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Birmingham, United Kingdom
DoneThu, Nov 21, 2013 11:00 AM GMT

Coins and Medals

Welcome to our autumn sale of Coins & Medals which features over 300 lots including milled coinage, gold Sovereigns and proof sets as well as a selection of both military and civil medals. We have several lots in our coin section worthy of investment, including a George VI proof gold Five-Pounds and a George II gold Two-Guineas from 1739 to name but two (Lots 45 and 3). For those interested in coins with a history we have a selection of naval themed coins: Lot 1 , a William and Mary gold Guinea, stated to be from the wreck of the HMS Association in 1707 and rediscovered only in 1967. We also have five silver coins from the wreck of the Atocha near the Florida Keys from 1622, each with accompanying certificate (Lots 154 to 158). Moving on to our medal section, this sale we are offering various rare finds. Our cover lot includes a Distinguished Service Order awarded to a chaplain in the Great War who courageously entered the field of battle to save injured soldiers (Lot 209). A similar act of bravery is celebrated by the issue of the Albert Medal to William Martin in 1917 for 'Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea'; stationed at the port of Archangel in Russia, Martin and two others boarded a burning and sinking ship in order to save those on board (Lot 352). For those looking for something slightly different this sale we are pleased to offer two lots of medals issued for service further afield during the Great War. Lot 210 an Australian Imperial Forces Military Medal and Great War medal group, awarded to those who served in the 'First' AIF which was one of only two countries in the war to enlist on a voluntary only basis. We are also pleased to be offering an India General Service Medal with Afghanistan clasp as part of Lot 232. This lot includes an album of photographs taken by the recipient whilst stationed in Afghanistan in 1919, images which still have poignant resonance today due to our continued military association with the country.