Selection of lots
George IV Sovereign
This 1824 sovereign is the first of two designs issued by George IV showing the laureate head on the obverse and George and Dragon on the reverse. Both were engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci. The King did not like the portrait as it made him look bloated and was replaced by a bare headed portrait in 1825.
Estimate: £600 – £700
Charles II Crown
1662 Crown with first laureate and draped bust right, toothed border both sides, rose below bust. The Crown was the first coin to be milled using Peter Blondeau’s machinery. He used a process to place lettering on the edge of the coins, in this case DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN, “an ornament and safeguard”.
Estimate: £150 – £200
Obverse has an inverted patriarchal cross with lettering CNUT at ends of limbs and REX in angles. On reverse, small cross pattée surrounded by CVNNETTI. It is not certain whether Cunnetti is the name of the mint, (perhaps Cunneet in Shropshire, or Malborough in Wiltshire, formerly called Cunetio). Alternatively, it could mean “Cnut’s people”.
Estimate: £400 – £600