Huge collection of British ‘inaugural’ medals in London sale

Baldwin’s auctions Feldman collection of coronation, jubilee medals
By , Coin World
Published : 05/27/16
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The medal apparently contains more gold than the £5 coin for the Jubilee, and provides a larger design area, measuring 58 millimeters compared to the £5 coin’s 35 millimeters.

An NGC-graded Mint State 64 Prooflike example of the 1887 gold coin realized $8,518.75 in the April 15, 2016, Heritage auction. In the same sale, an MS-63 example graded by NGC sold for $4,406.25, while an MS-62 NGC example realized $3,642.50.

For this monarch, the medal may be considered more desirable than the coin.

An end to tradition?

The auction concluded with only two lots representing the lengthy, historic reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

No official coronation medals were produced for Elizabeth II, but the Royal Mint did mark the event’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 with a pair of official medals in silver and gilt-silver.

A pair of these 1977 medals realized £132 ($193 U.S.) in the Baldwin’s auction.

The only other coronation- and jubilee-related issue for the modern monarchy (so far) depicts the man who is poised to be her successor, Prince Charles. He appears on a 1969 Investiture of the Prince of Wales medal. 

This gilt medal features a fantastic Welsh dragon on the reverse, perfect for the fan of heraldry and fantasy, regardless of the occupant of the obverse!

An example of the investiture medal was the final piece in the Feldman Collection, realizing £78 ($114). Its design may provide inspiration for a future coronation medal, if Charles indeed succeeds to the throne and if the Royal Mint decides to issue such a commemorative. 

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