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England - 1513 AD Angel, Half - (VF) Hammered, Gold

Stock code: CM000104XX
£4,600
Country: England
King (reign): Henry VIII (1509 - 1547)
Denomination/metal: Gold Angel, Half
Date/mint mark: Portcullis
Type: Hammered First coinage
Ref. no: Sch.567; N.1761; S.226

Obv. St. Michael slaying dragon – both feet on dragon, Initiall mark – crowned and chained portcullis, 'HENRIC xVIII xDI xGRA xREXx ALx Zx'. Rev. Ship sailing right, Royal Arms and cross on main mast, 'h' and rose above. (short bowsprit touches beeded circle), 'Initial mark – uncrowned chained portcullis. 'Ox CRVXx AVEx SPESx VNIVA'.
21mm, 2.5g. VF - Very Fine. Body of Michael a little weak.

Very good condition coin – very rare denomination, halves much rarer than full angels

England - Charles I, Gold Triple Unite, minted Oxford during the Civil War, 1642

Stock code: CM000481X
£98,500
Country: England, Stuart
King (reign): Charles I (1625 - 1649)
Denomination/metal: Gold Pounds, Three (Triple Unite)
Date/mint mark: 1642
Type Oxford Mint, 'Declaration'
Ref. no: Schneider 286; N 2381; S 2724

Obv. Half length tall figure of Charles to left, wearing crown and full armour holding a sword and an olive branch. Plumes behind, 'CAROLVS DG MAG BRIT FRAN ET HI REX'. Rev. Declaration in a three line scroll, 'RELIG PROT / LEG ANG / LIBER PAR' (Protestant Religion, Laws of England, Liberty of Parliament), three plumes above with mark of value, date below; around 'EXVRGAT DEVS DISSIPENTVR INIMICI' (Let God arise and let the enemy be scattered).
46mm, 27g. GVF - Good Very Fine, strongly struck

TheTripleUnite, valued atsixty shillings, 60/-or three pounds, was the highestEnglishdenomination to be produced. It was struck at the Oxford Mint set up during the first English Civil War of 1642-6 and issued between January and March of 1642 at the hurriedly set up mint at New Inn Hall in Oxford. This huge coin was issued, at least in part, for use as gifts to those whom the King wished to 'cement' to his side in the Civil War. Thus he obverse design for the coin features an armoured bust of Charles I, with broadsword raised, and yet in visual dichotomy he bears an olive branch clutched over his heart. Charles was visually appealing to either nature of the benefactor he was seeking to entice. The bust on this coin is very hawkish which is the earliest type, later he had it changed to a more benevolent softer style. On the reverse he put his famous declaration – uttered in 1642 when he swore to to uphold the Protestant Religion, the laws of England and the freedom of Parliament. Very rare and spectacular coin!

England - 1641 AD Shillings, Twenty (Unite) - (EF) Hammered, Gold

Stock code: CM000318X
£4,550
Country: England
King (reign): Charles I (1625 - 1649)
Denomination/metal: Gold Shillings, Twenty (Unite)
Date/mint mark: Tower
Type: Hammered Group 'F', Class II, Bust '7'.
Ref. no: Cf Schneider 164; Brooker 111/110; N 2154; S2694

Obv. Crowned, draped bust left, large lace collar, value XX' 'behind, CAROLVS D G MAG BRI FRA ET HIB REX Rev. Crowned, garnished oval Royal Arms dividing crowned 'C' and crowned 'R', FLORENT CONCORDIA REGNA', Through concord kingdoms flourish.
33mm, 9.04g. EF - Good Very Fine, strongly struck. Pleasing portrait, small scuffs in obv. field

Very pretty coin issued just before Cromwell took London and therefore controlled the Mint – rare mintmark and therefore date. When the Civil War began in 1642, the Tower mint fell into the hands of Parliament and Charles was forced to open a mints in Royalist held western England at Shrewsbury and Oxford (1642 – 46). Parliament still issued coins in the name of the king but in this initial period of confusion as the king left, not so much coin was issued..

Great Britain - 1726 AD Guinea - (AEF) Milled, Gold

Stock code: CM000185X
£4,100
Country: Great Britain
King (reign): George I (1714 - 1723)
Denomination/metal: Gold Guinea
Type: Milled
Ref. no: S3635

Obv. Laureate bust of king right. Rev. Arms of Britain France, Ireland and Hanover in cruciform, garter in centre, sceptres in angles.
25mm, 8.35g. AEF - About Extremely Fine – residual lustre

Scarce and good condition guinea

Great Britain - 1739 AD Guineas, Two - (AEF) Milled, Gold

Stock code: CM000323X
£3,900
Country: Great Britain
King (reign): George II (1723 - 1760)
Denomination/metal: Gold Guineas, Two
Type: Milled Intermediate, laureate head
Ref. no: Schneider 576; S 3668

Obv. Laureate, draped bust left. Rev. Crowned, garnished Royal Arms – Great Britain, France, Ireland and Hanover.
32mm, 16.71g. AEF - Almost Extremely Fine, reverse better. Lustre in protected areas of the field, clean coin

Handsome large gold coin of George II, little wear making it a pleasing and desirable coin. George was the last British monarch born outside Great Britain and was born and brought up in Northern Germany. As king from 1727, George exercised little control over British domestic policy, which was largely controlled by Great Britain's parliament. As elector, he spent 12 summers in Hanover, where he had more direct control over government policy. He had a difficult relationship with his eldest son, Frederick , who supported the parliamentary opposition. During the War of the Austrian Succession, George participated at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743, and thus became the last British monarch to lead an army into battle. In 1745, supporters of the Stuart and Catholic claimant to the British throne failed to depose George in the last of the Jacobite rebellions. Frederick died unexpectedly in 1751, leaving George's grandson, George III , as heir apparent and ultimately king.

Great Britain - 1821 AD Crown - (UC) Milled, Silver

Stock code: CM000362X
£2,250
Country: Great Britain
King (reign): George IV (1820 - 1830)
Denomination/metal: Silver Crown
Date/mint mark: 1821
Type: Milled Laureate Bust, SECUNDO.
Ref. no: S 3805

Obv. Laureate bust of George left Rev. St. George slaying dragon
38mm, 28.22g. UC - Uncirculated, bluish tone to underlying brilliance

Very attractive coin, beautiful blue tints to toning, underlying brilliance – fields unmarked. Minute amount of cabinite friction on highest points stops this piece being graded 'Fleur de Coin' (FDC). This is the first crown of George IV although he had for nine years held the reigns of power as 'Prince Regent' during his father's madness.

Great Britain - 1911 AD Pounds, Five - (PROOF) Milled, Gold

Stock code: CM000364X
£4,750
Country: Great Britain
King (reign): George V (1910 - 1936)
Denomination/metal: Gold Pounds, Five
Type: Milled
Ref. no: Schneider 665; S 3994.

Obv. Bare bearded bust left Rev. St. George slaying dragon
31mm, 39.92g. PROOF - Fleur de Coin PROOF

Perfect condition ! The coin has never been touched and as proof (dies polished to produce superior definition) the fields are 'mirror like' and flawless. This actually is quite unusual as the coins were often handled and thus display finger prints and handling scuffs. During George's reign gold coins ceased to be in common use for currency and after about 1915, because the Government was concerned that gold would be hoarded during the First World War, paper money was brought in and replaced gold.

Bank of England, ONE MILLION POUND banknote 1948 - One of only two 'million pound' notes in existence!

Stock code: B000001X
£125,000
Country: Great Britain
King (reign): George VI - (1936 - 1952)
Denomination/metal: Banknote Pounds, One Million
Date/mint mark: Bank of England

0mm, 0g. VF - Small hole cancellation through signature. Light creases and some handling otherwise good very fine to about extremely fine and extremely rare.

One Million Pounds, 30 August 1948, D 000007, on Bank of England watermarked paper, PAYABLE ON DEMAND, signature of E.E. Bridges, Secretary to the Treasury, bottom right, stamped ‘CANCELLED, 6 OCT. 1948, BANK OF ENGLAND’. Monies received through the Marshall Aid plan after World War II, were subject to strict accountability. The Treasury had to borrow from the Bank of England on a short term basis and to help with the book keeping requested the printing of high value notes. The total order sent to The Bank of England printing works was for Three Hundred Million Pounds in varying denominations, starting from Twenty Five Thousand Pounds. It is believed that the entire issue was subsequently destroyed with the exception of numbers Seven and Eight for One Million Pounds which were presented to the British and American Treasury Secretaries respectively.

England, Charles II cast silver medal issued in 1660 to celebrate the ‘Restitution of the Monarchy’.

Stock code: CM000002X
£600
Country: England
Type: Cast
Ref. no: MI I 453/38; E215

Obv. Draped bust of Charles right Rev. Leafless tree bearing three crowns, under a radiant sun.
35mm, 7.73g. AEF - Almost Extremely Fine, good blue tone. Ornate suspension loop

Restoration medal by T. Rawlins. - To be worn by Royalist supporters on the return of the King. Leafless tree represents Royalty deprived of its honours which now with the restoration, will begin to flourish. RARE - USUALLY FOUND VERY WORN.

England, Victoria. Proof Gothic Crown, 1847, Gothic style. Extremely Fine.

Stock code: CM001157
£5,000
Country: England, Hanoverian
King (reign): Victoria (1837 - 1901)
Denomination/metal: Silver Crown
Date/mint mark: 1847 UNDECIMO
Type Gothic style PROOF crown
Ref. no: L&S 57; ESC 288; Davies 471; S.3883

Obv. Crowned bust left, legend surrounding. Rev. Crowned quartered shield of arms, I to left, R to right, beaded circle surrounding, pellet stop legend, .FACIAM. EOS. IN. GENTEM. VNAM. raised letters and dated.
PROOF - Attractive dark tone, a little uneven colour on reverse, lightly hairlined as per usual in fields, nick on lower neck, otherwise practically as struck.

Scotland. Charles I silver Twelve-Shillings 1637 – 42. Falconer's Issue.

Stock code: CM001153
£1,100
Country: Scotland King (reign): Charles I (1625 - 1649)
Denomination/metal: Silver Shillings, Twelve
Date/mint mark: 1637 – 42.
Type Third Coinage Type III, (Falconer's.)
Ref. no: S 5560.

Obv. Crowned bust left, denomination 'XII' behind, CAR D G MAG BRITAN FR ET HIB REX'. Rev. Crowned Royal Arms dividing crowned 'CR', small 'F' above crown, QVE DEVS CONIVNXIT NEMO SEPARET' (What God hath joined together let no man put asunder).
31mm, 5.87g. AEF - Almost Extremely Fine, well struck, nicely patinated.

Beautifully detailed bust and exceptional example of this 'Falconer's' issue of superior coins issued while Nicholas Briot was working at the Edinburgh Mint. Charles I had sent the French die engraver Briot up to Edinburgh to sort the coinage out in 1635 as 'Master of the Scottish Mint' and a few years later he was joined by his son-in-law John Falconer who eventually succeeded him in 1646. This series of coins was engraved by Falconer under his father-in-law's direction, in the later years of 1637 – 1642.

England, Charles I gold Unite (20/-) issued 134 – 1635.

Stock code: CM001152
£3,150
Country: England, Stuart
King (reign): Charles I (1625 - 1649)
Denomination/metal: Gold Shillings, Twenty (Unite)
Date/mint mark: Mintmark 'Bell' 1634 – 35.
Type Tower Mint, Group D, Bust 5.
Ref. no: N 2153; S 2692.

Obv. Crowned, draped bust left, denomination 'XX' to right, CAROLVS D' G' MA' BR' FR' ET HI' REX'. Rev. Crowned, garnished almost round Royal Arms dividing crowned 'CR', 'FLORENT CONCORDIA REGNA' (Through concord kingdoms flourish).
32mm, 9.05g. VF - Very Fine, well struck though weakness in one part of legend.

Superb and traditional lace collared portrait of Charles, apart from one small area all legends strongly and clearly struck – very attractive example and rare thus. Interesting to note that the fashion of ruffs had now died out and contrary to his earlier issues we see Charles wearing a lace collar - with which we normally associate the 'Cavaliers'.

Turkey, Republic large gold 'Monnaie de Luxe 250 Kurush 1928.

Stock code: CM001150
£1,400
Country: Turkey
King (reign): Republic
Denomination/metal: Gold Kurush, 500
Date/mint mark: 1928
Type Monnaie de Luxe Series
Ref. no: KM 847; F 85.

Obv. Radiant star and crescent above inscription within laurel and barley wreath Rev. Inscription and date within a floral wreath wreath
45mm, 17.6g. UC - Uncirculated with original lustre.

Carrying on the Royal Ottoman tradition of issuing these large gold coins, the new Turkish Republic issued a 'Monnaie de Luxe' of 250 kurush – very small mintage. It bears the new symbols of the republic a star and crescent but at the same time recalls the elaborate calligraphy of the Sultans but is now dated AD. Made in coin denomination weights they were intended for presentation purposes or jewellery and thus they are usually found mounted. This piece is not and consequently is a rare and desirable piece.

Turkey, Republic large gold 'Monnaie de Luxe 500 Kurush 1927.

Stock code: CM001149
£4,500
Country: Turkey
King (reign): Republic
Denomination/metal: Gold Kurush, 500
Date/mint mark: 1927
Type Monnaie de Luxe Series
Ref. no: KM 848; F 84

Obv. Radiant star and crescent above inscription within laurel and barley wreath Rev. Inscription and date within a floral wreath wreath
50mm, 35.03g. GEF - Good Extremely Fine.

Carrying on the Royal Ottoman tradition of issuing these large gold coins, the new Turkish Republic issued a 'Monnaie de Luxe' 500 kurush – very small mintage of 2,242 pieces only. It bears the new symbols of the republic a star and crescent but at the same time recalls the elaborate calligraphy of the Sultans but is now dated AD. Made in coin denomination weights they were intended for presentation purposes or jewellery and thus they are usually found mounted. This piece is not and consequently is a rare and desirable piece.

Turkey, Muhammad V gold 500-Kurush 1327h, year 2 (AD 1911).

Stock code: CM001148
£1,300
Country: Turkey
King (reign): Muhammad V, 1909 – 1918
Denomination/metal: Gold Kurush, 500
Date/mint mark: Year 2 (1911)

Ref. no: KM 758.

Obv. Tughra in olive wreath with quivers of arrows below Rev. Denomination, mint and accession date in olive wreath.
35mm, 35.24g. GVF - Good Very Fine, minor surface marksG

Large and impressive gold coin of the Ottoman Empire. Low mintage and thus scarce. The reign of Muhammad V began on 27 April 1909 but he was largely a figurehead with no real political power, as the Ottoman state affairs were largely run by the Three Pashas since the Young Turk Revolution in 1908. Muhammad V's only significant political act was to formally declare Jihad against the Entent Powers (Allies of World War I) on 11 November 1914, following the Ottoman government's decision to join the First World War on the side of the Central Powers. he hosted Kaiser Wilhelm II, his ally, in Constantinople on 15 October 1917. He was made Generalfeldmarschall of the Kingdom of Prussia on 27 January 1916, and of the Empire of Germany on 1 February 1916. He died at Yildiz Palace on 3 July 1918 at the age of 73, only four months before the end of World War I. Thus, he did not live to see the downfall of the Ottoman Empire. He spent most of his life at the Dolmabahçe Palace and Yildiz Palace in Constantinople. .

Turkey, Abdul Aziz gold 500-Kurush 1277h, year 8 (AD 1869).

Stock code: CM001147
£1,950
Country: Turkey
King (reign): Abdul Aziz, 1861 – 1876
Denomination/metal: Gold Kurush, 250
Date/mint mark: Year 8 (1869).

Ref. no: KM 698.

Obv. Tughra in olive wreath with quivers of arrows below Rev. Denomination, mint and accession date in olive wreath.
35mm, 36.02g. EF - Extremely Fine, minor surface marksG

Large and impressive gold coin of the Ottoman Empire. Low mintage and thus scarce. Abdul Aziz established the first Ottoman railway network and also Sirkeci Train Station in Istanbul, terminus of the Orient Express. Impressed by the museums in London, Paris and Vienna, he established the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Under his reign, Turkey's first postage stamps were issued in 1863, and Turkey joined the Universal Postal Union in 1875 as a founding member.

Iran, Nasir al-Din large gold Ten-Tomans 1894, Vey Rare.

Stock code: CM001146
£8,200
Country: Iran
King (reign): Nasir al-Din, 1848 – 1896
Denomination/metal: Gold Tomans, Ten
Date/mint mark: 1311h (1894).
Type First Bust.
Ref. no: KM 945; F 59.

Obv. Draped bust of Shah, three-quarters frontal, wearing large medal and high-peaked karakul with aigrette; beaded border around Rev. Four lines of script, plus date, within inner circle; floret border around.
37mm, 28.29g. AEF - Almost Extremely Fine.

Very rare and spectacular coin – these large 10-Tomans pieces were made in very small numbers – and were not really made to circulate but rather to be given out by the Shah as a form of largesse with currency weight. Also they were mostly mounted as jewellery a so often with Turkish coins – but this one has not been. Fantastic portrayal of Shah Nasir al-Din who would be assassinated some two years after the issue of this coin. He was the first modern Iranian monarch to visit Europe in 1873 and then again in 1878 (when he saw a Royal Navy Fleet Review), and finally in 1889 and was reportedly amazed with the technology he saw there. During his visit to the United Kingdom in 1873, Naser al-Din Shah was appointed by Queen Victoria a Knight of the Order of the Garter, the highest English order of chivalry. He was the first Iranian monarch to be so honoured. His travel diary of his 1873 trip has been published in several languages as Persian, German, French and Dutch. He was the first modern Iranian monarch to visit Europe in 1873 and then again in 1878 (when he saw a Royal Navy Fleet Review), and finally in 1889 and was reportedly amazed with the technology he saw there. During his visit to the United Kingdom in 1873, Naser al-Din Shah was appointed by Queen Victoria a Knight of the Order of the Garter, the highest English order of chivalry. He was the first Iranian monarch to be so honoured. His travel diary of his 1873 trip has been published in several languages as Persian, German, French and Dutch. During his visit, Naser al-Din met with British Jewish leaders, including Sir Moses Montefiore. At that time, the Persian king suggested that the Jews buy land and establish a state for the Jewish people.

Ilkhans (Iran area) Uljaytu gold Dinar minted Irbil, 712h (AD 1312 -13) with Shi'ite inscription.

Stock code: CM001145
£4,500
Country: Islamic, MURABITUN (Almoravid)
King (reign): Uljaytu, 1304 – 1316
Denomination/metal: Gold Dinar
Date/mint mark: 712h (AD 1312/13).
Type Type B, Irbil Mint
Ref. no: A 182.

Obv. Kufic lend in quatrefoil, legends in angles. Rev. Kufic legends in centre and around - Shi'ite inscription re. Shahada and 12 Imams
27mm, 8.09g. AEF - Almost Extremely Fine, well struck but rev. a little off centre.

Rare and important coin – particularly regarding the Shi'ite inscription on the reverse with the modified Shahada and mention of the 'twelve Imams' marking the change in his religion' to Shi'ite Islam and illustrating his aggressive measures to make it into the state religion . The Ilkhanate was a Persianate breakaway Turco-Mongol khanate of the Mongol Empire, ruled by the Mongol House of Hulagu. It was established in the 13th century and was based primarily in Persia and neighboring territories, such as present-day western Afghanistan and the central and eastern Turkey. The Ilkhanate was founded by Hulagu Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, based on Genghis's campaigns in the Khwarazmian Empire in 1219–24. The Ilkhanate initially showed typical Mongol tolerance for various religions, especially adopting Buddhism and Christianity. Later Ilkhanate rulers, beginning with Ghazan in 1295, embraced Islam. Uljaytu's mother was Christian and he himself was baptised a Christian and received the name Nicholas after Pope Nicholas IV. In his youth he at first converted to Buddhism but then to Sunni Islam together. He later converted to Shi'a Islam in 1309 after coming into contact with Shi'a scholars and it is this development which is which is marked by the change to the Shi'ite inscription on the reverse of this coin. In April 1305, he sent a Mongol embassy to Philip IV of France, Pope Clement V, and Edward I of England. The letter to Philip IV, the only one to have survived, describes the virtues of concord between the Mongols and the Franks. Byzantine Emperor Andronicus II gave a daughter in marriage to Uljaytu and asked for Ilkhan assistance against growing power of the Ottomans. In 1305, Uljaytu promised his father-in-law 40,000 men, and in 1308 dispatched 30,000 men to recover many Byzantine towns in Bithynia and the Ilkhanid army crushed a detachment of Osman I. On April 4, 1312, a Crusade was promulgated by Pope Clement V at the Council of Vienne and another other embassy was sent by Uljaytu to the West and to Edward II in 1313. That same year, the French king Philippe le Bel "took the cross", making the vow to go on a Crusade in the Levant. Uljaytu finally launched a last campaign against the Mamluks (1312–13), in which he was unsuccessful, though he reportedly briefly took Damascus. A final settlement with the Mamluks would only be found when Uljaytu's son signed the Treaty of Aleppo with the Mamluks in 1322.

Moors of Spain (Murabitun), 'Ali ibn Yusuf gold dinar minted Algeciras, 507h (AD 1110 -11).

Stock code: CM001144
£3,250
Country: Islamic, MURABITUN (Almoravid)
King (reign): 'Ali ibn Yusef, 1106 – 1143
Denomination/metal: Gold Dinar
Date/mint mark: 507h (AD 1110 /11).
Type Algeciras Mint

Obv. Kufic inscription. At the centre, the text consists of five lines: 'La illah ila Allah / Muhammad rassoul Allah / amir al-muslimine Ali bin / Yusuf walie ahdih / al-amir Tashufin' (Of the divine there is only God, Muhammad is the Messenger of God. The prince of the Muslims, Ali ibn Yusuf, who is the successor of the prince Tashufin). Rev. Kufic inscriptions - At the centre, the text consists of four lines: 'Al-imam / abdu / allah / amir al-Muminin' (The Imam Abdullah, prince of the believers). Around, date and mint.
25mm, 4.06g. GEF - Good Extremely Fine, well struck with some original lustre.

A superb condition Gold Dinar issued by the Moors of Spain under 'Ali ibn Yusuf minted in Algeciras on the south coast, dated 507h (1110-11 AD). Rare and in this condition particularly so – an iconic coin of the Moors of Spain. The Almoravids were a Berber confederation and Ali ibn Yusuf succeeded his father upon his death in 1106 as the 5th. Almoravid (or Murabitun dynasty) king and as such was ruler in North Africa and Al-Andalus in Spain and towards the middle of his reign all of Muslim Spain apart from Valencia He was an ethnic Berber and reigned 1106–1142 A.D and would have battled Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar . . . known as El Cid "Campeador" of the state of Valencia The Moors under 'Ali ibn Yusuf invaded the province of Toledo and carried terror to the gates of the capital of Christian Spain - they also invaded Portugal and even got as far north as to lay siege to Barcelona. It was at this point in 1111 (when this coin was issued) that the Christian leader Alfonso I of Aragon engaged them and although the outcome of this battle was actually indecisive it did have the effect of causing the Moors to abandon Catalonia and retreat south. Subsequently Alfonso went into the offensive against Ali ibn Yusuf's invaders and the Moors lost almost all the territory south of the Ebro. Saragossa was then lost to them in 1118 after a four years' series of operations and Alfonso made it his capital. In 1125 the Christians invaded Andalusia at the invitation of the Mozarabes, or Christian inhabitants of that country; and although Ali ibn Yusuf managed to hold onto Granada, the tide had turned and the Christians repossessed most of Iberian peninsular.

Celtic Britain CORIELTAUVI, Vep Corf pale gold Stater AD 5 – 25.

Stock code: CM001151
£1,850
Country: England, Celtic
King (reign): Vep Corf, c AD 5 – 25
Denomination/metal: Gold Stater
Date/mint mark: AD 5– 25.
Type Third Coinage
Ref. no: VA 960; S 410.

Obv. Crude wreath design Rev. Disjointed 'Celticised' horse, three pellets below horses tail, 'VEP' above, '(C)ORF' below.
19mm, 5.42g. GVF - Good Very Fine, Well struck and well centred.

Very good example of this Corieltauvi stater – not just because it is in such good condition but also because most of the legend can be seen, normally half the legend is missing because the die was too big for the flans and the perfect coin. In this case only the 'C' of the beginning his name is not visible. The meaning of Vep Corf is not really understood – CORF could perhaps be read as COR F, ie son (Filius) of Cor, or does COR refer to 'Corieltauvi'. Vep was probably a 'chief' of the Corieltauvi, a tribe based in the English East Midlands and Lincolnshire, around the time of the Roman conquest of Britain . Who ever Vep was he probably produced coins over a considerable period as the series has many variations and issued coins from around AD 5 – 25

Viking England, Anlaf Guthfrithsson silver 'Raven' penny, struck at York , 939 - 941

Stock code: CM001154
£24,000
Country: England, Celtic
King (reign): Anlaf Guthfriston (939 -941)
Denomination/metal: Silver Penny
Date/mint mark: 939 – 941
Type Hiberno Norse Viking issue, struck YORK
Ref. no: N 537; S 1019

Obv. Raven with wings displayed and head turned to left, ' •+A•NLAF CVNVNC IL' (Anlaf king). Rev. Small cross pattee in centre '+•A•ÐEL•FERD MINET RG' (Athelferd Moneyer).
20mm, 1.21g. EF - Better than Extremely Fine, well struck and beautifully toned, likely best example known. Once 'slabbed' and graded by NGC as 'MS62' [their certificate inc.].

Superb, exceptionally rare and archetypal Viking coin, generally considered to be the best example in existence! Anlaf Guthfrithsson was the Viking King of Dublin who had come over to England and brought with him an Hiberno-Norse army to support the two Scottish kings - Constantine II and Owen I against Aethelstan, King of Anglo-Saxon England. This combined Norse-Celtic force lost the massive and very bloody battle of Brunanburh in 937 believed to be somewhere in the Wirral - but Anlaf survived the route and escaped back to Ireland. A few years later after the death of Aethelstan in 939, in a period of uncertainty, he returned and successfully seized York and parts of the East Midlands and set up a Viking kingdom which lasted for ten years . This archetypal Viking coin the ‘Raven Penny’ was minted during this short rule, for he died two years later in 941. The obverse legend means ‘King Anlaf’ (Olaf) in Old Norse and is one of the earliest surviving texts in this language. Most Viking coins had Latin inscriptions like Anglo-Saxon coins of the period so this coin is truly Viking and doubly so as it features the Viking war standard - the raven – or is it an eagle? Both birds were associated with the Norse god "Odin", but the eagle is also associated with St John the Evangelist, so the religious message of the coins is uncertain. It could be a deliberately pagan symbol, or one which both pagans and Christians could accept. This is a very rare coin and this particular piece is exceptionally rare as it is very likely the best example in existence. With its ‘Old Norse’ legends and splendid raven it is everything one would expect a Viking coin to look like and thus has become an iconic coin.

Anglo-Gallic, Henry VI. Gold Salut d'Or (22s. 6d.), issued in Normandy shortly after 1423.

Stock code: CM001143
£1,750
King (reign): Henry VI (1422 - 1461)
Date/mint mark: 1423 - 49
Type St. Lo Mint, 2nd. Type.
Ref. no: Elias271

Obv. The Arms of France and England born by the Virgin Mary (left) and the angel Gabriel right and the word 'AVE' under sun's rays between them, 'HENRICVS DEI GRA FRACORV Z AGLIE REX'. 'Lis' mintmark at beginning of legend. Rev. Latin cross dividing fleur de lis and leopard (lion) passant guardant, 'h' below, 'XPCV VINCIT XPC REGNAT XPC IMPERAT', (Christ conquers, Christ rules, Christ commands).
26mm, 3.49g. EF - Extremely Fine, well struck.

Handsome coin struck in France for the Lancastrian king of both England and France. Marvellous iconography for the unification of both countries. In 1422 the year old king of England inherited the French throne through his mad grandfather Charles VI of France. Under the regency of the Duke of Bedford Henry soon issued coins at various French mints and this one was struck at St. Lo which is denoted by the lis mint mark at the beginning of the legend. Ten years later Joan of Arc would make an appearance which would eventually loosen the English grip on France until by 1436 only Normandy and part of Maine remained in Henry's control.

Great Britain, George III. 'Pattern' Five Guineas by R. Yeo, struck in 1777 - Unique!

Stock code: CM001131
£10,750
King (reign): George III (1760 - 1820)
Date/mint mark: 1777
Type Pattern 'en medaille', Plain Edge.
Ref. no: cf.W&R.78; cf.L&S.3; cf.S 3723A.

Obv. Laureate bust right with hair extending below bust, 'GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA'. Rev. Crowned Royal Arms in an ornate ogee shield, 'M B F ET H REX F D B ET L D S R I AT ET E', (King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Luneburg, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire and Elector).
38mm, 2.105g. GEF - Good Extremely Fine attractively patinated (encapsulated by CGS).

Unique Piece thus the ultimate rarity. Known in gold from a couple of specimens but not in any other metal and thought to be of the hand of Richard Yeo (died 1779). This probably represents a first striking in the production of the pattern coin – a soft whitemetal flan would have been used so as not to harm the dies in any way and thus an initial idea of the realistic appearance coin could be gained. At the beginning of George III's reign the die-engravers Pingo and Yeo, inspired by Tanner, were competing for the commission to design Britain's gold coinage. As it turned out only guineas were issued – probably due to the poor state of the machinery at the Royal Mint. Thus to own a Five Guinea piece of George III all that can be had is a handful of extremely rare patterns such as this.

Great Britain, George II. Gold Five Guineas 1729.

Stock code: CM001130
£9,500
King (reign): George II (1727 - 1760)
Date/mint mark: 1729 TERTIO
Type Young Head.
Ref. no: S 3663

Obv. Laureate bust left, 'GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA'. Rev. Crowned Royal Arms in an ornate ogee shield, 'M B F ET H REX F D B ET L D S R I AT ET E', (King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Luneburg, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire and Elector).
38mm, 41.83g. GVF - Good Very Fine, edge letters a little blundered.

Pleasing coin with a small amount of wear on the raised surfaces of George's curls on the obv. Rev is Extremely Fine. Letters on the edge are a little blundered. George II was the last British monarch to be born outside Britain and the last British Monarch to lead his troops into battle - against the Austrians in South Germany at Dettingen in 1743.

England, Edward III. Gold Noble, Treaty Period 1351 - 1361.

Stock code: CM001138
£4,900
King (reign): Edward III (1327 - 1377)
Date/mint mark: 1351 – 61
Type Fourth coinage, Treaty Period, Group 'b'.
Ref. no: Schneider 87; N 1232; S 1503

Obv. King in antique ship holding shield of Royal Arms and sword, annulet before legend, 'EDWARD DEI GRA REX ANGL DNS HYB Z AQT'. Rev. Cross fleureee with 'E' in centre and crowned lions passant guardant in angles, trefoils in spandrels, 'IhC AVTEM TRANSIENS PER MEDIV ILLORVM IBAT' (But Jesus, passing through the midst of them, went on his way).
33mm, 7.74g. AEF - About Extremely Fine, area of legend weakly struck.

Very good example of this large medieval gold coin. Although there is one weak area in the legend – on both sides as the flan just happens to thin at this point. It is full weight and the details and facial features of the king, arms and ship are very crisp. There is an interesting aspect to this coin, for unlike most other English coins of the period, Edward has dropped his claim to France in the obverse legend. This is because after negotiations with France for peace which led to the Treaty of Bretigni in 1360, and anxious to keep the negotiated trading going between the two countries, Edward dropped his claim lest it upset the French. However, after ten years, in 1370, he resumed his claim - and France is proclaimed as an English possession on subsequent English coins for more than three centuries to come!

England, Edward I. Silver Groat 1279 - c1281. 'One of the finest known'.

Stock code: CM001125
£23,500
Date/mint mark: Mintmark 'Cross potent',
Type New Coinage, Variery 'F'.
Ref. no: SCBI 39 var G; Allen F6/R37; Fox 2; n 1006; S 1379h

Obv. Crowned bust in quatrefoil of two lines, rosets in angles, triple pellet stops, 'EDWARDVS : DI : GRA : REX : ANGL'. Rev. Long Cross, triple pellets in angles, inner and outer legend, 'DNS HIBN'E DVX AQVT', (Lord of Ireland, duke of Aquitaine'), 'CIVI LONDONIA' (city of London).
29mm, 5.45g. GVF - Good Very Fine, well struck and attractively patinated.

Outstanding piece, Iconic coin and one of the finest known – certainly the best on the market in the last ten years. In 1279 Edward introduced this large silver fourpence for the first time in England as part of his 'New Coinage'. For some reason it was not a success and it's minting appears to have been abandoned only a few years later in around 1281. Two specimens were found in the Dover Hoard put down in 1295 and from then on there is no hoard evidence which suggests that they did not even circulate by the end of the 1290s. The majority exist today from single finds – but most of these are gilded and/or have soldered mounts on the back which suggests that their primary use, ultimately seems to have been jewellery! Consequently, as well as being extremely rare they normally are found mounted which makes the perfect example even more difficult to find! This is not only a very rare coin but an outstanding example of the first groat issued in England, a denomination which would only be resumed by Edward's grandson some sixty years later in 1351!

Great Britain, George I. Gold Guinea, 1726.

Stock code: CM001134
£3,900
King (reign): George I (1714 - 1727)
Date/mint mark: 1726
Type Fifth Bust.
Ref. no: S 3633

Obv. Laureate bust right, 'GEORGIVS D G M BR FR ET HIB REX F D'. Rev. Crowned Royal Arms in cruciform, sceptres in angles, star and garter in centre, 'BRVN ET L DVX S R I A TH ET EL', (Duke of Brunswick and Luneburg, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire and Elector).
25mm, 0.8g. AEF - Almost Extremely Fine.

A little wear on some of George's high curls but otherwise a pretty clean and attractive coin. For the first time a British coin carries the arms of Hanover and also George's many European titles.

England, James I gold Unite (20 shillings). Issued 1606-1607.

Stock code: CM001113
£4,350
Country: England, Stuart
King (reign): James I (1603 - 1625)
Denomination/metal: Gold Unite
Date/mint mark: mm. scalllop; 1606-1607
Type Second Coinage
Ref. no: Schneider 24; N 2084; S 2619.

Obv. Crowned, armoured bust of James right, holding orb and sceptre, 'IACOBVS D'G' MAG' BRIT' FRAN' ET HIB' REX'. Rev. Crowned Royal Arms dividing 'IR', 'FACIAM EOS IN GENTEM VNAM', (I will make them into one nation).
9.94g. GVF - Good Very Fine, a week area on shoulder and corresponding position (Scottish Arms) on rev.

Particularly attractive coin and splendid contemporary portrait of this first Stuart king – although the piece has seen some wear, due to a strong strike (with the exception of the one small area on James's shoulder/Scottish arms) all the details are clear, particularly the king's facial features and armour .Called a 'Unite' because of James's wish to 'unite' the nations of England and Scotland that is broadcast by the reverse legend. A concept that is particularly relevant today !

Roman Gold Aureus of Augustus, mint Lugdunum. Struck 15-13 BC.

Stock code: CM001115
£32,000
Country: Roman
Denomination/metal: Gold Aureus
Date/mint mark: 15-13BC, 6h
Type Mint of Lugdunum
Ref. no: RIC 166a; BMC 450; Calico 212

Obv. AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head of Augustus facing right. Rev. IMP X (in exergue) bull butting right.
7.81g. EF - An excellent portrait of Augustus struck on a very broad flan, a few light marks, otherwise extremely fine, a very attractive example.

Roman Gold Aureus of Claudius and Agrippina, mint of Rome, struck AD 50-54.

Stock code: CM001116
£42,500
Country: Roman
Denomination/metal: Gold Aureus
Date/mint mark: AD 50-54
Type Mint of Rome
Ref. no: RIC 80; BMC 72; Calico 396e.

Obv. TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TRIB POT PP, laureate head of Claudius facing right Rev. AGRIPPINAE AVGVSTAE, draped bust of Agrippina facing right, wearing a wreath of cornears.
7.56g. AEF - Two excellent portraits, a few light marks, nearly extremely fine and an excellent example of this very rare coin.

Anglo-Saxon England, Eadberht Bishop of London (in the reign of Offa) silver Penny c. 785.

Stock code: CM001106
£6,500
Country: England, Northumbria
Denomination/metal: Silver Penny
Date/mint mark: c785
Type Bishop of London issue
Ref. no: N 278; S 911.

Obv. Letters in tree lines divided by beading - 'EAD BERh TEP' (Eadbehrt bishop) Rev. Cross, flower in centre - in angles 'O F M R' (Offa king).
1.23g. GVF - Good very Fine, well struck, lightly patinated

Exceptionally rare coin in outstanding condition. These coins are attributed to having been issued by Eadberht the Bishop of London during the reign of Offa. Most coins of Offa have the moneyer's name on one side but the initials EP after Eadberht's name on this coin must stand for 'Episcopus' (bishop). The exact time which Eadberht held this office is pretty sketchy – but roughly 772/782 to 787/789 when he died. How or why he was allowed to issue coins during the reign of Offa is not really understood however, one theory is that Offa was on very bad terms with Jaenberht the Bishop of Canterbury and in order to diminish this man's authority and power in Southern England, Offa granted the Bishop of London minting rights which were withdrawn once the problem had been solved.

Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II large gold 100 lira piece 1864, Torino. Excesively rare – only 579 struck!

Stock code: CM001018
£17,500
Country: Italy
King (reign): Vittorio Emanuele II, 1861 – 1878
Denomination/metal: Gold Lira, 100
Date/mint mark: 1864
Type Torino Mint issue
Ref. no: Mont 126; Pag 451; F 8.

Obv. Bare head left, VITTORIO EMANUELE II'. Rev. Crowned arms in laurel wreath, 'REGNO D'ITALIA'.
34mm, 32.22g. EF - Extremely Fine, bright (old cleaning) with normal bag marks.

The brightness of this coin indicates it may have been lightly cleaned in antiquity. However, it is excessively rare with a mintage of only 579 pieces !!! It is large and iconic – the largest coin issued by Vittorio Emanuele II and consequently, much sort after. Even taking into account its brightness it is still very desirable and very rarely comes onto the market. It is one of the key coins of the Italian milled series – a very popular area.

Sultanate of Gujarat, Nasir al-Din Mahmud Shah I gold tanka dated 899h (1493).

Stock code: CM001027
£4,900
Country: India, Sultanate of Gujarat
King (reign): Nasir al-Din Mahmud Shah I, 1458 – 1511
Denomination/metal: Gold Tanka
Date/mint mark: 899h (1493).
Type Muhammadabad 'urf Champanir Mint
Ref. no: G&G G77.

Obv. Persian script with ruler's name, most of outer legend off flan as usual. Rev. Persian script in plain circular birder.
23mm, 11.43g. AEF - About Extremely Fine, well struck.

This is a very rare coin with a very clearly struck date - and in this superb condition is outstanding and desirable. Sultan Abu'l Fath Nasir al-Din Mahmud Shah I, popularly known as Mahmud Begada was the most prominent sultan of Gujarat. He was the great-grandson of Ahmad Shah I, the founder of the Muzaffarid dynasty and of the city of Ahmedabad (Ahmed Aabad) in the present-day state of Gujarat. Mahmud Shah was known to be quite religious and expanded the territory of the Gujarat Sultanate to its maximum and ruled for 43 years. He titled himself, Sultân al-Barr, Sultân al-Bahr, 'Sultan of the Land, Sultan of the Sea'. He also founded city which is called Mahemdabad, sometimes also spelt as 'Memdavad' (It is situated on the main railway-line between Ahmedabad and Mumbai).

Princely State of Hyderabad, Afzal ad-Daula gold Mohur dated regnal year 18 1273h (1857), mint of Hyderabad.

Stock code: CM001042
£650
Country: India, Princely State of Hyderabad
King (reign): Afzal ad-Daula, 1857 – 1869
Denomination/metal: Gold Mohur
Date/mint mark: Regnal year 18 (of previous monarch), 1273h (1857).
Type Hyderabad Mint
Ref. no: KM C96.

Obv. Persian script - Rulers's titles and date, However in the previous monarch's name 'Bahadur Shah II'. Rev. Persian script - mint epithet, regnal year – but of previous monarch.
21mm, 11.16g. EF - Extremely Fine

Good condition and interesting as although struck in the first year of Afzal ad-Daula's reign, this coin continuES the name of the previous monarch with his regnal year ! Afzal ad-Daula's realm was divided into five 'subahs' and sixteen districts; each subah was headed by a Subedar and each district by a Taluqdar. Reforms during his reign, by his Prime Minister Salar Jung, included the establishment of a governmental central treasury in 1855. He also reformed the Hyderabad revenue and judicial systems, instituted a postal service and constructed the first rail and telegraph networks. In 1861 he was awarded the Star of India.

Mughal Empire, Ahmad Shah Bahadur gold Mohur dated regnal 116?h (1750s), mint of Delhi.

Stock code: CM001039
£750
Country: India, Mughal Empire
King (reign): Alamgir II, 1754 – 1759
Denomination/metal: Gold Mohur
Date/mint mark: No regnal year and incomplete date (1750s).
Type Dar al-Khilifat, Shahjahanabad Mint (Delhi).
Ref. no: KM 467.10.

Obv. Persian script – Rulers's titles and incomplete date. Rev. Persian script - mint epithet, no regnal year.
21mm, 10.86g. EF - Extremely Fine, well struck.

Very good condition, well struck, large flan but with incomplete date – very attractive piece of this only six year emperor. Ahmed Shah Bahadur inherited a much weakened Mughal state. When Ahmed Shah Bahadur came to power the rule of the Mughal Empire was collapsing, furthermore his administrative weaknesses eventually led to the rise of his Vizier. He was emperor in title for six years, but left all affairs to state to rivalling factions. He was deposed by the Vizier Imad-ul-Mulk and later had his eyes gouged out along with his mother. After his overthrow, he was imprisoned at the Salimgarh Fort where he stayed for the rest of his life, finally dying in 1775 at the age of 50 during the reign of Emperor Shah Alam II. One of his sons, Bidar Bakhsh reigned briefly in 1788.

Mughal Empire, Aurangzeb gold Mohur dated regnal year 13, 1080h (1671), mint of Aurangabad.

Stock code: CM001035
£1,175
Country: India, Mughal Empire
King (reign): Aurangzeb, 1658 – 1707
Denomination/metal: Gold Mohur
Date/mint mark: Regnal year 13 – 1080h (1671).
Type Aurangabad Mint
Ref. no: KM 315.10.

Obv. Persian script - Rulers's titles and date. Rev. Persian script - mint name at top, regnal year .
20mm, 10.98g. GEF - Good Extremely Fine, well struck with crisp definition.

Superb condition coin with crisply clear ruler's name and mint epithet. Outstanding ! Aurangzeb’s reign falls into two almost equal parts. In the first, which lasted until about 1680, he was a capable Muslim monarch of a mixed Hindu-Muslim empire and as such was generally disliked for his ruthlessness but feared and respected for his vigour and skill. During this period he was much occupied with safeguarding the north-west from Persians and Central Asian Turks and less so with the Maratha chief Shivaji, who twice plundered the great port of Surat (1664, 1670). Aurangzeb applied his great-grandfather Akbar’s recipe for conquest: defeat one’s enemies, reconcile them, and place them in imperial service. Thus, Shivaji was defeated, called to Agra for reconciliation (1666), and given an imperial rank. The plan broke down, however; Shivaji fled to the Deccan and died, in 1680, as the ruler of an independent Maratha kingdom. After about 1680, Aurangzeb’s reign underwent a change of both attitude and policy. The pious ruler of an Islamic state replaced the seasoned statesman of a mixed kingdom; Hindus became subordinates, not colleagues, and the Marathas, like the southern Muslim kingdoms, were marked for annexation rather than containment. The first overt sign of change was the re-imposition of the jizya, or poll tax, on non-Muslims in 1679 (a tax that had been abolished by Akbar). This in turn was followed by a Rajput revolt in 1680–81, supported by Aurangzeb’s third son, Akbar. Hindus still served the empire, but no longer with enthusiasm. The Deccan kingdoms of Bijapur and Golconda were conquered in 1686–87, but the insecurity that followed precipitated a long-incipient economic crisis, which in turn was deepened by warfare with the Marathas. Shivaji’s son Sambhaji was captured and executed in 1689 and his kingdom broken up. The Marathas, however, then adopted guerrilla tactics, spreading all over southern India amid a sympathetic population. The rest of Aurangzeb’s life was spent in laborious and fruitless sieges of forts in the Maratha hill country.

Scotland, William and Mary. Silver Forty Shillings, 1692.

Stock code: CM001170
£1,250
Country: Scotland
King (reign): William and Mary (1688 - 1694)
Denomination/metal: Silver Shillings, Forty
Date/mint mark: 1692

Ref. no: S 5651

Obv. Conjoined busts left, value below, legend and toothed border surrounding both sides. Rev. Crowned quartered shield of arms, with an escutcheon of the Lion of Nassau, date in legend, edge inscribed in raised letters and dated QUATRO, the last letter incomplete and like a C due to collar slippage in strike.
34mm, GVF - Toned, some light adjustment marks on obverse, good very fine/very fine.

England, James I. Gold Unite of Twenty Shillings.

Stock code: CM001171
£2,500
Country: England, Stuart
King (reign): James I (1603 - 1625)
Denomination/metal: Gold Shillings, Twenty (Unite)
Type Second coinage (1604-1619)
Ref. no: Schneider -; N 2084; S 2619

Obv. Fourth crowned and armoured bust r. holding orb and sceptre, beaded circle surrounding, initial mark coronet (1607-9) both sides, pellet and comma stops on legend, .IACOBVS.D'.G'.MAG'.BRIT'.FRAN'.ET.HI'.REX. outer beaded circle surrounding both sides. Rev. Crowned quartered shield of arms, I to left, R to right, beaded circle surrounding, pellet stop legend, .FACIAM. EOS. IN. GENTEM. VNAM.
37mm, 9.96g. VF - Some ghosting and weakness in parts, otherwise fully round, toned very fine, reverse stronger.

England, Oliver Cromwell silver shilling (proposed !) dated 1658.

Stock code: CM001072
£4,250
Country: England, Stuart
King (reign): Oliver Cromwell (Lord Protector) (1653 - 1658)
Denomination/metal: Silver Shilling
Date/mint mark: 1658
Type Proposed Milled Issue.
Ref. no: S 3228.

Obv. Laureate and draped bust left, with die flaw at late stage, legend and toothed border, OLIVAR D GR P ANG SCO HIB & PRO'. Rev. Crowned quartered shield of arms of the Protectorate, date
Above, toothed border 'PAX QVAERITVR BELLO'. (Peace is sought by war)
28mm, 6.08g. UC - Uncirculated, attractive grey toning with a little cabinet friction on highest points.

Superb condition and marvellous patination – would be pristine if not for the very slight cabinet friction on the highest points. Nevertheless, outstanding, desirable and rare. Made from Thomas Simon's coin mills, this series of some of the first machine made coins bearing Oliver Cromwell's portrait were made at the end of Cromwell's life. Authorised in 1656, they were issued in 1657 and 58, they are really patterns and did not generally circulate – however they are interesting in the respect that they indicate that the Lord Protector was 'assuming the purple' and may well have issued coins bearing his portrait with his crowned (!!!) arms had he not died !

Scotland, Splendid gold Rider (100/- Scots) dated 1594.

Stock code: CM000779
£6,500
Country: Scotland
King (reign): James VI (1567 - 1625)
Denomination/metal: Gold Shillings, 100
Date/mint mark: 1594
Type Seventh issue.
Ref. no: S 5458

Obv. James, in full armour holding sword and orb, riding a fully caparisoned horse right, 'IACOBVS 6 D G R SCOTORVM'. Rev. Crowned Royal Arms, 'SPERO MELIORA' ( I hope hope better things).
28mm, 4.96g. AVF - Almost Very Fine, well struck.

Very splendid Scottish coin, nicknamed the 'rider' this coin was worth 100 shillings Scots This coin was issued just before James became King of England and was brought south by James in 1603 and was made legal tender in England and Wales as 10 shillings. The coinage of James VI is a very large and varied issue – more so than any other Scottish monarch, many new and innovatively designed pieces were introduced during this reign as well as several new denominations. After he inherited the English throne as James I in 1603 the Scottish monetary system was tied to the English system at a rate of 12:1 which was continued until the union of the two crowns as the United Kingdom under Anne in 1707, at which point the Scottish coinage was called in.

England, Edward IV gold Ryal (10 shillings), light coinage, London mint, 1464 – 1470.

Stock code: CM001060
£4,750
Country: England, House of York
King (reign): Edward IV (1461 - 1470)
Denomination/metal: Gold Ryal
Date/mint mark: Mintmark 'Crown' on rev. only – 1465 – 70.
Type Second or 'Light coinage'.
Ref. no: Schneider 363v; N 1549 S 1950.

Obv. Crowned king in armour holding sword and Royal Arms within an antique ship with a rose in the middle and banner containing an 'E' on the stern, 'EDWARD DI GRA REX ANGL S FRANC DNS IB'. Rev. Cross 'fleurdelise' with crowned leopards in angles, rose on star in centre, all within tressure of eight arches, lis in outer angles, no mm; 'IHC AVT' TRANSIENS PER MEDIVM ILLORVM IBAT', (But Jesus, passing in the midst of them, went his way).
34mm, 7.59g. GVF - Good Extremely Fine, well and centrally struck on a small flan.

Attractive piece with details sharp and clear – especially king's facial features, details of the boat and intricate cross on the other side. Issued in the middle of the wars of the Roses, a very turbulent time of civil war in England. Edward was an extremely capable and daring military commander and destroyed the House of Lancaster in a series of spectacular military victories - he was never defeated on the field of battle. Despite his occasional (if serious) political setbacks — usually at the hands of his great Machiavellian rival, Louis XI of France ! Edward was a popular and very able king. While he lacked foresight and was at times cursed by bad judgement, he possessed an uncanny understanding of his most useful subjects, and the vast majority of those who served him remained unwaveringly loyal until his death.

Scotland, James VI silver Ten shillings 1582.

Stock code: CM001101
£5,000
Country: Scotland King (reign): James VI (1567 - 1625)
Denomination/metal: Silver Shillings, Ten
Date/mint mark: 1582
Type Fourth Coinage
Ref. no: S 5490.

Obv. Crowned half bust of James left, holding sword in right hand, 'IACOBVS 6 DEI GRATIA REX SCOTORVM'. Rev. Crowned Royal Arms dividing 'IR' and denomination 'X S', 'HONOR REGIS IVDICIVM DILIGIT', (The king's power loveth judgement).
31mm, 7.79g. GVF - Good Very Fine, well struck and nicely toned.

Outstanding ten shillings of this young Scottish king – beautiful detail in facial features and bust. Rare, spectacular with a very good provenances (Dakers, Langford and Hird collections) - thus desirable and much rarer than the larger 30 shillings piece ! King of Scotland from 1567 as a one year old and England (as James I) from 1603. The son of Mary Queen of Scots and her second husband, Lord Darnley, he succeeded to the Scottish throne on the enforced abdication of his mother and assumed power in 1583, and this coin was issued just before his majority when he was only seventeen. James's childhood and adolescence were unhappy, abnormal, and precarious; he had various guardians, whose treatment of him differed widely. His education, although thorough, was weighted with Presbyterian and Calvinist political doctrine, and his character – highly intelligent and sensitive, but also fundamentally shallow, vain, and exhibitionist – reacted violently to this. However, initially he established a strong centralized authority, and in 1589 married Anne of Denmark.

England, Charles I silver hammered Shilling issued between 1636 and 1638.

Stock code: CM001077
£525
Country: England, Stuart
King (reign): Charles I (1625 - 1649)
Denomination/metal: Silver Shilling
Date/mint mark: Mintmark 'Tun' – 1636 – 38.
Type Tower Mint, Group 'D', Type 3a.
Ref. no: S 2791.

Obv. Crowned, draped bust left, denomination behind, 'CAROLVS D G MA BR FR ET HI REX'. Rev. Oval, garnished Royal Arms, 'CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO', (I reign under the auspice of Christ).
29mm, 6.07g. VF - Very Fine or better – well struck. No weak areas, lightly toned.

Not rare (as Charles shillings go) but beautiful condition – well struck with all details and legend crisp and clear. At this period hammered coin production did not have very good quality control apart from getting the weight right, but in this piece we see a carefully struck coin with complete legend both sides, good facial features, clear Royal Arms. In short a desirable and uncommon piece.

Scotland, Charles I silver twelve-shillings, Intermediate Issue 1637 – 1642.

Stock code: CM001103
£375
Country: Scotland King (reign): Charles I (1625 - 1649)
Denomination/metal: Silver Shillings, Twelve
Type Third Coinage, Intermediate Issue
Ref. no: S 5559.

Obv. Crowned bust left, denomination 'XII' behind, CAR D G MAG BRITAN FR ET HIB REX'. Rev. Crowned Royal Arms dividing crowned 'CR', small thistle above crown, QVE DEVS CONIVNXIT NEMO SEPARET' (What God hath joined together let no man put asunder).
31mm, 5.81g. GVF - Good Very Fine, well struck, weight adjustment marks.

Beautifully detailed bust and good example of this 'Intermediate' issue of superior coins issued while Nicholas Briot was working at the Edinburgh Mint. Charles I had sent the French die engraver up to Edinburgh to sort the coinage out in 1635 as 'Master of the Scottish Mint' and a few years later he was joined by his son-in-law John Falconer who eventually succeeded him in 1646. However, this series of coins was engraved either by Briot or Falconer under his father-in-law's direction, in the early years of 1637 – 1642.

Gt. Britain, Anne silver Crown 1713, 'Roses & Plumes'.

Stock code: CM001117
£2,900
Country: England, Stuart
King (reign): Anne (1702 - 1714)
Denomination/metal: Silver Crown
Date/mint mark: 1713, 'DVODECIMO'.
Type Third Bust, Roses & Plumes
Ref. no: ESC 109; S 3603.

Obv. Draped bust left with hair up, 'ANNA DEI GRATIA'. Rev. Crowned arms of England, Scotland, France and Ireland in cruciform, roses and plumes in angles, 'MAG BRI FR ET HIB REG'.
29.91g. EF - Extremely Fine, good iridescence to toning, just slight weakness on one rose on rev. which corresponds with her shoulder on obv. which took all the metal in the strike

Handsome coin with beautiful even grey toning, just a little weak on the reverse where all the silver has gone into Anne's shoulder rather than the rose on this side. The roses and plumes on the reverse signify that the metal of which these coins were made came from the silver mines in the West of England (rose) and the those in Wales (plumes).

Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, Rudolph-August silver Three Thalers 1685, Lauthenthal Mines Issue,

Stock code: CM001086
£4,500
Country: (Germany) Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel
King (reign): Rudolph-August, 1666 – 1685
Denomination/metal: Silver Thalers, Three (Loeser)
Date/mint mark: 1685
Type Lauthenthal Mines issue (Zellerfeld)
Ref. no: Dav (LS) 111; Welter 1834; Duve 3.

Obv. Brunswick Arms with multiple quartering s and ornate crests, 'D G RUDOLPH AUGUSTUS DUX BRUNS ET LUN', (By the Grace of God, Rudolph-Augustus, duke of Brunswick and Luneburg) Small '3' contermark in foliage to left of arms, 'RB' mintmasters initials. Rev. Fortune playing a lute and equipped with a sail proceeds slowly to the left on a snail, 'TU TANDEM ABIECTAM REDDES DEUS ALME SONORAM', (You, Merciful God will finally restore the last sound).
75mm, 76.45g. GVF - Good Very Fine. Lightly toned.

Spectacular German three thaler piece (minted to this size and countermarked with a small '3' to the left of the arms. Lauthenthal, a town in the Harz Mountains of modern central Germany, was the site of a famous silver mine called “Lauthenthal’s Luck.” The town was founded in 1538 when iron ore was discovered in the area. After further exploration, the town developed into a successful silver mining operation. These multiple thalers, which depict Lauthenthal and its mine works in careful detail, reveal the mine’s importance to the dukes of Brunswick as a source of great wealth. The young woman on the reverse, standing before a mountain mining scene, is an allegorical depiction of the goddess Fortuna. She plays a lute (“Laute” in German) in her role as the personification of the town of Lauthenthal. The dukes of Brunswick minted these large coins to serve as an overflow fund when Lauthenthal’s rate of production was very high. Landowners in the duchy were required to purchase the thalers according to their means. If the duke needed funding for a war or other emergency, he could ask for the coins to be returned. In exchange, the landowners would receive coins of lower silver purity.

England, Elizabeth I silver 'milled' Halfcrown of 1601

Stock code: CM001068
£6,300
Country: England, Tudor
King (reign): Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603)
Denomination/metal: Silver Crown, Half
Date/mint mark: Mintmark '1' – 1601
Type Seventh issue.
Ref. no: N 2013; S 2583.

Obv. Crowned bust left with intricate bodice, 'ELIZABETH D G ANG FRA ET HIBER REGINA'. Rev. Royal Arms on cross fourchee, 'POSVI DEVM ADIVTOREM MEVM', (I have made God my helper)
35mm, 14.9g. AEF - Almost Extremely Fine, reverse better.

This coin is well struck and very nicely patinated , especially on the reverse. The die work is very good and with this strong strike has resulted in marvellous and attractive detail to Elizabeth's portrait – the clarity of her features, the intricacy of her bodice and with little wear, all in sharp definition. This is a very good example and a fantastic contemporary portrait of this iconic Tudor queen.

England, Elizabeth I large gold Sovereign (30 shillings) issued 1592 – 1593. Attractive example.

Stock code: CM001059
£16,750
Country: England, Tudor
King (reign): Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603)
Denomination/metal: Gold Sovereign
Date/mint mark: Mintmark 'Tun' – Feb. 1592 – Jun. 1593.
Type Second issue, Second period.
Ref. no: Schneider 783; N 2003 S 2529.

Obv. Elizabeth, crowned and wearing ceremonial robes, seated facing on throne bearing orb and sceptre, portcullis at her feet, 'ELIZABETH D'G' ANG' FRA' ET HIB' REGINA'. Rev. Royal Arms in centre of Tudor rose, 'A DNO FACTV' EST ISTVDET EST MIRAB' INOCVL' NRS', (This is the Lord's doing and is marvellous in our eyes'.
42mm, 15.32g. GVF - Good Very Fine, a little weak to the right of her chin. Small privy mark (cross) lightly scratched on her right shoulder).

Large, splendid and rare gold Thirty shillings piece of Elizabeth, called a sovereign because it portrays the sovereign in full length. Very good condition although just al little weakly struck at Elizabeth's chin – if it were strong here then the coin would be two to three times this price. Apart from this natural striking weakness it is a very good coin and the detail on the reverse is very crisp and strong.

England, James I gold Unite (20 shillings) issued 1604 – 1605.

Stock code: CM001061
£3,250
Country: England, Stuart
King (reign): James VI (1567 - 1625)
Denomination/metal: Gold Shillings, Twenty (Unite)
Date/mint mark: Mintmark 'Lis' – Nov. 1604 – Jun. 1605.
Type Second Issue.

Obv. Crowned king in full armour right holding orb and sceptre, IACOBVS DG MAG BRIT FRANC ET HIB REX'. Rev. Crowned and garnished Royal Arms dividing 'IR', FACIAM EOS IN GENTEM VNAM'. (I will make them into one nation).
37mm, 9.84g. AVF - About Very Fine, well struck but with a little wear.

Although this coin has seen a little wear, because it was strongly stuck all the main features are still visible and it is still a very attractive piece of this first Stuart monarch of England. Called a 'Unite' because of James's wish to 'unite' the nations of England and Scotland – which sentiment he chose to be the reverse legend of his twenty Shillings piece. This is a concept that is particularly relevant today !

England, Charles I silver Crown, struck during Civil War at Truro 1642 – 1643.

Stock code: CM001063
£1,500
Country: England, Stuart
King (reign): Charles I (1625 - 1649)
Denomination/metal: Silver Crown
Date/mint mark: Mintmark 'Rose' – 1642-43.
Type Truro Mint
Ref. no: S 3045.

Obv. King crowned and armoured on horse left, sash flying out, 'CAROLVS D G MAG BRIT FRA ET HI REX'. Rev. Round, garnished Royal Arms, CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO' (I reign under the auspice of Christ).
42mm, 28.82g. VF - Very Fine, upper bust a little weakly struck

These coins are normally quickly and badly struck but this example exhibits very little wear, a full legend with a very well struck reverse. However the upper bust of Charles is a little weak but the detail in the horse is very good. This coin is a better specimen than the plate coin in 'Coins of England'. When the Civil War began in 1642, the Tower mint fell into the hands of Parliament and Charles was forced to open a mints in Royalist held western England at Shrewsbury, Bristol and Oxford Truro and finally Exeter. (1642 -46). In 1643 the king was already minting coins in Truro and on 4 September, after a siege, Exeter surrendered to Prince Maurice and the city remained in Royalist hands till 9 April 1646. On 3 January 1644 Sir Richard Vyvyan received a Royal Commission to set up a mint in Exeter;

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