Coins, Medals, Militaria and Banknotes Auction Report 18th October 2023

24th October 2023

Our 18th October Coins, Medals, Militaria and Banknotes Auction had some very interesting lots and strong live bidding through plus commission and telephone bids.


The Medals and Militaria section had a large interest this sale which resulted in some furious bidding, especially for lot 33 with a range of medals. These were to honour the achievements and promotions of unique private soldier to Commanding Officer's group to Lieutenant Colonel Philip Homan Eyre 38th Foot who was killed in action at Battle of Kirbekan. Plus 2 original water paintings one a portrait of Lieutenant Colonel Philip Homan Eyre with medals and one depicting red-coated troops formed in square around the 3 officers graves, buried after the Battle of Kirbekan. This has never been seen on the market and was offered on behalf of the family, with an estimate of £5000 and sold for a staggering £10500!


Moving on to banknotes lot 251 K.O. Peppiatt. 1948 unthreaded 10/- 71L 544237 last run about uncirculated with an estimate of £500 and sold for £825. Lot 363 featured a collection of banknotes in album generally fine to extremely fine from Canada, England, Egypt, Japan, USA etc. also includes rare Hong Kong - Shanghai 1890 $1 had an estimate of £160 which started a bidding war, which eventually sold for £875!


On to my favourite section, coins! Lot 432 1735 crown, OCTAVO, roses and plumes, extremely fine had an estimate of £2000 and sold for £2600. Lot 461 1925 uniface trial florin, struck in lead, excellent, in envelope with card, and with invoice by B.A. Seaby Ltd dated 05/02/1990 estimated at £300 and sold for £850 and lot 468 1942-florin proof FDC, toned had an estimate of £300 and sold for a whopping £1150.

The gold section sold well, which was expected with lot 537A £5 Princess Diana Memorial proof FDC estimated at £1700 sold for £2600 and lot 609 Alderney 1999 £5 Churchill gold proof coin sealed in Royal Mint packaging boxed FDC estimated at £1400 sold for £1600.

Overall, the sale was a great success with much interest and lively bidding throughout.

Our next coin auction will be held on Wednesday 13th December 2023. Look out for the full catalogue for this sale, which will appear on our website in the next few weeks. Also keep an eye on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages which will include updates of our latest auction news.

Are you thinking of selling your entire coin collection or part of it? Would you like us to value your coins and give you advice on how best to market them? Visit our coins and banknotes department page for more information or call us on 01926 499 031 and speak to a valuer.


Daniel Smith

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