Baldwin's Auctions 70-72 - Post-Sale Highlights Baldwin’s put on a spectacularly diverse event during the Coinex season. Three days of auctions were packed full of interesting collections and single items from around the world and included an afte
72 was Baldwin’s second token auction in as many years and attracted global interest from bidders in the room and online. The Australasian section included some very rare and exceptionally preserved items and so, understandably, proved to be the extremely popular with every single lot selling.
"The Australasian token collection was an amazing group put together in the 1940s and 50s, which is how the owner was able to gather so many high quality and extremely rare tokens. It still amuses me that the collection was delivered to Baldwin's in a parcel of newspaper tied with string. The newspaper was The Times, from 1960! Unsurprisingly, the collection attracted a lot of attention and I am happy that the majority of the pieces have found their way back to Australia. Overall, the auction was very strong with high prices in 18th and 19th century tokens, copper and silver. Baldwin's are planning to build this relatively niche area of numismatics over the coming years with a series of specialist auctions, so keep checking our website for details."
20 ANCIENT COINS. Ancient Greek. Ionia, Uncertain (c.650-600 BC), Electrum Stater, Milesian standard, striated surface of scored lines, rev irregular vertical punchmark between two square punchmarks 14.28g (BMC 1, pl.III, 3 = Traité pl.I, 12). Extremely fine for type, very rare. This important and extremely rare Stater is an example of the first true coin, bearing an obverse type as well as a reverse punch. Prior to this, small nuggets with blank surfaces had been produced, followed by the addition of a reverse punch and eventually the striated obverse. On the basis of hoard evidence, it is likely that these issues were struck at Ephesos and possibly Sardes.
107 BRITISH COINS. Victoria, Pattern Decimal Ten Cents or One Tenth of a Shilling, 1857, struck in bronze on a 32.5mm flan, 1.9mm thick, diademed head left, beaded inner circle surrounding, date below, legend surrounding, toothed outer border both sides, rev struck en médaille, Britannia seated right with shield and trident, beaded inner circle and value legend surrounding, 10.95g (Peck 1969; Fr 676 R18). Streaky tone, tiny short scratch in the obverse field and other light flaws, otherwise brilliant, good extremely fine and extremely rare. ex Michael J Freeman collection, Christies, 23 October 1984
349 ANGLO-SAXON COINS. Aethelred II (978-1016), Penny, second hand type (985-991), Martin of Shrewsbury mint, diademed bust right with trefoil headed sceptre within linear circle, +ÆÐELRÆD REX ANGLOX, rev hand of Providence between Alpha and Omega issuing from billowing clouds, all within circle, +MÆRTIN M-O SCROB, 1.66g (N 768; S 1146). Fully round and toned, pleasing good very fine and extremely rare for this mint and type.
361 ANGLO-SAXON COINS. Harthacanute (1035-1042), Penny, jewel cross type (Spring to Autumn 1036), Northman of Lewes mint, diademed bust left, +H:A.R CNVT R, rev cross of four lobes united by twin circles and central pellet,