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Spanish, Charles IV Silver 8 Reales (Piece of Eight) 1795 Mexico Mint

Obverse: Charles IV bust in classic robes and laureate, right, CAROLVS IIII DEI GRATIA

 

Reverse: Crowned arms of Spain with two ornate pillars either side, HISPAN ET IND REX (M with annulet above monogram for Mexico mint) 8R F M, security edge

Grade: VF+, dark cabinet toning

27g, 39mm

Ref: KM107

Prov: Ex Spink sale

Note: This 8 Reale coin was known as a Spanish dollar, but also more evocatively, as a 'piece of eight,' with all the romantic tales of Pirate treasure this evokes.

 

£350 (P&P FREE to UK, other loations ask first please)

Germany, Prussia, Wilhelm I, Silver Vereinstaler, Berlin, 1861

Obverse: Crowned jugate busts of Wilhelm and Augusta, right

Reverse: Crowned eagle facing, head left, holding sceptre and orb

Grade: AUNC darkly toned 

33mm, 18.53g

 

 

 

£180 (P&P FREE o UK, other locations please ask)

Holy Roman Empire, Maria Theresia, Taler, Mint 1817-1833 Venice

Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right, M THERESIA D G IMP HU BO REG

Reverse: Imperial double eagle facing, with crown above and double-crowned coat of arms on breast, ARCHID AVST DUX BURG CO TYR

Grade: AEF, slight scrape to rim on reverse

40mm, 27.98g

 

 

£160 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask first)

Japan, Tokyo Olympics 1964, Mint State Silver 1000 Yen, PCGS Certified

Obverse: Mount Fuji with cherry blossoms to sides, 日本国 above, 千円 below

 

PCGS graded at MS67 encapsulated for security and protection in  their 'slab'

This wonderful coin was made to commemorate the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. 

Made from .925 silver, weighs 20g and measures 35 x 2.5 mm

Ref: KM Y80, JNDA 03-1

Reverse: Olympic rings, denomination and date above, cherry blossoms to left and right, 昭和39年 = Year 39 of the Showa era under the Emperor Hirohito

 

 

 

 

  £95 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask first)

Early Medieval, Netherlands, County of Friesland, Bruno III, 1 Denier, c1038, RARE

Obverse: Crowned head of king with sceptre in front, legend around, +HENRICVS R (or similar)

Reverse: Legend around TIVA VREO (or similar) beaded band across middle with BRVN

Grade: Fine + for type

16.5mm, 0.87g

 

 

£140 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Judaea, First Jewish War AE Prutah, Yr 2= AD 67/8 

Obv: Amphora with broad rim and two handles, Year 2 in Paeleo-Hebrew

Rev: Vine leaf on small branch with tendril.

2.7g, 17mm.

Grade: VF, sandy deposits

 

£40 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask)

Judea,AE Prutah, First Jewish War, Amphora/Vineleaf, AD 67/8 

 

 

 

Obverse: Amphora with broad rim and two handles, Year 2 in Paleo-Hebrew = AD 67/8

Reverse: Vine leaf on small branch with tendril, 'The Freedon of Zion' in Paleo-Hebrew

Grade: VF

16mm, 2.6g

Ref: Hendin 1360

 

 

£65 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask first)

Scotland, James IV, Billon Plack, Group II, 1488-1513

 

 

 

Obverse: Shield in tressure, crowns above and at sides, no QRA at end of legend around, with star stops

Reverse: Floriate cross with central saltire, crwons in angles, legend around with star stops

24mm, 1.67g

Grade: VF edge a little ragged

Prov: Ex Classical Numismatic Group

 

£210 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask first)

Ancient India, Silver 1 Unifaced Punch Marked Karshapanna,

Maurya Empire, BC350-185

 

 

Obverse: Oblong shaped flan with 5 or 6 punch marks, the solar mark is very obvious as is 6 spoked motif, there is also an animal (possibly an elephant) to right, other indistinct

 

 

Reverse: As this is a uniface type this side is not punched, but may have faint banker's mark 

20mm, 2.93g

Grade: VF

 

£65 (P&P FREE to UK) other locations please ask

Australia, Victoria Gold Sovereign, 1868, Sydney Mint

 

 

 

Obverse: Young bust f Victoria, left, date below, legend around

 

Sealed in a Royal Mint capsule folder as part of their authenticity service.

Reverse: Crowned wreath with AUSTRALIA across, SYDNEY MINT and ONE SOVERIEGN around, milled edge

Grade: AVF 

Prov: Royal Mint authentication

Sizes as mint. One of the first sovereigns to be mint outside Britain in Australia from Australian newly discovered gold! A highly sought after coin at an affordable price.

£550  (+P&P to UK only, other location please ask first)

Russia, Dovmont (Daumantas) of Pskov, Pskov Mint, Denga, 1425-1510

 

 

Obverse: Dovmont (Daumantas) of Pskov face on, with sword laid over right shoulder, Letter A to right for Pskov mint

Reverse: Beast to centre, legend around, ДЕНГА ПСКОВСКАЯ (Denga of Pskov) 

15mm, 0.76g

Grade: These so called 'wire money' coins were always irregular and whole legends etc are rare. This coin is considered VF for type.

Prov: Ex Bruun Rasmussen

 

£220 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Isle of Man, Victoria, Copper Penny, 1839

 

 

Obverse: Young Queen's head wearing bun, looking left, date below

Reverse: The 'three-legged' emblem of the Isle of Man, legend around

Large heavy coin, 34mm, 18.6g

Grade: Fair, a few knocks to edge

Would make a nice present!

Scarce coin.

 

 

£35 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask please)

INDO-GREEK, Nahapana, Silver Drachm, Satrap in Western India, 53-99AD

 

 

Obvserve: Head of king right, Greek inscription around but is often illegible, as in this piece - ΡΑΝΝΙΩ ΞΑΗΑΡΑΤΑϹ ΝΑΗΑΠΑΝΑϹ = Raño Kshaharatasa Nahapanasa (or "King Kshaharata Nahapana")

Reverse: Stylised thunderbolt and arrow, Brahmi and Kharoshti legend around

Grade: AVF, slight staining to reverse

16mm, 1.95g

Ref: Indian Coins of the British Museum - Rapson, Plate IX. (243-250)

 

£80 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

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)

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)

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