Coins Hit a High Note!

Posted On: 09 Jun 2023 by Rita Kearsey

Smiths of Newent’s forthcoming two day auction is on the 22nd and 23rd of June and includes a good range of interesting antiques and collectables as well as a specialist section for coins, notes and medallions. The fully illustrated catalogue will go online on the 16th of June with viewing on the 20th and 21st of June 10am-5pm and on the morning of the sales 9am-10am.


The coin section of the sale includes a number of exceptional highlights, undoubtably led by a James II 1685 gold guinea estimated at £4,000/£6,000. This is obviously a very rare coin as James II was only on the throne from 1685 to 1688 when he was deposed in ‘The Glorious Revolution’. There are also a number of early silver coins on offer such as a Queen Anne Crown 1708 estimated at £1,000/£1,500 and a selection of early hammered silver coinage dating from the 13th century onwards. Obviously condition is very important, since many of these coins have not survived without considerable wear or damage. Of particular note is an Edward VI hammered silver shilling (third period 1550 – 1553) in very fine condition estimated at £500/£700. The coin section also features a substantial selection of more modern gold coins including two gold sovereign bracelets estimated between £2,000/£4,000 each, whilst a Jersey 1972 gold and silver Royal Wedding Coin Set is expected to make £2,000/£3,000. The 18th and 19th centuries are also well represented with a rare 1847 Queen Victoria Gothic silver crown in extra fine condition estimated to make a similar figure.