Hansons Historica Auction Results – 20 and 21 May 2021

Hansons Historica Auction Results – 20 and 21 May 2021

Hansons held an auction on 20 – 21 May 2021. The full catalogue can be found here. You can view the individual lots that I have selected by clicking on the lot number. There is a buyer’s premium of  25% (plus VAT) on the hammer price.

Featured Lot

Lot 14, Ryedale Bronzes

The undoubted star of the show is the Ryedale Bronzes. They are a detecting find from 2020. The story of the find and the artefacts are in my article Hansons to sell Ryedale Bronzes

Estimate: £70,000 – £90,000

Hammer: £185,000

Selection of other lots

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Axe head

A complete and undamaged socketed axe that dates to the late Bronze Age/early Iron Age.
Estimate: £150 – £200
Hammer: £210
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Celtic Toggle

A complete copper alloy looped toggle dating from the 1srt century BC to 1st century AD. It is a detecting find from 2006 at Upper Beeding, West Sussex and recorded at PAS as SUSS-D17D34.
Estimate: £60 – £80
Hammer: £55
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Roman finger ring key

A later Roman “ring-key” which would have been used to open small boxes and caskets of personal possessions. It is a detecting find from August 2016 at Amesbury, Wiltshire. Recorded at PAS as SUSS-49A67C.
Estimate: £30 – £50
Hammer: £110
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Roman crossbow brooch

A large silver crossbow brooch with a ribbed arched bow and wings terminating in faceted onion-shaped knops
Estimate: £150 – £200
Hammer: £220
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Roman disc brooch

A Roman disc brooch from the 2nd century AD. It has champleve enamel and its pin and catchplate are intact.
Estimate: £150 – £200
Hammer: £250
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Pair of Anglo-Saxon saucer brooches

A matching pair of chip-carved and gilded saucer brooches found together near Evesham, Worcestershire c.1992
Estimate: £1,000 – £1,500
Hammer: £1100
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Gold Posy Ring

Gold posy ring from c. 1500 – 1550. Inscribed on the exterior “with love and joie I thynk of thee” and on the interior “loke on this gyft and thynk of me“
Estimate: £2,500 – £3,000
Hammer: £2400
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Annular Brooch

A medieval (c. 14th century) silver annular brooch formed of ten small cross-hatched knops around a plain D-shaped frame.
Estimate: £40 – £60
Hammer: £35
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Tudor silver filigree pin

A silver-gilt dress pin from the 16th century.
Estimate: £50 – £80
Hammer: £40
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17th Century Silver Thimble

English made two piece tall thimble, engraved with four scrolled crescents that form framed panels, each filled with small pushed squares
Estimate: £200 – £300
Hammer: £440
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Domitian Sestertius

The legend on the obverse reads IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVII CENS PER P P, which translates as “Emperor Caesar Domitian Augustus Germanicus, Consul 17 times, Censor for Life, Father of the Fatherland‘. Domitian adopted the title ‘Germanicus’ in AD 83, after his victory over the Chatti. The title had been frequently accorded to individuals of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, but Domitian’s assumption of it has been suggested as undeserved.
Estimate: £80 – £120
Hammer: £140
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Maximinus I Denarius

On the obverse is the laureate and draped bust of Maximinus. On the reverse, he is in military attire between two signa (military standards), holding spear in his left hand and raising his right hand in salute
Estimate: £80 – £120
Hammer: £75

Anlaf Sihtricsson penny

The “Raven Banner” Penny is a coin of the Norse-Gael Olaf Sihtricson (Anlaf Sihtricsson). The obverse has a Triquetra surrounded by the legend: ANLAF CVNVNC II. CVNVNC is the Old Norse word Konungr, meaning King, written in the Latin alphabet. As such, it is one of the earliest surviving texts of Old Norse in the Latin alphabet The reverse has a raven banner surrounded by: FARMAN MONET meaning moneyer Farman
Estimate: £3,000 – £4,000
Hammer: £2900
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Edward III Noble

Treaty period gold noble.
Estimate: £2,500 – £3,000
Hammer: £4000
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Guy Of Dampierre sterling penny

The legend on the obverse reads MARChIONAMVRC, “Marquis of Namur” and on the reverse GCO MES FLA DRE, “Guy, Count of Flanders”. Guy took part in the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302.
Estimate: £40 – £60
Hammer: £55
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