On June 25th, Spink
London held an auction of 'Ancient, British & Foreign Coins and
Commemorative Medals', a varied 800 lot auction that covered almost
every genre of numismatics.
Split into two sections, the
auction opened with a session of historical collections and single
lot items from Ancient Greece and Rome to contemporary proof sets
and British milled coins.
Some of the most interesting items
offered in the morning session were a collection of gold coins from
the Gupta Empire (dated 4th and 5th centuries
This group included many rare and
iconic issues that rarely come on the market, such as a
Samudragupta I Dinar (lot 270), depicting a Gupta Queen and
sacrificial horse during the royal ritual of Asvamedha (horse
The scarce coin over quadrupled its
estimate to realise a price of £9,600.
Price Realised: £9,600
Another highlight of the morning
session was an early Mohur of Rewa state, now in Madya Pradesh,
1835-43 (Lot 369). With legends in engraved in crude English and
Nagari script, the coin demonstrates the limitations of the
engraver during the early 19th Century.
The coin sparked a huge amount of
interest amongst bidders which led to a realised price of £10,800,
over ten times its estimate.
Price Realised: £10,800
The second half concentrated upon
coins from Britain, including commemorative medals, numismatic
books and cabinets.
The highlight of the afternoon
session was an extremely fine gold Cromwell Broad, dated 1656 (Lot
726). Known for demanding that his portraits be entirely accurate,
the coin depicts Cromwell 'warts and all'.
The coin garnered a lot of interest
and provoked fierce competition. Bids were made from the auction
room and Spink Live until the coin reached a price of £26,400, the
auctions most valuable item.
Price Realised: £26,400
Amongst the rarities on in the
auction was a unique and extremely fine floral type penny from the
reign of King Eadred, during 946-55 (Lot 528). It is thought the
coin was previously mounted upon a brooch, during the Saxon Ages,
before being detected and found in Thaxted, Essex (1998).
Struck with an exceptionally ornate
design, this is the first and only recorded example of its type.
Doubling its estimate, it achieved £10,200
Price Realised: £10,200
Spink is the world's leading
auctioneer of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals, bonds & shares,
autographs, books and wine. Since its foundation in 1666, the
Spink name has become synonymous with tradition, experience and
integrity. Holder of royal warrants and numerous records for prices
achieved at auction, Spink offers an unparalleled range of services
to collectors worldwide. Headquartered in London, with
offices in New York, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore, Spink
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