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Rare Proof Sets Lead Coins Auction

17th April 2023.

The upcoming coin and banknote sale at Tennants Auctioneers on 3rd May will feature an interesting and diverse selection of coins. From Roman coins to modern proof sets the sale has coins to appeal to a wide range of collectors. Of particular note are two proof sets minted to celebrate the coronations of George V and George VI respectively.

The George V 1911 Coronation ‘long’ proof set features 12 coins comprising 4 gold coins: £5 coin, £2 coin, sovereign and half sovereign; and 4 silver coins: halfcrown, florin, shilling and sixpence; and a full Maundy set comprising 4d, 3d, 2d & 1d silver coins. With a mintage of only 2,812 and in near ‘fleur de coin’ condition, this attractive set would make a superb addition to any collection (estimate: £8,000-10,000 plus buyer’s premium).

Following on from February’s sale we have another excellent example of a George VI 1937 gold proof set. This four- coin set comprising a £5, double sovereign, sovereign and half sovereign, is housed in its original Royal Mint red leather case and is in ‘fleur de coin’ condition, only around 5,000 of these sets were minted (estimate: £10,000-12,000 plus buyer’s premium).

For the collectors of ancient coins this sale will feature a nice selection of Roman Republic and Imperial coinage, highlights include a scarce Roman Republic denarius of M. Cato, nicely toned and graded GVF (estimate: £320-380 plus buyer’s premium). Also of note is a very rare Emperor Hadrian denarius (RIC 38), graded NVF (estimate: £200-300 plus buyer’s premium).

There is also an opportunity to become the owner of the iconic ‘Kew Gardens’ 50p designed by Christopher Le Brun and much sought after by collectors of more modern coinage. The upcoming sale will feature four 2009 sets containing the coin, including two deluxe proof sets (estimate: £180-250) plus buyer’s premium.


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