British Colonial Coins Exceed Expectations at Official Coinex Auction 26th September 2013 saw the final Official Coinex Auction, and the start of a new adventure, with the first part of The Arielle Collection of British Colonial Coins going under the hammer. This first
presented catalogue and the stage is certainly set for part two next year.”
Part Two of this amazing collection will include coins of the highest grade, with rarities from Europe & the Far East to excite all collectors. Results for part one can be found online at www.baldwin.co.uk/auction-85 and further details of all Baldwin’s forthcoming auctions can be found online at www.baldwin.co.uk.
Lot 3109 British West Africa. George V, Brass Pattern 3-Pence, 1920KN, KN below bust, portrait of George V has been altered slightly and ‘strengthened’, the reverse has changes too, in the larger floral design and letters (KM 10b; FT 126, where David Vice states that this was struck at the Heaton Mint, despite the mint mark). Semi-prooflike uncirculated, unique. A curious and altogether different coin that would never have seen circulation.
Sold for: £3,600
Lot 3253 Sierra Leone. Silver Proof Dollar, 1791, 36.2mm, struck for Boulton’s customers between 1793-1799 (FT 2A; KM 6).Attractively toned, tiny edge knocks, otherwise brilliant about uncirculated. official mintage of only 40
Sold for: £7,200
Lot 3270 Gold Cost. Silver Pattern ½-Ackey, 1818, on a broader, lighter flan (26.55mm/6.80g), arms with supporters and legend, rev head of George III right, two pellets over E of ACKEY (Vice 14; KM Pn9). Brilliant mint state, excessively rare. ex R J Ford collection, Spink Auction 88, 14 October 1991, lot 153, sold for £1850 ex H M Lingford collection The Diana collection had an example, lot 1650, that sold for £2200. I believe that four or five examples of this coin are known. I have also seen two examples in North American auctions, only one of these were catalogued as the Pattern. As commented in the Diana auction catalogue: “Quite distinctively different from the currency example. The planchet is thinner and wider at 26.6mm vs 25.3mm for the currency piece. The portrait is more in line with the English coins being produced at this time. Other differences include the placement of the denomination “1/2 TRADE ACKEY” under the bust.
Sold for: £2,880
Lot 3274 Gold Cost. Silver Proof Ackey, 1818 (Vice 3A; KM 9). Lightly toned, a superb example. ex H M Lingford collection, with ticket ex Spink Numismatic Circular, August 2000, item 3482 The record price for this coin is the example from the Remick collection, lot 853, which sold for £3600.
Sold for: £5,280
Lot 3294 South Africa. Orange Free State, Nickel-plated Pattern Penny, 1888V, LLC below PENNY (H 017). The odd insignificant spot, otherwise choice prooflike brilliant uncirculated. Estimated mintage of only 20.
Sold for: £5,760
Lot 3316 South Africa. George V, Farthing, 1928 (H S7). Possibly a specimen strike, choice uncirculated. Although not listed as a Specimen, this example certainly has the attributes of one and as such it has to be particularly interesting. Note, there is a unique 1928 Proof 6-Pence known, perhaps there is a set out there and this belongs in it.
Sold for: £3,600
Lot 3489 Rhodesia. Silver Proof Set, 1939, 3-Pence, 6-Pence, Shilling, 2-Shillings and ½-Crown