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USA, CLASSIC HEAD HALF CENT, 1833

 

 These half cents have something of a history. They were issued by the Philadelphia mint and only two dies were ever used - to destruction! The actual number produced is not known but considered to be around 120,000 and many were hoarded never to be found again. By 1850, they were recalled to be melted down for the production of the new Flying Eagle Cents, so their numbers would have been reduced again. Considered a very collectable coin in the States, this example would be graded at about VF despite being a circulated coin.

Details: 

Copper, 5.4g, 24mm

Ob: Head of Lady Liberty with 13 stars around (one for each original US region) date below

Rev: Denomination surrounded by a wreath and legend

 

The record for this coin was reached in 2011 for a mint state, rainbow-coloured example, fetching $8,700!

 

£90 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Germany, Maximilian II Joseph (1848-1864) 2 Gulden, 1855 

 

 

Obv: Bare headed bust right, MAXIMILIAN II KOENIG V BAYERN

Reverse: The Madonna standing on a crescent set upon a coloum, holding sceptre and infant Jesus who hold orb. Patern to edge.

36mm, 21.25g Silver

Grade: Very fine 

Ref: KM 848

 

 

£110 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Russia, Tsar Nicholas II (1894-1917) 50 Kopeks, 1899, St. Petersburg

 

 

Obv: Bare head left

 

Rev: crowned imperial double eagle facing, holding sceptre and orb in talons, and crown above and coat-of-arms on breast.

Grade: VF

27mm, 9.83g
Prov: ex Naumann
 
£55 SOLD
 

Duchy of Lorraine, Charles IV (1625-1675) Silver Teston, 1627

 

Obverse: +CAROLVS.D:G.DVX.LOTH.MARCH.D:C.B.B.G

bust right

Reverse: MONETA. NOVA. NANCEII. CVSA, crowned shield surmounted by date.

7.92g, 28mm

Grade: VF, minor flan flaws, toned.

 

 

 

£250 (+P&P, locations outside the UK please ask first)

Spanish, Charles IV 1788-1808, 2 Escudos,1804, Gold

This coin, known as a doubloon, was produced at the Madrid mint. 

22mm, 6.77g.

Great investment coin.        

 

                                           £320 (+P&P)

Netherlands, Holland, Gold Ducat, 1763

 

 

Obv: standing knight holding bundle of arrows, sword over shoulder, date divided either side, legend CONCORDIA RES PAR CRES HOL.

 

 

Rev: legend in five lines within an ornamental cartouche, MO ORD PROVIN FOEDER BEL AD LEGIMP

3.5g of 0.9860 gold, 22mm

Grade: VF

 

 

 

£330 SOLD

USA, Gold 2 1/2 Dollar, 'Indian Head' 1914, Scarce Date, No D, Almost Mint

 

 

Obv: Native American head, legend around, date below

 

Design by Bela Lyon Pratt, initials below bust.

 

 

Rev: Eagle on branch, mottoes either side, legend above, denomination below.

18mm, 4.18g, 0.9000 gold in almost mint state.

Scarce date with no D left of branch on reverse. Only 240,117 minted. Will be supplied in capsule.

Prov: ex DNW considered about mint state.  

 

 

£365 SOLD

France, Louis XIII (1610-1643) Double Tournois, 1613

 

Obv: Laureate bust of king, right

 

Rev: three fleur-de-lis, surrounded by legend and date.

 

Grade: VF

20mm, 3.10g

 

 

£18 SOLD

Russia, Ivan IV (the Terrible) as Grand Prince, Silver Kopek, 1533-1547

 

 

Obv: Ivan on horsebackgalloping right, striking downwards with a lance, 'A' between horse's legs

 

Rev: Legend translates to 'Prince Grand Lord of All Russia' in five lines of cyrillic script.

Grade: Typical good fine example for this coin, elliptic flan, so called 'Wire money''.

14mm, 0.67g, comes with old ticket

 

£45 SOLD

Canada, Newfoundland, George V,

Silver 50 Cents, 1911

 

 

Obv: crowned head of George, left

 

Reverse: 50 Cents and date surrounded by Newfoundland

 

Grade: VF, circulated but very good condition, .925 silver

30mm, 11.731g

 

 

£25 SOLD

 

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