By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist & Cataloguer, Stack’s Bowers ……
This week we feature a handsome selection of British and related items from our June Collectors Choice Online (CCO) Ancient & World Coins Auction taking place June 27, 2019. Many high grade, attractive and collectible examples will be offered, in gold, silver and base metal. This selection nicely represents the many neat and interesting issues produced by the British and the evolution of their manufacture. From crudely produced, hand hammered issues to the various iterations of machine struck coinage, we see the quality of manufacture elevate to new heights with more precise striking and measurements. Overall some of the finest produced coins in the world are of British origins.
Hammered coins from any country vary from being very crude with little attention paid to their manufacture to quite well made with much care taken in their production. The featured hammered issues show where care was taken into consideration during the manufacturing process.
- Lot # 71398 – GREAT BRITAIN. Anglo-Saxon. Sceat, ND (695-740). NGC MS-63.
- Lot # 71400 – GREAT BRITAIN. Penny, ND (1248-50). Henry III. PCGS AU-58 Gold Shield.
- Lot # 71401 – GREAT BRITAIN. 1/4 Noble, ND (1361-69). Edward III. PCGS MS-62 Gold
- Lot # 71405 – GREAT BRITAIN. Shilling, ND (1551-53). Edward VI. PCGS AU-50 Gold Shield.
As technology progressed so did the minting process with the first milled coins of the world being British, issued under the reign of Elizabeth I. The first attempt proved to be cumbersome and inefficient and the process was abandoned in favor of the familiar hammered issues. Later, under the reign of Charles I, the milling process was again incorporated producing well-made consistent coinage, but not in the quantities needed for commerce. These first milled issues of Charles I show that the milled coins were somewhat crude but well made. It was not until after the civil war that production and manufacture improved by leaps and bounds, beginning under Oliver Cromwell and continuing to the present day.
- Lot # 71413 – GREAT BRITAIN. Shilling, ND (1638-39). Charles I. PCGS AU-53 Gold Shield.
- Lot # 71440 – GREAT BRITAIN. Farthing, 1719. George I. NGC MS-63 Brown.
- Lot # 71445 – GREAT BRITAIN. Crown, 1743. George II. PCGS AU-53 Gold Shield.
- Lot # 71456 – GREAT BRITAIN. Guinea, 1798. George III. PCGS MS-64 Gold Shield.
- Lot # 71461 – GREAT BRITAIN. George III Shilling, 1787. PCGS PROOF-64+ Gold Shield.
- Lot # 71482 – GREAT BRITAIN. Pattern 1/2 Penny, 1799-SOHO. George III. PCGS PROOF-65 Gold Shield.
- Lot # 71517 – GREAT BRITAIN. Shilling, 1831. George IV. PCGS PROOF-65 CAMEO Gold Shield.
- Lot # 71546 – GREAT BRITAIN. Double Florin, 1887. Victoria. PCGS PROOF-63 Gold Shield.
- Lot # 71561 – GREAT BRITAIN. Victoria Golden Jubilee Silver Medal, ND (1887). PCGS SPECIMEN-62 Gold Shield.
The featured coins are just a few of the highly collectible numismatic items contained in our upcoming auction. For a more in-depth look at what other treasures are listed please view the June 2019 World Collectors Choice Online Auction – Ancient & World Coins.
Though the consignment deadlines for our August 2019 ANA and Hong Kong auctions have passed, we are always looking for neat, interesting and valuable material to be featured in our showcase auctions as well as our Collectors Choice Online (CCO) sales. If you are interested in consigning your coins and paper currency (whether a whole collection or a single rarity) contact one of our consignment directors today.