A single-owner collection of over 200 Halfcrowns from the reigns of Edward VI through to Elizabeth II will be included in the auction of a Private Collection of British Coins at Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins, medals, banknotes and jewellery specialists. The auction will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 11am at their auction rooms in central Mayfair - 16 Bolton St, London, W1J 8BQ.

As Christopher Webb, Head of the Coin Department explained: “We are delighted to be offering this collection on behalf of Brian Dawson a well known and respected Coin dealer from Lancashire who is selling his collection of Halfcrowns, Brian started collecting Coins in 1956, starting like most young men with Pennies in his change, from this he acquired the taste for dealing, so he could finance his collecting from the profit of selling coins, his first sales through exchange and Mart, 10 different date Pennies for £1!, by 1967 he was a full time dealer and bought his 1st Halfcrown from a fellow dealer in Bolton.”

Like the crown, the Halfcrown, which is the equivalent of 12½p in current UK money, was introduced as a gold coin during the reign of Henry VIII. The issue of gold Halfcrowns ceased in the 17th century, but the silver Halfcrown continued in circulation until January 1970, when the Halfcrown ceased to be legal tender.

Among the highlights of the collection is an exceptionally fine and unique unsigned Pattern Halfcrown from the reign of Charles I (1625-1649), depicting the King seated on horseback and holding a sword, which is estimated at £12,000-15,000, while a fine and extremely rare George I Halfcrown, dating from 1726, decorated with small roses and plumes, carries an estimate of £10,000-£12,000, and an extremely rare and fine George I Pattern Halfcrown, dating from 1715, is estimated at £3,000-£4,000.

Also included is the first Halfcrown that Brian bought – a scarce Halfcrown from the Tower mint, dating from 1625 which is estimated at £400-£500.


Public viewing is held two days before the sale between 10am – 5pm
and free online bidding is available is
For more information, please call 020 7016 1700

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