By the time this sale closes the mid-August ANA Convention will be over. Lief and Allan will be there for a couple of days. Mid-August would have been the logical time for this sale to close but the additional couple of weeks allows you a bit more time to consider the wide variety of things we have pulled together.
The gold section is a bit longer, with a choice double crown of Charles I from the historic Brooker collection anchoring these opening lots. The Edward VI half sovereign is the first of a small number of “re-runs” at lower estimates than we assigned when they were first offered. (Sometimes it takes a bit of time for a piece to find its level.) The very limited number of repeats we included in this auction form a bit of a “summer sale” of coins that struck us as particularly worthwhile issues deserving of a second chance with the added bonus of more appealing price points.
Our ancient section once again offers a mix of issues chosen for their interest—historic and aesthetic. The section offers good value at affordable levels. A “lifetime” Alexander III tetradrachm, somewhat well used by its passage through history, a gleaming bronze of Krannon with the heads of a horse and a hero side by side, a well centered horse crouching to roll on a scarce Larissa bronze, a rare stater with a cow-calf combination obverse from Euboia, wrestlers from Aspendos, a portrait of Nero looking a bit smug, an elegant Byzantine silver piece—some breadth and intrigue make up this part of the catalog.
The key piece in the British section is a re-offering of a rarity that I had never seen offered until a small hoard came on the market in 2015. There were eight reasonably decent examples in the sale. While I cannot know for sure where they all are now I am pretty certain that at least three of the best will not be on the market again. This piece deserves both a second look and a place of prominence in a serious collection.
A William the Conqueror penny with a bold portrait, a few choice Maundy sets, scarce sixpences, some “slabbed” shillings and a continuation of a listing of the beautiful Victorian Gothic florin fill out the English section. The Frank Robinson collection has a nice run of these.
A smattering of Scottish, Irish, Anglo-Gallic, a few tokens including “The Muffin Man,” one of the great rarities of the series (see the cover), a bit of obscure early US, including a pleasing early US dollar, a short US half dollar type set, some unusual and historic medals including a fascinating conjunction of World War I ending and WW II beginning, two dramatic Karl Goetz medals including a grim-faced Martin Luther—eclectic, unusual, historic—we tried to touch a lot of keys.
We hope you enjoy our selection.
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