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 25th July 2017



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

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


WTH-6416:  1554 Philip & Mary Facing Busts Hammered Silver Shilling.  Full titles, Spink 2500.  Extremely high grade – I’ve not seen better – with an old, contemporary mark of disapproval on Philip’s head.  £1,495


WSC-6412:  1588 (November) Scottish Copper Hardhead or Twopence.  Type II, Spink 5518.  £65


WSC-6413:  1677 Scottish Charles II Copper Bawbee or Sixpence.  First date in only a three year issue.  Spink 5628.  Better grade for issue, being nearly as good as the Spink plate coin.  £55


WCA-6414:  Charles II Hammered Silver Restoration Halfcrown.  Third issue, initial mark crown.  Spink 3321.  This is immediately prior to the introduction of the new milled coinage of 1662.  The third issue is notoriously poor, presumably because the writing was on the wall for hammered coinage therefore little effort went into both the dies and the end product.  This coin is one of the best grade examples I have ever seen.  £795


WI-6409:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Groat.  Light cross & pellets issue of 1470-78.  Limerick mint with L on breast and CIVI TAS LIMI RICI as reverse reading.  Cinquefoils by the neck, in two of the reverse quarters and preceding POSI.  The rarest of the two Limerick mint variations: Spink 6343.  Sold with a very old ticket and a more recent one – both with incorrect Spink references.  Pierced in antiquity but still a very rare coin indeed.  £425


WI-6410:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Groat.  Light cross & pellets issue of 1470-78.  Waterford mint with no marks on or by the breast and CIVI TASW ATER FORD as reverse reading.  Saltires in two of the reverse quarters.  Interesting dual initial mark (pierced cross / rosette).  Spink 6351A.  High grade for issue being equally as good as the Spink plate coin.  £875


WMH-6408:  Stephen Norman Kings’ DELCA Mint Hammered Silver Halfpenny.  1136-45.  Cross Moline (Watford) type.  Willem of DELCA.  The location of this mint remains unknown to this day.  There are five recorded examples, all from the same dies: three from the 1971 Prestwich Hoard (Lankarshire) of 1,065 mainly Stephen pennies (the important ones such as the DELCA mints all going to major museums and institutions), one from Carnwath, South Lanarkshire, Scotland (NS 9846) and one from Clifton Reynes, Milton Keynes. M/d find, 2009. (EMC 2009.0267).  This coin represents only the sixth known example.  All are the Erased Dies type (North type 873) having a horizontal line to the right of the sceptre.  BNJ 50 (1980), p.51 states:  Another coin of the uncertain mint 'Delca' (Danson 149, given as 'Derby??') has a horizontal line to the right of the king's sceptre which could be either accidental or a somewhat half-hearted attempt at defacement (Three 'Delca' coins of the moneyer Willem, probably from the same reverse die, were found in the Prestwich hoard (Coin Hoards, i (1975), 92, pi. 20, 4).  DELCA was only operational during Stephen’s Cross Moline (Watford) type (1136-45).  An exceptionally rare mint, being even rarer than the Tamworth (William II) and perhaps even the Heden (Stephen) mint coins also listed for sale on this site.  £750





This Week’s Listings:


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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