The Collection of Wiltshire Coins, Tokens and Paranumismatica formed by the late David Ward
The following 136 lots comprise the extensive series of almost 650 coins, tokens, historical medals and paper money of Wiltshire formed by David Edward Ward (2 June 1943-8 May 2021), of Bulford. Mr Ward, an accountant by profession, started collecting the numismatica of his home county in 1968 and proceeded, over the ensuing 52 years, to amass an important group with the help of several specialists, most notably the late Barry Greenaway of Lydiard Millicent, with whom Mr Ward was collaborating on a publication devoted to 19th and 20th century Wiltshire paranumismatica before Mr Greenaway’s untimely death in December 2002.
Most unusually, the Ward collection of Wiltshire 17th century tokens, numbering 246 different varieties and 33 duplicates, is the second significant group of the county to be sold in these rooms in 2021. It includes many pieces absent from the late Robert Thompson’s collection, and is to be commended to those seeking to fill gaps in the county series.