Another interesting mix of material – ancients, British, world – and mixed throughout, our 2017 version of a Summer Bargain list.
We include over 50 lots to complete Frank Robinson’s halfpenny collection. The economies of preparation and printing make sub $100 lots fiscally challenging. But there are many appealing and worthwhile coins that sell for less. High grade 20th century British material seems to me undervalued. English collectors in the mid-20th century had limited interest in date sets and catalog valuations for 20th century bronze seem to me too low given the real scarcity for uncirculated examples.
Greek bronzes are another field where $100 or less has a broad field of interesting pieces. Some of these are genuinely rare, it’s just that the “bling” of Greek coins has been the big silver issues and the very high grade bronzes. We are working through lesser-but-fascinating Greek bronzes in our sales. Very few of the pieces we offer could we duplicate—rarities with a modest price tag.
Also in this auction are a number of attractive large Greek silver pieces. The Roman section includes a high quality run of Severan Dynasty denarii (beginning with lot 44) and a group of nice Constantine the Great folles, all with different reverses (64-69). Also note lots of good British — don’t miss the George III counterstamped emergency dollar (109) and the many nice pieces of copper and bronze. The very nice Scottish sword and balance piece (175) is discounted from a previous offering, and the well struck Irish Ormond Siege groat is the Dowle & Finn plate coin. An interesting selection of nice tokens is followed by a select group of U.S. The sale concludes with three unusual medals, Sir Rodney capturing St. Eustatius, and Christopher Wren and St. Paul’s Cathedral in silver and copper by the Art Union of London.
Sprinkled throughout this catalog are some pieces – about three dozen – that we offered some time past. Estimates have been adjusted down to make them more appealing – conservative prices in today’s market. Take a look – they deserve another chance.
Valuations? An unending bit of research effort around here…. Very low estimates on everything can make final results look impressive until you stop and think about the philosophy behind low estimates—get people excited at a possible bargain and they may well follow it on up. (Then again, they may not.) It can look great in the after-sale analysis. We try to estimate at the conservative end of the value range of every piece. So our results typically total a bit over estimates overall for sold pieces but you have a reliable guide to what our research indicates is a fair market price.
We are already building our next major auction, Auction 37, to close next February. Now is a great time for you to consider consigning to us. Our bimonthly E-Auctions allow a quick turn-around for you as well. Our terms are straightforward, our care exceptional and our efforts on your behalf strong and almost always successful. We pay attention to all of your coins, not just the “cream” of your collection.Allan, Marnie, & Lief Davisson
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