This week’s fresh listings (scroll down):

 

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

 

Additions to www.HistoryInCoins.com for week commencing Tuesday 26th May 2020

 

 

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

 

WSC-6889:  Alexander III Scottish Medieval Hammered Silver Cut Halfpenny.  First coinage, 1250-80.  The rare Inverness mint - GEF(RAI ON INVERO)N.  Type III, Spink 5043.  A single type / single moneyer issue from this rare Scottish mint – only Montrose and Wilanerter are rarer.  The coin is a cut half (current thinking is that cut half coins were officially cut at the mint and not by traders) and benefits from most of the king’s bust being there.  £135

 

WTH-6890:  Edward VI Hammered “Fine Silver” Shilling, 1551-53.  Spink 2482.  This came from a very small group of coins that were found under floorboards in an old house being demolished.  I managed to purchase two of the shillings (listed below this one, unless sold).  The toning is something I've never seen before - presumably as a result of centuries of dirt and oxidation.  The following image (here) is showing both coins together but using a cheap camera phone as I’m aware by main camera can exaggerate the toning.  Just to be clear, this listing is for one coin only – the coin imaged at the start of the listing.  £335

 

WTH-6891:  Edward VI Hammered “Fine Silver” Shilling, 1551-53.  Spink 2482.  This came from a very small group of coins that were found under floorboards in an old house being demolished.  I managed to purchase two of the shillings (listed above this one, unless sold).  The toning is something I've never seen before - presumably as a result of centuries of dirt and oxidation.  The following image (here) is showing both coins together but using a cheap camera phone as I’m aware by main camera can exaggerate the toning.  Just to be clear, this listing is for one coin only – the coin imaged at the start of the listing.  £335

 

WTH-6892:  1562 Elizabeth 1st  Silver Sixpence – “Screw Press” Machine Made Issue.  Small bust, initial mark Lis, Spink 2594.  I recently saw a S.2594 with a £895 price ticket.  This one realistically priced at  £295

 

WJC-6893:  James 1st Small Flan “Harrington” Copper Farthing.  Rarer class 1c, Spink 2663.  A short-lived issue being soon replaced by the much more commonly seen (larger) Lennox issue.  £98

 

WSC-6886:  Robert III Medieval Scottish Hammered Silver Halfpenny.  Edinburgh mint, 1390 – 1406 (first issue).  A rare coin.  £175 / £575 in a now very outdated book.  £195

 

WCom-6887:  1649 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Sixpence – Rarer Year.  Spink 3219.  Initial mark Sun.  If you take out the anchor coins (58, 59, 60) and the 55 and 57 (both of which are excessively rare dates with only 2 and 3 examples recorded respectively), 1649 is the rarest of the lot, and by some margin.  It is estimated that there are less than 15 extant examples of the 1649 sixpence.  Further, there are roughly the same number of 1658 (anchor) sixpences extant as there are 1649s so you can see this is a very rare date in the series as well as being relatively full flan (2.87 grams / 44.3 grains) and very nice grade.  £595

 

WI-6888:  1691 (this coin undated – read on!) Limerick Besieged Copper Irish Halfpenny.  Limerick was besieged in 1690-91 with no fresh metal available to mint coinage.  As a result, they gathered in as much of the large Gun Money shillings (from 1689-90) as they could and over-struck them with the new "Limerick Besieged" dies.  Large shillings were halfpennies, small shillings farthings.  There is ongoing research on this.  This coin is the most unusual Limerick halfpenny I have ever seen:

 

Obverse:

1. The central crown of the reverse gun money host coin can clearly be seen, inverted 180 degrees.

2. The V is IACOBVS is an inverted A whereas it was a definite V on the obverse die itself.

 

Reverse:

1. The king's hair of the host coin can clearly be seen, again inverted 180 degrees.

2. There is no date (1691) whatsoever as IACOBVS (and note the V is a V, not an inverted A) still remains.

3. The N of HIBERNIA, always inverted on the die, looks more like an A with a vertical line to the right.

 

A truly unique and extremely interesting coin!  Spink 6594.  £465

 

WSC-6885:  1575 Scottish James VI Hammered Silver Half Merk or Noble.  Second coinage, rare date.  Better grade with an extremely clear date.  Spink 5478.  £349

 

WMH-6880:  William 1st Hammered Norman Penny.  Lincoln mint: +VLF ON LINCINEI (Ulf of Lincoln).  Profile right type (B.M.C. 7).  Spink 1256.  Only three other recorded examples, none of which are a die match to this coin.  1.43g.  The rarest of all the William 1st types.  £1,295

 

WSC-6881:  Alexander III Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Second coinage, 1280-86.  Perth mint town.  Rarer class D,   Spink 5057.  From an old collection – see original ticket here.  £135

 

WSC-6882:  Alexander III Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Second coinage, 1280-86.  Roxburgh mint town.  Spink 5054.  From an old collection – see original ticket here.  £98

 

WTH-6883:  Henry VII Hammered Silver “Sovereign” Penny.  Durham mint – Episcopal issue struck under Bishop Box at Durham.  Mitre above shield.  Spink 2233.  The original image (see here) wasn’t great.  A very distinctive issue with the reverse Mitre.  £95

 

WTH-6875:  Henry II “Tealby” Hammered Silver Penny.  Cross & crosslets issue, class C, 1163-67 only.  +WILLEM.O(N.CA)RD – Carlisle mint.  Spink 1339.  A very nice round, better grade coin.  £295

 

WTH-6876:  1554 (but undated) Philip & Mary Facing Busts Hammered Silver Shilling.  Issued very early in the reign with Spanish titles.  Spink 2498.  Reported to be a diving find off the south coast of England.  A rare Tudor coin and in remarkably good grade for issue, albeit slightly water damaged.  Cheap at  £495

 

WSC-6879:  1692 William & Mary Scottish Charles 1st Copper Turner or Bodle.  Spink 5674.  Part of a single deceased collection put together from the 1960's onwards with this ticket.  A superb grade example for issue, being arguably as good as the Spink plate coin, presumably the best example they could lay their hands on.  £185

 

WMH-6871:  Henry 1st Norman Hammered Silver Penny.  Early B.M.C. 2 (profile left / cross fleury), circa 1102 only.  +AELPINE.ON.LN - Aelfwine of London with a weight of 1.14g.  Very early on in the reign and so missing the mint’s official practice of snicking the coins (edge incision) which came in at B.M.C. 6.  Sold with old tickets.  A rare, early Norman coin.  £725

 

WMH-6866:  William 1st Norman Hammered Silver Penny.  +BRVNMAN.ON.CIC – rare Chichester mint town.  PAXS type: B.M.C. 8, circa 1083-86 and according to modern research, possibly encroaching into the early part of William II.  Spink 1257.  Rare coin.  £695

 

WJC-6868:  1632-33 Charles 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence.  Tower mint under king, im Harp.  Group D, 4th bust, type 3.  Ex Carlyon-Britton collection (1978) and sold with his old ticket plus another.  Spink 2811.  £265

 

WSC-6870:  William 1st “The Lion” Medieval Scottish Penny.  Phase B type:  1205 – 1230.  Voided short cross.  The unusual +LE RVE WILA obverse reading (Spink 5029) which is from the Edinburgh & Perth mints jointly.  Crude and although stylised, getting progressively less so compared to earlier coins from the reign.  Very good grade and rare.  £325

 

WSax-6865:  Cnut Late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny.  B.M.C. VIII - Quatrefoil type (1017-23), “+ELLEPINE ON LEC”.  Spink 1159.  The rarer Chester (Welsh Borders) mint.  A rarer mint and one from a very interesting part of the country.  £465

 

WMH-6853:  William 1st Norman Hammered Silver Penny.  Profile left – B.M.C.i, Profile / Cross Fleury type, 1066-68 only.  GOLDMAN of COLCHESTER.  Ex Patrick Finn, ex Doubleday collection and possible ex Spink – see old tickets here.  This is the very first Norman coin to be issued after the Norman conquest of England in 1066.  Colchester is a rarer Norman mint but more significant, there is only one other recorded example of this mint & moneyer combination (EMC/SCBI database # 1042.1718) and that is a cut half.  £1,500 in VF (Spink 2020) but remember, that is the price for the commonest mint (London, Lincoln etc).  £1,250

 

WTH-6848:  1568 Elizabeth 1st  Silver Sixpence – “Screw Press” Machine Made Issue.  Small bust, initial mark Lis, Spink 2599.  Think how many 1562 milled sixpences you see compared to 1568 and then look in the 2020 Spink price guide to be amazed.  £295

 

WI-6849:  Henry VIII Posthumous (struck under Edward VI) IRISH Hammered Silver Threepence.  In the name of Henry but struck after his death, under his son, Edward VI.  Dublin mint.  This is the last issue, type IV, with the Tower bust – it is thought a lot of these Irish coins were actually struck using dies made in England.  Spink 6491.  A rarer denomination and a coin in very nice grade indeed, especially considering this was the billon or “watered down silver” period (it actually got worse in Ireland in 1552 with some coins being so debased that they looked like copper coins!).  £700 in VF in the very outdated Spink price guide.  £385

 

 

 


This Week’s Listings

 

 

WTH-6894:  Henry VII Hammered Silver Tudor Groat.  Type IIIc with IIIb bust.  Spink 2199.  London mint.  Very clear initial mark Greyhound’s Head, 1502-1504.  A very nice, desirable coin.  £195

 

WMH-6895:  Henry VI Hammered Silver Medieval Groat.  Leaf-Pellet issue of 1445-54.  Spink 1914.  London mint.  High grade coin, attractive dark tone.  £245

 

WMH-6896:  Henry VI Hammered Silver Medieval Groat.  Leaf-Pellet issue of 1445-54.  Spink 1915.  London mint.  AnGLI variation.  £195

 

WMH-6897:  Henry VI Hammered Silver Medieval Penny.  Cross-Pellet issue of 1454-61.  Spink 1940.  Episcopal issue of York under Archbishop William Booth.  £125

 

WAu-6898:  1788 over 87 George III Full gold Guinea.  Fifth laureate bust, “spade” shield.  Extremely rare overdate variety (see here) that is mentioned in Spink (S.3729) as being “known to exist”.  Not mentioned at all in Coincraft.  This image (here) shows the weight and the edge at 12 o’clock to show there has been no mounting of this coin.  A great rarity in the series.  £1,750