January 27th, 2014

Hurry! Davisson’s Ltd. Auction Closing Soon

1799 dollar_13293A spectacular rarity, the Norweb Collection example of a 1799 Draped Bust U.S. dollar with the octagonal Bank of England countermark of George III, is the cover coin on Davissons Ltd. Auction 33, which closes January 30, 2014.

One of only five known examples, this coin is good Extremely Fine with luster, a beautiful and exciting coin with the important Norweb provenance. It is estimated at $100,000.

In business for over 40 years and recognized specialists in British coins and tokens, Davissons Ltd. are known for their careful selection and cataloguing of rare coins, tokens, and medals, and their attractive catalogs. Their current sale offers a large selection of classic gold, followed by an extensive offering of choice ancient Greek and Roman silver and bronze. Coins of the British Isles begin with Celtic Britain followed by rare and important British hammered and milled coins. Highlights include difficult reigns such as Alfred the Great and William II (ex J. J. North Collection). Newark besieged in halfcrown, shilling, and ninepence denominations are followed by an impressive Pontefract siege shilling of Charles I. An exceptional AU 58 halfcrown of Charles II, bust by Thomas Simon, precedes a solid milled offering.

Scotland, Ireland and Anglo-Gallic is followed by an important offering of British tokens, including pieces that are almost to never seen, some with provenances dating back to the major early collections. The dramatic Edystone Lighthouse twopence token, ex Cokayne, ex Murdoch, ex Davis is offered. The Mendoza AE penny token is only the second known in this metal and one of the rarest pieces in the entire 18th century British token series, important also as a great Jewish portrait. Daniel Mendoza, the boxing champion known in England as “the Jewish boxer,” was the most famous of the great British fighters of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and helped elevate boxing from a sport of brute force to an art and science.


Printed Auction 33 Lot 185 – Charles I. 1625-1649. Newark besieged, 1645-1646. AR halfcrown. 15.16 gm. 32 x 35 mm. 1646. S. 3140. N. 2638. Very Fine; softly struck at top on both sides; attractively toned over pleasing surfaces.

Small sections of world tokens and medals and U.S. Hard Times tokens are followed by a group of Napoleonic medals in FDC condition featuring architecture and military victories. A Pilgrim’s badge from medieval Europe and “Paduan” imitations of Roman coinage, after Giovanni Cavino, close the sale.

The catalog of 352 lots is available from Davissons Ltd. by emailing info@davcoin.com or by mail at PO Box 323, Cold Spring, MN 56320 USA. Phone (320) 685-3835. All the lots will be available to view at the F.U.N. show in Orlando on January 9-11. The entire sale is available to view and bid on at www.davcoin.com. The sale begins closing live on the website, sequentially, at 10 AM Central Standard Time on January 30, 2014. The sale uses a “soft close,” resetting the countdown clock to 40 seconds whenever a lot is bid on, making sure that lots are not “sniped” at the last minute.  Unusual in this era, Davissons charge no buyer’s fee — the price you bid is the price you pay.


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