Gold Guineas found in garage

A £35,000 collection of coins, stored in a garage for years, is uncovered at Tennants.
 
A fine collection of coins, stored for several years in a box in a North Yorkshire garage, are to go under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers on 12th April.
 
The coins were collected by the vendor’s grandfather, but the value and the rarity of the coins had long been forgotten until they were brought in to Tennants’ Leyburn salerooms, where Consultant Specialist David Wolstencroft sat down with the vendor and began unpacking the box. David recounts, “I picked up the first item and her jaw dropped when I told her that it a 1937 gold proof set, with an estimate of £4,000-6000, and the second was a rare 1701 William III five guinea coin, with an estimate of £6,000-8,000”.
 
The collection consists of mainly gold guineas and guinea fractions – rare coins that are also in very good condition. The total estimate for the collection amounts to approximately £35,000. Other notable coins include a William III half guinea (estimate £300-400), and a James II one guinea (estimate £800-1,200).
 
A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale of Coins, Tokens & Banknotes will be available on our website, www.tennants.co.uk, leading up to the sale, alternatively, please contact the salerooms for further details.


A 1701 William III Five Guinea Coin – Estimate £6,000-8,000