This December, Spink is delighted to announce that the sale of Ancient, British and Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals will contain a fantastic collection of Polish Coins and Medals.

Earlier this year, Spink was thrilled to offer just a small part of this extensive collection formed in the 1950s and ’60s by a Polish gentleman living in England after the war. Some exceptional prices were realized and the entire sale was a great success. Spink cannot wait to see how the second batch of Polish coins will fare this time around; however, many further rarities and treasures will be offered on December 2-3, 2015 in Spink’s London auction room.

Within the 40 lots that make up the collection are some truly rare and exciting pieces commissioned by some of the most distinguished Polish kings of the early modern era. One of the most beautiful and rare examples is lot 832, a Sigismund I the Old (1506 – 48) Ducat issued one year before his death. Sigismund is most famous for his derision of the so called ‘Chicken War’ of 1537: the rebellion of Lwów was an anti-royalist and anti-absolutist rebellion by the Polish nobility. The damning name was coined by the magnates, who for the most part supported the King and claimed that the “war’s” only effect was the near-extinction of the local chickens, eaten by the nobles in Lesser Poland. Ten years later, however, the local economy had reformed and the new coinage issued, of which this is an exquisite example in wonderful condition.

Subsequently the chicken population was restored.

Poland, Sigismund I "the Old" (1506 – 48) Ducat

Lot 832, estimated £20,000 – 25,000 (US$30,600-38,250)

Also amongst the collection is lot 842, issued by Sigismund III Vasa (1587-1632), 10-Ducats, a coin issued in 1612 to finance the war with Muscovy (1608 – 18) partially in order to pacify the restless Polish nobility, a very fine and very rare specimen sure to be popular among collectors.

Poland, Sigismund III Vasa (1587-1632) 10 Ducats gold coin

Lot 842, estimated £20,000-30,000 (US$30,600-45,900)

Finally from the host of rulers in this fantastic collection is lot 854, an undated 4-Ducats issued by John III Sobieski (1674-96) one of the most notable monarchs of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. It is extremely fine, and excessively rare.

Poland, undated John III Sobieski (1674-96) 4-Ducat gold coin

Lot 854, estimated £10,000-12,000 (US$15,300-18,360)

This is a sale not to be missed, however not solely for the Polish collection. There are many treasures and incredible rarities amongst the other varieties of coins available. Of particular note is lot 896, an Anglo-Saxon, Post-Crondall Thrymsa, ‘Concordia’ type. Very little is known about this type of coin; however this example’s surfaces have survived remarkably well, still showing a very crisp, clean strike and a very high gold content and lustre in recesses. Only c. five examples of this type are known with fewer than this number available on the market; it is excessively rare.

Britain, Anglo-Saxon Post-Crondall Thrymsa, ‘Concordia’ type

Lot 896, estimated: £8,000-12,000 (US$12,240-18,360)

For more information, please contact Richard Bishop at +44 (0)20 7563 4053 or [email protected].

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