(Lots 142-144)

Tournai, one of Belgium’s oldest cities, sits about fifty miles southwest of Brussels, its history reflecting the forces that flowed back and forth across Europe for centuries. For a while, it was claimed by Henry VIII.  England captured it in 1513 in one in the series of Renaissance or Italian Wars. In 1518 the Treaty of London returned the city to French rule.

During those few years of occupancy, English style groats with a Gothic T mintmark were issued at Tournai, though the dies were made at the Tower of London. Few have survived and decent examples show up infrequently.

This group of three coins represents the changeover in coinage and proposed subsequent use of the dies. R. Carlyon-Britton, a major collector and scholar of British coins in the middle of the 20th century, published an article in the 1955-1957 British Numismatic Journal analyzing the re-use of Tournai dies for English issues by overstriking the mintmarks with a portcullis.

Carlyon-Britton considered one of the pieces listed here a pattern. The reverse has a lis in each of the forks and he considered it unique. Whitton agrees calling it “a trial piece.” Stewartby comments that the trefoils may have been to discriminate the Tournai issue from regular Tower issues.

Carlyon-Britton notes that the other coin is known by only one or two other additional examples. Stewartby notes that these coins with an overstruck mintmark are “very rare” but does not address Carlyon-Britton’s numbers.

Such definitive collections as Murdoch and Lockett did not have examples of these overstruck mintmark pieces.

A note on lot 337: The English came back to Tournai beginning with a seventy day siege by the Duke of Marlborough in late June, 1709 during the War of Spanish Succession. The city issued an emergency square siege coinage with the image of Marechal de Surville, city commander.

Thursday, December 14, 2017


How Bidding Works


Davissons Ltd uses a soft close for its auctions, which means no lot closes until everyone is done bidding. Every time a bid is placed within the final 40 seconds of a lot closing, the timer is reset to 40 seconds. This continues until no bids are placed for 40 seconds, at which point the lot closes. There will never be more than one lot closing at once, as the next lot is not allowed to begin closing until the current lot closes.

To bid: enter your maximum bid into the text box, and click submit. Only round dollar amounts are accepted. You are then required to confirm your bid. Once confirmed, all bids are final. If you have placed a bid in error you must call during office hours and speak to one of us. If you are the current high bidder then it will display “Current High Bidder: YOU” If you are not the high bidder, or if you are not logged in, then the current high bidder will be identified by their 5 digit client ID. You may find your client ID under the Account tab.

Bids are reduced automatically, so feel free to bid your maximum and it will be reduced to one increment over the current high bid. If a user places a bid that is higher than necessary to be the current high bidder on the lot, the displayed bid will reflect one advance over the next lower bid. For example, if a user "A" places a bid of $120 on a lot which opens at $100, "A" will be winning that lot at $100. If another user "B" bids $110, the winning bidder will be "A" at $120, one advance over the supporting bid of $110. If user "B" in this example instead placed a bid at $120, then user "A" will still be winning at $120 because they placed that maximum bid value first.

Increments can be viewed here. The next bid will always be on the next increment, so if a user is winning a lot at $100, or $105, or $109, the next bid will still always be $110.

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