British auction house Baldwin’s on Sept. 28 offers ancient and
British coins, military and commemorative medals and South African
paper money, coins and medals in the first of its two official
auctions scheduled in conjunction with Coinex.
The 2011 Coinex, the 33rd edition, is scheduled for Sept. 30 and
Oct. 1. Coinex, co-sponsored by the British Numismatic Trade
Association, is the United Kingdom’s largest annual coin show.
Baldwin’s, as show co-sponsor, is conducting two official auctions
before the show (please see a story about the second auction, at www.coinworld.com/categories/world-coins/).
The firm’s auction No. 70 features ancient Greek, Roman and
Byzantine coins, including a circa 650 to 600 B.C. Ionia electrum
stater. The stater, an example of the first true coin, bears an
obverse type as well as a reverse punch. Prior to this, small ingots
with blank surfaces had been produced, followed by the addition of a
reverse punch and eventually the striated obverse, according to the
catalog. On the basis of hoard evidence, it is likely that these
issues were struck at Ephesos and possibly Sardes.
The stater has an estimate of £6,000 to £8,000 (about $9,483 to
One consignment, described as “the property of an English
gentleman,” a collection of English copper and bronze coinage,
composes much of the offering of British coins, but it is a singular
lot that leads the section and the auction.
The highlight coin is a circa 1361 to 1369 gold noble of Edward
III, fourth coinage, Treaty Period, showing the king, standing in a
ship, holding a sword and shield. Struck on a broad, fully round
planchet, the coin is Extremely Fine and very rare in such condition,
according to the firm.
It has an estimate of £7,000 to £9,000 (about $11,063 to $14,224 U.S.).
The auction continues with a selection of South African paper
money, including a selection of Mafeking paper currency issued by
authority of Col. Robert S.S. Baden-Powell, commander of the Rhodesian
Frontier Forces. Baden-Powell is most famously known for his
involvement in the formation of the Scouting movement through his 1908
book Scouting for Boys.
A series of 1-shilling, 2-shilling and 3-shilling notes was issued
under Baden-Powell’s authority during the British siege of Mafeking to
alleviate a shortage of coins.
A small but historical selection of orders, decorations and medals
completes the auction.
All lots from the sale can be viewed for free at a special page on
the auction house website, www.baldwin.co.uk/auction-70.
For more information, telephone Baldwin’s at (011) 44 20 7930
9808, email the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit its website, www.baldwin.co.uk. ■