Heads you lose... $57,000 coin showing doomed King Charles I is up for sale


2015-06-26 12:17:44


Heads you lose... $57,000 coin showing doomed King Charles I is up for sale

Spink's auction of Ancient, British and Foreign coins has something for every numismatic collector

It's high time Spink had another of their rare coin auctions, and sure enough they've come up with a humdinger: The Ancient, British & Foreign Coins & Commemorative Medals sale later this month offers more than 1,200 fascinating rare coins.

Two of the early highlights are a Charles I, Civil War issues Triple Unite coin, minted in Oxford in 1642-46. The gold piece weighs 27.94g. Charles is shown at half-length facing left, crowned, armoured, holding sword and laurel branch.

On the reverse, there is a declaration on scroll in three lines, with plumes above and the date below.

Despite the edge being indented at the one o'clock position, this is a good/very fine piece and a very rare and exciting item to add to any collection - as well as being a strong investment. It is expected to sell for 25,000-35,000 (up to $57,000).

Charles I Triple Unite coinCharles I Triple Unite coin

Another British rarity is a George IV, proof set from 1826. The set boasts gold Five-Pounds, as well as Two-Pounds, Sovereign and Half-Sovereign coins, a silver Crown, Halfcrown, Shilling and Sixpence and copper Penny, Halfpenny and Farthing pieces

There are some light hairlines on the gold coins but all show brilliance and are in a near mint state. The silver has some spots and the copper coins, now all with dark rich toning, are generally problem free.

Overall a very attractive set, held in later red leather case the set is expected to sell for 20,000-25,000 (up to $40,600). The sale takes place in London on March 23.

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