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Great Britain, William IV, 26 June 1830 - 20 June 1837
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.UK94098. Bronze penny, SCBC 3845, Krause KM 707, Choice EF+, toned with some subdued mint red, weight 19.000 g, maximum diameter 34.0 mm, London mint, 1831; obverse GULIELMUS IIII DEI GRATIA (William, by the Grace of God), bare head right, 1831 below, no initials on neck truncation; 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 ornamented with the Union Jack, trident in left hand; rose, shamrock, and thistle in exergue; ex D. B. Bailey Collection; rare in this quality; $310.00 SALE |PRICE| $279.00
Great Britain, Robert Reynolds & Co., Copper Halfpenny Token, 1792
UK94091. Copper token, Dalton-Hamer 233, EF, evenly toned surfaces with a hint of red, light marks; Inscription on edge: PAYABLE AT THE WAREHOUSE OF ROBERT REYNOLDS & CO., weight 11.607 g, maximum diameter 31.1 mm, die axis 180o, 1792; obverse PRO BONO PUBLICO, Lady Godiva aside horse left (from the flag of the city of Coventry), 1792 in exergue; reverse COVENTRY HALFPENNY., castle on the back of an elephant (from the arms of the city of Coventry); ; rare; $180.00 SALE |PRICE| $162.00
Great Britain, George IV, 29 January 1820 - 26 June 1830
Oddly, this coin is dated prior to the July 19, 1821 Coronation of George IV. George III died January 29, 1820. Almost all other rulers of the United Kingdom began their coinage after the date of their coronation. (Another exception is Edward VIII, whose mint struck coins dated 1937, the year of a coronation that never took place.) Of the coinage of George IV, only the half-crown is from 1820.NV94030. Silver half crown, SCBC 3807, Krause KM 676, VF, toned, bumps and scratches, reeded edge, weight 13.806 g, maximum diameter 31.8 mm, die axis 180o, London mint, 1820; obverse GEORGIUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: (George IIII, by the Grace of God, King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith), laureate head of King George IV left, tiny B.P. (engraver Benedetto Pistrucci) below neck truncation; reverse crowned shield of arms, shield is quartered, with harp and lions, and a crowned escutcheon of the Arms of Hanover in the center, thistle left, clover right, ANNO - 1820 divided by rose below; ex Walker Collection; $175.00 SALE |PRICE| $158.00
England, Mary Tudor, 1553 - 1554 A.D.
Mary I, also known as Mary Tudor, was the queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death in 1558. She is best known for her vigorous attempt to reverse the English Reformation, which had begun during the reign of her father, Henry VIII. Mary was the only child of Henry VIII by his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, to survive to adulthood. When Edward became mortally ill in 1553, he attempted to remove Mary from the line of succession because he supposed, correctly, that she would reverse the Protestant reforms that had begun during his reign.WO91873. Silver groat, North 1960, SCBC 2492, aF, toned, scratches, pitting, weight 1.768 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, Tower (London) mint, sole reign, 1553 - 1554 A.D.; obverse mARIA. D. G. AnG. FRA. Z. hIB. REGI (apostrophe over annulet stops), crowned bust left; reverse VERITAS TEMPORIS FILIA, coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée (forked cross); $180.00 SALE |PRICE| $152.00
Great Britain, William IV, 26 June 1830 - 20 June 1837, Maundy Issue
At the Royal Maundy, on the day before Good Friday, the British Monarch ceremoniously distributes small silver coins known as "Maundy money" as symbolic alms. "Maundy" derives from the mandate of Jesus Christ at the Last Supper that his followers should love one another. In the Middle Ages, English monarchs washed the feet of beggars in imitation of Jesus, and presented gifts and money to the poor. Over time, the traditions changed to include giving coins which are legal tender but do not circulate because of silver content and numismatic value. Ordinary money is also given in lieu of gifts of clothing and food that the sovereign once bestowed on Maundy recipients. In most years there are fewer than 2,000 complete sets of Maundy money; they are highly sought after by collectors.NV94027. Silver twopence, Maundy issue; SCBC 3843, VF, toned, light marks, weight 13.806 g, maximum diameter 31.8 mm, die axis 180o, Tower mint, 1833; obverse GUILIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: (William IIII, by the Grace of God, King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith), bare head right; reverse crowned 2 (denomination), 18-33 (date) divided across field, all within oak wreath tied at the bottom with ribbon; ex Walker Collection; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00
United Kingdom, Edward VII, 22 January 1901 - 6 May 1910
During the long reign of his mother, Queen Victoria, Edward was excluded from power and personified the fashionable, leisured elite. His tours of North America in 1860 and India in 1875 were popular successes, but his reputation as a playboy prince soured his relationship with his mother. As king, Edward modernized the Fleet and reorganized the Army. He fostered good relations between Britain and other European countries, especially France, for which he was called "Peacemaker" but his relationship with his nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II, was poor. The Edwardian era, which covered Edward's reign and was named after him, coincided with the start of a new century and heralded significant changes in technology and society, including steam turbine propulsion and the rise of socialism.
On 17 December 1903, Orville Wright flew an aircraft with a petrol engine at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the first documented, successful, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight.WO95305. Bronze farthing, SCBC 3992, EF, a few carbon spots, weight 2.762 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, Tower mint, 1906; obverse EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:, (Edward VII, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India) bare head right; reverse FARTHING, Britannia seated left, resting arm on shield at left, holding trident in extended right arm; ex CNG e-sale 453 (2 Oct 2019), lot 893 (part of), ex Brondesbury Park Collection; $40.00 SALE |PRICE| $36.00
Coins of England & the United Kingdom - Decimal Issues
Standard catalogue of British coins by denomination. A second edition to the 2015 catalogue due to the quantity of commemorative issues released in 2015.BK12931. Coins of England & the United Kingdom - Decimal Issues, Spink, 2016, 173 pages, color illustrated, paperback, new; $4.00 SALE |PRICE| $3.60
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