A Gold Proof Set issued in 1937 to mark the Coronation of George VI led Tennants Auctioneers’ Coins, Tokens & Banknotes Sale on 8th August, when it sold for £11,000 (all figures plus buyer’s premium). The four-coin set, comprising a £5, double sovereign, sovereign and half sovereign, was housed in its original Royal Mint red leather case.
Overall, the sale achieved strong results across all categories, with excellent results for the English gold, modern proof coins and banknotes.
Notable results were seen for a 1966 Pattern Crown. Minted in sterling silver, it was designed by Anthony Foley and was one of only 100 struck. This pattern features the conjoined busts of Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth II, with a striking image of Britannia hurling thunderbolts on the reverse. It exceeded the presale estimate of £1,000-1,500 to achieve a hammer price of £2,300.
An Extensive Bank of England Banknote Album featuring an example of nearly every post-1928 Bank of England note from 10 shillings to £50 sold for £2,300, and a Rare 20p Error Coin with Royal Mint Certification sold for £1,400. International interest was piqued by an Assortment of Russian Silver Coins, which sold for £900 against an estimate of £180-250, and a group of four Irish James II ‘Gun Money’ Crowns from 1690 sold for £380.
Finally, a 2009 UK Proof Coin Set including the ‘Kew Gardens’ 50p sold for £520, and a Collection of Silver Proof Beatrix Potter 50ps sold for £520.
The sale achieved a total hammer price of £163,270 for 439 lots offered, and a 98% sold rate.
Tennants Auctioneers are now consigning for the next Coins & Banknotes sale to be held on 22nd November.