A collection of Indian coinage dominates Baldwin’s auction No. 71,
the second of two official Coinex auctions.
The Sept. 29 auction features coins of the Indian, ancient and
The first section of the second auction comprises the Yashoda
Singh Collection of Indian Coins, which was built over the course of
25 years by a collector with a true passion for the history of the
coinage of India, according to Baldwin’s. When Singh began his
collection, “there were no coin shows, auctions or dealers
specialising in Indian coins,” according to the firm.
The Singh Collection is formed of historically significant and
artistic coins from every period of Indian coinage, all of which have
an emotional resonance with the current owner, according to Baldwin’s.
The collection pays particular attention to the coins from the
mints of Patliputra (also known by other names in different periods —
Patna or Azimabad or Hazrat Rasulpur), Rajgriha, Chunar, and Tirhut,
all of which can be found in the state of Bihar or eastern Uttar
Pradesh, the region in which Singh was born.
The collection, which was formed with an emotional reward in mind,
will provide an economic reward for the collector, according to Singh.
“I did not collect these coins specifically for profit but for my
emotional satisfaction. It so happens that Indian coins are now sought
by Indians and non-Indians from all over the world and prices have
skyrocketed,” he said.
Leading the collection are two Proof restrikes of famous gold
coins, the 1835 mohur and 2-mohur coins of British India.
The mohur restrike is graded Proof-like 65 Restrike by Numismatic
Guaranty Corp, and has an estimate of £3,000 to £5,000 (about $4,741
to $7,902 U.S.).
The 2-mohur restrike, graded Proof 63 Restrike by Professional
Coin Grading Service, has an estimate of £5,000 to £8,000 (about
$7,902 to $12,644 U.S.)
Other major highlights of the rest of the sale (from other
consignments) include three special sets.
The 1834 East India Company, Bombay Presidency, VIP Proof Set from
the Bombay Mint comprises three silver and three copper coins. The
coins in the set were possibly struck to mark the first complete
coinage in 1834 by the new Bombay Mint or in 1835 for the end of local
Presidency coinage. This lot is estimated at £25,000 to £50,000 (about
$39,512 to $79,024 U.S.).
Another major highlight is the unique 1904 “VIP presentation Proof
set” of Edward VII, in its official case. The set contains eight
coins, is previously unrecorded and unique, according to the firm.
It has an estimate of £80,000 to £120,000 (about $126,438 to
The final highlight among the sets is a pattern set from 1949 for
the newly formed Republic of India. Created by Patrick Brindley, the
set of eight patterns was a proposal for an entirely new coinage for
the new republic. One of four sets are recorded as being produced, and
no coins were struck for circulation dated 1948 or 1949. The set for
sale has an estimate of £100,000 to £150,000 (about $158,048 to
The Alan Harley Collection of Countermarked Latin American coins
totals 194 lots and forms the next part of the auction, before it
closes with a selection of coins from around the world.
All lots from the auction can be viewed for free at a special page
on the firm’s website, www.baldwin.co.uk/auction-71.
For more information, telephone Baldwin’s at (011) 44 20 7930
9808, email the firm at email@example.com
or visit its website, www.baldwin.co.uk. ■