Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 193

Price realized: 400 AUD   (Approx. 278 USD / 275 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Territory of New Guinea, Police Force (European) Officer's cap badge, King's crown c1930s, in brass (ht 67mmx54mm), lugs on reverse intact (Mira p173). Very fine.

Estimate: 580 AUD

Match 1:
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 191

Price realized: 100 AUD   (Approx. 70 USD / 69 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Territory of New Guinea, Luluai badge in brass, officially holed with two 2mm holes; Head Tax token, 1829-1930, ten shillings, in aluminium with attached and pierced suspension lug (Mira type II). The badge with black stain on obverse, otherwise very fine and the token nearly fine. (2)

Estimate: 90 AUD

Match 2:
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 381

Price realized: 170 AUD   (Approx. 118 USD / 117 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


New South Wales University Of Sydney, Prize Medal in silver (42mm), by Amor, reverse inscribed, 'Senr Public Examn/1891/English/Edwin Cuthbert Hall'. Edge nicks and surface marks on reverse, one time cleaned, otherwise very fine.

The following details courtesy of Wikipedia.

Edwin Cuthbert Hall (1874-1953) was an Australian physician and philanthropist who through a bequest funded the Edwin Cuthbert Hall Chair of Middle Eastern Archaeology within the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney. In 1973, the Hall Bequest was the second largest donation to the University after the Power Bequest.

Hall was born in Sydney to Reuben and Mary Ann Hall of Ashfield, New South Wales, and attended Newington College (1886-1891). In 1889 and again in 1890, he won the Wigram Allen Scholarship, awarded by Sir George Wigram Allen, for mathematics, with David Edwards receiving it in 1890 for classics. At the end of 1891 Hall was named Dux of the College and received the Schofield Scholarship. He went up to the University of Sydney and in 1894 graduated as a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

After appointments as a resident medical officer and a medical superintendent at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Hall became the Government Medical Officer at Parramatta, New South Wales in 1922. After the death of his first wife, he became a specialist with rooms in Macquarie Street, Sydney. Hall was the author of several plant species, especially in the genus Eucalyptus.

The terms of Hall's will were that his estate was to be held in trust until the death of his wife "for the University of Sydney for the endowment of a Professorship in the subjects of Archaeology and Mythology in the Ancient Middle East, namely, Palestine, Egypt and Asia Minor." On 31 December 1959 the University received �88,608 12s. 7d. In 1960 the Edwin Cuthbert Hall Chair of Middle Eastern Archaeology was established with the first occupant being appointed on 2 August 1960.

Estimate: 90 AUD

Match 3:
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 2590

Price realized: 66,000 AUD   (Approx. 45,923 USD / 45,330 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


1847 Proof Crown, in contemporary maroon shagreen type leather-covered square case. Outer lid decorated with gold border and varying leather finishes. The case is fitted with a brass push-in lock and hinge, and inside is a blue velvet roundel with blue lifting ribbon and light blue silk to the inner lid. Victoria, 1837-1901. mdcccxlvii i.e. 1847, S-3833, ESC-2578, L&S 58, Davies-471. (R2) 27.87g. Struck in coin alignment. Plain edge. Obverse - Gothic bust; VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITTANNIAR. REG : F:D. W W in tiny incuse letters on the right side of the truncation Reverse - crowned cruciform shields, tueatur unita deus anno dom mdcccxlvii (may God guard these united (kingdoms). Legend has N over U in UNITA. At the sides of the crown on the first shield bearing the English arms are W W in incuse letters on the raised circlet. The coin exhibits the characteristic almost circular die crack through the lettering of the legend. This feint raised irregular line is found on most proofs of this type. Obverse fields have been very lightly brushed, otherwise FDC and very rare; case is good very fine.

Estimate: 31500 AUD

Match 4:
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 484

Price realized: 5,000 AUD   (Approx. 3,479 USD / 3,434 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Victorian Police Gold Valour Badge, undated (1916), in 9ct gold and enamel by Bridgland & King, with 9ct gold and enamel suspension brooch bar, reverse of medal inscribed, 'Const Downes/5860'. Good very fine and rare.

Ex Noble Numismatics Sale 122 (lot 589).

Only 22 gold badges awarded.

The above badge was issued at the first public presentation of gold valour badges which had been instituted in 1916. The presentation was made to 17 police officers by the Chief Secretary, Mr McLeod MLA at Russell Street Barracks on 26 September 1916 with about 250 Constables on parade and in attendance was the Chief Commissioner, Mr A.G.Sainsbury and leading officers of the police force.

When presenting the gold badges Mr McLeod said they were a reward for valour. He said men at the front were receiving VCs for deeds not more worthy, perhaps, than some that were performed by the police, and the Government in adopting the innovation felt that a suitable medal should be given to members of the force when exceptional determination, valour, or devotion to duty was exhibited. He eulogised the marked bravery of several constables who had recently faced desperate armed criminals and succeeded in arresting them.

Constable W.Downes along with Constables F.Bresnan and J.Walsh were each recommended for gold badges for displaying great courage and determination when they arrested John Lane, George Rankin and Ernest Watson on 6 May after an exciting chase in the city of Melbourne. The recommendation was made by Inspecting Superintendent L.Gleeson. The constables saw the three men behaving suspiciously in Flinders Lane and followed them. John Lane fired a revolver but nobody was injured. The chase then became exciting with civilians joining in including one soldier who had been wounded at the Gallipoli landing. The three men were captured and then recognised as desperate young criminals who were suspected of having broken into many shops in Melbourne on Saturday afternoons.

John Lane was charged with having shot with intent to murder, with having a housebreaking implement in his possession, and with warehouse breaking. On the charge of having shot at Constable Downes with intent to murder Lane was committed for trial at the Supreme Court. At the trial Constable W.Downes gave evidence regarding the pursuit and capture of Lane. In addition to the revolver, he said a jemmy was also taken from Lane's pocket when he was arrested.

Of the three criminals, Lane was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for having fired at Downes with intent, and Rankin and Watson each received two years' imprisonment for having loitered with intent to commit a felony.

See also lot E3460 for award to Constable F.Bresnan for same incident.

Estimate: 4950 AUD

Match 5:
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 485

Price realized: 5,000 AUD   (Approx. 3,479 USD / 3,434 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Victorian Police Gold Valour Badge, undated (1916), in 9ct gold and enamel by Bridgland & King, with 9ct gold and enamel suspension brooch bar, reverse of medal inscribed, 'Const Bresnan/6068'. Good very fine and rare.

Ex Noble Numismatics Sale 122 (lot 590).

Only 22 gold badges awarded.

Francis Bresnan, an engine driver, was born 14 July 1893 at Dunbulbalane (on the Nine Mile Creek about 200km north-northeast of Melbourne), Victoria. He was appointed as a Foot Constable to the Victorian Police Force on 17 December 1914 and discharged as a Constable on 1 November 1923 after 'Refusing Duty' during the police strike, along with many other constables, as recorded in Victoria Police Gazette 13 December 1923. Up until this time his conduct was recorded as good. As well as being awarded the Gold Valour Badge, along with two of his fellow policemen, for arresting three armed criminals he was also highly commended on 18 March 1918 for stopping at great personal risk a bolting horse in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne on 4 March 1918. The horse had freed itself from a van to which it had been attached and bolted out of Little Bourke Street and collided with another vehicle.

See previous lot E3459 for award to Constable W.Downes, also for arresting the same three armed criminals and for details of the presentation of the Gold Valour Badge.

With research.

Estimate: 4950 AUD