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The Private Collection of a Yorkshire Numismatist

22nd August 2023.

Tennants Auctioneers is delighted to announce the sale of an extensive private single owner of note’s coin collection from Yorkshire. The Private Collection of a Yorkshire Numismatist will be offered in an online timed auction, offering circa 400 lots, with bidding open from 2nd to 15th October.

This large, exciting collection features coins, tokens, and medallions from across the numismatic spectrum, of interest to collectors of all fields and budgets. The clear focus is on British and Irish coinage with an abundance of quality hammered and milled coinage with most monarchs being represented. In addition, there is a small selection of ancient coins, many interesting foreign coins, and a strong token section, not to mention a variety of commemorative and historic medallions.

One of the most exciting lots in the sale is an Elizabeth I Pattern ‘Pledge Penny’ from 1601, struck in copper. (Estimate: £1,800-2,500 plus buyer’s premium). This coin (BMC 4) is listed in English Copper, Tin and Bronze Coins in the British Museum by C. Wilson Peck as extremely rare. Examples can also be found struck in silver and pewter and an example of the coin even featured on the front cover of the 1970 edition of Peck’s work. Colin Cooke’s website states that there are only 6 examples of this coin in existence with three in museums, could this be a possible number 7?

Further sale highlights will include two 1847 Gothic Crowns, including one of plain edge variety struck in pure silver (estimate: £3,000-4,000 plus buyer’s premium); these iconic and enduringly popular coins are sure to be of great appeal to keen numismatists.

In addition, there is an interesting group of Civil War era and Commonwealth coins, including an Irish ‘Ormonde Money’ Half-Crown (estimate: £600-800). There are also some fascinating examples of rare error coins including a Charles II Shilling 1663 reading GARTIA in the legend (estimate: £1,000-1,500) and an 1860 Mule Farthing featuring both toothed and beaded borders (estimate: £400-600).

This is an exciting opportunity to bid on coins which for the most part have been stored away and unseen in over 40 years.


Sale details coming soon

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