English coins under the hammer at London Coins


18 October 2019
The English section of the recent London Coins auction featured a rare 1694 five guineas piece with 'much detail and eye appeal', and a £5 gold proof crown from 2018 which fetched £2,000.

A 1694 Five Guineas was one of the highlights of the English section of the sale.

The lot description stated: 'The coin displays much detail and eye appeal… A high grade example with excellent portraits, indeed the obverse is a bold even strike with the only significant wear being on the highest hair curl. With low grade and/or damaged Five Guineas now realising £5000-£6000, this being several grades above represents very good value in today's market at the low estimate.'

SOLD FOR £15,000

An 1845 Crown with Cinquefoil Stops on edge ESC 282, was also on offer. The coin featured 'attractive toning over original mint lustre, a few small rim nicks barely detract, the obverse sharply struck with crisp hair and ribbon detail… overall a high quality example with superb eye appeal, would be ideal for the type collector.'

SOLD FOR £3,400

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Modern coins on offer included a gold proof 2014 Commonwealth Games - Glasgow 50p piece, one of only 233 pieces issued, and said to be 'one of the lowest mintage figures of any of the modern Gold Fifty Pence Proofs'.


A £5 gold proof Crown issued in 2018 to mark the fifth birthday of Prince George was also sold. The description said: 'Spink catalogue states a mintage of only 175 pieces, these all being issued in sets, Crown collectors now have this opportunity to purchase this as a single coin.'

SOLD £2,000

All images courtesy of London Coins (www.londoncoins.co.uk).