Rare Elizabethan coin fetches over £16,000


08 April 2021
A rare coin from the reign of Elizabeth I sold for £16,120 at Dix Noonan Webb recently, whilst a scarce George III (1760-1820) Guinea, dating from 1761, sold for £8,060.

From the fourth and final part of the Walter Wilkinson Collection of Coins of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), the very fine and very rare seventh issue Crown, was previously in the Eleanor Ahbe Collection and was estimated at £7,000-9,000. It was bought at the Dix Noonan Webb auction by a member of the UK trade. 

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The fourth part of the Wilkinson Collection comprised 358 and was 100% sold. The total realised for the four parts of the Collection, which have been sold between 2018-21, including buyers’ premium, was £680,133. 

The second highest price from the Collection was a very clear example of a seventh issue Elizabeth I Crown (above), which sold for £7,440 to a private buyer from Malta.  

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Also in the sale was the Ross King Collection of British Coins, which was also 100% sold. 

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From the reign of George III (1760-1820) was a very fine and very rare Pre-1816 issues Guinea, dating from 1761, which sold for £8,060 to a UK Private Buyer against an estimate of £3,000-4,000.

A very fine and very rare William II (1087-1100) penny, minted in Chester sold for £6,200 to a UK Private Buyer against an estimate of £1,500-2,000.

A very rare penny of Eadwald, King of East Anglia, circa 796 – one of only 40 know to exist  - that was discovered in Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) in February 2021 sold for £6,200 to a UK Private Buyer.