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WSC-8073:  James II Scottish Medieval Hammered Silver Groat.  Second coinage, second issue, type IIb.  Initial mark Crown, Edinburgh mint, no annulets to neck - Spink 5233.  James II groats and halfgroats were designed to come into line with their English counterparts, at least that was the intention for the second coinage.  The Scottish did such a good job that the new groats did indeed look like English groats and were the same weight and had the same silver content as the English groats but unfortunately were valued at twelve pence in Scotland (there was an effort to carry out a revaluation of the groat from 12d to 8d but for whatever reason, this never happened), whereas the corresponding English groats were valued at four pence in England.  In a period where monarchs rarely ran the full course of their lives, James II met his maker in 1460 in one of the more unusual ways - during the siege of Roxburgh Castle, a canon next to the king accidentally blew up, terminating both cannon and king.  A rare coin indeed with excellent provenance and most importantly, in high grade for issue.  Toned, full flan, VF for issue and with good provenance.  A coin with excellent eye-appeal and from a monarch rarely seen on coinage these days.  £1,950

Provenance:

ex C. Blom collection (1966)

ex DNW

ex M. Lessen collection

ex R.M. Kirton collection

 

WTH-8074:  Edward VI Base Shilling Counterstamped with an Elizabeth 1st Portcullis Revaluation Mark.  An Edward VI base shilling from the Third Period (1551), clear initial mark Lion, the final date letter of the Roman alphabet clearly shown as L, so MDL or 1550.  Counterstamped between 1oth October 1560 and 8th November 1560 with a Portcullis to signify a revaluation to fourpence-halfpenny.  Spink 2546.  The question of recoining the large amount of debased currency in circulation in the first two years of Elizabeth’s reign led a committee of the Privy Council to recommend the city of London provide magistrates to check the coin in circulation in market places, and to stamp Edward VI shillings of 8:2 and 6:2 fineness with a portcullis, enabling them to be current for fourpence-halfpenny, and those of 3:2 fineness with a greyhound, thus current for twopence-farthing. The stamping began on 10 October 1560 (i.e. almost at the end of the lis-marked first coinage, which ceased on 8 November 1560) and was undertaken country-wide, with the die-sinker John Lawrence providing sufficient punches to the corporations of 42 towns. These counterstamped coins were allowed to circulate only until the early Spring of 1561.  Old auction cutting here.  Let's be honest, this is an ugly coin, but you must remember that the entire point of this 1560 counterstamping exercise was to target worn and damaged Edward VI coinage with the ultimate aim of removing this troublesome coin from circulation, so only the "bad" ones were ever counterstamped - you're never going to see a "good" one.  Aesthetics aside, this is an excessively rare, numismatically important Elizabeth 1st coin, described by some as THE rarest of all the issues - the Greyhound c/s is rarer and the undated sixpences are rarer still, in my opinion, but never-the-less I'm sure you get the point.  The Bishopsteignton (Devon) example sold September 2020 through Spink for just a smidgeon under £10,000 after commissions.  The Walter Wilkinson example - so poor that at auction it received a grade of "mediocre" - was estimated at between £4,000 and £5,000 but because there was so much Elizabeth 1st material released onto the market that day courtesy of that superb and enormous collection, it only sold for £2,600 after commission in 2020.  I'm aware of only one other for sale and that's just under £5,000.  Ignore this and you'll probably never see another come up!  £2,995 RESERVED

 

WJC-8075:  1645 Charles 1st ASHBY-de-la-ZOUCH Hammered Silver Declaration Shilling.  Crowned bust of Charles, left, mark of value behind.  Ashby-de-la-Zouch mint town.  Late declaration of the reverse, initial mark Plume, "A" particularly clear below.  5.87g, 30 degrees die rotation, Morris A-1, Spink 3031 (the rarer of the two recorded dies).  Brooker was unable to source this variety, which in itself is astounding considering the comprehensiveness of that collection, not to mention his resources, only having the lesser plumelet-before-king example (Brooker 1120).  For those interested, "A" (Ashby) and "B" (Bridgnorth) coins are subject to some discussion as to whether the geographical attributions are actually correct or not.  A and B mint coins are certainly linked (following the fall of Ashby on 28th February 1646, the garrison then marched to Bridgnorth which fell on 26th April 1646), although saying that, there are no recorded, unambiguous B over A coins, which we might expect.  These "A" coins, whilst Spink is saying Ashby-de-la-Zouch, are the subject of much numismatic and historical debate:  Most examples (and admittedly they are very rare indeed) turn up along the Welsh Borders or in Wales (I'm cognisant of an unsubstantiated tale of an Ashby shilling being found literally in the church wall at Ashby by workmen last century but it may well be apocryphal), which is absolutely nowhere near Ashby.  Abergavenny has been put forward as an alternative but with nothing other than circumstantial evidence, so far.  However, the silver content of A and B mint coins have a higher than required silver content - metrology indicates that the silver is finer than .925 and so the source could well be captured and subsequently recycled ducatoons which were .950 fine.  This would require the mint to be at or near a port, a box Ashby-de-la-Zouch most definitely does not tick but one Abergavenny does.  I recommend this discussion thread: https://www.predecimal.com/forum/topic/5516-civil-war-a-mint-discussion/ . Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Abergavenny, some other "A" city, or indeed an "on-the-hoof", non fixed town "A" mark - it doesn't really matter in terms of the actual coin because location will be resolved at some point in the future.  For the moment, we go with Spink and Ashby-de-la-Zouch.  One of the tickets suggests the coin was fashioned from a silver spoon (along the lines of the Newark siege pieces).  I seem to recall having a conversation with Dave Sims about this many years ago, so it's probably his ticket.  A good provenance with various old tickets.  Graded about VF, which is all the more impressive when you discover that the issue, miniscule though it was, was poorly executed at both die and mint stage.  Indeed, the Spink plate coin, presumed the best example Spink could lay their hands on with their vast resources, is a full grade down from this coin (the "A" is barely discernable), something you don't see very often!  A rare offering indeed.  £7,475

Provenance:

ex DNW (2013)

ex Tim Owen

ex Dave Sims collection

ex HistoryInCoins

ex Simon Mote collection

ex Baldwins?