Coins can be turned into any manner of objects, and in rare cases can
be used to store coins themselves.
One lot in A. H. Baldwin’s & Sons Ltd.’s Nov. 5 Argentum auction
offered the collector a numismatic item and the perfect place to
The lot featured 24 brass imitation George III guineas and three
authentic George III and George IV coins inside a copper box
resembling a stack of 1799 halfpennies, with two halfpennies used as
the lid and base.
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Although resembling a stack of coins, the edge of the box was
machined with decorative bands not actually mimicking coins, according
to the Baldwin’s description.
The container measures 53 millimeters in height, and the auction
house describes it as “All in good order,” in Very Fine condition.
The container realized £288 ($359.57 U.S.), including the 20 percent
buyer’s fee, against an estimate of £120 to £150 ($150 to $187 U.S.).
Baldwin’s Argentum sales traditionally offer more affordable items,
twice a year. This event was conducted in conjunction with the London
Coin Fair, and the auction offered a wide range of material from
ancient to modern times, including coins, paper money, medals, orders
and decorations, and bank notes.
For more information about the sale, visit the completed auctions listing.