Part 1 of the Alan Palmer Collection of British Silver Coins exceeded its pre-sale estimate and realised £92,727*. Based in the UK, Mr Palmer has been collecting for several decades and this was the first of three sales that will include items from his collection. Comprising 295 lots, the highest price of the collection was for a rare proof ‘Gothic’ Crown from the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), which dated from 1847, and sold to a UK private buyer, despite competition from the Far East, for £3,968 against an estimate of £2,000-2,600 [lot 51].
The Parker Family Collection of Irish Communion Tokens and realised £20,975, which was double the pre-sale estimate. The collection, which is unlikely ever to be equalled for its breadth and scope, was 100% sold and the highest price was paid for a group of 10 tokens from Co Londonderry which was bought by a private Irish Collector for £546 against an estimate of £90-120 [lot 1105].
The 46 lots of British Tokens from the Collection formed by the late David Barry Bailey sold for £10,075 and saw strong demand for this small but significant part of his collection. Again the collection was 100% sold with the highest price being paid for a 19th Century Token from Perry Barr in Staffordshire, dating from 1811. This extremely rare original example sold for £806 against an estimate of £300-500 to a UK private collector, who bid against strong USA competition [lot 1036].
The most important collection of Sheffield tokens and badges to come to market - the 60-lot collection of Sheffield Tokens and Paranumismatica - formed by Tim Hale achieved £9,833. The group has been widely dispersed in UK, Europe and North America, with the top lot being for a group of 30 Miscellaneous Tokens and Checks including examples from George Bassett & Co, Owlerton, confectionery manufacturers (liquorice allsorts) and C. Booth & Son, cutlers, among others sold to a Yorkshire collector for £682 against an estimate of £140 - 180 [lot 1152].
The highest price of the sale was paid for a George V proof set, dating from 1911, which was purchased by a UK dealer for £13,640 [lot 581]; while a gold George VI proof set dating from 1937 sold for £12,400 to a UK dealer [lot 586].
Elsewhere, an Indian restrike Proof Mohur, dating from 1835 and the reign of William IV realised £9,920. From a private UK consignor, the buyer was resident in Canada [lot 861]; while an extremely fine angel coin from the second reign of Edward IV (1471-1483) sold for £8,060 against an estimate of £2,600-3,000. It was being sold by a South African consignor and was purchased by Japanese buyer against UK competition [lot 366].
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Dix Noonan Webb – a brief history
In 1991, its first year of trading, the company held three medal auctions and sold 1,200 lots for a total hammer price of £553,000, however 30 years later, DNW is established as the premier medal auctioneer worldwide. Two years later, in 1993, it opened a coin department which also auctions commemorative medals and tokens. In 2015 DNW added jewellery to its sales calendar as well as setting up a stand alone banknotes department and expanding into premises next door. In 2020 DNW achieved a total hammer price of £14,256,060 and the total number of lots sold across all departments was 24,400. To date the company has sold in excess of 350,000 lots totalling over £200 million.
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