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Britain (Mints & Types)

Britain is a very popular collecting theme, not surprisingly, it is most popular with British collectors. The theme usually includes coins struck in Britain, coins related to historical events in Britain, and coins depicting Britannia or other types related to Britain.

Anglo-Gallic, Henry VI de Lancastre, King of France and England, 1422 - 1453

|France|, |Anglo-Gallic,| |Henry| |VI| |de| |Lancastre,| |King| |of| |France| |and| |England,| |1422| |-| |1453||petit| |blanc|
Henry VI was King of England from 1422 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471, and disputed King of France from 1422 to 1453. The only child of Henry V, he succeeded to the English throne at the age of nine months upon his father's death, and succeeded to the French throne on the death of his grandfather, Charles VI, shortly afterwards. He is the only English monarch to also have been crowned King of France, as Henry II, in 1431.
WO99273. Silver petit blanc, Elias 292 (R), Duplessy I 446, Ciani 603, SCBC-SII 8167, Lafaurie 450, aVF, light deposits, scratches, weight 0.996 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 45o, crown mintmark, Paris mint, 1422 - 1436; obverse (crown) HEN-RICVS: - REX (King Henry, triple pellet stop), shields of France (on left) and England (on right), side by side; reverse (crown) SIT: nOmE: DnI: BEHEDICTV' (Blessed be the name of the Lord), Latin cross, h - R (Henricus Rex) across lower half of field; ex Gordon Andreas Singer; rare; $540.00 SALE PRICE $486.00


Anglo-Gallic, Aquitaine, Henri IV, 30 September 1399 20 March 1413

|France|, |Anglo-Gallic,| |Aquitaine,| |Henri| |IV,| |30| |September| |1399| || |20| |March| |1413||Hardi| |d'Argent|
It was common in the 19th century for museums and occasionally collectors to mark coins with a number in ink. Unfortunately the origin of this number is not known. The number can be removed with a solvent cleaner, but it is part of the history of the coin.

Henry IV was King of England from 1399 to 1413. He asserted the claim of his grandfather King Edward III, a maternal grandson of Philip IV of France, to the Kingdom of France. Henry was the first English ruler since the Norman Conquest, over three hundred years prior, whose mother tongue was English rather than French.
WO99274. Silver Hardi d'Argent, Elias 233h (S), SCBC-SII 8147, Duplessy Fodales 1140, Poey d'Avant 3121, Boudeau 517, gF, toned, ink museum number on rev., weight 1.110 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Aquitaine mint, 1399 - 1413; obverse ERIC R AGLE (Henry, King of England), half-length figure of king facing, crowned, sword in right hand, left hand raised, pellet above crown, canopy above, figure and canopy breaking legend; reverse FRA-CIE* - DNS - ACI* (France and Lord of Aquitaine, rosette after FRANCI and ACI), long cross dividing legend, leopard in 1st and 3rd angles, lis with pellet below in 2nd and 4th angles; scarce; $400.00 SALE PRICE $360.00


England, Elizabeth I, 17 November 1558 - 24 March 1603

|England|, |England,| |Elizabeth| |I,| |17| |November| |1558| |-| |24| |March| |1603||shilling|
At twenty-five years old, Elizabeth inherited a weak bankrupt nation, torn by religious discord. Her supporters counseled that her only hope, was to marry quickly and lean upon her husband. Instead, she ruled alone for nearly half a century, driven by her genuine love for her subjects. She is perhaps the greatest English monarch in history.
UK98524. Silver shilling, SCBC 2549, North 1985, gF, dark toning, some weakness in portrait, flan crack, weight 5.436 g, maximum diameter 32.2 mm, die axis 270o, London (Tower) mint, 1st issue, 1560 - 1561; obverse (cross crosslet) ELIZABETH D G ANG FRA ET HIB REGINA (Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, Queen of England, France, and Ireland), crowned bust left, decorated dress, wire and bead inner circles; reverse (cross crosslet) POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV (I have made God my helper), coat-of-arms (passant lions and fleurs-de-lis) on long cross fourche, wire and bead inner circles; ex Leu Numismatik web-auction 16 (25 May 2021), lot 5069 (part of); ex collection of a Swiss scholar (formed over the past thirty years); $300.00 SALE PRICE $270.00


Anglo-Gallic, Henry VI de Lancastre, King of France and England, 1422 - 1453

|France|, |Anglo-Gallic,| |Henry| |VI| |de| |Lancastre,| |King| |of| |France| |and| |England,| |1422| |-| |1453||grand| |blanc| |aux| |cus|
In 1422, the year old king of England inherited the French throne from his mad grandfather Charles VI of France; the iconography of this type represents the unification of the two nations. Ten years later Joan of Arc would make an appearance which would eventually loosen the English grip on France until by 1436 only Normandy and part of Maine remained in Henry's control.
UK99276. Silver grand blanc aux cus, Elias 288, Duplessy 445, Ciani 602, Lafaurie 449, SCBC-SII 8166, VF, toning, marks, weight 3.135 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 0o, lis mintmark, St L mint, 1422; obverse ⚜ FRANCORVm: ET: ANGLIE: REX (King of France and England), shields of France (on left) and England (on right), side by side, hERICVS above; reverse ⚜ SIT: nOmEN: DnI: BENEDICTV (Blessed be the name of the Lord), Latin cross, fleur-de-lis to left, leopard left on right, hERICVS on a line below; $300.00 SALE PRICE $270.00


Scotland, Angusshire, Condor Token, James Wright, Dundee Farthing, 1796

|Tokens,| |Medals| |&| |Exonumia|, |Scotland,| |Angusshire,| |Condor| |Token,| |James| |Wright,| |Dundee| |Farthing,| |1796||farthing|
Conder Tokens, also referred to as the 18th Century Provincial Tokens, were a form of privately minted token coinage struck and used during the latter part of the 18th century and the early part of the 19th century in England, Anglesey and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. The driving force behind the need for token coinage was the shortage of small denomination coins for everyday transactions. Most collectors consider Conder tokens to include those indexed originally by James Conder.
WO89056. Copper farthing, Dalton-Hamer Angusshire p. 408, 40; Atkins p. 297, 25 (notes rare, only a few lbs struck); Conder p. 13, 14; Pye Tokens p. 17, 1, VF, scratches, weight 4.813 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 180o, Scotland, Angusshire mint, 1796; obverse SIC ITUR AD OPES (Latin: That's the way to work), horse and cart, two packages on cart marked as DR (left package) and TR (right package), Wright Des (Wright designer) in exergue; reverse ** DUNDEE FARTHING **, view of a trade hall building, date 17-96 divided by spire, TRADES ALL [sic] in exergue; rare; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |IV,| |29| |January| |1820| |-| |26| |June| |1830||sixpence|
From 1811 until his accession, George IV served as regent during his father's mental illness. He forbade his wife from attending his coronation and unsuccessfully attempted to divorce her, which brought the contempt of the people. For most of George's regency and reign, Prime Minister Lord Liverpool controlled the government with little help from George. George's extravagant lifestyle and wasteful spending angered taxpayers at a time when Britain was fighting the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide leadership in a time of crisis, nor did he act as a role model for his people. Liverpool led Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. George IV was succeeded by his younger brother William.
UK98543. Silver sixpence, SCBC 3814, SCWC KM 691, AU, cleaned, weight 2.814 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1825; obverse GEORGIUS IIII D:G: BRITANNIAR: REX: F: D:, Laureate head left, tiny B.P. below (engraver Benedetto Pistrucci); reverse HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (shame on him who thinks evil of it - the motto of the Order of the Garter), crowned coat of arms in garter, ANNO 1825 below; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830, For Use in Malta

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |IV,| |29| |January| |1820| |-| |26| |June| |1830,| |For| |Use| |in| |Malta||1/3| |farthing|
George IV was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from the death of his father, King George III, on 29 January 1820 until his own death ten years later. He had already been serving as Prince Regent since 5 February 1811, during his father's final mental illness. He led an extravagant lifestyle that contributed to the fashions of the Regency era. He was a patron of new forms of leisure, style and taste. He commissioned John Nash to build the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and remodel Buckingham Palace. He commissioned Jeffry Wyatville to rebuild Windsor Castle.
UK98539. Bronze 1/3 farthing, SCBC 3827, SCWC KM 703, EF, small scratches and marks, weight 1.446 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 0o, London mint, 1st issue, 1827; obverse GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1827, Laureate head left; reverse BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF, Britannia seated right, floral pattern in exergue; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |IV,| |29| |January| |1820| |-| |26| |June| |1830||farthing|
From 1811 until his accession, George IV served as regent during his father's mental illness. He forbade his wife from attending his coronation and unsuccessfully attempted to divorce her, which brought the contempt of the people. For most of George's regency and reign, Prime Minister Lord Liverpool controlled the government with little help from George. George's extravagant lifestyle and wasteful spending angered taxpayers at a time when Britain was fighting the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide leadership in a time of crisis, nor did he act as a role model for his people. Liverpool led Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. George IV was succeeded by his younger brother William.
UK98540. Copper farthing, Peck 1414, SCBC 3822, SCWC KM 677, AU, tiny scratches and marks, weight 4.732 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1st issue, 1822; obverse GEORGIUS IIII DEI GRATIA (George IV, by the grace of God), laureate and draped bust left; reverse BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF: (King of The British territories, Defender of the Faith), Britannia seated right, arm on shield, holding laurel branch and trident, 1822 below; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00


Great Britain, William IV, 26 June 1830 - 20 June 1837

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |William| |IV,| |26| |June| |1830| |-| |20| |June| |1837||farthing|
William IV was the third son of George III and younger brother and successor to George IV, he was the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain's House of Hanover. He was nicknamed the "Sailor King" because he served in the Royal Navy in his youth. He served in North America and the Caribbean. Since his two older brothers died without leaving legitimate issue, he inherited the throne at 64 years old. His reign saw reforms: the poor law was updated, child labor restricted, slavery abolished in nearly all the Empire, and the electoral system was reformed. Although William did not engage in politics as much as his brother or his father, he was the last monarch to appoint a prime minister contrary to the will of Parliament. He granted his German kingdom a short-lived liberal constitution. At the time of his death, William had no surviving legitimate children, but he was survived by eight of the ten illegitimate children he had by the actress Dorothea Jordan, with whom he cohabited for twenty years. William was succeeded in the United Kingdom by his niece, Victoria, and in Hanover by his brother, Ernest Augustus.
UK98546. Copper farthing, SCBC 3848, SCWC KM 705, gVF, light stains, small scratches and marks, weight 4.796 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, London mint, 1831; obverse GULIELMUS IIII DEI GRATIA (William the 4th, by the Grace of God), bare head right, incuse W.W (engraver William Wyon) on base of neck truncation, 1831 below; reverse BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF: (King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith), Britannia seated right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, resting right hand on shield at side, incuse line on saltire, trident in left hand, rose below; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830

|United| |Kingdom|, |Great| |Britain,| |George| |IV,| |29| |January| |1820| |-| |26| |June| |1830||sixpence|
From 1811 until his accession, George IV served as regent during his father's mental illness. He forbade his wife from attending his coronation and unsuccessfully attempted to divorce her, which brought the contempt of the people. For most of George's regency and reign, Prime Minister Lord Liverpool controlled the government with little help from George. George's extravagant lifestyle and wasteful spending angered taxpayers at a time when Britain was fighting the Napoleonic Wars. He did not provide leadership in a time of crisis, nor did he act as a role model for his people. Liverpool led Britain's ultimate victory, negotiated the peace settlement, and attempted to deal with the social and economic malaise that followed. George IV was succeeded by his younger brother William.
UK98542. Silver sixpence, SCBC 3814, SCWC KM 691, aVF, toned, light marks and scratches, weight 2.770 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1824; obverse GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIA REX F:D: (William, by the Grace of God), laureate head left, tiny B.P. below (engraver Benedetto Pistrucci); reverse HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (shame on him who thinks evil of it - the motto of the Order of the Garter), crowned coat of arms in garter, ANNO 1824 below; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00




  



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