The reign of William III was particularly interesting numismatically. I wrote a short article on the complexities of coinage and the end of hammered coins. You can see it online or I will be happy to send a copy. Either way, a major feature of this catalog is silver coinage of William III beginning with some William and Mary issues.
John, of Robin Hood fame, is known by short cross pennies of many varieties and mints. A group of these pieces from one collection provides an interesting cross section of this medieval coinage.
The ancient section of the sale includes a nice selection of small issues, some rarely offered, including a few Greek islands (Kos and Rhodes). Two Caracalla denarii show his progression from boy to less than savory man. A few commemorative issues and a group of beautifully silvered folles round out the Roman section -- I am always surprised at the wonderful condition that can be found in late folles, and how much coin you can get for a very reasonable price in this under-collected series. These E-Auctions give us the opportunity to present interesting and charming coins at all price points, allowing collectors of any budget to find something new.
I have a special appreciation for sets of Washington quarters. Early in my collecting career I had a circulated set in a Bookshelf album that I traded to a St. Paul, Minnesota coin dealer for a tray of better quality ancient coins. Just as a 1787 shilling launched me into British coins, this tray was the inspiration to also pursue ancient coinage.
An entire set of Washington quarters, carefully selected for exceptional condition, is one of the lots in this auction. Such a collection represents a substantial effort. A few of the pieces have been graded by PCGS, at the consignor’s request. In looking carefully through the pages, I think that the entire set would grade well into the Mint State range. (The 1932D and S fell just short.) Read the note about the estimate: it represents the current wholesale Greysheet price.
Another collector carefully put his coins in high quality round coin holders. We left them in there and a few groups of his collection are offered as well. Again, we based the estimate on the Greysheet price.
Fall is well launched in Minnesota, and colder weather makes for good coin cataloging (sunny days are less motivational). We are happily digging into the last of our 2017 offerings, and 2018 auctions are fast approaching -- if the time has come for your collection (or parts of it) to go to a new home, do get in touch.
Allan, Marnie, & Lief Davisson
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