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Results: Coins, Tokens & Banknotes Sale 4th May

6th May 2022.

Tennants Auctioneers’ Coins, Tokens and Banknotes Sale on 4th May once again saw strong prices across the board achieving a very healthy sold rate of 96%. The hammer price of over £193,000 was the highest achieved by a Coins Sale at Tennants in recent years. This was aided in part by a good Private Collection of Coins from the estate of a numismatist that focused on hammered and early milled coinage and which achieved a total hammer price of £63,540 for its 196 lots. The top lot of the collection was a very rare Late Anglo-Saxon Harold II (1066) Silver Penny, which sold for £3,200 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £800-1,200.

Also of note from the collection were a Philip and Mary Shilling (sold for £1,000), an Elizabeth I Milled Coinage Shilling (sold for £1,000), a George III Sovereign from 1820 (sold for £700), and a 2009 UK Proof Coin Set including a ‘Kew Gardens’ 50p (sold for £320).

From other vendors in the sale came an Edward III (1327-1377) Gold Half Noble that sold for £3,500. The coin was minted during the Treaty Period (1361-69) when hostilities with France were briefly suspended during the Hundred Years War. This entente cordiale is reflected in the design of the Treaty Period half noble which omitted the contraction ‘FRANC’ (standing for REX FRANCORUM —King of the Franks/French) which Edward had used up until that time to stake his claim to the French throne. In its place, the king substituted the abbreviation ‘ACT’, symbolising in this less controversial claim to the Duchy of Aquitaine his commitment to peace.

Amongst the banknotes in the sale an Ulster Bank £1 note dated 1st June 1915 in Fine condition sold well at £320.

The sale achieved a total hammer price of £193,740 for 468 lots, and a 96% sold rate. We are open to consignments for the next Coins & Banknotes sale which will be held on 8th August 2022.



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