Archive for October, 2009

Essex Epping Forest DH 1 obv_edited

Essex Epping Forest DH 1 rev_edited

By all accounts the Robinson S. Brown Jr. Conder Token Auction by DNW in London on October 7th, 2009 by was a great success.   The Brown collection (Part I) consisted of lots 1 – 247 and realized ₤91,080 including the buyer’s premium.  The entire auction consisted of 621 lots, 4 lots went unsold, there were 98 successful bidders and a total of 33 vendors.  A few hightlights follow.

Pictured above is Lot 132, from Essex, Epping Forest [DH 1], Spence’s Shilling dated 1796 (the 9 and 6 in the date are retrograde, see below).  It has the stag right and the reverse has the star and Garter.  The edge reads: Spence x  Dealer x in x Coins x London.   The quality of the work that went into this token is perhaps best noted by the eye of the stag, what craftsmanship!  The token sold for ₤540.

Essex DH 1 Date_edited

Essex DH 1 eyes







Lot 9           Aylesbury [DH 4], Francis Wheeler Halfpenny dated 1797, had most attractive original surfaces with brilliant toning.  This lot sold for ₤ 1440 ($2,290 based on US exchange of $1.59).  All prices include a 20% buyers’ premium.

Lot 10        Aylesbury [DH 5] another Francis Wheeler, Skidmore’s mule Halfpenny (1797), where the approximate population is reported to be 6 pieces with 2 in institutions, produced  ₤ 780 ($1,240).

Lot 11         Aylesbury [DH 6] was another Francis Wheeler, Skidmore’s mule Halfpenny, with the same obverse die as Lot 10 brought ₤ 816 ($1297) in extremely fine condition with only one other specimen known.  This example’s provenance goes back to  the S.H. Hamer Collection.

Lot 12         Aylesbury [DH 7c], Lutwyche’s Halfpenny with the laureate but of William III and perhaps the finest in private hands was hammered down at ₤ 1,020 ($1,622).  The provenance of this coin was back to the W. Anderson Collection (April 2000) and J. Spingarn Collection (February 2001).

Lot 13         Aylesbury [DH 8], another very rare (only one other specimen known to the cataloguer) Skidmore’s mule brought ₤ 540 ($859).  This specimen has the FW cipher surmounted by the crest of a swan and encircled by a wreath of oak and palm on the obverse while the reverse has the heart on hand.  Beautiful example and practically unique.

Lot 15         Aylesbury [DH 9], another Skidmore’s Halfpenny coming from the S.H. Hamer collection brought ₤ 744 ($1,183).

Lot 19         Aylesbury [DH 14], Skidmore’s mule with justice seated right and with the Hendon church on the reverse,  brought ₤ 1,200 ($1,908).   Another example where only two other specimens are known, and one of those is in the British Museum.

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