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High-Quality Coins at Davissons’ 40th Auction

Davissons Ltd’s annual major auction closes on 3rd March 2021 live online. The family firm of Allan, Marnie, & Lief spend a year building a special sale covering a wide breadth of numismatics and focusing on coins of high quality and interest. This year their sale includes some remarkable offerings carefully selected from five old collections from the early to mid-twentieth centuries.

Lot 32: Kings of Macedon. Alexander III (336-323 BC). Tetradrachm, c. 323/2 BC, Memphis mint. Struck under Ptolemy I Soter. Rare. Fine style dies, sharply struck on a large flan. Extremely Fine / Good Very Fine; beautiful old toning. Estimate: $7,500.

The sale opens with some nice early electrum, medieval hammered and US gold, including an Angel-Gallic leopard d’or, ex Strauss.

The Greek section offers many spectacular coins, most notably two Alexander III Memphis mint tetradrachms. Many other unusually fine examples of Greek silver are included, alongside more minor pieces carefully selected for particular interest. The sale also includes a select group of British Museum electrotypes.

The Roman section includes Republican silver and a nice offering of quality coins of Roman Britain.

Lot 141: Great Britain. Stephen (1135-1154). Watford type penny, Gloucester mint. Gillebert moneyer. Extremely Fine; exceptional coin with a superb pedigree. Ex E.W. Rashleigh (1909) lot 508. Estimate: $3,500.

The British section likewise offers many spectacular hammered pieces, including a remarkable rare tentative issue profile bust groat of Henry VII with a unique style portrait, and three remarkable coins from the difficult period of the Anarchy, most notably an exceptional Stephen penny, ex Rashleigh, ex Lord Grantley, ex Marshall.

The Scottish section includes an extremely rare (just three traced to date) Henry the Pretender ryal of the tragic Mary Queen of Scots (read the fascinating story published on the auction firm’s website). Also note Irish Hiberno-Norse and gun money, and a nice English milled offering – further selections from the Frank Robinson collection – plus a superb prooflike uncirculated Victoria Gothic crown.

Lot 227: Great Britain. Middlesex. Spence. Copper halfpenny. „The Jewish Boxer“ Uncirculated; lightly toned over fresh surfaces. From the Mike Sussman Collection of British Trade Tokens. Estimate: $750.

The British token section is composed of selections from the Mike Sussman collection – a comprehensive collection of high quality formed over a couple of decades. The offering is highlighted by the politically explosive Spence series, a fascinating group with intriguing designs from a colorful character trying to make a living with coins and tokens while fighting for free speech in Georgian London around the time of the American Revolution. Every token has been carefully stored in a cloth insert inside an acid free envelope.

Lot 276: German States. Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel. Rudolf August (1666-1704). Three taler, 1685 R B. From the Lautenthal mines. Good Very Fine; attractive gray toning. Estimate: $6,000.

The World section is largely drawn from a collection formed to replicate the cabinet collection of the U.S. Mint, as published by James Snowden in 1860. It represents a major effort by this thoughtful collector who used a variety of sources in Europe and America. This sale concentrates on a broad sampling of silver, with an emphasis on crowns. The history behind the pieces and the appeal of the designs makes them particularly fascinating. (A Napoleonic kingdom that lasted six months, a short-lived 1790 insurrection inspired by what was going on in America, a monument to a king leaving his mother – these are a few of the quirkier reminders of the world from the mid-17th to the mid-19th century.) Three choice German States multiple talers are also listed.

The sale wraps up with some rare U.S. and other American coins, and a few fascinating medals.


Davissons Ltd charges no buyer’s fees. Lots begin closing at 10 AM U.S. Central Time (4 PM GMT) on Wednesday, 3rd March 2021. Registration and bidding can be done through the firm’s website or by contacting them directly via email.