Heads you lose... $57,000 coin showing doomed King Charles I is up for sale

It's high time Spink had another of their rare coin auctions, and sure enough they've come up with a humdinger: The Ancient, British & Foreign Coins & Commemorative Medals sale later this month offers more than 1,200 fascinating rare coins.

Two of the early highlights are a Charles I, Civil War issues Triple Unite coin, minted in Oxford in 1642-46. The gold piece weighs 27.94g. Charles is shown at half-length facing left, crowned, armoured, holding sword and laurel branch.

On the reverse, there is a declaration on scroll in three lines, with plumes above and the date below.

Despite the edge being indented at the one o'clock position, this is a good/very fine piece and a very rare and exciting item to add to any collection - as well as being a strong investment. It is expected to sell for £25,000-35,000 (up to $57,000).

Charles I Triple Unite coin
Charles I Triple Unite coin

Another British rarity is a George IV, proof set from 1826. The set boasts gold Five-Pounds, as well as Two-Pounds, Sovereign and Half-Sovereign coins, a silver Crown, Halfcrown, Shilling and Sixpence and copper Penny, Halfpenny and Farthing pieces

There are some light hairlines on the gold coins but all show brilliance and are in a near mint state. The silver has some spots and the copper coins, now all with dark rich toning, are generally problem free.

Overall a very attractive set, held in later red leather case the set is expected to sell for £20,000-25,000 (up to $40,600). The sale takes place in London on March 23.


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