Legendary Indian Coins Leaves Worldwide Collections More Impressive Than Ever Before A room full of enthusiastic bidders found fierce competition from buyers on the internet, and on the phone, as they fought to take home part of the celebrated David Fore Collection of Indian Coins. Th
“It has been a long and exciting road selling this collection, and both David and I are absolutely delighted with the results. We hope that the dispersal of this collection will provide a few key pieces for existing collections and serve as inspiration for those budding numismatists interested in the series. It is a great credit to the Baldwin’s team that this collection has been so successful and the prices achieved further cement Baldwin’s standing at the forefront of the Indian numismatic scene.”
The internet proved to be an invaluable tool providing bidders from all over the world with a platform to logon and bid live. Alongside their regular service provider, www.the-saleroom.com, Baldwin’s used the services of www.liveauctioneers.com and www.artfact.com for the first time. 33% of the total lots were purchased online, contributing 34% of the total hammer price.
The catalogue from this auction can be found online at http://www.baldwin.co.uk/auction-84. A three part hard bound collector’s edition is also available to pre-order from the Baldwin’s website at www.baldwin.co.uk/fore .
Lot 1352 Cooch Behar, Jitendra Narayan (1913-1922 AD), Gold Mohur, CB 404 (= 1914 AD), obv arms supported by lion and elephant, the lion and elephant have more detail and are more realistic looking than the coin in the previous lot, the centre of the shield is filled in with vertical lines, the flower is larger and covers more than just under the base of the shield, it seems that a more talented die engraver was used this time, rev inscription and date 404, 8.00g (KM XM10; RB 78). A number of light marks, otherwise mint state.
Sold For: £19,200
Lot 1503 Jaipur, Nazarana Gold Mohur, 1887 AD, Year 8, struck in the names of Victoria and Madho Singh (1880-1922 AD), decorative border on both sides, 36mm, 10.93g (Fr 1194). Good extremely fine and very rare.
Sold For: £13,200
Lot 1543 Karauli, Gold Mohur, Year 2 (1886), struck under Bhanwar Pal, 1886-1927 AD (which makes this coin more likely struck 1888), obv inscription, rev central dot, eight dots around, a circle of dots and semi cross hatch at the border, 10.95g (KM X2; SAC X2, plate coin in this new book South Asian Coins and Paper Money). Extremely fine, a choice obverse but the reverse has quite a few light marks in the central surface that are hard to explain, there is no hint of a mounting, rare.
Sold For: £20,400
Lot 1703 Tehri Garhwal, Sudarshan Shah (VS 1872-1906; AD 1815-1859), machine-struck Gold Mohur, VS 1872, rev mention of Badrinath 11.65g (KM A2). Extremely fine and very rare. £3000-4000.
Sold For: £19,200
Lot 1704 Travancore, Rama Varma V (ME 1057-1062; 1880-1885 AD), Gold ½-Sovereign, ME 1057/1881 AD, obv bust of Rama Varma V three-quarters right wearing an ornate turban, 1881 below, rev arms of Travancore with two elephants, trunks raised over conch shell, inscription around, 3.992g (KM 31). Good extremely fine.
Sold For: £15,600
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