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Poland, St. Patrick and Ancient Rome: Spink Coin Auctions


Spink and Son Ltd. is delighted to announce another installment of their famous auctions of Ancient, British, Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals on March 22-23, 2016 in their London premises in the heart of Bloomsbury. This auction boasts of a fantastic selection of Ancient coins and the third part of one of the finest collections of Polish coins to come on the market in recent years. There is also a strong portion of English coins to excite and delight the avid collector.

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, Spink is excited to be offering a fantastic coin: Lot 852, which is a Charles II (1645-85), Irish St Patrick Halfpenny from 1660-61, showing King David playing harp on the obverse and St Patrick on the reverse. A very fine example of a beautiful and very rare coin full of history; many of these coins made it all the way to America to fill the deficit of coins in the colonies.

Charles II Irish St. Patrick halfpenny

Lot 852: estimated £1,200 – 1,500 (US$1,704 – $2,130)

The highlight from amongst the Ancient coins is the collection of early Roman bronze coins from the fourth and third centuries BCE, many of them very rare, and many in above average condition. In particular, Lot 1071, a Roman Republic (c. 235 BCE), Æ cast As, showing the head of Roma wearing a Phrygian helmet right. A good and very fine piece from this collection. There has not been a comparable collection at auction in London for many decades.

Roman Republic (ca. 235 BCE), Æ cast As featuring Roma

Lot 1071, estimated: £2,800 – 3,500 (US$3,976 – $4,970)

Meanwhile, the European section contains a further selection of Polish gold coins from the important collection assembled by a Polish doctor living in England after the war. These coins were purchased from important auctions in Europe and America during the 1950s and ’60s, mostly through Spink and the London coin dealer Donald Crowther and have not been seen or heard of since. Again, this collection holds stunning examples of rarities, one of note is Lot 956, a 5-Ducat issued by Sigismund III Vasa (1587-1632), a king most defined by his attempts to regain and hold the Swedish throne as well as his own in Poland and Lithuania. A beautiful coin bearing the King crowned and wearing large ruff and collar of the Golden Fleece. A very fine, very rare piece sure to excite the auction room.

Poland Sigismund III 5-ducat gold coin

Lot 956, estimated: £20,000 – 30,000 (US$28,400 – $42,600)

The English coin section includes an extremely fine collection of Guineas and Half-Guineas purchased over the last 10 years mostly at London auctions by a private collector who has now changed his interests. Prices will be an interesting test of the current strength of the English coin market.

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For further details of this remarkable auction please contact Richard Bishop at +44 (0)20 7563 4053 or [email protected]

Spink London | 69 Southampton Row | Bloomsbury | London | WC1B 4ET

About Spink

Spink is the world’s leading auctioneer of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals, bonds & shares, autographs, books and wine. Since its foundation in 1666, the Spink name has become synonymous with tradition, experience and integrity. Holder of royal warrants and numerous records for prices achieved at auction, Spink offers an unparalleled range of services to collectors worldwide. Headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland, Spink holds over 70 auctions a year. Catalogues can be accessed through the Spink website (www.spink.com) or via the Spink App for iPhone and iPad.

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