Two gold halfpennies dating from the late 18th century from the important Soho Mint, which was created by Matthew Boulton in 1788 in his Manufactory in Handsworth, West Midlands sold for £27,280 and £23,560 when sold by international coins, medals, banknotes and jewellery specialists Dix Noonan Webb on Tuesday, October 12, 2012. Part of the Ian Sawden Collection of British Coins, the Collection, which was 97.6% sold, fetched £353,853 against a pre-sale estimate of more than £200,000. Comprising 208 coins spanning eight monarchs from George I to George VI (1727-1952), the majority of the coins were from the reigns of George III and Queen Victoria.

The highest price of the sale was for a gold
Restrike Pattern Halfpenny dating from 1788 and the reign of George III (1760-1820), which sold for £27,280 to a dealer in the UK [lot 38]; while another example from 1799 sold for £23,560 to a collector in Japan [lot 64].

A 1797 Cartwheel proof gold Penny from the reign of George III that was decorated with a laureate bust wearing a wreath with 10 leaves sold for £24,800 to a UK dealer. The coin was once in the Collection of King Farouk and is believed that only one other is known to exist [lot 19].

The Collection also included a variety of Victorian proof florins with an example from 1848 -
one of 12 examples in the sale - selling for £16,120 to collector in the USA against an estimate of £5,000-7,000 [lot 117], while an extremely rare Proof Florin dating from 1862 realised £11,780. This was one of two in the sale and was also estimated at £5,000-7,000. It was bought by a dealer in the UK [lot 132].

Following the sale,
Peter Preston-Morley, Head of Coin Department at Dix Noonan Webb, commented: "Mr Sawden's coins were very well received, especially the George III and Victorian patterns and proofs, and have now found new homes as far apart as Macau in the East and the US in the west. Pleasingly, the majority were acquired by buyers based in the UK.” 


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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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