Coins, Tokens, Historical Medals and Antiquities (2 & 3 June 2021)

Date of Auction: 2nd & 3rd June 2021

Sold for £110

Estimate: £100 - £150

Oliver Cromwell, after 1650 (?), a gilt uniface electrotype copy of the octagonal badge in the British Museum, unsigned (by T. Simon), laureate draped bust left, no legend, 24 x 21mm, 4.18g (Platt I, p.341; MI I, 433/80). Very fine, a very rare copy of a UNIQUE original £100-£150


Provenance: R.C. and O.M.W. Warner Collection; R.E. Ockenden Collection [from O.M.W.W. 1964]; M. Lessen Collection, Part IV, DNW Auction 186, 21 January 2021, lot 1272.

MI refers to this as a partisan badge for wear, but in effect its purpose and origin are unknown. The bust is definitely by Simon, but has not been associated with any other known production of his