is a London mint coin, the mint-moneyer combination is rare, there being only two other recorded examples on the SCBI / EMC databases.  £1,150


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


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


WMH-6417:  Edward 1st Hammered Silver Penny.  VIVI TAS CES TRIE – Chester mint, class 3g.  Ex C.Day collection.  Chester is the rarest of all the Edward 1st provincial mints.  The few coins you do see from Chester are nearly always worn.  This is the best grade Chester penny I have ever seen.  £195


WTH-6418:  1549 Edward VI Hammered Silver Shilling.  Tower 1, bust 5, initial mark Arrow (tentative Arrow over Grapple on obverse).  Spink 2466.  Ex Lord Stewartby collection, ex Potter collection.  The coin offered here was sold in the recent Spink “Lord Stewartby V” sale (lot 1701).  I bought this single coin from a collector.  It looks very much like that collector mixed the coin envelopes up.  See here.  In effect, this coin envelope is useless with this coin, although it does allow us to work out the Lord Stewartby V sale connection.  Thanks to Rich Mooney for doing the detective work on this one.  Very good grade for issue – I disagree with Spink who rate this coin inferior in grade to the Blunt coin (i).  There are much sharper areas on this coin but coupled with weak strike areas.  £389


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


WSax-6415:  Offa Middle Saxon Mercia Hammered Silver Penny.  King’s name variety, 792-96 AD.  Kings of Mercia era.  OFFA REX.  London, Canterbury 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





This Week’s Listings:


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WMH-6430:  King John Hammered Silver Penny.  Group II, class iii, circa 1205-10 only.  +SIMON D ON (RV)LA.  Very rare Welsh Rhuddlan mint, struck under King John.  £375


WJC-6430:  1626 Charles 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Tower mint under king, im cross calvary.  Group B class 1a1.  Ex Seaby (1963) and sold with an old ticket.  Spink 2807.  £365