Coins, Historical Medals & Paper Money (12 - 14 December 2017)

Date of Auction: 12th - 14th December 2017

Sold for £900

Estimate: £400 - £500

CORNWALL, Helston, Death of Sir Isaac Newton, 1727, a silver medal by J. Croker, draped bust left, rev. Science holding a plan of the solar system, edge impressed prize medal for helston school 1785, 52mm, 57.06g (D & W 233/243, this piece; MI II, 469/83; E 504). Brilliant mint state, attractively toned, extremely rare as a prize medal £400-500


Helston Grammar School, the ‘Eton of Cornwall’ would later have Derwent Coleridge (son of the poet) as Head Master and the author Charles Kingsley was a pupil. It seems odd that the school would take such an effort in engraving a rare medal without naming the recipient