Tennants’ auction of Coins, Tokens & Banknotes on 1st November saw a rare 100% sold rate, proving the ongoing success of coins at auction. With the continued rise in gold prices, good Gold Proof Sets consistently sold well, with the top lot of the sale going to a George VI Gold Proof Set from 1937; comprising £5, £2, sovereign and half sovereign coins in the original case of issue, the set sold for £8,200.
Good Victorian coins were in demand too: a British India Gold Mohur from 1841 sold for £2,600 and a Victoria ‘Gothic’ Crown 1847 UNDECIMO in extremely fine condition sold for £2,400 against an estimate of £1,000-1,500. The Gothic Revival, glorifying the perceived chivalry and romance of the medieval age, influenced not only Victorian architecture, literature, art and design but also coinage. The medieval style portrait of Queen Victoria was designed by Royal Mint Chief Engraver William Wyon, and was the first depiction of a monarch wearing a crown on British coinage since Charles II. Shown wearing a Gothic-inspired dress embroidered with the national plants of England, Scotland and Ireland, the portrait of Victoria is surrounded by script in an unusual Gothic font.
Also of note was a Charles II Guinea from 1681, which sol for £1,600; David Wolstencroft, Tennants’ coin specialist comments ‘anything to do with Charles II is always popular at auction, and the fine condition of this guinea was very tempting to buyers’.
The sale resulted in a total hammer price of £148,435 for 370 lots.
Tennants are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Coins, Banknotes & Tokens on 10th January 2018, please contact the salerooms on 01969 623780 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Illustrated: A Victoria ‘Gothic’ Crown 1847 UNDECIMO: Sold for £2,400