E-Auction 29

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    E29, Lot 152:

    ANGUILLA. AR Liberty dollar on a 1948 Mexico 5 pesos. 29.93 gm. 40 mm. .8651 ASW. 1967. National arms, eagle left / Head with headdress left; ANGUILLA LIBERTY DOLLAR JULY 11 1967. KM 465 (host coin). Overall Extremely Fine.

    Anguilla is a Caribbean republic and British overseas territory consisting of a main island and smaller islands totaling 35 square miles, located about 200 miles east of Puerto Rico.  The Anguilla Liberty Dollars were made by Scott Newhall while he was the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Newhall was an avid coin collector and, in 1967, he saw an opportunity for a flashy story to publish in the Chronicle.

    In 1967 Britain granted the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis autonomy, incorporating Anguilla into the new unified dependency of Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla ruled by a dictator on Saint Kitts, against the wishes of many Anguillans. This led to two Anguillan revolutions, in 1967 and 1969, with the goal of returning the island to its former status as a British crown colony.

    To facilitate commerce and raise money for the revolutionaries Newhall took 11,600 silver dollar sized coins and counterstamped them in the basement of the Chronicle building in San Francisco. The plan was that the Anguillan government would sell them to collectors for a surcharge and reimburse Newhall. The plan failed, with only 2000-3000 put into commerce and Newhall forced to sell the remainder for melt value. Anguilla did issue their own commemorative coins in following years, and did return fully to British rule in 1971.

    The full story, along with the transcript of a 1980s interview with Scott Newhall, can be found on the Santa Clarita Valley historical society website

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    E29, Lot 164:

    IRELAND/COLONIAL AMERICA. Voce Populi coinage. Æ halfpenny. 7.4 gm. 28 mm. 96 grains. 1760. Laureate bust right (Square head) / Hibernia seated left; 1760 below. D&F 570. Nelson 2. Zelinka 4-B. Near Extremely Fine; struck on a broad flan; portrait somewhat soft but without the usual roughness; exceptional lustrous surfaces with a glossy milk chocolate patina. Superb example.

    Voce Populi copper halfpenny tokens: a fascinating and enigmatic copper issue from the mid-1700s in Ireland (and Colonial America?) Voce Populi coppers appear in several references on Colonial American coinage: The Official Redbook, A Guidebook of United States Coins 2017; Breen (1988), Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins; Bowers (2009), Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins. Irish references cite them as well: Nelson (1905), The Coinage of Ireland in Copper, Tin and Pewter, 1460-1826; Dowle and Finn (1969), The Guidebook to the Coinage of Ireland From 995 AD to the Present Day. The 2015 Spink Standard Catalog, Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands notes them as "a brief issue of tokens, the 'Voce Populi' series, [that] was produced in Dublin to supply the need for small change" but does not provide a listing of types. They were made by a supplier of buttons to the Irish army, a Mr. Roche of Dublin. Who is shown on the obverse? George II? George III? One of the Jacobite pretenders? The Jacobites were Catholic as were the Irish, so there was sympathy for their cause. The standard reference by Jerry Zelinka was published in the October 1976 issue of The Colonial Newsletter. In addition to background discussion he provides a detailed description of die varieties-12 obverse and 11 reverse-in a listing that is supplemented by a chart showing die combinations. (Unfortunately I am unaware of any reprint of this article.) Did they circulate in Colonial America? Dr. Philip Mossman, authority on American Colonial Coinage and past editor of The Colonial Newsletter who has kindly helped me with background on these pieces, keeps a running total record of pieces found in the US and the Maritimes that could conceivably have come to North America during colonial times. The number is small ("a census of 13, most with a definite east coast recovery history so they well could have arrived as someone's pocket change but not as a shipment"). Ken Bressett, one of the Red Book authors when I asked him at the ANA in Colorado Springs about these pieces in Colonial America, smiled as he suggested no real evidence but no objection if someone felt they should be part of Colonial American numismatic history. That they are fascinating and unusual with a great variety of manufacturing quirks is undebatable.

    –Text from Davissons Auction 37 on this series

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    E29, Lot 180:

    ENGLAND/SCOTLAND. Carlisle Recaptured, Jacobite Rebels Retreat to Scotland. 1745. AR medal. 15.39 gm. 35 mm. By A. Kirk/J. Kirk. The Duke of Cumberland on horseback left, sword raised, city (Carlisle) behind; GUL AUG DUX CUMBERLANDIÆ around; NAT 15 APR 1721 in exergue; A KIRK F in small letters below / The Duke standing right, handing an olive leaf to Anglia seated left; below, a prostrate rebel with a papal shield; SPEM REDUCIS MENTIBUS ANXIIS around; MDCCXLV in exergue; I KIRK F in small letters below. Eimer 598. Woolf (Jacobite) 58.1. Near Extremely Fine; attractive old toning with iridescence over fresh glossy surfaces.

    The siege and capture of Carlisle was an important event of the 1745-1746 Jacobite uprising. Forces loyal to Prince Charles Edward Stuart ("Bonnie Prince Charlie") captured the city of Carlisle and Carlisle Castle on 14-15 November 1745. But Charles was not strong enough to hold it, and the Hanoverian army under the Duke of Cumberland, son of George II, besieged and took back Carlisle in December. The prisoners, the so-called Manchester Regiment, were held in a dungeon in terrible conditions until they were brought out for execution. (Cf. lots 179-182.)

    History of the Jacobite Rebellion: The last Stuart monarch had been dead for three decades and the Hanoverians were on the British throne. James (“The Old Pretender”), son of James VII and Mary of Modena had been unsuccessful in an attempt to gain the throne in 1715 and install himself as James III. 

    His son Charles ("Bonnie Prince Charlie") launched yet another effort to establish a Stuart ruler, landing on an island in the Hebrides in July 1745. He built an army of highlanders that was successful in taking over Edinburgh by September. But the English throne was the goal, and after some initial invasion successes the English responded by bringing the commander of the English army in Flanders back to England. The Duke of Cumberland, son of George II, led a dominant force north, taking back Carlisle on his way.

    The Jacobite Rebellion is marked by a a long series of finely produced medals by the English marking the events (Cf. lots 179-182)



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