This week, Spink is holding a sale of rare and valuable collectible coins.
One of the pieces, we've already reported on: a five guinea gold piece depicting William of Orange, the Dutch born king who, with English born wife Mary, came to rule England, deposing James II whose Catholicism had turned many against him.
That lot is available with a guide price of £6,000-8,000. Another key lot, however, is from a rather more recent period: the reign of Queen Victoria.
The 1893 proof set consists of four gold coins with face values of: Five pounds, Two Pounds, Sovereign and Half-Sovereign, and six silver ones: Crown, Half-Crown, Florin, Shilling, Sixpence, Threepence.
The silver pieces in particular are attractively toned, and in general the set rates as good extremely fine, some light marks and hairlines notwithstanding. The whole is expected to bring £7,000-8,000.
Spink's sale takes place on March 25 in London. Collectors who can't get to that sale will be pleased to know that there are a number of very rare coins available right now online.
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