Baldwin’s to sell part 2 of British colonial coins May 6
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Compiled by a collector who sought out only the finest specimens, the second and final part of the collection will consist of 980 lots. The impeccable collection includes many pattern and proof coins from British Guiana, British Honduras, British West Indies, Hong Kong, Straits Settlements, Ceylon, Cyprus, Fiji, the Ionian Island and New Zealand.
One of the most expensive coins in the sale is a 1905B uncirculated Straits Settlements Edward VII (1901-1910) silver proof 50-cents from the Diana Collection. Issued shortly before coinage of the Straits Settlements was demonetized on Dec. 31, 1952, this coin is estimated to sell for £5,000–£8,000 [Lot 487].
Many of the coins in the Arielle collection have a connection to the numismatic legend, Major F. Pridmore, and are fascinating pieces of numismatic history. Of note is an 1815 George III (1760-1820) silver pattern-Rix dollar. Bearing a strong similarity to the 1821 coinage of George IV, Pridmore has made the argument that this is a proof and not a pattern. Generally, we have called coins made, but not issued for circulation, patterns, but Pridmore argues that 10,000 were supposed to have been issued, but as it never happened, what is the proper description for this coin? All known pieces were struck as proofs and this pushes the argument back to describing them as patterns, as they did not enter circulation. This well debated coin is estimated at £3,000–£4,000 [Lot 283].
With an extremely good provenance an 1866 Victoria (1837-1901), unique bronze pattern 1/26-shilling from Jersey, is sure to cause a stir among collectors. The unique undated specimen has come from the collections of Pridmore, R. J. Ford and A.L.T. McCammon and was keenly fought over at the Pridmore sale in 1981. Very used to being unchallenged in his quest to purchase the most expensive proofs and patterns, Richard Ford was aggrieved to have been bid up to £2,600 for this coin. He was, however, the successful purchaser, but in a strange twist of fate the under bidder, Anthony McCammon secured the coin for his collection some nine years later at exactly the same price. This special coin is estimated at £2,000–£3,000 [Lot 100].
From more exotic locations, an ex Edward Roehrs collection 1807 George III (1760-1820) restrike bronzed copper proof penny from the Bahamas, is a coin that has intrigued the cataloger of this collection. Unlike all the 1806 coins, which are struck on a coin die axis, this coin is struck on a medal die axis. It raises the question of when this coin was in fact created. There are differences on all three of the Bahamas pennies in the collection, and nothing is conclusive, but a mystery yet to be solved. One of only three known to exist, it is estimated at £3,000–£4,000 [Lot 723].
A stunning 1875H Victoria (1837-1901), silver specimen 20-cents from Hong Kong is one of nine pieces found in the Heaton Mint, Birmingham, Archives, in various states of striking quality. The finest pieces of this date are the only 19th century Heaton coins that could be considered proofs as they were of the same quality as any proof from the Royal Mint. This exceptional coin is estimated to sell for £1,500–£2,000 [Lot 652].
Baldwin’s three-day auction (May 6-8) schedule will include European coins from the collection of numismatist Ake Linden and the Hemisphere Collection of gold sovereigns.
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