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British Hammered & Milled coins,Tokens, Medallions & Roman Sestertia, "Petition crown"

 Money is ART . Irish Coins, Scotish Coins.  ART of Coins


 Art in the form of coins is not only what we study but 

the emotion when we hold a piece of history” Geoffrey Cope

Charles II Petition Crown 1663
Simon was a man of creative illusions: he required extra depth of field to show the King at his greatest, a coin with a medallic portrait, at the same time keep the size and the correct silver weight. Thomas Simon, a sculptor, created the magnificent reverse of the coin in a convex plane, just enough to give the extra depth of field on the obverse to bring a three dimension look to the King’s portrait. The reverse has the edge dept is 3.5mm and thickness as the center of the coin is 4.5mm
The feat of engineering of the petition in two lines to his Majesty on the edge


Charles I (1625-49), Carlisle besieged (1644-5), Shilling, 1645, obverse crown over initials and 
date, linear and beaded circles surrounding both sides, rev. two line inscription  including
date, rosette above and below, A City under siege and this piece is UNIQUE 
(Alan Rayner).
This coin was made from a spoon with the ‘Leopards head Silver hallmark’ 
circa 1631-2 on the oberse under
the Orb on the obverse. Regular pieces were struck from plate 
that was usualy melted down and
annealed, different to Newark peices where the plate was 
merely cut up and overstruck. 

Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161.As (Copper, 27mm, 10.67 g 12), Rome, 140.
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P Laureate and draped bust of Antoninus Pius to right. TR POT COS III / S C Roma, draped and helmeted, seated right on a high-backed throne; holding spear with points at both ends with her left hand and propping her head on her right; she looks slightly down  to the right. BMC 1373 var. Cohen 894. Hill 268. RIC 697b. Very rare. A beautiful coin with a fine portrait and an exceptionally lovely reverse. A sharply struck, very well preserved coin with a fine dark green patina, good extremely fine. 
From a European private collection. This is an unusually fine As of Antoninus Pius, which may have been struck in honor of the forthcoming 900th anniversary of the foundation of Rome. Roma appears on the reverse in a most artistic and delicate way: she seems pensive as she sits, wearing flowing robes, on a simple throne, but with her head slightly bent forward. The only signs of her military nature are the crested helmet she wears and the spear she holds. Somewhat curiously, her spear is pointed at both ends. The engraver who was responsible for this die was particularly skillful.
Alan Walker. NOMOS

This remarkable story is of coin that when acquired had no provenance, it is a rarity itself and then to find a plate coin in a catalogue showing the coin before it was lightly cleaned after 1700 years untouched in 1906 

Extract (part) 1906 Rivista Italiana di Numismatica, page. 276-277 reference above coin. The SARTI 1906 sale in ROME attracted amateurs who competed, many shopkeepers, specialist and prices went up, they went up to the limits so far never achieved. Pei will sight some large bronzes and we do not believe even necessary to identify the individual coins, because in this sale the rarity of names shows was completely neglected, prevailing absolutely the modern theory that conservation not only goes on to everything, but the only element of judgment.
We believe there has been no other sales in the Roman bronzes of beautiful conservation that have had a such an enthusiastic reception (1906)

Charles I, Silver Tower pattern (1631/2) shilling weight 6.41gms (98.92gr), mm. rose

A Coin from the Kings Cabinet
The design of the above Pattern shilling shows the wonder of XVII century art at its finest.
The Baroque style, the hair is very curly and convoluted, the forehead is receding.
We see a king, an authority, not a man (divine right of kings). 

The exquisite work of Briot & Edward Greene the Mint Master & the Royal Mint

Kent William (Feb13th -14th) 1685 – 12 April 1748
Benjamin Bartlett 1714-1787 , (52: 25 April 1787) [purchased 1749 info from a note]
 Samuel Tyssen, (2910: 12 April 1802) of Narborough-Hall Norfolk sold by auction, by Leigh, Sotheby and Son 
Ex Thomas Thomas W. Sotherby 1844 
Lt-Col. (William) Durrant, Sotheby, 19 April 1847 of Lowestoft, Suffolk & Wimpole Street. 
J. B (John Brodribb) Bergne 1848 (1800-1873)
Samuel Addington, collection, purchased en bloc in 1883 by Hyman Montagu
Hyman Montagu, Sotheby, 13 November 1896, 365 
John Gloag Murdoch, Sotheby, 8 June 1903, 302 
 Cumberland Clark cquired by Spink £ 11/10/-, Sotheby, 22 January 1914
O. Fitch, 1918 (collection purchased by Spink) 
Dr. E.C. Carter, 1950 (collection purchased by Baldwin) 
Slaney Spinks 2003 (46, sold for £8,500 hammer), 
Auction 2013 Lot 87 now in the “petitioncrown” collection


Scottish, Mary Queen of Scots 1553 (=4/-) & 1562 (=5/-) both Testoons
Mary 1553 Gold 44 Shilling (Centre above)

Beautiful but unfortunate she succeeded her father when only a week 
old. Henry 8 about this time sent an embassy of a match between Mary and his son Edward VI 
which was agreed in Parliament. The Cardinal and Bishops made such an opposition that the 
agreement was, broken. On this account Henry 8 declared war against Scotland, invading 
the kingdom by sea and land, burnt Leith and Edinburgh. In 1555 the Queen Dowager 
was chosen Regent by the States. 1558 Mary her daughter was married to Francis II 
the Dauphin, afterwards King of France.

Henry 8 King 1509-47 Shillings (Testoons) & father of Edward 6 below the BOY KING
his mother was Jane Seymour 3rd wife of King Henry 8
(2 different Portaits Testoons of Henry 8, not sure which I love most!) 

The left coin above,  3/4 Silver & the right debased 50% Silver 50% Alloy 
both Testoons

Edward VI (April 1547-Jan 1549) Tower Groat 
First period, 2.50g, Tower, m.m. arrow . 
obv. Crowned bust right, Edward, 
rev. shield over long cross fourchee. Full circular flan, full details with evenly struck bust.   
Very Rare in this condition. Possibly the finest known.  Wonderfull provenance:
Ross Blackey 492 (Spink) 2013 , Norweb 1985,  Lockett Lot1884 1956
Wills 484  6/12/1938, Maish  214  26/3/1918, Sir John Evans 1908 

Edward VI (April 1547-Jan 1549) Penny Bristol. Great small coin VR
Edward VI (Jan 1549 - Apr. 1550)
Second Period, Shilling, 1549, m.m. grapple, TIMOR legend on reverse.
An extremly fine speciman with good portrait, Very Rare 

Edward VI (1551-3) Sixpence. Superb condition
Edward VI (1551-3) Shilling. Great striking

ROMAN. Mint of Rome L. Plautius Plancus (47 BC), Silver Denarius 
Head of Medusa facing, rev Victory facing, holding palm-branch and leading four horses 

  If this year 2014 I had to choose a coin to take with me to a desert Island. The coin below in 
1985 launched a ‘thousand ships’ in me. There have been many coins that I became  attached 
to when but this one it was  a ‘love  affair’. I desired her so much I got a second mortgage on
our house to acquire it. It is the front and back cover coin of a book by Giorgio Giacosa.
A coin with quality & content a pure work of ART

From the Moretti Collection
Sestertius. Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C. – 33 AD)
daughter of Julia and  
Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emporer Caligula. 
Posstumate portrait ordered by Caligula to commutate his mother who had tragically 
died in exile. The reverse, the carpentum, the vehicle reserved for the use 
of the imperial family in the city.

 Trajan Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34mm, 23.22 g), Rome, c. 117. 
IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P Laureate bust of Trajan to right, 
drapery on far shoulder. Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C Trajan, in armor, on horseback to right, 
hurling spear at fallen Dacian below him. 
A superb coin with a fine portrait, wonderful detail and an exceptionally attractive reverse, deep green patina. Extremely fine. 

ex Münzen und Medaillen 81, 18 September 1995, 273. Nomos 15 May 2013, 167.
On the reverse of this piece we see Trajan, in the guise of a heroic warrior, riding down a Dacian enemy. The conquest of Dacia was of great importance (as seen on the reliefs of Trajan’s Column in Rome), both for safeguarding the empire and providing a vast treasure of gold and silver. Trajan, having crossed the Ister by means of the bridge, conducted the war with safe prudence rather than with haste, and eventually, after a hard struggle, vanquished the Dacians. In the course of the campaign he himself performed many deeds of good generalship and bravery, and his troops ran many risks and displayed great prowess on his behalf. It was here that a certain horseman, after being carried, badly wounded, from the battle in the hope that he could be healed, when he found that he could not recover, rushed from his tent (for his injury had not yet reached his heart) and, taking his place once more in the line, perished after displaying great feats of valor.` -- 

Constantius I. AD 305-306 
Æ Follis (29mm, 10.07 g, 6h). Cyzicus mint, 6th officina. 

Struck circa AD 305-306. Laureate head right / Genius standing left, holding patera, 
from which liquor flows, and cornucopia; Kς. RIC VI 21a. 
Handsome, dark gray-brown patina. Well struck on a broad flan.
Common but scarce with such a strike & flan
From the Chiltern Collection. Ex Jürgen K. Schmidt Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 60, 
22 May 2002), lot 1885; Münz Zentrum 82 (6 September 1995), lot 921.

George IV 1760-1820 
A very rare Octaganal countermark on a 1799 USA $1 

Official Countermark  on a USA Dollar.  (A period of a lack of currency, an emergency issue where to imported coins were  counter-marked by the Mint) 
A great rarity. There is one  aother in private hands, one in the BM and another in the BoE. 
Extremely Rare. Near all the countermarks are struck on Spanish/Spanish American Dollars.
Rarities are USA Dollar and French Ecu

Lord Hamilton Sale at Spink sale 3, 1979, Ex S A H Whetmore 218, Glendining 1961
(5/- 1804 with a value of 4/9d to suppliment a deficency in British Silver Coinage)

1651 Commonwealth. Pattern Sixpence, 3g. Blondeau 
Struck in a screw press. Pierre Blondeau, a French engraver who invented better minting equipment. He came to England in September 1649 at the request of Parliament and made a small number of patterns on his equipment, from dies of Thomas Simon. After the Civil War ended, Charles II brought him back to England to assist in the new coinage for the Restoration. Blondau coins of 1651 (which include a tiny number of half-crowns, shillings and sixpence, as here) his work for the Commonwealth. Lustrous silver/blue fields. Very Rare.  Ex Slaney

Charles I struck in the mame of Charles II. Pontefract Shilling

(June 1648-March. 1649)

Charles II 1648 octagonal
beneath the large crown a "furred band" over 
Collection Earls of Bridgewater during anf post the Civil War
ex Bridgewater House Sale

Scotland, James VI,
Silver Ryal, or Sword Dollar, 1567. S-5472. James VI 1567-1625 
Crowned arms between I-R. 

Crowned sword separating hand, date and value ("XXX" to right, standing for 30 Shillings).
This style coined before the king's accession to the English throne, therefore a purely Scottish Issue. Maybe the finest examples obtainable: Good EF, wonderful light toning, highly struck on a 
Full circular flan, no cracks an awesome piece.


Charles I (1625-49), Nicholas Briot’s first milled coinage,1631-32,
Unite, 9.07g, m.m. daisy with .B to left/.B to left of crown, crowned draped bust left, .XX. behind, CAROLVS.D:G.MAGN.BRITANN.FRAN.ET.HIBER.REX, rev. FLORENT.CONCORDIA.REGNA, lozenge stops, crowned garnished square topped shield dividing small 

crowned C and R (Schneider 273 - same dies (II/3); Brooker 706; N.2294; S.2719), light adjustment marks in fourth quarter of shield, lustrous, most attractive, good extremely fine, rare 

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A GOLD ANGEL Coin 1483-1485 with a value of 6 Shilling & 8d
Richard III mint mark the 'BOARS HEAD' in wonderful  state of preservation.
The last British Monarch to be killed on the battle field. A King that changed British history. The Children that were to be Kings dissapeared in the Tower of London. A story of intrigue, at death Richard III body disapeared for 500 years until 2012 when found under a car park in the crypt of a church. Richard III remains were found under the CAR PARK which was lettered directly under R (Stranger than fiction)
Whomever owned such a coin was a person of wealth. Found very close to the Battle Field at Boswoth.
Was it lost on the way to the Battle of Bosworth or on the way home or even stolen from the Battle field? We will never know. A wonderful piece of English history with a story 

The image of the Archangel Saint Michael slaying a dragon, an English galley with the monogram 'R' over “E” and a rose set below the main topmast, the ship surmounted by a shield bearing the King's arms, the legend 
A superb specimen Good EF & as such a rarety. Weight 5.16g
Full flan, frosted surfaces, superb detail of mintmarks 'BOARS HEAD' and wonderful portrait of St,Michael. 


Circa 425-401 BC. PHOENICIA, Sidon. temp. Baalshillem (Sakton) I-Ba’ana.  
27.636 gm AR Double Shekel 

Galley left before city wall with five towers; two lions in exergue / King of Persia and driver in chariot drawn by two galloping horses left; below, incuse goat 
running left; all within dotted circle within shallow incuse circle. E&E-S 194-9; HGC 10 

The latter part of the 4th Cent. BC this magnificent bold coins was struck at the height of the Phoenician maritime power. The Phoenicians had extended their trading empire across the entire Mediterranean, up the coast of Europe and down the west coast of Africa.
Silver Double Shekel, 27.636 gm, Walls of Tyre displaying a Sidonian war galley before the turreted walls of Sidon with a single Phoenician script character above, Sidon is now part of Lebanon. Excessively rare not only as a coin but the quality, clarity of this large magnificent coin exhibiting the power of the Phoenicians. (Presently on loan to Haaretz Museum Tel Aviv

Caroli Fortuna Resurgam (the fortune of Charles, shall rise again)
Civil War coins with no mark of value

MOESIA INFERIOR, Marcianopolis. Macrinus, with Diadumenian as Caesar. AD 217-218.
Æ Pentassarion (28mm, 13.82 g, 12h). Pontianus, legatus consularis.
Confronted heads of Macrinus right, laureate, and Diadumenian left, bare / Zeus standing left,
holding patera and long scepter; eagle at feet to left, E (mark of value) to right. H&J,
Markianopolis (for obv./rev.); AMNG I/1, -; Varbanov -.
EF, dark green patina. Exceptional portraits.


George III "Pattern" Halfpenny 1796, Peck 924, MS65 BN NGC.
Peck describes this
Obverse as 

"GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA" with the draped bust to left laureated
and armored...toothed border. 

Reverse, BRITANNIA. Britannia seated to left...1796 toothed border.
The addition of DEI GRATIA 
is also a first since the coins of Anne, d1714.  
This coin is Extremely Rare in copper. Large 
level of original lustre.

The finer of two specimens in private hands with a third in the British Museum. It appears likely 
that there are only three examples and not the four previously quoted due to double counting.

Ex Maj. A W Foster Lot 84, Glendining 19/10/1953, was bought by Baldwin (£5/10/-) for the Rev. Edgar Rogers, Dean of Tewkesbury Abbey. Post -mortem it was reacquired by Baldwin who sold it to C W Peck. The coin was subsequently sold through Spink in the 1970s. It formed lot 330 in Spink 95,  25/11/1992 where a piece was noted ex Peck and Rogers, sold through Spink in the 1970s, but without the Foster sale
connection and no corroborative image it was considered a different 

This coin then took wings to the USA and was sold at Heritage 2008 lot 51723  £3'500-once again ending up in the trays of Baldwin. Baldwin then passed it on to CNG 91 to be sold 21/9/2012.
The Nicholson’s specimen, which is only 5.11g compared to the above coin of 5.92g, was acquired 
from Terry Aitken in 1996 and cost £320 from Baldwin, it was probably bought some time in the 1980s

HANOVER. George III. 1760-1820. Pattern AR Farthing (25mm, 11.98 g) 
Restrike issue. By W. J. Taylor after C. H. Küchler. Dated 1797. Laureate, draped, and armored bust right / Britannia seated left on rock pile, holding olive branch and trident; Union shield below; at a distance to left, ship under sail right upon sea; 1797 in exergue. Peck 1192. Superb EF, attractively toned, with underlying luster, a few light marks on the reverse. Virtually as struck. Very rare. Ex Colin D. Cooke Collection (Colin Cooke, 26 May 2006), lot 334.


SCOTLAND. Mary, with Henry Darnley. 1565-1567. AR Ryal or Cruikston Dollar
(42mm, 30.44 g, 7h). Fourth period Dated 1566. Crowned arms of Scotland; thistles at sides / Crowned palm tree (yew tree upon which tortoise climbs; scroll across field inscribed DAT GLORIA VIRES. Burns 6 (fig. 905); SCBI 35 (Ashmolean & Hunterian), 1123-4; SCBC 5425. VF, darkly toned, light scratch under tone in field on obverse. Choice for grade.
Darnley was born in 1545, at Temple Newsam, Leeds, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. His parents had claims to both the Scottish and English thrones, as he was descended from both James II of Scotland and Henry VII.

A coin which was struck for a King to approve
Charles I, 1625 Shilling, 5.85g., Tower mint, group A, type 1, m.m. lis
first bust, bust 1, king wearing ruff and coronation robes, with 
double arched crown, both arches jewelled, xii behind, 
carolvs dg mag brit fra et hib rex, rev. long cross fourchée over 
square shield (Sharp A1/1; N.2216; S.2776), an exceptional piece 
with an attractive portrait, crisply struck on a full round flan, 
extremely fine, extremely rare as a first bust shilling in this condition

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of All England. Edward the Confessor. 1042-1066.
 AR Penny (16mm, 1.06 g, 6h). 
Facing Bust/Small Cross type (BMC xiii, Hild. Ac). Staenig (Steyning) mint; Deorman, moneyer. Struck 1062-1065. EΛDPΛRD RE, crowned facing bust / + DERMON ON STÆ, short                                  cross pattée. Freeman 9;King 37; SCBI 9 (Ashmolean), 1041 var. (legends); Hild. –;                       C 1215;North 830; SCBC 1183.

temp. STUART. François-Eugène de Savoie, military strategist. 1663-1736.AR Medal (37mm, 20.46 g, 12h). Battle on Blenheim. By G. Hautsch. Dated 1704
.EVGENIVS FRANC • DVX SAB • CÆS • EXER • GENER • COMM •, armored bust right, 
wearing Order of the Golden Fleece / GENII VIRTVTE BONI • II • REG • 19 • (by the influence of the good angel, –adapted from II Kings, xix), Angel flying right over battlefield, wielding flaming sword and destroying army of Sennacherib;in four lines in exergue, GALLIS BAVARISQ • CÆSIS/TALLARDO CUM X • MILI/AD HOCHSTAD • CAPT/1704 
(the French and Bavarians having been slain, Tallard with 10,000 soldiers is taken at Hochstädt). Edge: + GLORIA AD TIBISCVM HVNGARIÆ PARTA • RENOVATVR AD DANVBIVM GERMANIÆ • (the glory, acquired on the Theiss in Hungary, is renewed on the Danube in Germany).MI 258/53; Eimer 408.

Edward 6 Tower mint shilling, mm, rose 
(obv); rose over martlet (rev), 1550, TIMOR etc.
on rev. with greyhound indicitive current value of 2 3/4d until demonitization in 1561
Ex Montagu, Murdoch, Carter and R.C.B colls

Elizabeth I, Pattern Penny, 1.96g., 1601, in copper, crowned bust three-quarters left,

wearing elaborate dress and ruff, the pledge of, rev. crowned monogram of Elizabeth 
dividing date, a penny (Brown and Comber P8; BMC 4; N.2051), a gemlike coin, the portrait expressive and delicately engraved, in mint state with a deep chocolate tone, excessively rare in copper 

W Brice, collection purchased en bloc by H Montagu, 1887 
H Montagu, Sotheby, 7 May 1888, lot 256 
J G Murdoch, Sotheby, 31 March 1903, lot 675 
J O Manton, Sotheby, 10 February 1947, lot 69 
R C Lockett, Glendining, 11 October 1956, lot 2059

James I (1603-25), pattern Farthing, 0.39g,
struck in silver, crowned ir dividing a rose and a thistle, 
flower below, rev. crowned portcullis (N.2142), toned, a most attractive example, 
extremely fine, very rare 

R. Carlyon Britton, collections acquired by Seaby, 1959-60 
R.C. Lockett, Glendining, 11-17 October 1956, lot 2166 
Sir K. Vaughan Morgan, Sotheby, 17 June 1935, lot 210

Henry VIII, third coinage, Testoon, 7.67g.,
Tower, m.m. lis, group A, bust 1, crowned bearded bust of king facing,

with prominent sidelocks, wearing mantle with collar of fur, henric viii di gra agl fra z hib rex, rev., large crowned rose, crowned h r at sides, posvi devm adivtorivm mevm, lombardic lettering, Roman m, saltire/double saltire stops, two double saltires after mevm (Jacob O.1/R.1 ; N.1841; S.2364), a beautiful specimen, on an exceptionally full round flan, the detail fully clear and struck up, extremely fine, excessively rare in this condition 
provenance: S Tyssen, Sotheby, 12 April 1802, lot 1707 (2 in lot) Lieut. Col. W Durrant, Sotheby, 19 April 1847,lot 379 Rev. E J Shepherd, Sotheby, 22 July 1885, lot 218 £32-10-0 ('a remarkably fine specimen of this scarce piece') S Rostron, Sotheby, 16 May 1892, lot 119 £35-0-0 ('in matchless condition, and of great rarity in thisstate, said to be the finest known') J G Murdoch, Sotheby, 31 March 1903, lot 443 £40-10-0 Spink Numismatic 
Circular, July 1942, no.15406 £45-0-0 The first testoons of Henry VIII, the 9 oz fine issue reading henric VIII, are struck in finer metal but in lower relief than the subsequent issues. They are rare in absolute terms and extremely so in a high state of preservation. This example has long been regarded as unrivaled. It may be compared
 with the Shuttlewood example (Spink Auction 151, lot 155, from the same obverse die also from the Murdoch sale(lot 444 £12-0-0)), itself one of the finest known. In his annotated copy of the splendid 1892 Rostron catalogue J S Henderson notes against lots 119 & 120 (a base silver 'Holbein portrait' testoon which realised £11-0-0) '
These shillings are quite matchless as to condition in any collection; 119 was bought for Mr Murdoch; 120 for me; they are both now in my possession' J.S.H. Henderson bequeathed his collection to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in 1933 but while the acquisition catalogue lists Rostron lot 120 does not include Rostron lot 119. If Henderson purchased this coin at the Murdoch sale but subsequently parted with it, it would explain most of the long gap in 
the provenance between 1903 and the Spink Numismatic Circular listing in 1942. 

          Edward III (1327-1377) Half-Groat Treaty period                   
London, mm. cross potent, trefoil on breast, ref. reverse-barred ns,
   2.40g. S 1620. Carefully sruck on a full round flan, very rare in this condiion

Provenance: Bt Baldwin September 1979.
This is one of the finest known medieval halfgroats and hence was 
chosen to illustrate the cover of his reference work
The Galata Guide to Medieval Half Groats 

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Northumbria. Eanred. 810-841. AR Styca (14mm, 1.19 g, 6h).
Phase Ia. Eoferwic (York) mint; Huaetred, moneyer. Struck circa 810-830. + EANRED REX, small cross pattée / + HVAETRED, small cross pattée. Pirie 27; 
North 186; SCBC 860. EF,Exceptional metal quality for reign. Rare moneyer.  

 Eadgar (959-75), Halfpenny, 0.53g
circumscription cross type, southern group, Wilton, Boiga, small cross pattée within inner circle, eadgar rex anglo, rev. boiga moneta pil., small cross pattée within inner circle (cf. CTCE 20, 212; N.-; S.1140A), spectacular well struck, good extremely fine, extremely rare, the finest known example of an Eadgar Halfpenny. A coin captured as the day it was struck.


The first hammered farthing small but beautifull
PLANTAGENET. Edward I. 1272-1307. AR Farthing (13mm, 0.37 g, 9h).
New coinage, class 1a. 

Base silver issue. London mint. Struck May-December 1279. + ЄDWARDVS : RЄX, crowned facing bust / LON|DON|IЄN|SIS, long cross pattée, with trefoil in each angle. Withers I 1a; SCBI 39 (North), 996 (same dies); North 1051/1; SCBC 1443. EF, minor striking perforation, toned. Struck on a full, round flan.  A rarity in this grade
Ex Dr E. C. Carter collection (purchased Baldwin’s,1950).

STUART. Charles I. Scotland 1625-1649. AV Halfcrown (17mm, 1.29 g, 7h). 
Third (Briot’s) coinage. Class I. Edinburgh mint. Struck 1637-1642. 
CAR • D : G • MAG • BRIT • FRAN • ET • HIB • R (lozenge and double 
lozenge stops throughout), crowned and mantled bust left / • VNITA • 
TVEMVR •, square-topped coat-of-arms; crown above; crowned C R across 
field. Burns 8 (fig. 1037); SCBI 35 (Ashmolean & Hunterian), 
1406 (same dies); SCBC 5538.Exceptional for issue and rare


Celtic, Catuvellauni, Tasciovanus, c.25 BC-10 AD, Stater, 5.45g
crossed wreaths, one curved, one straight, extending from back to back crescents, 
symbols in angles, rev. horse right, taxciav, horse right, bucranium above, hook like object below, solar symbol above horse's head, annulet by front legs 
(Mack 150; VA 1682; BMC 1604-05; Rudd ABC 2550; S.215), inscription mostly off-flan,letter x of this type partly visible, a well struck attractive example, a very rare type, one of the finest known examples, extremely fine

Henry II, Penny, 1.47g, cross-and-crosslets 'Tealby' coinage, 1158-80
bust C2, Carlisle, Willem, crowned facing bust, sceptre to left, rev. [.]illam:on:ca, cross potent with a small cross potent in each angle (N.957;
S.1339), well centred with a stunning reality portrait on a round flan, toned. Seldom seen if ever.
Ex. De Wit 2008 Lot 3190, Spink 1975

Sestertius minted at Rome between 117 A.D. and 136 A.D. during the reign of Hadrian.Obv. SABINA AUGUSTA HADRIANI AUG P P. Draped bust of Sabina, right.Rev. PIETAS AUG Pietas, standing front looking left, resting her hands on the heads of a girl and boy. In the field, S C. A coin from Spinks that was in Jacozi book female CaesarsCohen 52; RIC 1030
Jonathan & Simon Cope love quality Roman Sestercius and small brass

The pearl that reflects the shedding of a tear in the passing of the King Charles I
Silver gilt oval cast and chased Royalist badge, bust of Charles I right, falling lace collar, close buttoned doublet,, rev. crowned royal arms within Garter, wreath border, supension loop above, and below with fresh water pearl suspended, a sign of a tear

  Edward III, treaty period, 1361-69, Groat or Great Penny
4.60g, variety a, London, m.m. cross potent, double saltire stopsboth sides, fleurs on all cusps, treaty x in rex, unbarred a, no symboL before edward, rev. reverse barred ns in london(N.1247; S.1616; Lawrence 1/4; Stewartby p.260, B1),
A superb example with a most pleasing portrait, rare in this condition


Rud supp pt2 pl12 no9
Henry 8, 1513 Tournai  Gross/Groat
The earliest dated English coin 
Tournai (under English rule), described by H.Montagu

Obv. HENRIC. 8. DI. GRA. FRANCIE. ET. ANGLIE. REX.., Shield crowned between lis and lion passant ;
Rev. CIVITAS TORNACENSIS 1.5.1:3 , Cross voided, fourchee, with three bars across each limb,in centre h within quatrefoil ;  lis and lion alternately in angles extreme rarity one of only three specimen known (two in museums)

Henry VIII
First coinage 1513-1518
Groat. First Coinage. TOURNAI
[Issue for TOURNAI in 1513; coins were
produced in 1514]
i.m. crowned T; reads HENRIC DI GRA REX FRANC AGLIE bust right
i.m. crowned T, CIVI/TAS/TORN/ACENS, shield bearing the royal arms on a cross fourchée.
The dies for these coins were produced by Henry Basse, a London goldsmith and the future chief
engraver at the Tower mint.


Henry IV 1399-1413
Light coinage, 1412-13 Groat above.

1399-1412 No Heavy Coinage Groats are known. 
3.89g, class II(a), (PII), London, m.m. cross pattée, legend ends franc,
annulet to left and pellet to right of crown
, ten arches to tressure,
rev. slipped trefoil after posvi, reverse barred ns (N.1359a; S.1727; Potter 2, 2/2 [Pl. viii,6]; Stewartby p.323, PII),
an unusually well struck full round coin, N. extra fine, extremely rare in this condition  
Spink 101 Nov 1993 (90)

Charles I
Pontefract Shilling 1648
P.C. at the right side of castle;
rev. large crown above C.R., round shape & rare
similar to Lockett,ex Vaugham-Morgan

Cromwell Crown 1658/7
Late die state, as near mint state as struck a choice example with a bold strike, gray toning. The die-break on the Protector's breast is well advanced. Ex. Barr


Henry VI 1422-1461

Groat, 1430-31 Calais

ex. Carlyon-Britton collection, sold by Sotheby in 1913, 1916 and 1921 
A common coin, but of quality seldom seen

Charles I Shilling
Tower. mm Lis MAG BR FR ET HI
Group A , bust 2 with outer arch of crown jewelled only, mm lis,
Ex. Morrieson 1933, Allan 1908

Wonderfull well centered, struck for a prince

Elizabeth I
Pattern Halfpenny, 1.55g, in silver, crowned monogram, rev. crowned
double rose BMC(Peck)2; N.2053, extremely fine, extremely rare
Nearly 300 years of pedigree from 1733

Pembroke 127,Addison,Murchison 193.Addington,Montagu, Murdoch 669,
Watters 341, Clarke-Thornhill 455,Parsons 636

1812 Gold Half Guinea
YORKSHIRE, Sheffield, Younge Wilson & Younge, gold 10 shillings and sixpence
or half-a-guinea, 1812, by Halliday, phoenix/legend (D.37)
Great Britain. Yorkshire "phoenix" gold Token 10/6 (ten-shillings and sixpence, or Half Guinea), 1812. Issued by merchants Younge, Wilsons & Younge, of Sheffield. Listed on page 46 as #37 in Dalton's classic reference on the token coinage of 1811-1812, one of only a few such tokens known to exist in gold. The mythical bird is seen rising from the flames. This is a major gold-token rarity which fits well among the final series of half guineas, as it was made strictly for emergency use in a time of specie shortage, during the war against Napoleon. No 1812-dated regular issue half guinea was struck, possibly accounting for the sudden appearance of this intriguing piece. Extremely rare, just a handful known. Choice proof like qualities, and sharp details.
The above gold token interests us as we are from Yorkshire.
During the end of the18th and beginning of the 19 Century there was
a shortage of money and traders were permitted to mint their own money. 
At this time the mint produced many pieces for the traders as well as other private mints.

The Byzantine Empire Heraclius 610 – 641
Solidus circa 635-636, AV 4.45 g. Heraclius, in centre, Heraclius Constantine on r. and Heraclonas on l., standing facing, each wearing chlamys and globus cruciger. Rev. VICTORIA - AVGYI Cross potent on four steps; in l. field, monogram of Heraclius and in r. field, Θ. In exergue, CONOB+. DO 35b. MIB 41. Sear 760.
In exceptional state of preservation. Almost Fdc

  Philip & Mary 1554 Six Pence [6d]
     2.86g Date below in ex. below busts English titles only, rev. crowned garnished shield
  The finest known example of a very rare and sought after coin

James VI 1582 XX Scotland
The passion for portraits leaves no doubt why the eminent scholar
Cochran-Patrick acquired this piece in the late 1800's. No expence was spared by the
collector to obtain any desiderata. A superb piece art of the young King.

James I1 1603 Coronation Medallion
29mm Silver 6.16g
[James I, Caesar Augustus of Britain, Caesar the heir of the Caesars
presents this medal] A profile to the left laureat, with a beard, and narrow fall-band; bust armed marked with a rose.ECCE PHAOS POPVLIQ SALVS A lyon rampant, hold-ing a beacon on fire in his right paw, and a wheatsheaf in his left
A remarcable speciman

William I (1066-87) Penny, 
Penny, 1.31g, two stars type, London, Godwine,crowned facing bust,star to left and right, rev. +godpine on lvn,cross botonnée over quadrilateral with incurved sides, pellet in centre  1966 sold Spink £22/10/00
Cover coin 2011 Standard Cat.

Mary (1542-67 Mary Queen of Scots) 
Silver portrait Testoon, 6.10g, 1562 very rare date
outstanding portait piece

Third period (first widowhood, 1560-65),Provenance: R W Cochran-Patrick Sotherby 
1936 Lot 256 16gbp purchased Baldwins, Lord Hastings & Cuff.
A very desirable piece and a much rarer date 
than '61, He was formerly an MP for North Ayershire
1880-85 and the collection was 
formed towards the end of the 19th century.
Bust left in French widow's cap, hair in 

queue behind, and high-necked dress, date on a label below, rev. crowned shield.The 
portrait of Mary, Queen of Scotland above is a “A Work of Art” in magnificent state 
of preservation. The Testoon in the hand has a “presence” that ties directly to 1562. 
This portrait could be from the National Portrait Gallery. This was not just a coin 
in a recent London sale but a part of British heritage.This is also a coin that has a 
“wow” factor, an “eye appeal” that is immediately arresting and almost breathtaking. 
This exceptional portrait coin reflecting a high  Renaissance influence is rare in any 
condition and exceptionally rare in such high relief

1542 - 1567 
A Great Rarity
MARY Testoon 1553

Kingdom of Scotland during the reign of Mary 1, Queen of Scots (also known as Mary Stuart), the  testoon and half-testoon were introduced to the Scottish coinage in 1553 and 1555 respectively.

Type 1. Before her marriage to Francis
Struck at Paris by the mill and screw process from dies made by John Acheson. 
A condition and rarity being thefinest known copy
A . DEI. GRA . R . SCOTORVUM + .  DA . PACEM . DOMINE . 1553
Ex. Wingate, Addington, Murdoch, Bearman & Lockett
This is the finest extant of this extremely rare coin,  pre 1880's the coin sold for 61 gbp

SCOTLAND. Mary. 1542-1567 44 Shilling
AV Lion - 44 Shillings (28mm, 5.06 g, 11h). First period. Before marriage. Type IIa. Edinburgh mint. James, Earl of Arran, regent and Governor of Scotland. Dated 1553. + MARIA • DE[•]I • GRA • R • SCOTORVM, crowned royal coat-of-arms; I G across field / • DILIGITE • IVSTICIAM • 1553, crowned MARIA REGINA monogram; cinquefoils across field. Murray, 1553, dies IIF/6; Burns 5 (fig. 813); SCBI 35 (Ashmolean & Hunterian) 981 (same dies); SCBC 5394.
Choice EF, lustrous.

Ex Lucien LaRiviere Collection (Spink 179, 29 March 2006), lot 97; purchased from Baldwin, 18 March 1983; Virgil Brand Collection (Part 1, Sotheby’s 1 July 1982), lot 207; Bernard Roth Collection (Part II, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 14 October 1918), lot 364; Robert Carfrae Collection (8 July 1901), lot 406.

visit ROMAN BRASS press above coin
Draped bust r., hair falling
This coin is the cover coin of the Female Caesars by Jacozi A coin of
incredible detail & condition the finest known, from the ring holding the reigns of the amazing donkeys to a portrait that launched a "love" to aquire the coin 35 years ago.
Very few coins of this period exist in such a natural condition.


Charles II 1671 Crown
(1660-85), Crown, v. tertio, laureate, draped second bust right,
rev. four crowned shields cruciform, Cs in angles (ESC 42; S.3357)

Galba 68-69 Sesterce
A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues
natural patina
Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige
Dr. Alan Walker Zurich


Charles I Tower Pattern Six-Pence [6d]
A wonderful coin
Ex.Montigu Lot 370 17.50 gbp, Plate V Coin & ex Brice unpublished.
To give a relativity to rareity to such a  rare coin a  TRIPLE Unite fetched 20 gbp in the same Montigu sale.

This coin shows the typical RED WAX spots on the coin from the days in the 1800's when photos were not
UNIQUE & brilliant, mm. plume, crowned bust left, value behind, rev. plumes above oval scroll garnished shield,
c  r  at sides, reads cristo, 2.77g/4h (SCBI Brooker –; N 2699).
On a round and full flan, good extremely
fine and as struck and with attractive grey tone
Provenance: H M. Lingford, Montigu & Brice

Photo of extract from the Montigu Catalouge below



Britain’s rarest coin and a wonderful Sestercius
The brass coin stuck to commemerate Hadrian’s visit to
Britain in AD 130-134. A magnificent specimen depicting 
Hadrian addressing his legion in Britain
Currently on Exhibition at the British Museum
case 14 of gallery 49 (Roman Britain)

edit: Dr. Alan Walker Zurich
further details
Pontefract Shilling
(June 1648-March. 1649)
Charles II 1648 octagonal

beneath the large crown a "furred band" over
ex.Bridgewater House

Charles I Pattern Gold Briot Crown
Although we do not collect gold a few pieces in the collection
brings a glitter :) 

Elizabeth I 6d 1568
Superb speciman. Silver 
edit: Mark Rasmussen

1644 Charles I Oxford Silver Shilling
Pattern or Special Striking Struck at the height of the Civil War
Rawlins, with the 'R' on the shoulder 


Charles I 1624-49
Openwork by Rawlins. A wonderfull openwork high quality Royalist badge
Uniface, Silver 

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