Noonans (formerly Dix Noonan Webb) > Auction 286Auction date: 24 January 2024
Lot number: 52

Price realized: 400 GBP   (Approx. 507 USD / 468 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


A Collection of Scottish Coins, the Property of a Gentleman (Part I)

John Baliol (1292-1296), Second coinage, Sterling, without mint name (possibly Aberdeen), larger lettering of better style, bust left, rev. long cross, two mullets and two stars of five points in angles, 1.37g/1h (Stewartby and Holmes 30/bh; SCBI 35, 306, same dies; B 18, fig. 221, same obv, die; S 5071). Good fine, toned, rare £150-£200

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Provenance: bt June 2013

With the loss of Berwick to the English in 1296, St Andrews remained a mint in the second coinage. However it is the vendor's belief that 'the Second coinage resulted from a new administration, set up at the time of the guardianship of Wallace and [much of it] was issued from a northern mint, probably Aberdeen'.

Match 1:
Noonans (formerly Dix Noonan Webb) > Auction 286Auction date: 24 January 2024
Lot number: 51

Price realized: 190 GBP   (Approx. 241 USD / 222 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


A Collection of Scottish Coins, the Property of a Gentleman (Part I)

John Baliol (1292-1296), First coinage, Sterling, without mint name (probably Berwick), mm. cross pattée, small irregular lettering, crude bust left, rev. long cross, four mullets of six points in angles, 1.41g/6h (Stewartby and Holmes 13/at; SCBI 35, 300, same dies; B 1, fig. 210, same dies; S 5065). Nearly very fine for issue, rare £200-£260

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Provenance: bt November 2004

In the opinion of the vendor 'it seems likely that this First coinage was actually issued under Baliol, while the Second coinage is much more problematic'. The first coinage is a continuation of, and die-links with, Alexander's type J which, like type H, was probably posthumous, being issued c. 1286-92. A mullet punch with a broken point, used on Baliol's first coinage Sterlings (B 210A and 210B) is also found on some type J reverses [see previous lot].

Match 2:
Noonans (formerly Dix Noonan Webb) > Auction 286Auction date: 24 January 2024
Lot number: 29

Price realized: 300 GBP   (Approx. 380 USD / 351 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


A Collection of Scottish Coins, the Property of a Gentleman (Part I)

Alexander III (1249-1286), Second coinage, Sterling, class Ma/A mule, mm. plain cross on obv. only, bust left with little backsweep to hair, pellet after alexander, rev. long cross, four mullets of six points in angles, reads rex· :scot:torvm, 1.43g/6h (SCBI 35, –; cf. B 23, fig. 153; S 5053/5050). Slightly buckled, about very fine, extremely rare, the colon stop before scot apparently unrecorded £200-£300

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Provenance: bt October 2009

This coin again shows the transition between classes A and M, with the inclusion of punctuation in both legends.

Match 3:
Noonans (formerly Dix Noonan Webb) > Auction 286Auction date: 24 January 2024
Lot number: 70

Price realized: 1,400 GBP   (Approx. 1,773 USD / 1,637 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


A Collection of Scottish Coins, the Property of a Gentleman (Part I)

David II (1329-1371), Second coinage, Class A, Halfgroat, class A, Aberdeen, mm. cross pattée, small young bust, tressure of six arcs and a segment, nothing in spandrels, no stops on obv., saltire after mevs, crosslet after villa, 2.26g/4h (SCBI 35, 401-2; B –, fig. –; S 5112). Better than very fine and very rare, the obverse die without stops unpublished £800-£1,000

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Provenance: Spink Auction 261, 27-28 March 2019, lot 955

This coin probably fits into the Edinburgh die sequence around A6, at the transition point between saltire and crosslet stops.

Match 4:
Noonans (formerly Dix Noonan Webb) > Auction 286Auction date: 24 January 2024
Lot number: 69

Price realized: 650 GBP   (Approx. 823 USD / 760 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


A Collection of Scottish Coins, the Property of a Gentleman (Part I)

David II (1329-1371), Second coinage, Class A, Groat, class A7, Aberdeen, mm. cross pattée, small young bust, tressure of six arcs, nothing in spandrels, crosslet stops, double saltire after scotorvm, double crosslet after villa, 4.40g/4h (cf. SCBI 35, 376; B 15b, fig. 254A, same dies; S 5103). Good fine or better, toned, rare £400-£600

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Provenance: Dr J. Davidson Collection; bt Spink September 1987

Match 5:
Noonans (formerly Dix Noonan Webb) > Auction 286Auction date: 24 January 2024
Lot number: 44

Price realized: 200 GBP   (Approx. 253 USD / 234 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


A Collection of Scottish Coins, the Property of a Gentleman (Part I)

Alexander III (1249-1286), Second coinage, Sterling, class E2, mm. cross potent, lettering with incurved uprights, bust left, rev. long cross, two mullets of six points and two of five in angles, 1.40g/9h (SCBI 35, –; B 35, fig. 167; S 5056). Small edge chip, about very fine and rare £100-£150

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Provenance: bt M.R. Vosper March 2004

Possibly St Andrews, given that mint-signed coins of Baliol have this combination of stars and mullets totalling 22 points.