Five British coins to collect without having to break the bank03 December 2019 Collecting coins does not necessarily mean shelling out lots of well-earned cash. Many options are available at all levels of the market, as this selection of British coins below from a string of specialist sales or those with dedicated sections demonstrates.
1. Got your groat
Dating from medieval times, this Edward IV groat, London Mint, shown top, is estimated at £40-60 as part of the Stroud Auctions December 4-6 sale of Antiques to include sections of jewellery, silver, watches, clocks, coins, fine wine and spirits.
Edward IV reigned from 1460-70 and then after a brief break to see off Warwick ‘the Kingmaker’ again from 1471-83.
The groat was a now defunct English and Irish coin originally worth four pence. These large coins were first introduced by Edward I in 1280. It was the largest silver coin in circulation in England for the next 220 years until the last one – considerably reduced in size, however - was struck as late as 1855.
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2. The joy of six
Elizabeth I was four years into her reign when this milled sixpence was struck. Four hundred and fifty-seven years later it has found its way to the Coins, Tokens and Banknotes taking place at Tennants of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, on December 4, estimated at £220-280.
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3. For the common good
On most British coins you will find an image of the reigning monarch on one side, but not on this lot on offer at Richard Winterton’s Fine Art & Specialist Sale in Lichfield on November 11.
The reason? It dates from 1653 when the Commonwealth replaced the monarchy under Cromwell for a relatively short period. This hammered silver half-crown is estimated at £280-320.
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4. Gold award
King George V reigned from 1910-36 after succeeding his father, King Edward VII. As a second son of the monarch he was destined for a career in the Royal Navy until the sudden death of his brother, Prince Albert Victor, propelled him into pole position.
This gold, milled-edge sovereign dates from two years into his reign. It displays the king bare headed on one side with St George and the Dragon on the other. It is estimated at £200-250 in the Coins, Tokens & Banknotes auction taking place at the Peter Wilson saleroom in Nantwich, Cheshire, on December 5.
Older gold sovereigns have a collectable appeal but all ages are popular investment choices due to their enduring intrinsic value. The first gold sovereign, named to honour the king, was struck in Henry VII’s reign, in 1489. Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic Saint George and the dragon design appeared on the coin in 1817.
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5. Crowning glories
With Prince Andrew busy creating a modern-day crisis for the royal family, Netflix TV hit The Crown has been concentrating on the earlier period of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, showing Anne and Charles coming to the fore in the late Sixties.
Andrew turned six in the year this full gold sovereign was struck, 1966. It is estimated at £190-220 at the December 5 Sheffield Auction Gallery Silver, Jewellery & Watches plus Gold Coins Auction.
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