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Coins, Tokens & Banknotes: Three Private Collections

26th October 2021.

The Coins, Tokens and Banknotes Sale on 10th November will feature three good Private Collections. The first being a family collection started by the vendor’s great grandfather at the end of the 19th century, which encompasses a wide range of coins with some rare examples. The collection has been passed down through the family and kept in the same envelopes and bags ensuring the coins remain in very good condition.

Highlights of the collection include a very rare oval Japanese Hammered Gold Koban in Good Very Fine condition, which is undated but was issued during the Bunsei era (1818-1830) under the reign of Emperor Ninko-Tenno (estimate: £800-1,200 plus buyer’s premium). Two Roman gold coins include a Roman Diva Faustina Senior Gold Aureus, issued by Antoninus Pius in honour of his deified wife in AD141, in Very Fine or + condition (estimate: £300-400), and from the Byzantine Empire comes a Gold Solidus of Justinian I (527-565AD) in Good Extremely Fine or + condition (estimate: £300-400). A good offering of European gold and silver coins include an Italian States Sardinian Gold 100 Lire from 1834 in Very Fine condition (estimate: £800-1,000).

There is also a good lot comprising seven Victoria Old Head Pennies and a Halfpenny from 1899, which were collected new by the vendor’s great grandfather and put away carefully. Exhibiting full mint lustre, the pennies are offered with an estimate of £200-300.


A further collection of eighty Bank of England notes, all in uncirculated condition, will be sold in twenty-two lots. The top lots in the collection are two Bank of England White £5 notes, one dated London 28 May 1947 and the other London 17 Sept 1945. Neither note has any folds, creases pinholes or handling marks and are in superb, flawless uncirculated condition (estimate: £200-300 each).

The final collection comprises a huge range of United Kingdom proof gold coins and proof sets. Highlights of the collection include a very rare George VI Proof Sovereign dated 1937, sold with certificate of authenticity (estimate: £2,500-2,800), a UK Gold Proof Sovereign Four Coin Collection dated 2000, sold with certificate of authenticity (estimate: £2,000-2,200), and a Gibraltar Queen Elizabeth II 80th Birthday Portrait Gold Sovereign Collection, sold with certificate of authenticity (estimate: £1,000-1,200).


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