A Gold Proof Set issued in 1937 to mark the Coronation of George VI led Tennants Auctioneers’ Coins, Tokens & Banknotes Sale on 3rd May, when it sold for £13,000 (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.
Strong results amongst the sovereigns in the sale included a William IV Sovereign from 1836, which sold for £850, and an Elizabeth II Proof Sovereign from 1989 struck to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the sovereign, which sold for £1,400. A strong showing for Russian gold saw an Alexander II 5 Rubles from 1877 sell for £950, a Nicholas II 15 Rubles from 1897 sell for £700, and Nicholas II 10 Rubles from 1899 sell for £450.
Further notable results achieved in the coins section of the sale included a 2009 Deluxe UK Proof Coin Set with the Kew Gardens 50p, which sold for £500, and a Phoenician Tyre silver tetradrachm, which sold for £320.
Performing well in the banknotes section of the sale, achieving a hammer price well above estimate, was a Collection of English and World Banknotes, which included a 1942 Bank of England ‘white’ £5 note, 64 Bank of England £1 notes, and two Bank of England £20 notes (sold for £650). Also of note were an extensive album of Historic and Modern Banknotes from Canada, Scotland, Latvia, Argentina and further afield (sold for £650), and a Collection of Historic World Banknotes (sold for £650).
The sale achieved a total hammer price of £187,270 for 419 lots, and a 91% sold rate.