November 5th, 2012

Davissons Ltd. Auction 31 Closes November 28

From press release: HOUSE OF YORK. Edward V. 1483. AR groat. 3.00 gm. Early halved sun and rose i.m. (This i.m. succeeded the cinquefoil i.m. that ended on Feb. 12, 1483, and was used during the reign of Edward V, (April 9, 1483 to June 26, 1483), one of the “Princes in the Tower.” T. Webb Ware, cited and discussed in Stewartby, page 376f, has determined the order in which this particular iteration of the halved sun and rose mm. was used with this earlier mintmark type corresponding to the reign of Edward V.) Type XXII. London. Unbarred As on obverse. Blunt and Whitton XXII, var 1-5/6. Stewartby p. 434, XXII. N. 1631. S. 2146. Near Very Fine; attractive coin with a pleasing portrait; an exceptional example. (Typical examples of this issue are heavily clipped).

Auction 31 from Davissons Ltd. is an interesting mix of coins. Some classic gold coins here, Irish and Scottish coins there. And all with NO buyers’ fees.

Davissons provided this information about the sale:

The British section includes almost a hundred coins from the collection of Jim Farr. In his own words: “I began collecting hammered material in the late 1970s while living in Munich, West Germany.  I began with modern Irish coins while living in Pensacola in 1975.  I am a biologist and a musician, so the modern Irish series with an animal on one side, harp on the other, was perfect.  Then I discovered 18th century Irish with the harp and ruler, crossed over to the English series as well, then started going backwards to the Celts and Hiberno Norse.  It all started with animals and harps.”

Between his collection and some other material we have acquired—someone else’s lifelong collection, some auction purchases, some material we have had in back-stock—we can offer a coin for every monarch since the Norman Conquest. The difficult “2,3,4,5” group is here: William II, Richard III, Henry IV and Edward V. And so are pleasing pieces from every other person to occupy the English throne since 1066.

The Scottish, Irish and Anglo-Gallic sections have several great coins

Lot 269 – Facing bust Hiberno-Norse penny
IRELAND. Hiberno-Norse. AR penny. 0.48 gm. 17 mm. ‘Scratched die’ imitation with facing bust and long cross reverse. Phase IV, struck circa 1055-1065. Helmeted facing head with triple-stranded mustache / Voided long cross, hand and cross in opposite angles, pellets in remaining angles. SCBI Hiberno-Norse 152-153. D&F 27. S. 6136. Near Extremely Fine; toned, slightly ragged flan. Rare type.

and a good number of decent and interesting coins with a particularly broad representation of Irish issues. The section ends with Anglo-Gallic issues. Coins of Ireland and the Anglo-Gallic series are generally much scarcer than the issues of England and Scotland. This is partly because of relative population sizes and political instability. it also reflects the fact that England and Scotland both issued coins for their monarchs.

Irish and Anglo-Gallic coins were issued by English monarchs for these subjugated areas. The quality of Irish and Anglo-Gallic coins is also poorer — a reflection of poorer silver, less careful minting, less refined and often overused dies. The Hiberno-Norse series generally offers finer condition coins but the historical context was different.

In any event, the offering of Irish and Anglo-Gallic in this sale amounts to a significant group and provides a good opportunity for collectors interested in this series. In my ongoing review of sales related to the British series, I seldom see lengthy groups of this material offered.

For more information, and/or a free printed catalog, call Davissons at (320) 685-3835; or write to Davissons Ltd., P.O. Box 323, Cold Spring, MN 56320. You can also visit them online at


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