£60,000 Victoria proof set shines at Spink's rare coins auction
60,000 Victoria proof set shines at Spink's rare coins auction
Splendid sets of rare British gold coins dominated the London sale, alongside a Russian rarity
Spink concluded its sale of Ancient, English & Foreign Coins, Commemorative Medals & Numismatic Books on Thursday (September 30). The sale included many lots of relatively minor value amongst its 810 listings, and it was just a few genuinely high-end lots which pulled it up to a sales total of 576,225.
As expected it was three fine gold British proof sets which dominated the auction:
The George IV proof set of 1826, consisting of gold Five-Pounds, Two-Pounds, Sovereign and Half-Sovereign, silver Crown, Half-Crown, Shilling and Sixpence, copper Penny, Halfpenny and Farthing coins sold on target at 33,000 against its 30,000-35,000 listing.
The William IV proof set of 1831 is in brilliant mint state, and consists of gold Two-Pounds, Sovereign and Half-Sovereign, silver Crown, Halfcrown, Shilling and Sixpence, silver Maundy set, copper Penny, Halfpenny and Farthing coins. It too sold on target at 24,000 hammer price.
As expected however, top lot status went to the Victorian proof set of 1839. This was headed by a gold 5 coin with five scrolls on front fillet, and nine leaves on rear fillet, as well as a gold Sovereign and Half-Sovereign.
Accompanied by a silver Crown, Halfcrown, Shilling, Sixpence, Groat, and Maundy set, not to mention a copper Penny, Halfpenny and Farthing, it was described as being in "practically mint state" by Spink and carried in its original black shagreen case. It topped its 45,000-55,000 listing to be taken home for 60,000.
One other lot which shouldn't go unmentioned: an extremely fine and rare large gold medal by S. Vazhenin and A.G. Griliches intended to celebrate the coronation of Russia's Alexander III hit its top estimateof 40,000.
A reminder that Russian collectibles including coins are also in a strong position.