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DNW – Coins, Medals and Antiquities – 11 & 12 October 2021

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.


Featured Lots

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Henry Murdac penny of Stephen

Mint: York
Estimate: £500 – £700
Hammer: £950

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.”

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Edward IV Quarter Ryal

Estimate: £2,000 – £2,600
Hammer: £1600

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.

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James II touchpiece

Estimate: £200 – 3260
Hammer: £400

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.

Selection of other lots

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Quarter stater of the Catuvellauni

Early Uninscribed issues, Whaddon Wings type, wreath, cloak and crescents, wings above. Reverse: horse right, Maltese cross above
Estimate: £600 – £800
Hammer: £600
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Two Emperors type Thrymsa

A early-medieval gold shilling (or thrymsa) dating to the period AD 655-c.675. Obverse: diademed cuirassed bust right. Reverse: winged Victory above two figures,
Estimate: £3,000 – £4,000
Hammer: £4200
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Edward the Elder, halfpenny

Found in Whitchurch, Hampshire in April 2021 and recorded at the PAS as HAMP-940EE0. Round halfpennies from the Anglo-Saxon period are very rare finds, this being the second example recorded by PAS.
Estimate: £4,000 – £5,000
Hammer: £4000
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Harthacnut, penny

Helmet type. Obverse: HARECNVT around helmeted and armoured bust. Reverse: ALF PARD ON L, giving the moneyer as Ælfward, and mint as Lund.
Estimate: £800 – £1,000
Hammer: £2200
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Edward I farthing

The full legend on the reverse would read NOVI CASTRI for Newcastle-upon-Tyne mint
Estimate: £500 – £700
Hammer: £500
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Charles II shilling

Third bust. Very rare.
Estimate: £300 – £400
Hammer: £240
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William the Lion penny

Phase A, potentially dating to c.1195-c.1205 moneyer: Raul, mint: Roxburgh. 
Estimate: £200 – £300
Hammer: £300
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Edward IV groat

Heavy Cross and Pellets coinage. Minted in Waterford, Ireland as shown by CIVITAS WATERFORD on the reverse.
Estimate: £300 – £360
Hammer: £400
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Merovingian Tremissis

Dating to c. 600 -700
Estimate: £1,800 – £2,200
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Merovingian tremissis

Quentovic mint. Reverse: DVTTA MONET giving moneyer as Dutta.
Estimate: £1,200 – £1,500
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