Baldwin's London Auction 69 Baldwin's London May auction is set to be a great British Spectacular. Hundreds of Brisitsh rarities are offered together with a stellar Russian selection, Commenmorative Medals and World Coins.
efficiency. They helped the Italian government set up their new mint facility in Milan in 1861 and supplied them with over 360 million blanks, which were then struck very efficiently on the machinery that Heaton set up. They built up such trust from this initial work that Heaton was hired to strike the entire issue for 1866 in Birmingham, of which this coin appears to be an initial test or trial striking. It is a very significant part of Numismatic history at the Heaton Mint and dually for the Italian series, as it was produced pre-production of the bulk of the coinage, and was clearly intentional and not a mint error.
Supporting this stellar British section are over 200 lots of Russian coinage, Orders, Decorations and Medals, Military badges and numismatic books. This interesting group includes lots 363 and 364, a 1756 Gold 10-Roubles estimated at £30,000-35,000 and a 1758 Gold 5-Roubles, estimated at £20,000-25,000. Both coins are beautiful examples, in good condition. Coins are followed by a small but exciting section of Russian Orders and Decorations which includes lot 525, a complete set of the Order of St. George, 2nd Class, including Breast Star, Cross and Sash. The Order of St. George is the highest military award of the Russian Empire and one of the most exclusive. Awarded to military officers and generals only it was a mark of extreme bravery and skill when fighting the external enemy. The award was eliminated in 1917 after the Russian revolution but re-established in 1994 by the government of the Russian Federation. This order carries an estimate of £5,000-6,000. A section of 10 lots of books on Russian Numismatics completes the section and includes lot 554, a copy of the very rare work, Monnaies Russes. Compiled by General TF de Shubert and printed in 1857 this is probably the earliest numismatic work printed in (metallic) colour. A superb example of a very useful reference. Lot 554 is estimated at £4,000–5,000.
The sale concludes with a further 369 lots of World Coins, including many British Empire issues in high grade, Share Certificates and Bonds and Coin Cabinets. The 1136 lot sale will be held at CIPFA, 3 Robert Street, London, each day starting at 12.30pm BST. Free live bidding for this auction is available through the services of www.the-saleroom.com.
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