Ancient, British and World Coins, Tokens and Banknotes (1 June 1994)

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Date of Auction: 1st June 1994

Sold for £60

Estimate: £40 - £60

London, Maudslay Sons & Field, a copper 6 chantillon or coining-press trial, 1851, for Turkey, obverse from the reverse die of Abdul Mejid's second issue 20 Piastres with the accession date AH 1255, reverse arabesque pattern, LAMBETH LONDON 1851, 38mm (Hawkins pl. 27, no. 7). Struck without a collar and having inverted die-axis, tiny piercing at 12 o'clock, good fine and very rare


Henry Maudslay (1771-1831) and a draughtsman in his employ, Joseph Field (1786-1863), entered into partnership as Maudslay Son & Field in 1821 (restyled Sons in 1832). The business in Lambeth was situated at 110 Westminster Bridge Road. From 1816 until the business closed in 1900, the Maudslay firm supplied and repaired machinery at the Royal Mint. In 1851, when the Mint ceased to be operated on a contract basis, Maudslay's were one of three firms invited to tender for the coining work. Their tender was rejected because of cost. Undeterred, Maudslay's succeeded in supplying coining presses to at least one overseas government, when the Turkish mint bought 13 presses from them between 1853 and 1860. This piece is one of the trials made in 1851 and 1852 for the government of Abdul Mejid to approve before they decided to buy presses from Maudslay's