These Byzantine bronze Follis are the first coins to portray Jesus Christ. They were issued in the 10th or 11th Century AD and have a portrait of Christ on one side and either a cross or lettering on the other. These coins are individually struck one at a time by hand, so the designs and strikes will differ. Here we offer these coins in Fine grade; they have a lot of detail. It has been sometime since we had so many nice examples.
These Byzantine bronze Follis are the first coins to portray Jesus Christ. They were issued in the 10th or 11th Century AD and have a portrait of Christ on one side and either a cross or lettering on the other. These coins are individually struck one at a time by hand, so the designs and strikes will differ. Here we offer these coins in Very Good grade; they have a lot of detail for this grading. It has been sometime since we had so many nice examples.
This is one of a handful of very interesting commemorative issues struck by Constantine the Great. The type offered here is one of the two more affordable types and was made for the founding of Constantinople in A.D. 330. They are made from bronze and show the Goddess of the city, ‘Constantinopolis’, in a helmet and war gear on the obverse. The reverse shows the goddess of Victory on the prow of a ship holding a sceptre and shield. This is to symbolise the port being captured using ships by Constantine’s son, Crispus. On a small amount of these reverses, the prow will be facing towards Victory, this is because the engravers making the designs didn’t realise the goddess was meant to be on the ship! There are enough variations in mintmarks and the styles of the designs on these to form a collection of these types alone. But the most interesting about these coins is how well they have survived! At this time bronze coins would circulate so heavily that it is very hard to find them in a good grade. We have a small collection of this commemorative from 1600 years ago in this exceptional almost Extremely Fine grade.
This beautiful One Dollar crownsized coin was issued by the Cook Islands in 2004 to honour Mahatma Gandhi. You have Gandhi on one side and H. M. Queen Elizabeth II on the other side. Gandhi is wearing his glasses something that showed he was getting older with an Indian temple next to him. Each coin is heavily silver plated, struck in Choice Proof condition and it comes in a protective capsule. This is the first time that we have been able to offer this important and beautiful coin. He was a fantastic man and one to be admired.
The 1955 Wren Farthing was the penultimate, or the next to last Farthing to ever be struck. In 1956 the last ever Farthing was struck. For some reason, this penultimate Farthing is rather difficult to find in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. You have the youthful bust of Queen Elizabeth II on one side, remember that she only came to the throne in 1952, and on the other side you have a beautiful little wren. The coins on offer are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and are now some 63 years old. For those of you too young to remember, there were 240 Pennies to the Pound and 4 Farthings to the Penny. So that a pound’s worth of Farthings would have been 960 coins. Don’t we wish we had the money and had put them away at the time?
We bought a nice group of the scarce 2004 Half Sovereigns in Proof condition. They are still sealed in the Royal Mint packaging. They come in the original Royal Mint case with the Royal Mint certificate. These are struck in Proof 22ct Gold and weigh about 4 grams. Today the Royal Mint wants £250.00 for a Half Sovereign in proof. These are older but still in their original Royal Mint packaging and at an attractive price.
This handsome crownsized Proof medallion was issued in 1987, some 31 years ago for the Maiden voyage of Cunard’s ship the Queen Elizabeth II. One of the people who made this medallion for Cunard found some in a room at his business. They had sat there forgotten for the past 31 years. Anything with ships on it is highly collectable. In Germany there is even a club for ship coin collectors. This gleaming two coloured Proof shows the great ship on one side the Queen Elizabeth II symbol on the other side. It comes in a six-page full colour presentation wallet. The ship has now been laid up and is no longer in service.
In 2009 the Royal Mint issued one of their last round pounds for circulation. Unfortunately most of the coins were used and very few were put aside for collectors. So Uncirculated examples are difficult to find and this date is missing from many collections. You have the Rank-Broadley bust of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and a shield on the reverse. The coins on offer were put aside in 2009 and thus are in Uncirculated condition. Nothing special about this coin, just that it is not easy to find these days in Uncirculated condition. We were happy to buy this group, as we know that many collectors will want an example for their collection. The round pound is no more so this is a good coin to add to your collection.
We have a wonderful collection of French coins issued just before they started to issue Euro coins. There are nine different French coins in this collection, all in selected circulated condition. There are two different 10 Franc coins including a bi-metallic one. You get the 5, 10 and 20 Centimes plus the 1/2 Franc, 1, 2, 5 Francs plus two types of the 10 Francs. A total of nine different French coins, all used before the Euro existed and who knows they might need them again… Not easy to put nine different French coins together, but we have. You can own the entire collection for a very reasonable price. If the Euro ceases to exist, they might use Francs again…
It was in the reign of King George VI that all silver was removed from our coinage and replaced with what we use today, cupronickel. But what many collectors don’t realise is that the cupronickel coins of George VI in choice condition are much rarer to get than choice silver coins of George VI. We purchased a group of the 1949 English Shillings, put away in 1949 and are they super! We have classed them Choice Uncirculated, the worst coin is far superior to what you see on the market. The current catalogue price on this coin is £35.00 in just Uncirculated condition and all of these are much nicer than that. A chance to buy a Choice George VI 1949 English cupronickel Shilling at a price that will please you…
It was in the reign of King George VI that all silver was removed from our coinage and replaced with what we use today, cupronickel. But what many collectors don’t realise is that the cupronickel coins of George VI in choice condition are much rarer to get than choice silver coins of George VI. We purchased a group of the 1949 English Shillings, put away in 1949 and are they super! We have classed them Choice Uncirculated and Gem Uncirculated, the worst coin is far superior to what you see on the market and the finest coins are just about as good as you will ever see. The current catalogue price on this coin is £35.00 in just Uncirculated condition and all of these are much nicer than that. A chance to buy a Choice George VI 1949 English cupronickel Shilling at a price that will please you…
Hop Pickers Token. The cultivation of hops was a popular industry and it employed labour for almost all the year. At the peak of the picking season many thousands of pickers were required and these mostly came from London’s East End for a “holiday” with work and pay and were known as “furiners”. Payment for picking was arranged using these hop-tokens mostly made from lead and white metal and produced by the local blacksmith. The number “1” shows the number of bushels picked and the initials “J S” are those of the issuer James Smith of Place Farm, Icklesham, Sussex. The tokens were passed as money between the pickers themselves, and were also accepted by the shops and inns in the locality, who were assured that the tokens would be redeemed later by the growers who issued them.
Each set comes in a green card holder inside a vinyl wallet. Each set contains Irish pre-euro coins in Uncirculated condition, but over the past almost 50 years the coins have mellowed a little. The 1968 Mint Set contains the 1d, 3d, 6d, Shilling and Florin. These are not easy coins to find.
In 1953 Queen Elizabeth II was Crowned at her Coronation Ceremony. Only two countries in the world issued Special Coronation Crowns, two others issued crowns, but they were not special issues. New Zealand and Great Britain were the only two countries to issue Coronation Crowns. In fact it was the only Queen Elizabeth II pre-decimal crown to be issued by New Zealand. Only 250,000 were struck and today it is not easy to find. You have the uncrowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a crowned E II R on the other side. The examples that we have on offer are in Uncirculatedcondition. You may have the British issue in your collection, but do you have the New Zealand issue in your collection?
In 1992 everyone thought that the new European currency was going to be called the Ecu. So International Numismatic Agency (INA) made a private pattern Ecu to show what a Northern Ireland issue might look like, if it were ever issued, in other words a Patina. It is crownsized and struck in Prooflike cupro-nickel. On one side a woman playing the harp along with the denomination ‘Twenty-Five Ecu’ and the date 1992. The other side has a globe showing Europe with Neptune and Britannia on either side of the globe. The legend reads ‘Europe * Europa and N. Ireland’. These are now 27 years old and it has been quite sometime since we last offered them for sale. Just found a small group in one of vault rooms. If you collect Irish coins, Euro or Ecu coins, then this is the piece for you…
We have found this wonderful Staffa Gold, just in time for Christmas. Staffa is one of the Scottish islands and it issues its own stamps. This is an £8.00 stamp issued in 22ct gold foil in 1981. It features an Angel in the sky on this oversized large gold foil stamp. Now, these stamps are issued for local posting only, but it comes in a red gold embossed folder with a green inner. What could be more appropriate for Christmas than a gold foil Angel stamp in a red and green presentation folder? This stamp is now 35 years old. The face value was £8.00, the presentation folder cost a bunch and then there is the gold foil. So we think our price of just £14.50 is very reasonable and what a fantastic Christmas gift it would make for a collector or a youngster.
From one of the smallest, yet financially important countries in the Far East we offer the 1976 Year of the Dragon Mint Set. This set comes in a handsome padded case with the six coins that were used at the time. The coins have since been replaced. The mintage of this Year of the Dragon Mint Set is just 35,000 sets and it is now 40 years old. The card is printed in red and black ink on a gold background. You get the 1c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, and $1 coins in Uncirculated condition in the padded presentation wallet for just £17.50. These are important low mintage sets at a price that will appeal to collectors.
Over the years there have been a number of different countries that had made crownsized coins to honour Winston Churchill. But this is the first time that we've seen this Crown from Tristan da Cunha. It was issued in 2010 and shows him as Wartime Prime Minister. You have his portrait on one side with airplanes flying behind him and the British flag in red, white and blue. Queen Elizabeth II is on the obverse and the crown is proof and comes in a protective capsule. We were only able to buy 150 of these, once they are gone, they are gone.
The United States has been issuing Silver Eagles, containing one ounce of pure silver, with a nominal face value of One Dollar, every year since 1986. The coins near the beginning of the series are difficult to get, plus they are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. For the early issues, you would expect to pay more, but especially for our customers, and while supplies last, you can have one at a special price.