Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 298

Price realized: 1,000 AUD   (Approx. 696 USD / 687 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

Licensed Boatman, Sydney, 1863, badge in silver (oval 55x62mm), in the centre is inscribed the license number '98' and below Sydney is inscribed the recipient's name, 'Thomas Fielder', with two securing loops on reverse, one near the top edge and one near the bottom edge, reverse inscribed, 'Presented/by G Hall junr/as a Mark of Esteem/March 2nd 1863'. Good very fine and rare.

Licensed boatmen provided a ferry service in rowing boats in Sydney Cove and Darling Harbour, for example by rowing across Sydney Harbour from points such as Millers Point (south side) to Blues Point (north side).

The regulations stated that the boatman had to register his name and place of abode at the Police Office and then receive a badge which was to be worn on the left breast of his coat or jacket. The boatman also had to have his name and place of abode painted in one inch long letters on the inside of the gunwale of the stern of his boat and also on the inside of the gunwale of the fore sheets.

See article in The Australiana Society, Australiana magazine, Vol 29 No 1, February 2007, Licensed Boatman badges by Les Carlisle. In this article is recorded that the Licensed Boatman badges for Sydney known to still exist total 9, numbered between 95 and 638, including one with details unknown. Thomas Fielder No.98 is recorded, one of only 4 in private collections and is the second lowest number known. The lowest number being No.95 to George Prince in the collection of the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney.

Estimate: 1350 AUD

Match 1:
Stack's Bowers Galleries (& Ponterio) > October 2022 Hong Kong AuctionAuction date: 3 October 2022
Lot number: 51204

Price realized: 65,000 USD   (Approx. 66,235 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

(t) CHINA. Silver Medallic Dollar, Year 10 (1921). Tientsin Mint. PCGS SPECIMEN Genuine--Tooled, AU Details.
cf.L&M-957; cf.K-676A; cf.WS-0103. Variety with plain edge and without legend at bottom of reverse. Engraved in English to "MR. E. R. EMBREE". Pedigreed back to its issue, this phenomenal numismatic treasure offers a seldom encountered opportunity to a piece of massive historical import. The popular "Pavillion" Dollar was produced in two iterations, with and without a bottom Chinese legend. Originally to be given out at the opening of Peking Union Medical College (PUMC), with an engraving of the recipient's name, as displayed on this piece. Later the design was altered to include three characters, as the engraving process proved difficult.

This Dollar was engraved and presented to a "MR. E. R. EMBREE", referring to Edwin Embree, an American visiting China in 1921. Embree received a Master's Degree in Philosophy from Yale, and proceeded to work in Alumni affairs at Yale for 10 years. In 1917, Embree joined the Rockefeller Foundation as a secretary--a role in which he served until 1924. He later advanced into the positions of director of the Division of Studies, and ultimately became one of the Foundation's Vice Presidents. Yale records Embree as visiting China in both 1921 and 1922, making one of these trips the likely time at which this piece was given to him, though it is unclear if he visited the PUMC at the behest of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Pavillion Dollars with original engravings are of the UTMOST RARITY, with our searches only being able to turn up three other examples with a similar engraving, the last one being offered in 2020. This piece retains commendable details, with a sharp strike and wear that is confined to the highest elements of the design. Some exposure to the environment is noted, as this example displays a blunting of the luster along with a few noticed deposits. The tooling that is mentioned by PCGS is seen on both sides, though it never aggressively interrupts the design. With such a paucity of surviving examples of this engraved type, it is hard to undersell the singular importance of this offering. A tremendous example that any advanced collector of Chinese numismatics will not want to miss for their cabinets.

An incredibly popular and desirable type believed to have been a pattern issue, it now appears that these were, in fact, more medallic in nature, and meant to be given out upon the opening of the Peking Union Medical College (PUMC). Initially designed with a blank field below the pavilion for recipients' names to be engraved, the design was altered to contain the three struck characters instead, as the engraving proved difficult on the initial batch.

Estimate: $50000 - $100000

Match 2:
Spink > Auction 22007Auction date: 18 October 2022
Lot number: 747

Price realized: 3,200 GBP   (Approx. 3,659 USD / 3,727 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

Coronation of William and Mary, AR Medal, 1689, by R. Arondeaux, AUREA POMA MIXTA ROSIS, busts facing, within wreaths of roses and oranges, supported upon a base consisting of a volume inscribed, LEGES ANGLIAE; on which is an open book with seals, surmounted by the cap of Liberty, at either sides a cornucopia; one inscribed SAL • REG •, the other FELIC • PUB •, all beneath the Eye of Providence, D • F • A • WILH • HENR • ET MARIA M • BRIT • R • in exergue in two lines, rev. MELIOREM LAPSA LOCAVIT, an uprooted oak tree, near it an orange tree flourishes; naval fleet in distance, INAUGURATIONE MAIE : STATUM PERACTA LONDINI 11/21 APRIL 1689 in exergue in four lines, plain edge, 63mm, 92.58g (Eimer -; MI 668/39; Woolf 10:9), surfaces with some nailmarks and a small die flaw to the book below bust, otherwise with the most attractive iridescent toning, all detail pleasingly struck up, a most handsome near extremely fine example and rare.
DNW 184, 3 November 2020, lot 731
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Struck in Holland upon the Coronation. The obverse is emblematical of Great Britain. William and Mary, the orange and the rose, with the four spectres of England, France, Scotland and Ireland united under one crown and supported upon the laws of England and the bible, thus provide for the security of the Kingdom and the happiness of the people. The Eye of Providence indicates the only source of such a happy combination. The design of the reverse indicating James II to be the fallen oak and William III the flourishing orange tree.
Estimate: £2000 - £2500

Match 3:
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC > Treasure Auction 32Auction date: 3 November 2022
Lot number: 1119

Price realized: 900 USD   (Approx. 922 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

British Guiana, silver medal, Victoria, no date (ca. 1871), local exhibition award, by J.S. and A.B. Wyon, engraved with date on edge to recipient, NGC MS 61. 38 mm. Obverse with crowned and veiled bust facing left with legend VICTORIA / REGINA; reverse with sailing ship and another in background above DAMUS PETIMUSQUE / VICISSIM ("We give and take in return," the colony's motto), all within decorated border with crown at top inside legend BRITISH GUIANA / LOCAL EXHIBITION; edge engraved with recipient's name PIETER VAN EEDEN and 1871 date. Choice peacock toning, especially on the reverse and around the high-relief details, the fields lightly hairlined but overall rather choice and apparently very rare, quite superior to the only other one we can trace (Rudman-Stack's Bowers-DNW-Plante), possibly finest known.

Estimate: $500 - $750

Match 4:
Stack's Bowers Galleries (& Ponterio) > Summer 2022 Global Showcase AuctionAuction date: 22 August 2022
Lot number: 31309

Price realized: 34,000 USD   (Approx. 34,112 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

GREAT BRITAIN. Silver Crown Pattern, "1837" (ca. 1893). Victoria. PCGS PROOF-63.
S-Unlisted; KM-Unlisted; ESC-2612 (R2). Mintage: 150; Edge numbered "T 45". By Joseph Bonomi; Dies by Pinches. Though not of Royal Mint dies nor production, this proposed incuse Crown is among the most reflexively recognizable pieces that have become part of the British numismatic cannon. Conceived in the mind of the eclectic Joseph Bonomi the Younger, a man born into a family of architects, and adoptive of many further varied trades inclusive of Egyptologist and sculptor. The November 1837 minutes of the Numismatic Society of London include a description of Bonomi's highly original design for coinage, one where all the devices and legends were sunk under the surface into incuse relief. According to the record: "Mr. Bonomi's object is to suggest to the government a method of perpetuating the prolife likeness of her Majesty Victoria...". By sinking the devices, the portrait of the monarch could be spared wear; a highly novel concept, and one not implemented by any circulating coin until Bela Lyon Pratt's designs for the Quarter and Half Eagle were adopted by the United States.

The 1837 minutes also include an illustration of Bonomi's design, heavily inspired by his classical tendencies. Victoria is presented wearing a diadem and surrounded by stars, representative of the Egyptian conception of the heavens. The reverse presents Britannia standing right, not seated as is normally encountered, holding Victory, and flanked by the legends "BRITT MINERVA" and "VICTRIX FID DEF". The reverse seeks to synthesize Greco-Roman elements into Victorian iconography; much as the obverse attempts the blend of British and Egyptian motifs. Despite Bonomi's inspiration, and the beautiful nature of the design, he never submitted it to the Crown for review, and the design remained an unexecuted drawing and a cast mold for many years.

It appears that, circa 1893, the Pinches Medallists Company executed this design in a variety of medals and offered them for the price of 21 Shillings. Issues in silver were produced in the number of 150, with this example being numbered 45. Bonomi's original design was slightly modified, with a trident being added to Britannia's left hand, and the stars on the periphery being evened out. The resulting product is an incredibly beautifully piece that is nothing short of breathtaking. The antiquarian design is fully represented on the present specimen, offering impressive details and a splendidly soft and artful luster. Free of any distracting marking, this example stands out with a state of preservation to honor the design. Specimens of the type are quite elusive, making this Crown a must have for any premium collection of British numismatics. A near certainty to inspire much bidding and spirited competition. To view all items from the Mark and Lottie Salton Collection, click here.

From the Mark and Lottie Salton Collection.

Ex: Herbert M. Lingford Collection (Glendining - 10/1950) Lot #145.

Estimate: $15000 - $30000

Match 5:
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 131Auction date: 22 November 2022
Lot number: 378

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:

Hampden & Heytesbury Pastoral & Agricultural Society, 1881, three medals awarded to J & P Manifold, including two in silver (38mm) by Stokes & Martin, Melbourne, inscribed on reverse 'J & P Manifold', and around edge 1st Prize, 3 Longwoolled Ewes Grass Fed, Camperdown 22 Oct 1881; and 1st Prize, 5 Fat Longwoolled Wethers, Camperdown, 22 Oct 1881; bronze medal inscribed on reverse 'J & P Manifold' and around edge '2nd Prize, Longwoolled Ewe 4 Tooth Grass Fed, Camperdown 22 Oct 1881'. Medals cleaned, two have had mounts removed, scratches in fields, good - very fine. (3)

These medals relate to the 'Danedite' property in Camperdown. Originally formed as a part of the Purrumbete Estate taken up by three brothers Thomas (1809-1875), John (1811-1877) and Peter (1817-1885) Manifold who emigrated from Bromborough, Cheshire, England. Thomas arrived in Van Diemen's Land on 23 January 1828 followed by John and Peter with the rest of the family on 8 July 1831. Initially obtaining land on the west bank of the Tamar River, by December 1838 they also acquired land at Lake Purrumbete in Victoria where they bred sheep and cattle. On the death of the pioneer proprietors the estate, comprising 48,000 acres was divided into four - Purrumbete, Talindert, Wiridgil and Danedite for the next generation.

Estimate: 550 AUD