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1663 Silver "Reddite" Crown

 
1663 Silver "Reddite" Crown
Identical dies - Edge difference only to the Petition Edge

The velvet lined silver box that accompanies this coin, specially made for Nightingale, cites a pedigree beginning with the Earl of Oxford sale of 1742. This engraved pedigree has some minor errors.The engraving notes Oxford to Thomas Barrett; then from the 1748 Barrett sale to Samuel Tyssen to Marmaduke Trattle to R Roberts to the British Museum and then sold with British Museum duplicates in 1811. From here on, the pedigree as noted on the silver box is essentially correct. The pre-British Museum duplicates sale of 1811 should have shown that this piece came from Sir Hans Sloan to the British Museum. From thence, it was sold as a duplicate. In Bergne’s study, (Numismatic Chronicle, 1854; a work “from which all subsequent lists derive,” in the words of Marvin Lessen, as cited below) this example is described as “silver—good condition.” It was sold by the British Museum, along with other duplicates, for £11 to Matthew Young in 1811. John Henderson purchased the coin from Matthew Young and it was sold in his 1818 sale for £31.10. The Rev. Mr. Comforth of Magdalen Hall, Cambs. sold it to Young who sold it to Abraham Rhodes. In the 1851 sale of Abraham Rhodes, it was sold to William Brice for £60. William Brice sold his collection, en bloc, to Hyman Montagu. Montagu, who had a finer example, sold this piece to Captain Roderick Maingey Murchison whose collection was sold in 1854. From Murchison’s 1864 sale, the coin went to Samuel Addington. From Addington’s 1886 sale, the coin went to Montague (sic) and was sold in a minor 1888 sale, lot 452, for £81. The next owner was J. E. Moon. In his 1901 sale for £62 the dealer James Verity bought it for Thomas Bliss. It is unclear what happened next but the piece next appeared in the 1951 collection of F. B. Nightingale, lot 89, £200. Since 1991, the engraved names of three owners appear on the silver case: Ariagno, Willis , and LaRiviere. The coin was unsold in LaRiviere’s 1999 sale and was subsequently sold privately.

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