On the 26th and 27th of March, Spink
London are excited to announce two days of prestigious coins
Both sales, amounting to over a thousand lots, are comprised of
an array of high quality Ancient and World coins and medals.
Day one will commence at 10am with The "Khalifa" Collection of
Islamic Coins, an independently formed collection containing an
abundance of new material from obscure dynasties that have rarely
been seen on the market, some of which have not yet been recorded
or published in numismatic circles.
Spink Coin Specialist, Barbara Mears, who catalogued the
"This is both a challenging and exciting collection.
Although each coin was housed in a window envelope and described in
Arabic, many of them were totally new to me. The collector
wished to remain anonymous, but he was evidently a man of knowledge
with an eye for rarities, who took great care to assemble an
Coins within the collection range throughout the timeline of the
Middle Eastern history, dating from the earliest possible coinage,
issued by the first Arab caliphs in imitation of earlier coins of
the Sasanian dynasty, to the modern issues of Mecca and the Hejaz.
It also includes a range of Indian coins, some from the Mughal
Highlights include lot 71. This intriguing coin appears to be a
normal Abbasid Dinar, but closer inspection reveals it has two
obverse sides: one naming al-Mustarshid (1118 - 35), another naming
al-Muqtafi (1136-60), who were consecutive Abbasid Caliphs (Head of
State) in Baghdad. Perhaps owing its appearance to an error at the
mint, or possibly a deliberate presentation piece, only one other
coin of this type is known. It was struck during the Golden Age of
Islam, when the Abbasid dynasty governed the Capital of Baghdad,
converting it into a centre of science, culture, philosophy and
invention. Estimated at £1,500 - £2,000.
The latter part of the sale contains lot 298, a coin from the
Persian Afsharid Dynasty, ruled by Nadir Shah (1736-47). Nadir Shah
was known for his military prowess and for briefly conquering the
Mughals, seizing the Peacock throne and ruling in Delhi. This coin
demonstrates the extent of his empire as it was minted in Tiflis
(now the Georgian capital Tbilisi) during one of his campaigns, and
appears little circulated. It is extremely rare, and with interest
from both American and Russian collectors there is good reason to
believe it will exceed its estimate of £2,500 - 3,500, and become
the star lot of this auction
Estimated: £2,500 -
Taking place directly after The "Khalifa" Collection is
"Ancient, British and Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals"
This sale is a historical treasure trove, showcasing a selection
of extremely fine and rare coins from England and further
Divided into two parts (one in the afternoon of the
26th and the other taking place on the 27th)
the afternoon session will concentrate on ancient coins from
Islamic, Indian, Roman and Byzantine eras as well as coins from
across the globe.
One lot of alluring background is lot 1036; an eight coin proof
pattern set dated 1949, designed and engraved by the artist and
engraver Patrick Brindley.
Each obverse is engraved with the lion capital of Asoka and
'GOVERNMENT OF INDIA' is inscribed around the emblem and every
reverse is engraved with a unique motif.
The designer and previous owner of these coins, Patrick
Brindley, has an extensive career history within engraving and the
production of coins. Working for Mints in Britain, The Sudan, USA,
Canada and India, he was responsible for the design and production
for many coins that are still in use today. Most notably,
Brindley's design of the 'Ashoka Pillar' which was chosen by
Mahatma Gandhi to be used as the obverse of India's first coinage
as an independent country.
This coinage was never adopted, making them extremely
rare. Estimated £40,000 - £50,000.
Estimated: £40,000 -
Highlights of the sale also include lot 1337. An
Anglo-Saxon gold Thrymsa found near Malton in North Yorkshire. This
coin is one of the earliest issues of the Anglo - Saxon coinage (c.
620 - 645) to be found outside of a museum. Being extremely rare,
it has an estimate of £4,000 - £5,000.
Estimated: £4,000 -
Another Lot that raises attention is lot 1451, a rare and
attractive sovereign issued by Elizabeth I. Dated between 1583 -
1600; it captures the Queen crowned and seated, holding sceptre and
orb. With an estimate of £12,000 - £15,000, it is matched in beauty
as it is in price.
Estimated: £12,000 -
One of the most valuable coins in the afternoon session is
Lot 1483. An extremely fine and rare Charles I coin from the Civil
War, 1664. Depicting the King crowned, armoured and draped, holding
his sword and laurel branch. It is lustrous in vision and estimated
£70,000 - £80,000.
Estimated: £70,000 - £80,000
Restarting the next morning, the sale moves on to focus upon
exceptional hammered and milled coins from across the United
This session contains many beautiful, intriguing and important
coins. One lot of particular note is lot 1627, The Reddite Crown.
This pattern Crown is engraved magnificently with a portrait of
Charles II. Twin to the Petition Crown (sold by Spink in 2007 for a
world record breaking price of £207,000) The Reddite is extremely
rare, with only five known to exist.
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This highly important coin is estimated £100,000 - £120,000 and
is certainly an item to keep an eye on.
Estimated: £100,000 - £120,000
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