DNW – Coins, Medals and Antiquities – 11 & 12 October 2021
DNW held an auction on 11 and 12 October 2021. The auction includes two lots (1051 and 1086) that were recently sent into my website for valuation.
The full catalogue can be found here. To view any of my selected lots in the auction catalogue, click on the lot number.
There is a buyer’s premium of 24% (plus VAT) on the hammer price.
You may recognise this extremely rare Henry Murdac penny. It was found by Shaughn Tyreman and he sent it in to my website a couple of weeks ago. I valued it in my article, The story of Henry Murdac – a penny of Stephen. As I said in my valuation, “Cut halfpennies are wort far less than whole pennies but this one is so interesting and unusual that I would place upon it a pre-sale auction estimate no lower than £600 – £800.”
This is another detecting find that was sent into my website, in August. It was found by Peter Wearing some 30 – 40 years ago and he asked for my advice on how to sell it. Here is my piece on the coin: Edward IV quarter ryal.
This Touch-Piece shows the “The Sovereign of the Seas” at full sail. She was launched in October 1637 and in service until burned by fire in Chatham docks in 1697. On the obverse and St Michael slaying the dragon with a lance on the reverse. Since Edward the Confessor the was a belief that the royal touch could cure the afflicted.
A touch-piece allowed the king to distribute these healing “Angel” pieces, without having to touch the sick directly. The recipient would covet such a coin and wear it against their skin probably for the rest of their life, and this is why such coins are often holed; there was even a gap left in the legend, between the FR and ET on the obverse, where the piece could be pierced.
James II was a prolific distributor of these touchpieces. It is estimated that 36,000 pieces were used in his reign at a cost of £3,000 per year.