28 April 2020
Two very rare Charles I Civil War coins minted in Hereford and the Welsh Marches will be offered in an online/ live auction at Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins, medals, banknotes and jewellery specialists in their sale of Coins on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 11am on their website www.DNW.co.uk. They are expected to fetch £6,000-8,000 and £4,000-5,000 respectively.
Due to the current COVID 19 situation, there will be no physical viewing of the auction. Prospective bidders are encouraged to consult DNW’s website (www.dnw.co.uk) where all lots are illustrated and further condition reports can be requested if required. Customers are able to bid online (DNW make no additional charge for this service) or leave commission bids prior to the auction. Please note that the situation with regards to dispatch of lots is subject to constant review and should it be necessary lots can be securely stored without charge for as long as required. DNW are donating 5% of all buyers' premium during these uncertain times to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Appeal.
Dating from 1645, the unique silver Halfcrown from the Hereford Mint, depicts King Charles I on horseback, while the reverse is unique among the silver coins of Charles I, showing an oval shield within a garter, supported by a lion and unicorn - a design normally reserved for use only on the gold coinage. Around two-dozen specimens are known to exist in private and public collections.
The extremely rare example of the so-called Welsh Marches Halfcrown, struck at an uncertain mint on the English-Welsh border, dates from 1644 - a year earlier that the Hereford example. It shows a horseman on one side and on the reverse three plumes. About a dozen of these coins are listed in the standard reference book on the series. These two specimens are from the 18th part of a Collection of English Coins that was amassed by the late Dr John Hulett and 80 coins from this particular collection will be in the auction.
Jim Brown, Coin Specialist at Dix Noonan Webb, commented: “We are offering two of the classic rarities of Charles I’s coinage. Whether a student of the Civil War or a collector of provincial coins, this is a chance not to be missed. It may be some time before a similar opportunity comes along…”
FORTHCOMING SALES AT DNW
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 - COINS
thursday, may 21 - ORDERS, DECORATIONS, MEDALS AND MILITARIA
WEDNESdAY, MAY 27 - TOKENS & HISTORICAL MEDALS
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 - ANCIENT & ISLAMIC COINS
TUESDAY, JUNE 9 - JEWELLERY, WATCHES AND OBJECTS OF VERTU
thursday, JUNE 18 - ORDERS, DECORATIONS, MEDALS AND MILITARIA
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 - BRITISH, IRISH AND WORLD BANKNOTES
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 – COINS & HISTORICAL MEDALS
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Dix Noonan Webb – a brief history
In 1991, its first year of trading, the company held three medal auctions and sold 1,200 lots for a total hammer price of £553,000. Two years later it opened a coin department which also auctions commemorative medals and tokens and in 2015 DNW added jewellery to its sales calendar. In 2018, it set up a standalone banknotes department and expanded into premises next door. In the same year, DNW achieved a total hammer price of £11,676,580 and the total number of lots across all departments was 20,273. To date the company has sold in excess of 300,000 lots totalling £155 million.
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