British Coins from the Collection of Ian Sawden

Date of Auction: 12th October 2021

Sold for £6,000

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

George III (1760-1820), Pre-1816 issues, One previous owner from new:

Proof Twopence, 1797 (late Soho), in gilt-copper, edge plain, 57.10g/6h (BMC 1067 [KT 2]; Selig 1262; S 3776). Tiny rim nick by r of georgius, otherwise brilliant and virtually mint state, rare £1,500-£2,000


Provenance: S. Birchall Collection, DNW Auction 86, 16-17 June 2010, lot 827.

The cataloguer is indebted to Mr M.J. Martin for his advice and opinion on the following group of 65 coins, the products of the Soho mint and Taylor’s workshop. Those with a keen interest in the series are urged to study Mr Martin’s survey, ‘Collecting Soho Patterns and Proofs’ (SNC July 2009, pp.107-18) which not only includes a very valuable list of varieties not recorded by C.W. Peck, but also offers useful pointers to distinguishing between minor variations, both of design and of finish, and rarity ratings of specimens in commerce