A wide offering of Indian coinage, as well as coins of the ancient
and Islamic worlds, realized £653,389 ($1,021,250 in U.S. funds),
including the 18 percent buyer’s fee, during Baldwin’s Sept. 29
auction, the firm’s 71st.
A collection of Indian coinage dominated Baldwin’s auction No. 71,
the second of three official Coinex auctions.
The Yashoda Singh Collection of Indian Coins 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.
Leading the collection was a Proof restrike of a famous gold coin,
the 1835 2-mohur coins of British India. The 2-mohur restrike, graded
Proof 63 Restrike by Professional Coin Grading Service, realized
£10,620 (about $16,599 U.S.), with the buyer’s fee. All prices shown
here reflect the fee.
The Singh Collection realized £167,766 ($262,218 U.S.), and the
Alan Harley Collection of Countermarked Latin American Coins, which
totaled 194 lots, realized £39,512 ($61,757 U.S.).
All lots from the auction can be viewed for free at www.baldwin.co.uk/auction-71.
Of 1,090 lots offered in auction No. 71, 879 lots (a total of 80.6
percent) were sold.
The total for all three sales cumulatively reached £1,327,375
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.
Some additional highlights:
India, Gupta, Samudragupta, circa A.D. 335 to 380 gold
dinar, 8.3 grams, Asvamedha type, Friedberg 75 (
Gold Coins of the World
by Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg), Very Fine,
£24,780 ($38,731 U.S.).
India, Mughal empire, Jahangir, A.D. 1619 to 1620 silver
zodiac rupee, “Gemini,” struck from gold mohur dies of the type
identified as Krause-Mishler 180.6 (
Standard Catalog of World Coin
s by Chester Krause and Clifford Mishler), About VF,
£6,136 ($9,591 U.S.).
India, Mughal Empire, Nadir Shah Afshari, A.D. 1735 to
1747 silver rupee, Muhammadabad Banaras, “one of probably only three
known from the Banaras mint,” “surface defect on the
reverse,” VF, £6,136 ($9,591 U.S.).
East India Company, Bombay Presidency, 1834 VIP Proof set,
Bombay Mint, silver quarter-, half-rupee and rupee, copper pie,
copper quarter- and half-anna, “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,” Lot 1489, Professional
Coin Grading Service Proof 65 brown (copper half-anna), PCGS Proof 66
red-brown (copper pie and quarter-anna), PCGS Proof 67 (silver
quarter-rupee and rupee), and PCGS Proof 67+ (silver half-rupee),
£18,880 ($29,509 U.S.).
Republic of India, 1949 pattern set, created by Patrick
Brindley, denominated pice, anna and 2 annas; quarter-rupee,
half-rupee and rupee (set includes both reverse types each of the
2-anna and half-rupee coins), a proposal for an entirely new coinage
for the new republic, “only four sets are recorded as having been
struck,” Lot 1609, PCGS Proof 62 (1 rupee); PCGS Proof 63
(anna), PCGS Proof 64 (both half-rupee coins, quarter-rupee and Type I
2-anna coin), PCGS Proof 64 red-brown (pice), and PCGS Proof 65 (Type
II, 2-anna coin), £61,360 ($95,906 U.S.)
India, Awadh, 1819 silver medal, coronation of
Ghazi-ud-Din Haider, Lot 1617, Extremely Fine, £11,800
Poland, 1833 gold 25-zloty coin, Alexander I, Warsaw,
F-110, Lot 2064, EF, £11,446 ($17,890 U.S.). ■