Benefactor DonnaML Posted December 10, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted December 10, 2022 (edited) This is going to be the first of a number of lists I plan to post before the end of the year: World Coins, World Medals, Roman Provincials, Roman Imperials, and -- if I ever get around to writing up the four I've bought in the last few months, some or all of which deserve to be on the list! -- Roman Republicans. This is the first year in quite some time that I've bought enough non-ancient World coins and medals to make a list worthwhile. I don't want to take the time to remind myself how to create a poll, but if there are one or more in each category that you particularly like, and would like to say so, please do. The coins are In chronological order, not in any order of preference: Silver: 1. Henry VIII, Second coinage, AR Halfgroat, Canterbury, Abp Warham, mm. cross patonce, WA by shield, 1.29 g., 10h (Whitton iii; N. 1802; Spink 2343). Edge slightly ragged at 11 o'clock, otherwise nearly very fine, dark tone. Purchased from Dix Noonan Webb [now Noonans], Auction 251, 8 March 2022, Lot 190. 2. Edward VI AR Sixpence, Third Period, Fine Issue, mm. “y.” 2.41 g., 10 h. Spink 2483. Purchased from Dix Noonan Webb [now Noonans], Auction 251, 8 March 2022, Lot 193. 3. England, Elizabeth I, AR Sixpence 1562 (Milled), by Eloye Mestrelle.* Obv. Crowned and mantled bust left [large broad bust, frosted crown], with elaborately decorated dress, small Tudor Rose behind, ELIZABETH.D.G.ANG.FRA.ET.HIB.REGINA [Elizabeth by the Grace of God Queen of England France and Ireland; curly “Z” in Elizabeth] around; after legend, mm. Star / Rev. Quartered shield over long cross pattée with divided date 15-62 above shield; POSVI-DEVM.AD-IVTORE-M·MEVM [I have made God my helper] around; before legend, mm. Star. 26 mm., 3.43 g. Spink 2597 [Spink, Standard Catalogue of British Coins, Coins of England & the United Kingdom, Pre-Decimal Issues, 57th Edition, 2022]. Purchased at St. James’s Auctions No. 62, 14 Jun 2022, Lot 600; ex Spink 1976 (from Spink Numismatic Circular[?], Jan. 1976, with two old coin tickets. *See Spink p. 261: “Coins of exceedingly fine workmanship were produced in a screw press introduced by Eloye Mestrelle, a French moneyer, in 1561. With parts of the machinery powered by a horse-drawn mill, the coins produced came to be known as ‘mill money.” Despite the superior quality of the coins produced, the machinery was slow and inefficient compared to striking by hand. Mestrelle’s dismissal was engineered in 1572 and six years later he was hanged for counterfeiting.” After 1571, milled coinage was not reintroduced until the reign of Charles I in 1631, by Nicholas Briot (see Spink p. 288)), and did not entirely supercede the minting of hammered coinage until 1663, under Charles II, after Peter Blondeau’s machinery was introduced (see id. p. 344). 4. Charles I, AR Shilling, Second Milled issue, by Nicholas Briot, 1638-1639, mm. anchor, dies unsigned. 5.91 g., 6 h. SCBI Brooker 728 (same dies) [North, J.J. and Preston-Morley. P.J., Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles 33, The John G. Brooker Collection, Coins of Charles I, 1625-1649 (London 1984)]; Spink 2859 (ill. p. 299). Purchased from Dix Noonan Webb (now Noonans), Auction 251, 8 Mar. 2022, Lot 219. 5. Charles II AR Crown, 1668, 2nd bust. Obv. Laureate and draped bust right (smaller than 1st bust, with curving tie to wreath), CAROLUS • II • - DEI • GRATIA / Rev. Crowned cruciform shields, interlinked C’s in angles, • MAG – BR • FRA – ET • HIB – REX • 16-68 (separations in form of the crowns atop each shield) / Edge • DECVS • ET • TVTAMEN [An ornament and a safeguard] • ANNO • REGNI • VICESIMO • + . 38.5 mm., 29.5 g. Spink 3357 (ill. p. 353 of 2022 ed.), old ESC 36 [H.A. Seaby & P.A. Rayner, English Silver Coinage from 1649 (Seaby, 4th ed. 1974)]. Purchased Sep. 2022 from KB Coins, Stevenage, Herts., UK. 6. George III AR impaired (circulated) proof Bank of England Dollar [value 5 shillings], 1804, Soho Mint, struck over a Spanish Empire Eight Reales. Obv. Type “D”: First bust right, laureate and draped, GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX. [stop after REX], C.H.K on truncation (for engraver C. H. Kuchler), first leaf in wreath points to end of letter E in DEI / Rev. Type “2a”: Britannia seated left, in her left hand a spear, her left arm resting on a shield above an overflowing cornucopia, in her upraised right hand an olive branch, beehive of industry to left, inverted letter K in relief under shield, all within a castellated oval garter with the words FIVE SHILLINGS at top and DOLLAR at bottom; surrounding garter inside toothed border, BANK OF - ENGLAND, date 1804 below. Spink 3768, ESC 1946 at p. 280, Type D/2a [Maurice Bull, English Silver Coinage since 1649 (Spink, 7th ed. 2020)], old ESC 160 at p. 54, Type D/2a [H.A. Seaby & P.A. Rayner, English Silver Coinage from 1649 (Seaby, 4th ed. 1974)]. 41 mm., 25.99 g. Purchased from Sovereign Rarities Ltd., Auction 7, 21 Sep 2022, Lot 184 (described as “An impaired proof, moderately circulated and with some edge flaws, retaining faint brilliance in fields, toned, good very fine”), ex Spink (with old Spink tag). 7. George III AR Crown 1818, edge LIX, Spink 3787, old ESC 214. Purchased from Dix Noonan Webb [now Noonans], Auction 251, 8 March 2022, Lot 334. 8. Victoria AR Crown 1845, Young Head, edge VIII, Spink 3882, old ESC 282. Purchased from Dix Noonan Webb [now Noonans], Auction 251, 8 March 2022, Lot 413. 9. Edward VII AR Crown 1902 (sole year of issue). Obv. Bare head right, EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:; beneath truncation, DES [for designer of obverse, George William de Saulles] / Rev. Pistrucci’s St. George on horseback right slaying the dragon; in exergue, date 1902 / Edge DECVS ET TVTAMEN [An ornament and a safeguard] ⁎ ANNO REGNI II ⁎. Spink 3978, Davenport 109, old ESC 361 [H.A. Seaby & P.A. Rayner, English Silver Coinage from 1649 (4th ed. 1974)]. 38 mm, 28.27 g, 12 h. Nicely toned. Extremely fine. Purchased from Leu Numismatik AG, Web Auction 22, 21 Aug. 2022, Lot 781; ex Collection of Dr. Max Blaschegg (1930-2021) (see https://coinsweekly.com/whoswho-sammler/blaschegg-dr-med-max-1930-2021), with collector's ticket; privately acquired by Max Blaschegg from Münzhandlung Erwin Dietrich AG, Zürich, on 15 February 1988, for price of 180 CHF. 10. George V AR “Wreath” Crown 1931 (milled edge, .500 silver, mintage 4,056). Obv. Bare head left, BM raised on truncation (for obverse engraver Bertram Mackennal), Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX / Rev. Imperial Crown, date 19-31 above, emblematic wreath surrounding with roses, thistles and shamrocks, small K.G. to right of lowest rose (for reverse engraver Kruger Gray), denomination CR-OWN at bottom separated by rose, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, .FID. .DEF. .IND. .IMP. [Obv. & Rev. legends together = "George the Fifth by the grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India."] 39 mm., 28.26 g. Spink 4036, old ESC 371 [H.A. Seaby & P.A. Rayner, English Silver Coinage from 1649 (4th ed. 1974)]. Purchased from Sovereign Rarities Ltd., London, UK, Aug. 2022.* *From dealer’s description: “The Wreath Crown design by Kruger Gray [introduced in 1927] was much admired and the type design continued in succeeding years at the request of the Bank of England who liked to stock them at Christmas time to present to good clients, hence why the mintages were always quite small for the normal currency pieces. Bertram Mackennal (later knighted) was the Australian engraver responsible for the obverse design.” Top World Gold Coins to follow soon. Edited December 10, 2022 by DonnaML 23 1 1 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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