be of this die combination, thus making it extremely rare. How often this combination might be encountered on the open market is even harder to estimate.
A NEWLY DISCOVERED TRANSITIONAL DIE VARIETY OF WILLIAM IV CROWN
BM052 William IV (1830-1837), Proof Crown, 1831, bare head right, W. W. engraved incuse over a weaker trace of a die-filled W. WYON on truncation, rev crowned mantle over quartered shield with escutcheon of the Arms of Hanover, within Order of the Garter, date below, plain edge (cf. ESC.271 / 278; L&S 1 / 3; cf. Davies 300; S.3833). Toned, a few tiny hairlines and marks, reverse a touch double struck in places, otherwise good extremely fine, and a new variety unrecorded in English Silver Coinage. £25,000
It would seem that chronologically the first die proposed for the new William IV Crown was the W WYON version. It must have been considered far too bold of William Wyon to spell his surname in full, especially on the bust of the King’s coinage. Rather than waste a valuable obverse die with his enigmatic portrait of the King, William Wyon must have re-filled the signature on the die’s truncation and re-engraved an incuse WW over the top. This is a new and significant discovery and is published for the first time on this list.
ONE OF THE RAREST SCOTTISH GOLD COINS TO CARRY A
RENAISSANCE STYLE PORTRAIT
SC002 James VI (1567-1625), sixth coinage, Hat Piece or Eighty Shillings, 1593, bust in tall hat right, thistle behind, all within beaded inner circle, initial mark pierced cinquefoil both sides, rev crowned lion seated upright left holding sceptre, Hebrew word ‘Jehovah’ in cloud above, date in Latin legend, 4.40g. (S.5457). Tiny nick in reverse field, with a superb portrait, weak extremely fine reverse good very fine and extremely rare, very few examples in private hands, one of the finest examples we have encountered. £30,000
Ex C F Gilboy, Glendining, 14th May 1975, lot 50
NB011 Burns, E. The Coinage of Scotland. Illustrated From the Cabinet of Thomas Coats, Esq., of Ferguslie and Other Collections. Three Volumes. Edinburgh, 1887. Volume I. David I. A.D. 1124 to Robert III. A.D. 1406. Volume II. James I A.D. 1406 to Anne A.D. 1707. Volume III. Plates and Descriptions of the Figures. Folio, pp. xxiii, 365 (iv); xviii, 556; vi (iii), 78 exceptionally fine plates engraved by Dujardin of Paris, each with tissue guard. Three quarter crimson morocco over marbled boards, raised bands, ruled in gilt, gilt lettering in compartments. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Binding repaired at some point but still strong and contents clean. One of the scarce large paper copies, of which only 45 copies were printed. £875
NB040 Mionnet, T. E. De La Rareté Et Du Prix Des Médailles Romaines Ou Recueil Contenant Les Types Rares Et Inédits Des Médailles D’Or, D’Argent et De Bronze Frappées Pendant La Durée De La République Et De L’Empire Romain. Third Edition. Paris, 1847. Two Volumes, both rebound and interleaved. Thick quarto. Over