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WTH-6947: 1597 **RAREST DATE** Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Tudor Sixpence. Sixth issue, initial mark Key. Spink 2578B. 1597 as a date represents a frequency of <0.04% for the 2,716 recorded single finds of Elizabeth 1st coins and <0.03% for all 5,588 recorded Elizabeth 1st hoard coins. 1597 is the rarest of all forty two dates, bar none. To put this into context, there is only a single 1597 sixpence recorded with PAS, even though they have nearly 3,000 sixpences recorded. To put the rarity into further context, 1598, the year after this coin (another rare year – in fact the second rarest year in the entire series) has a total of x5 different dies recorded. 1588 has only a single die recorded. Many people think 1588 (year of the armada) is the rarest date. In fact, 1588 is only the 4th rarest date. This coin is ex Walter Wilkinson (an outstanding researcher, a wonderful gentleman; one I was fortunate enough to have some correspondence with before his sad passing, and a man had over the years put together one of the finest known Elizabeth 1st coin collections), ex Mark Senior and probably ex Shuttlewood. See old tickets here. This coin is in the top three of best known examples and I wouldn’t be surprised if Walter Wilkinson was being modest when he said that, such was the nature of the man. I have seen two other 1597 coin in all the time I’ve been involved with coins (trust me; it’s been a long time!) – one was utterly horrible; the other barely a grade better but I was still extremely grateful to be allowed to buy it. This coin is in a totally different league – I’m still finding it hard to accept that I have in my hands a coin of such great rarity but in such good grade!! An extremely important coin, not just the reign of Elizabeth 1st but in Tudor coinage in general. £1,250
WCA-6944: Charles II Hammered Silver Sixpence. Restoration of the House of Stuart. Spink 3323. Hammered coinage continued immediately after the Commonwealth from 1660-62 with the quality of the dies together with the final product deteriorating towards the end (and this issue coin was at the very end), presumably because everyone knew the old hammered style of coinage was definitely going to be replaced by the new and better milled coinage in 1662. For issue, this is a good example. £245
WSC-6945: Robert “The Bruce” 1st
Scottish Medieval Hammered Silver Penny.
Robert, a descendant of David 1st, was crowned in
WSC-6942: David 1st (in
David’s name) Scottish Hammered Silver Penny. Period A, 1136 to the
beginning of the 1140’s. Cross
WTH-6943: Choice Henry VIII Hammered
Silver Episcopal Halfgroat with Rarer Initial Mark. Second coinage, 1526-32, initial mark 121 –
“uncertain” mark. Struck
under Archbishop Warham at
WMH-6939: Henry VI Hammered Silver
Medieval Groat. Rosette-Mascle issue of 1430-31 only,
WMH-6940: Richard III Hammered
Silver Penny. An
exceptional portrait for issue.
WSC-6941: David II Medieval Scottish
Hammered Silver Penny. Second
coinage, 1351-57. REX
SCOTORVM, which is likely to have been the
WSC-6935: Alexander III Rarer 1st
Issue FORFAR Mint Penny. Long cross
& stars, 1250-80.
WSC-6936: James 1st Medieval
Scottish Hammered Silver Groat.
WMH-6937: King John Rhuddlan (WELSH) Mint Hammered Silver Short Cross Penny. Group I, class i:
+h(A)LLI.NO.RVLA, initial mark Cross Pattee, Spink p.167.
Wren, in his book on short cross coinage, states of the Rhuddlan
mint coinage: “These coins are considerably cruder than the normal issues and
the legends are sometimes retrograde, with reversed lettering”. Being very loosely based on the English class
1 penny but with a broader face, this coin is less crude than the class ii
coins. The N in hENRICVS
is reversed. An excellent example of the
only Medieval coin to be struck in
WJC-6938: 1609 James 1st Hammered Silver Sixpence. Second coinage, fourth bust, im Key. Spink 2658. 1609 is a rare date, being rarer than the entire 1603-08 range. It is also rarer than 1621 and 1623. Spink 2658 is a rather glaring example of a Spink error or oversight: Spink (2020 edtn) gives 1605 to 1616 inclusive as equal rarity at £65 F, £250 VF. 1605 is fairly common. To the best of my knowledge, 1616 is unique and 1612 & 1614 probably don’t exist. 1609 is a very rare date. That aside, this is a remarkably well struck and equally well preserved coin for issue. Like the Scottish six shillings - a virtually identical series to this one - the later (rarer) dates in the English series were made to a poor standard and invariably turn up in less than desirable grade & condition. This is an unusually pleasant, problem-free coin. £185
WMH-6931: King John Hammered Silver
Penny. Class 5b,
+PIERES.ON.DVR. Spink 1351. Rarer
WJC-6932: James 1st Hammered Silver First Issue Halfgroat. 1603-4 only, initial mark Thistle, bust right. Spink 2649. Uncommon – it’s usually the later non portrait issues that turn up. £65
WI-6934: 1693 William & Mary
Conjoined Busts Copper Halfpenny – High Grade. A
WMH-6926: Henry VI (First Reign)
Medieval Hammered Silver Groat. Annulet Issue of 1422-30 (the first coin issue under Henry VI),
WTH-6927: Henry VIII Hammered Silver
Episcopal Halfgroat. Second issue, portrait.
Struck under Archbishop Cranmer
WJC-6928: 1636-66 Charles 1st Hammered Silver Shilling. Tower mint under the king. Group D, Spink 2791. Initial mark Crown. £175
WSC-6929: James Francis Edward Stuart
/ James III of Scotland Silver Touch Piece.
See the excellent “The Sovereign Remedy” by Noel Woolf
(ISBN 0 901603 01 5) for everything you need to know about touchpieces
and the Kings & Queens that personally handed them
out. The would-be James III of
WCA-6925: 1714 Queen Anne Copper Farthing. The only farthing ever to circulate in currency under Anne, even though it was initially intended as a pattern only. Spink 3625. Rare coin. £625
WSax-6910: Harold “Harefoot” 1st late Saxon Hammered Silver Penny. Silver Jewel Cross B.M.C.1
penny, 1036-38 only. + ON LINCOLI –
WCom-6900: 1654 Commonwealth Hammered Silver Crown. Initial mark Sun, 29.14 grams, 43mm. Spink 3214. A very large coin with several old tickets etc – see here. The 1654 (rated R3) is similar in rarity to 1651 and 1652, with 1649 being slightly rarer still. The two common dates that invariably turn up, 1653 (rated N) and 1656 (rated R) have many more extant examples compared to 1654. Inverted A for V in VS (GOD IS WITH VS) which although ESC do list known varieties (ie the 56 has three listed), it is not recorded. Obviously Spink don’t list it either. A pleasant circulated, problem-free rarer date Commonwealth crown. £2,650
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 to show there has been no mounting of this coin. A great rarity in the series. £1,750
This Week’s Listings
It is worth putting last week’s coin back under this section – you’ll see why when you read through.
WSC-6946: Scottish Charles 1st UNRECORDED Hammered Silver 40 Pence. Third coinage, Briot-Falconer transitional issue of 1637-42 with an F (for Falconer) modified from a B (for Briot) below the reverse thistle. At first glance this appears to be a standard B below the reverse thistle, so Spink 5576. However, it’s clearly an F, modified from the earlier B – note the slightly bulbous top vertical and the very start of the bottom bulbous part of the B protruding slightly from the centre, these being the only aspects of the underlying B. Everything else about this letter is an F. See the following image, although please note that all letters have been rotated to the upright for ease of use. There actually is no Falconer 40 pence recorded with an F below, only the B below. However, Briot’s Spink 5576 with a B below is a B lying on its back, facing upwards, whilst this letter is 180 degrees rotated and facing downwards. It’s an F for Falconer and as such, unrecorded. Falconer naturally followed on from Briot during the Third Coinage of Charles 1st Scottish coins so this coin would appear to be a very rare transition from Briot to Falconer. You’d think that one engraver would be highly unlikely to basically take his predecessor’s dies, churn out coinage and then call them his own by way of putting his mark on them and doing nothing else. However, Nicholas Briot was appointed master of the Scottish mint in 1634 and later joined by his son-in-law, John Falconer, who eventually succeeded him in 1646. By keeping things in the family and having an organic “passing on of the baton”, it becomes much more plausible that Falconer did the above. An interesting coin; potentially the “missing link” between Briot and Falconer. Perhaps it will be termed Third Coinage, type IIA as it certainly comes before Falconer’s first recorded type III. £395
WSC-6948: 1553 Mary “Queen of Scots” Hammered Silver **TYPE 1** Testoon. A single year issue, circulating at four shillings with 0.916 fineness of silver. The Type II successor of 1555 had, bizarrely, only 0.725 fineness of silver and yet circulated at five shillings. Spink 5401. This an excessively rare coin with little more than a handful known. It is the rarest Scottish Testoon, bar none, and if you take out the 1553 type 1 Half Testoon (a pattern so not strictly currency) and 1565 Ryal (unique?), it is the rarest of all Scottish silver coins. The portrait of young Mary is outstanding, inspired from a painting by the French artist Francois Clouet who, perhaps progressively for the time (although perhaps not so surprising bearing in mind their nationality), was also known as Janet. It is interesting to note that this Type 1 Testoon was never counterstamped under James VI even though all the others were, including the portrait left Testoons. Listed at £4,500 and £12,500 in the now very out of date Spink 2015 Scottish & Irish price guide and virtually guaranteed to be listed at a fair bit more when the 2020/2021 book comes out. This is a coin that seldom comes up for sale on the open market. £3,895