British Tokens (1 October 2014)

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Date of Auction: 1st October 2014

Sold for £480

Estimate: £600 - £800

Spence, T., The Coin Collector’s Companion, London, 1795, 1st edn, 1st issue, 50pp + 1 page Addenda, interleaved, lacking the printed page 49 (Manville 236). Original dark blue stiff paper, extensively annotated in the hand of Frederick Atkinson with a record of his collection, the second free endpaper with his signature, 1795; a most interesting record of a contemporary collection being acquired at the same time as the tokens were issued, very rare £600-800


Provenance: Ex libris Frederick Atkinson, York; David Griffiths.

Frederick Atkinson seems otherwise unknown as a contemporary token collector, yet from his manuscript notes he seemed well versed in the series and its rarities. It is also evident that he owned contemporary American coins