Stack's Bowers Galleries (& Ponterio) > February 2024 World CCO AuctionAuction date: 26 February 2024
Lot number: 74730

Price realized: 200 USD   (Approx. 184 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


GREAT BRITAIN. Anglo-French Alliance White Metal Medal, 1854. NGC MS-63.
BHM-2536; Eimer-1489. By Messrs Allen & Moore. Diameter: 44mm. Obverse: British and French soldiers stand, facing each other, before a drum, flags, and cannon; Perimeter legend, date in exergue; Reverse: Laurel wreath with bow, six-line legend within. The Anglo-French Alliance was formed in the aftermath of Russia's occupation of the Turkish Danubian Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia (modern Romania) - signaling the start of the Crimean War. This medal offers reflective fields and frosty devices with a few scattered marks in keeping with the grade. Attractive.

Estimate: $40 - $80

Match 1:
Stack's Bowers Galleries (& Ponterio) > February 2024 World CCO AuctionAuction date: 26 February 2024
Lot number: 74727

Price realized: 200 USD   (Approx. 184 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


GREAT BRITAIN. Thames Tunnel Opening White Metal Medal, 1843. NGC MS-64.
BHM-2131. By William Griffin. Diameter: 36mm. Obverse: View of the twin tunnel entrances on the Rotherhithe (south) side with stairs and railings above and to right; legend in exergue below; Reverse: Twin tunnel entrance on the Wapping (north) side of the Thames, stair railings above; legend in exergue below. The opening of the tunnel was a celebratory event, though it would prove to be financially unsuccessful as costs exceeded the original estimates; open only to pedestrian traffic its usefulness (and revenue) was also limited. It was sold to a consortium of railway companies in 1865, and carried its first rail traffic in 1869. It continues to function as part of the East London Line. The white metal has darkened outside of the exergues, but all of the engraved detail remains. Historic and charming architectural medal.

Estimate: $40 - $60

Match 2:
London Coins Ltd. > Auction 184Auction date: 2 March 2024
Lot number: 922

Price realized: 80 GBP   (Approx. 101 USD / 93 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Medals (4) Abolition of the Slave Trade 1807 36mm diameter in bronze by G.F.Pidgeon and J. Philip, Eimer 984a Obverse: Two men stand facing each other, with hands clasped: beyond: five people dancing around a tree, WE ARE ALL BRETHREN, In Exergue: SLAVE TRADE ABOLISHED BY GREAT BRITAIN 1807. Reverse: Arabic inscription (= sales of slaves prohibited in 1807, Christian era, in the reign of George III, Verily we are all brothers), 15.98 grammes, VG, also listed as a Sierra Leone Penny Token 1807 KM#Tn1.1 (issued 1814), Catholic School Committee medal 47mm diameter in bronze by T.Leighton, Birmingham (1888-1901) Obverse: Seven figures - a standing full-length Madonna and Child, surrounded by kneeling mothers and children, MATER ADMIRABILIS MONSTRA TE ESSE MATREM, Reverse: REWARD FOR GOOD CONDUCT AND ADVANCE FROM THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL COMMITTEE in 7 lines, 46.45 grammes, NVF, Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee 1897 51mm diameter in white metal by F.Bowcher, for Spink & Son, London, Obverse: Crowned, Laureate and Veiled draped bust of the Queen, left, VICTORIA D:G: BRITT : REGINA : F:D: IND : IMP : IN . COMMEM . AN . REG . SEXAGESMI MDCCCXCVII, Reverse: Royal Coat of Ams within a circle of shields inscribed with the names of the members of the Royal Family, THE ROYAL FAMILY BHM 3512, 38.81 grammes, VF/GVF with scratches on the obverse, holed at the top , Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Souvenir medal undated (1953) - The National Playing Fields Association 35mm diameter in aluminium NEF with some scratches

Estimate: 16-32 GBP

Starting price: 16 GBP

Match 3:
Stack's Bowers Galleries (& Ponterio) > February 2024 World CCO AuctionAuction date: 26 February 2024
Lot number: 74731

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


GREAT BRITAIN. Duo of Crimean War White Metal Medals (2 Pieces), 1854. Average Grade: UNCIRCULATED.
1) Battle of Balaklava. Eimer-1491; BHM-2540. By J. Pinches. Diameter: 41mm. Obverse: Battle scene with Allied troops charging Russian infantry and artillery, perimeter legend at top; Reverse: Sixteen-line legend listing the participating regiments and date. Reflective fields with satiny design elements; small rim bruise at 8 o'clock on the obverse.

2) Battle of Inkermann. Eimer-1492; BHM-2541. By J. Pinches. Diameter: 41mm. Obverse: Battle scene depicting clash between Allied and Russian forces in the fog, perimeter legend above; Reverse: Inscribed central shield, names of participating regiments radially around shield, legend in banderole around the complete perimeter. Reflective fields with satiny design elements.

Medals come with original case which accommodates three medals (Eimer 1490 Battle of Alma is not present in this lot). Eimer notes that it was likely that these medals were struck at the Crystal Palace and sold as souvenirs there.

The successive battles of Alma, Balaclava, and Inkerman resulted in the initial being an allied victory, and the latter two being more indecisive. Nevertheless, the allied presence was felt, and the assault on Sevastopol resulted in her submission, but only after nearly a year. As Russia saw more nations coming to the side of the allies, she had no choice but seek peace and an end to the war in early 1856. One of the resounding effects of their defeat was the decree that the Black Sea be neutral, preventing Russian warships from sailing there and greatly limiting her influence in this vital, warm weather port.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Match 4:
Stack's Bowers Galleries (& Ponterio) > May 2024 World CCO AuctionAuction date: 13 May 2024
Lot number: 32415

Price realized: 220 USD   (Approx. 204 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


GREAT BRITAIN. Death of Earl Howe White Metal Medal, 1799. NGC MS-63 Deep Prooflike.
BHM-468; Eimer-909. Medal made by T. Wyon Sr. Obverse: Uniformed bust of Earl Howe facing left, legend around; Reverse: Rostral column with military arms and flags around, inscription in exergue. Presenting with flashy surfaces and soft satin like devices, this example if both awe-inspiring and eye catching. NGC MS-63 Deep Prooflike.

Estimate: $150 - $300

Match 5:
Stack's Bowers Galleries (& Ponterio) > February 2024 World CCO AuctionAuction date: 26 February 2024
Lot number: 74732

Price realized: 140 USD   (Approx. 129 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


GREAT BRITAIN. Opening of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham White Metal Medal, 1854. NGC MS-64.
BHM-2546. By Allen & Moore in Birmingham. Diameter: 50mm. Obverse: Bust of Sir Joseph Paxton left within ornate frame; all within wreath; Reverse: Perspective view of the Crystal Palace, after its repositioning to Sydenham. Steely gray and alluring, with a good deal of brilliance remaining. A minor cud near the rim on the reverse is noted for completeness.

Estimate: $100 - $200