Sir Rodney Sweetnam Collection of English Gold Coins
Spink’s auction of the Sir Rodney Sweetnam Collection of English Gold Coins was held on 17 January 2021. The full catalogue can be found here. The collection featured gold coins from Edward III to Elizabeth II, including some proof sets.
Some strong prices achieved at the auction, particularly at the top end – see lots 38 and 41. The £70,000 achieved for lot 38 would have been perhaps £20,000 more if were not for the staining on the king’s face.
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Sir Rodney Sweetnam
Sir Rodney Sweetnam was a distinguished consultant orthopaedic surgeon. During his career he was orthopaedic surgeon to the royal family and President of the Royal College of Surgeons.
My selection of the lots is shown below:
Lot 38 - James II, Five Guineas, 1688 Quarto
The James II Five Guineas was engraved by John Roettiers. He was considered one of the best engravers ever employed at the English mint with Samuel Pepys saying of his work “some of the finest pieces of work that I ever did see in my life“. He died in 1703 and was buried in the Tower.
The coin has “QVARTO” engraved on the edge. This translates as “Fourth” to signify the fourth (and final) year of the reign of James II. His reign ended on 23 December 1688 as a result of the Glorious Revolution.
Estimate: £40,000 – £50,000