Spinks: The Eccles Collection

Spink: The Eccles Collection

Spink held an auction of coins from the Eccles Collection which closed on 29 March 2021. The lots are mainly British hammered and milled coins from Aethelred II to George V. The auction catalogue is available here. Some very good prices achieved throughout the auction. 

In addition to the hammer price, there is a Buyer’s Premium of 20% (plus VAT).

Selected lots

Below are my picks from the other lots. A number of the coins in the auction bear provenance marks and I have included a selection of these to tie in with this week’s Quick Quiz #9: Provenance Marks.

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Lot 5105, Flemish Ryal (Edward IV)

A continental copy of an Edward IV ryal (rose noble), which are commonly called “Flemish” as it was thought they were struck by Edward during his exile in Flanders. It is now thought that they were struck in mints in the Low Countries.

The composition of these ryals is poor compared to a genuine ryal. For example, the rose on the ship’s side is large and flat.

Estimate: £1,000 – £1,500

Hammer: £2,100

Lot 5144, Charles I Unite

Oxford mint, bearing the Wellington Declaration on the reverse. I wrote about the mint and declaration on a Triple Unite sold by Spink in an auction a few weeks ago, see Spink Numismatic e-Circular 7 Part I

Estimate: £4,000 – £6,000

Hammer: £9,500

Lot 5148, Commonwealth Unite

The largest value hammered coin struck during the Commonwealth, (having not continued with the Triple Unite of Charles I).

They were the first British coins to have legends in plain English, due to the association of Latin with Catholicism.

British trade had been helped by the First Navigation Act of 1651, which led to increased gold coin production in the latter part of that year and onward.

Estimate: £2,000 – £3,000

Hammer: £7,000

Lot 5195, George III Military Guinea

In 1813, 80,000 of these guineas were struck to pay the Duke of Wellington’s army in the Pyrenees and hence became known as the Military Guinea. It was the last guinea to be struck, being replaced in the Great Recoinage of 1816 by the pound. 

Estimate: £3,000 – £4,000

Hammer: £5,500

Provenance Marks

The following lots bear provenance marks, which indicate the source of the metal. 

Lot 5155, William and Mary, Guinea

The elephant under the busts on the obverse indicate that the gold is from the Royal African Company, which exploited gold fields in Western Africa.

Estimate: £400 – £600

Hammer: £2,000

Lot 5167, Anne, Pre-Union Crown

VIGO under the bust indicates that the silver was captured from Spanish at Vigo bay in 1702 by an Anglo-Dutch fleet led by Admiral George Rooke.

Estimate: £400 – £500

Hammer: £950

Lot 5185, George II Crown

Roses and plumes in the angles indicate that the silver is from the Company for Smelting Down Lead with Pit Coale and Sea Coale. 

On 18 December 1705, this company asked for a mark of distinction to be placed on coins struck from their metal “That inasmuch as this Corporation doth make Silver in England and Wales, the Lord High Treasurer be petitioned for Two Roses and Two Feathers Quartered, as the emblems of England and Wales”

In a letter from Queen Anne to “our Trusty and Wellbeloved Sr. Isaac Newton, Master and worker of our Mint”  this request was put into action.

Estimate: £1,200 – £1,800

Hammer: £2,400

Lot 5186, George II, Crown

Roses in each of the our angles indicates the silver was mined in the West of England

Estimate: £500 – £800

Hammer: £1,200

Lot 5187, George II, Crown

LIMA  below the bust indicates that the silver was captured from the Spanish after a naval battle during the War of Jenkin’s Ear.

The silver had been mined near Lima

Estimate: £700 – £1,000

Hammer: £2,300

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