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DNW – Coins and Historical Medals – 6/7 April

DNW - Coins and Historical Medals

DNW held an auction of coins and historical medals on 6 and 7 April 2021. You can view the full auction catalogue here. In addition to the hammer price, there is a Buyer’s Premium of 20%. Included in the auction are two named collections:

Walter Wilkinson

A fellow Yorkshireman, Walter had a lifelong interest in coins. In 1952, with the accession of Elizabeth II, he became particularly interested in the coinage of Elizabeth I. Opportunities to acquire coins was problematic at that time as he was working in the forests of Africa and the Numismatic Circular took a month to arrive by post.

 In 2003 to 2006 he was President of the Wessex Numismatic Society. In 2006 he co-authored The Hammered Silver Coins Produced at the Tower Mint during the Reign of Elizabeth I Paperback 

Walter’s full biography is available here.

Selected lots from Walter's collection

There are 358 coins from Walter’s collection in the auction. Below are my selected lots.

Lot 2, Elizabeth I Shilling

First Issue, Mint Mark: lis


Estimate: £1,000 – £1,200

Hammer: £1,400

Lot 5, Elizabeth I Shilling

First Issue, Mint Mark: lis


Estimate: £1,200 – £1,500

Hammer: £1,700

Lot 258, Elizabeth I shilling

Sixth Issue, Pattern shilling by Charles Anthony. Mint Mark: key

Estimate £1,500 – £2,000

Hammer: £2,200

Lot 310, Elizabeth I Crown

Seventh Issue, Mint Mark: Crown

Estimate: £5,000 – £7,000

Hammer: £6,000

Lot 311, Elizabeth I Crown

Seventhg Issue, Mint Mark: Crown

Estimate: £7,000 – £9,000

Hammer: £13,000

Lot 312, Elizabeth I Halfcrown

Seventh Issue. Mint Mark: 2

Estimate £800 – £1,000

Hammer: £1,600

Ross King

Ross’s interest in coins was sparked by the find of a 1852 Bank of Upper Canada penny in his garden at the age of 10.

He became fascinated with the British monarchy, assembling a monarch portrait collection from 1066 to 1970. He was particularly drawn to George III with all the major historic events that occured during his reign.

Ross’s full autobiography is available here.

Selected lots from Ross's collection

Lot 386, William II Penny

Chester mint; moneyer: Sunoulf


Estimate: £1,500 – £2,000

Hammer: £5,000

Lot 392, Charles I halfcrown

York mint


Estimate: £1,500 – £1,800

Hammer: £2,400

Lot 401, George III Guinea

“Military” Guinea, minted to pay the army of the Duke of Wellington

Estimate £3,000 – £3,600

Hammer: £4,600

Lot 402, George III half guinea

Estimate: £2,400 – £3,000

Hammer: £3,200

Lot 404, George III Half Guinea

Estimate: £2,000 – £2,600

Hammer: £2,400

Lot 445, George III, Pattern Ninepence

Estimate £1,200 – £1,500

Hammer: £1,200

Selected other lots

Below are my other picks from the auction:

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Lot 362, Harold II Penny

Reverse legend: ALDGAR ON LVNDI; moneyer: Ealdgar, mint: London

Estimate: £2,000 – £2,600

Hammer: £4,400

Lot 364, Henry V Noble

Class Cb, mint mark: pierced cross on reverse


Estimate: £3,000 – £4,000

Hammer: £4,200

Lot 458, Eadwald Penny

Mint: Ipswich?

A detecting find in Bury St Edmunds in February 2021

Estimate: £4,000 – £5,000

Hammer: £5,000

Lot 1138, Mahogany Coin Cabinet

19th Century mahogany coin cabinet with 42 trays in two banks to house a total of 2,094 coins.


Estimate: £500 – £700

Hammer: £650

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