11 Sep 2012
New York - Bonhams is pleased to announce the sale of the "Property of a Gentleman: An Important Collection of English Coins" on December 13 in New York. This small, exquisite collection of English coinage will comprise 45 lots, with coins struck between the 14th and 19th centuries.
Several incredible rarities will be offered in this auction - notably, not one but two examples of the Triple Unite struck under Charles I, who reigned from 1625-1649. The collection contains examples from both 1642 and 1643. The Triple Unites, or three pounds, was the highest denomination of English coinage to be struck during the era of hammered coinage, and were struck only during the English Civil War at Charles I's mints at Oxford and Shrewsbury.
These gold coins are truly spectacular works of art in their own right. The 1642 design shows Charles I holding a sword while the 1643 design shows the ruler holding a sword and an olive branch. There is a reverse inscription in three lines on both designs. Pre-sale estimates for these two coins are $60,000-80,000 and $50,000-70,000, respectively.
Paul Song, Director of the Rare Coins and Medals Department at Bonhams, states, "Bonhams is delighted to have been entrusted with this lovely collection of English Hammered and Milled Coinage from a gentleman who collected these over a period of a decade. Spanning almost six centuries, this collection in both silver and gold, was put together with a true love for English history and historical figures in mind. And with the recent strength of the classic English coin marketplace, we anticipate a very strong sale."
One of the earliest coins in the collection is a Richard II, 1377-1399, Gold Noble - a delicate and exquisite coin, estimated at $3,500-4,500. Other gold and silver issues are a virtual litany of historically significant English Monarchs including Richard II, Henry VI, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, Elizabeth I, James I, Charles I, James Cromwell (Commonwealth issues), Charles II, James II, William and Mary, William III, Anne I, George II, William IV, and Victoria I.
Some of the other highlights in the auction include a Mary I, 1553-1558, Sovereign struck in 1553, estimated at $20,000-25,000; Henry VIII, 1509-1547, Sovereign, estimated at $18,000-22,000; William III, 1689-1702, 5 Guineas struck in 1702, estimated at $10,000-15,000; Edward VI, 1547-1553, Sovereign, estimated at $18,000-22,000; William and Mary, 1689-1694, 5 Guineas of 1692, estimated at $18,000-22,000; James I, 1603-1625, Sovereign, estimated at $15,000-18,000; Elizabeth I, 1558-1603, Pound, estimated at $12,000-15,000; and William IV, 1830-1837, Proof Crown of 1831, estimated at $18,000-24,000.
Song also notes, "The coins of England and Great Britain have been valued and collected for over a millennium, and visually embody some of the most significant moments in Western civilization. Bonhams is exceedingly pleased to offer these important coins to the collecting public".
"The Property of a Gentleman: An Important Collection of English Coins" will be on display in Los Angeles, London, San Francisco, and our New York flagship salesroom before the auction. Private viewing will be available by appointment.
The illustrated auction catalog for the sale will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at www.bonhams.com/us. For more information about the department, please visit www.bonhams.com/uscoins.
London Preview: September 28-29 at Coinex
Los Angeles Preview: By appointment only
San Francisco Preview: By appointment only
New York Preview: December 11-13
Auction: December 13, New York
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com