Davissons Ltd. Auction 31 Closes November 28
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
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 https://davcoin.com/home.