Pictures, Silver & Jewellery Specialist Insight: Derek Ainsworth

Auction houses are no strangers to avid collectors. Whether it be caughley porcelain or military badges there will always be someone looking for particular items to add to their collection. Flipping the coin, so to speak, it is much rarer to get the opportunity to offer a lifetimes collection for sale. In this auction we are privileged to be able to present not one but two significant private collections of coins for sale.

The first, comprised of over 40 lots, has been consigned by the great-granddaughter of the collector. Avidly accumulated over many years in the early part of the 20th century, the gentleman in question was living in Austria at the time. Six of the lots encompass albums or collections of European coinage, but it was a friend that lived in the United States that led to acquisition of forty-two gold American coins. These include; five, ten and twenty dollar pieces.


Lot 454, Fine Pictures, Silver & Jewellery Auction, 18th September


The second collection takes us to the modern day. Amassed over the past few years by a local Shropshire gentleman it comprises of mainly gold commemorative coin sets, presented within capsules, cases and with original certificates. Some of the stand out lots in this collection are 454; a Royal Air Force Centenary 2018 £10 valued at £3500-4500 and 447; a set of eight gold 50p pieces created to commemorate the Platinum Wedding anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.


Lot 447, Fine Pictures, Silver & Jewellery Auction, 18th September


Both of these collections and the many other lots offered within the coins and banknotes section provide not only current collectors but also budding enthusiasts and even investors with the opportunity to purchase some superb pieces.


For more information, contact Derek Ainsworth
Coins and Medals Specialist

Phone: 01743 450 700



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