More than 500 lots of Islamic, Indian, and world coins and medals
compose the inaugural online-only auction for newly established
numismatic auction house Wilkes & Curtis.
The sale closes June 16 and is the first of three online auctions
the firm plans to hold in 2014.
Tim Wilkes of Wilkes & Curtis said: “Our first auction is truly
international but, like the Wilkes & Curtis brand, has a strong
focus on coins from both the Indian and Islamic worlds. These coins
give both the seasoned collector and those new to the subject of
numismatics a fascinating insight into the role coinage has played in
the culture and politics of the world.”
Leading the auction, among a selection of quality Islamic rarities,
is the Extremely Fine example of the “very rare” A.H. 107 (A.D. circa
725 to 726) Umayyad gold dinar. The auction firm did not provide an
estimate of how many similar pieces are known.
The coin is estimated to sell for £10,000 to £12,000 ($16,805 to
$20,166 in U.S. funds).
Also in the Islamic section is a gold ashrafi of the Afsharid ruler
Amir Arslan Khan that is believed to have previously been unrecorded.
This coin, minted at Tabriz and dated A.H. 1161 (circa 1748), is
graded as Good Very Fine.
The coin is absent from the standard reference, The Checklist of
Islamic Coins, by Stephen Album. Indeed, Album does not list any
gold coins for the reign of Amir Arslan Khan.
This coin is estimated to realize £1,500 to £1,800 ($2,521 to $3,025 U.S.).
Highlighting the Indian section is a gold stater, previously from
the collection of Gupta coinage formed by M. Delmé-Radcliffe.
This coin is from the reign of Samudragupta (335 to 380), and
depicts the king and the Garuda bird on the obverse, and Lakshmi, the
Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and fortune, enthroned on the reverse.
According to the auction firm, Gupta rulers embraced the coin
designs implemented by their Kushan predecessors who included Indian
deities in their coinage but introduced new Indian style scenes, like
the one on the obverse of this example.
The stater is estimated to sell for £800 to £1,000 (about $1,343 to
The section of 75 lots from Morocco is highlighted by a silver
10-dirham coin of ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, minted in Berlin in A.H. 1313 (A.D.
1895 to 1896).
The firm supplies the context that the 10-dirham coin dates from a
period when an independent Morocco invited European intervention to
help the fragile sovereign state protect its threatened investments,
and to help Morocco push for economic allowances. Diplomatic
manipulation saw the European states, France in particular, rush to
extend their interests in North Africa, and it is therefore
unsurprising that Moroccan coins from this period were minted not only
in Fes, but also in Berlin, Paris, Birmingham, and London.
The Extremely Fine example is estimated to sell for £400 to £500
(about $672 to $840 U.S.).
A catalog will all 579 lots is posted online, and bidders may bid
through email or online, all through the firm’s website.
For more information about the sale, visit the website, email the
firm or telephone it at (011) 44 7538 476757.