The David Fore Collection of Coins of British India Baldwin’s are delighted to announce the sale of yet another multi-million pound collection in 2013. The David Fore Collection is the most impressive collection of Coins of British India ever to be so
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Part one will consist of rare Proofs, Restrikes and Off-Metal Strikings and will include Proofs and Off-Metal Strikes of the Victorian Portraits from the States of Bikanir, Dewas, Dhar and Sailana. It will also include all the dates of the Gold Mohur series including an early Restrike Gold Proof 2-Mohurs, 1835C (pictured here), one of the most valuable pieces in the first part of the collection.
Part two will contain Patterns and Proofs of British India, The Presidencies and the Indian Native States and will be sold on the 31st May. Amongst the exceptional offerings will be a unique Bengal Gilt Pattern Pice of 1795, Pridmore No. 382 and the stellar piece of the entire collection, an 1839 Calcutta Mint Pattern Silver Rupee from the Wheeler Collection. Pictured here, the Rupee is one of only three known, the other two being held by the Calcutta mint. The Pattern was produced by a native die cutter due to a delay with the dies coming from London and the need for coinage. The fact that the Pattern was rejected makes it the most sought after coin in the whole British Indian series. It is anticipated that it will prove to be the most valuable coin in the collection.
Part three of the collection will be sold on the 26th September as part of a 2-day auction in conjunction with the UK’s largest numismatic exhibition, Coinex, of which Baldwin’s are the official auction sponsor. The third part of this collection will comprise circulating coins of British India, the Presidencies and the Indian Native States, including two 1911 George V coins, a ¼ and a ½ Rupee (pictured here). Both coins sold here are in mint state and are one of the key type coins in the British India series. The ½ Rupee is the most difficult type coin of the whole series to find in mint state and so this auction offers a unique opportunity for the collector.
Ian Goldbart, Managing Director of A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd, commented
“Baldwin’s have been synonymous with Indian coinage for many decades and have a proud history of facilitating the sale of some of the most important Indian coin collections. We are truly delighted to be auctioning this magnificent collection that has painstakingly been put together over so many decades. With the acquisition of Dreweatts 1759 and Bloomsbury Auctions it has already been an exciting start to 2013 for Baldwin’s and its parent company, Noble Investments (UK) PLC and we look forward to announcing the sale of further numismatic collections during the coming year. ”
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