Online Newsletter 13 March 2020

Coincraft Newsletter No. 27

Hello and welcome to the latest Coincraft Newsletter

Dear Collector,

It's Friday 13th and while we're not superstitious at Coincraft, today is probably a good day to stay home... But that's not necessarily bad for coin collectors, because it might also be the day you'll get to add some of the coins missing in your collection.
With that in mind, we've put our hands to work (after washing them, of course) and uploaded new stock to the website. Amongst many other interesting items, we now have available on our website a 1951 Festival of Britain Crown with Stamps, a 1925 RARE Threepence, a 1945 Florin, a Constantius II FollisChoice Licinius coins from a London Treasure, a 1920 Silver Setand an Ancient Egyptian Eye of Horus just to bring you good luck!
Scroll down to see some of the highlights of the new stock update.

Please remember that stock availability for some items is limited.

George VI, Festival of Britain Crown Unc with Stamps, 1951
£24.50 (CGI4630A)

Diameter:38.61mm approx

In 1951 World War II was over and finally, the UK was coming out of rationing and the shortages that we had all to suffer during this long dark period. To celebrate this change, the Government held a vast exhibition and festival which became known as the Festival of Britain and it was held on the South Bank in London.

The Royal Mint issued a special crown, the first since the Coronation of King George VI in 1937.
This time the crown was struck in cupro-nickel, the first-ever crown struck in cupro-nickel. They also issued two stamps for the Festival of Britain. Remember that King George VI only ever had two crowns. Here we present the crown in Uncirculated condition sold alongside the stamps for the Festival of Britain.


George V, Rare Threepence, 1925
£9.95 (U3D25H)

Diameter:16 mm approx

We don’t know what happened in 1925, but almost all of the coins seem to be Rare and difficult to find. This is the early design of King George V Silver Threepences with the crowned value on the reverse. They are struck in 500 fine Silver and the coins on offer are in Fine or better condition. The only date of this type that is Rarer is the 1926 with the crowned value.

You have the bare head of the King on one side and the Crowned value ‘3’ on the other side.This is an important and Rare date and the first time we have had enough to offer them, but supplies are still short and if you want one, please get in quickly…



George VI, Florin, 1945 Uncirculated
£26.50 (UFL45S)

Diameter: 28.5 mm approx

The Florin as a denomination was first issued only in 1848, under Queen Victoria. This 1945 Silver Florin is the penultimate year of issue of any Florin in Silver and as such we think that it is a very important coin for your collection. It was struck under King George VI. The coins on offer are in very high grade.

As most collectors know the Florin is the most difficult denomination to find, we don’t know why this is, but it just is. The coins are beautiful and struck in 500 fine silver, you will be proud to have one in your collection. Remember, the year after in 1949 was the last year ever that our coins were struck in silver.



Choice Licinius London Treasure
£109.50 (RBW002)

On the 22nd of March 1970, a hoard of choice Constantinian Roman bronze coins was found in a field adjoining the Fosse Way, near Bourton-on-the-Water. The locals called the area the ‘Money Ground’ because so many Roman coins were found there over the years. This time they found the ultimate source, what had been an original sack of coins hidden almost 1,700 years ago. Correctly, the hoard was handed in and declared as Treasure Trove. I am thankful to David W. Burge for his excellent article about this hoard, in the Numismatic Chronicle of 1973. It tells you everything you would want to know about the hoard. There were 3,292 coins, all bronze, of which 1,802 were struck in London.

We are always being asked for Roman coins struck in Britain and we answer, the only coins you can be sure of, will have the London Mint Mark, which is usually ‘PLN’. That means they were struck in this country and in London. When Mr. Burge
wrote about the hoard, some 47 years ago, he made the remark that ‘Many of the smaller module pieces from the mints
Londinium (London) and Treveri are almost Mint State’.

Remember, this is a bronze coin struck 1,700 years ago and in incredible condition. This hoard was legally found and
declared, so that we can now legitimately offer you these superb condition Roman coins struck in London. Unlike the
recent hoard of Hammered Silver Pennies that the finders went to jail for not declaring, these coins are legal to own. Coincraft does not deal in undeclared hoards! The law is fair on treasure trove and we obey the law.

Even if you don’t collect ancient coins, this is SOMETHING SPECIAL. This is a Roman coin struck in London,
England, in choice condition and from a known and declared hoard. Each coin comes with a certificate of authenticity clearly stating the coin is real, who struck it and that it comes from the Money Ground Hoard. This is one offer you should not miss! Josh usually deals in our ancient coins, but this hoard is one I wanted to handle and wanted to offer you. I just think that it is so special it is fantastic and we are so proud to be able to offer it. We have two different Emperor coins available, Constantine the Great 307-337 AD and Licinius 308-324. Here we present the Licinius Treasure Coin.



Constantius II Follis (GLORIA EXERCITVS) Very Fine
£19.95 (ACA2011)

Diameter: 16mm approx.

Constantius II was the last surviving son of Constantine the Great. Constantius was named after his grandfather, The Tetrach who actually came to Britain and died at York. After Constantine the Great died in A.D. 337 Constantius II had to share the rule of the empire with his two brothers. But after a few years of warfare Constantius II emerged as sole ruler of the entire Roman Empire.

Constantius II was involved in many wars throughout his reign, putting down rebellions and defending the empire against invaders. This is the theme of the coins we offer from the reign of this interesting and successful ruler. They are bronze coins with the reverse design of two Roman soldiers either side of one or two standards – the legend reads: ‘GLORIA EXERCITVS’. Approximately this translates as ‘To the Glory of the Army’! On the obverse is a profile portrait bust of Constantius II himself. He died in 361 A.D. on the way to fight another rival, who became Julian II! We can offer these coins in Very Fine Condition.



George V, 1920 Silver Set
£34.50 (CGH9500)

This 1920 set of King George V Silver coins is Very Important. Firstly because this year the set is now 100 years old and secondly because it is the first year that our coins were not struck in Sterling Silver, but in 500 fine silver. The Government decided to reduce the silver content of our coins from 925 or Sterling Silver to 500 fine silver and that was that. This was the first time in living memory that our coins were not struck in Sterling Silver.

This is a very important and significant set of coins. You get the King George V Silver Halfcrown, Florin, Shilling, Sixpence and Threepence, all the silver coins that were struck that year. Remember that these were the first coins struck in 500 fine silver and the last was in 1946 under King George VI. All coins are circulated but even though they are now 100 years old, the coins have been carefully selected.

There is no special packaging, as we believe our collectors want coins and not having to pay for fancy packaging. That way we can keep the price down for you!
We have been putting these sets together for the past two years in anticipation of this important year. Supplies are limited and you may see one or two of the coins being offered elsewhere, but not at our price and not the complete collection!



Australia, $5 Silver Proof Winter Olympics, 2018
£39.50 (FAS3002)

Diameter: 38.61 mm approx

The 2018 Winter Olympics was held in Pyeonchang, South Korea. It was the first time that the Olympics was ever held in South Korea and they made quite a show out of it. Australia issued a crownsized $5.00 to honour their team being at and participating in those Winter Olympics. The coin is struck in Proof 999 fine Silver with a mintage of just 2,018 pieces. It has been selectively gold plated showing a skier and contains one ounce of pure silver. The coin comes in a handsome display case, with an outer box and numbered certificate from the Australian Royal Mint. With the next Olympics almost upon us, collector interest in previous Olympic issues will increase greatly. This is one Olympic coin that will be missing from most collections…



George V, 1935 Large Silver Medallion Unc
£275 (NGH8816)

Diameter: 57.2 mm approx

1935 Large Silver Medallion in Unc. Today the Royal Mint would no doubt have to charge quite a high price for similar medals.



Dassier Medals & Book
£195.00 (DMS001)

The famous family of Swiss engravers named the Dassier Family, in the late 1700s did a series of medals depicting British Kings and Queens.
Today this set will sell for well over £1,500. A few years ago a British mint reissued this collection in a superb, huge four tray wooden presentation case. There are a total of 32 different high relief medals struck in a two-toned copper finish. They go from William I to George II, as they were originally made in the reign of King George III.

This re-issue was made to sell for £595, as the four tray wooden case must have cost them about £100, plus you have the 32 different Kings & Queens medals. At that time The Dassier Family were perhaps, the finest engravers in the world. But we are not going to charge you £595 for the collection. No, we are going to offer up to 100 lucky collectors the chance to own it for only £195. But we are also going to give you a copy of the large hardbound book ‘The Medals of the Dassiers of Geneva’. 222 glossy pages in both English and French and beautifully illustrated. This book normally sells for £34.95 but it is yours FREE with the collection of handsome medals.

One important point, the collection, and book is very heavy and it will be sent from our storage facility, separate from the rest of your order. They will be available in the shop for personal callers, but they are heavy. You are getting the medal collection made to sell for £595, plus the handsome book on the Dassier Family fro free. The pair can be yours for just £195 in total! Just 100 collections available, so please do not miss out on this bargain!



Miniature Wadjet (Ancient Egyptian Eye of Horus)
£45.00 (EA802)

The Eye of Horus is an Ancient Egyptian symbol of protection and royal power. In the Egyptian language, the word for this symbol was “Wadjet”. The Wadjet was intended to ward off evil and protect it in the afterlife. Egyptian and Near Eastern sailors would frequently paint the symbol on the bow of their vessel to ensure safe sea travel. It is still a well-known symbol today!

It has taken us a while but we have collected a small group of Wadjet amulets. They are made from faience, average 1 cm and the majority have holes pierced for a string. They are in the shape of the Wadjet with some showing inscribed eyes. These date from roughly 380 B.C. during the time of the 30th Dynasty, the last native rulers of Egypt until A.D. 1952! They are priced to please at £45 each.


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Before we go ...
Thank you for your continued custom.
We hope you find something that tickles your fancy and we wish you a great weekend!
Stay safe,
Richard Lobel
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