Coins, Tokens and Historical Medals (5 & 6 June 2019)

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Date of Auction: 5th & 6th June 2019

Sold for £12,000

Estimate: £4,000 - £5,000

Charles II, Pattern Farthing, 1661, by D. Ramage, in silver, mm. rosette, crowned rose dividing crowned c r, rose touches crown, date below, trvth and peace, first limb of n points to last numeral of date, rev. thvs vnited invincible, three linked pillars, cross on left pillar touches inner circle, small r [Ramage] below not touching inner circle, edge grained, 5.08g/6h (Cooke –; BMC –, dies unlisted, but cf. pp.129-31). Very fine and toned, exceptionally rare; the only specimen known from these dies and perhaps the only 1661 Farthing signed by Ramage extant £4,000-£5,000

Footnote

Provenance: Glendining Auction, 27 October 1982, lot 363; E.R. Nutbourne Collection [from J. Minshull]; Mark Rasmussen FPL 12, April 2007 (120).

In the light of the words of introduction to David Ramage senior (1615-61) one is tempted to question whether this 1661 Ramage-signed coin, undoubtedly from punches made by David Ramage senior, could have been the work of the son, especially if it were coined between October 1661 and March 1661/2 (O.S.)