Tokens from the Late David Griffiths Collection

Date of Auction: 3rd October 2019

Sold for £220

Estimate: £150 - £200

Numismatists Tokens and Ephemera, BERKSHIRE, Hampstead Norreys, Barzillai Lowsley, copper Five Shillings or medal, 1889, crest above arms, token of lt colonel b lowsley royal engineers issued 1889, rev. view of Hampstead Norreys church and graveyard, token value five shillings…restored 28th april 1880, edge plain, 38mm, 25.85g/12h (Bell, 1966, A1). Light spotting on obverse, otherwise very fine and exceptionally rare £150-£200


Provenance: W.J. Noble Collection, Noble Numismatics Pty Auction 61B (Melbourne), 3-4 August 1999, lot 362 [from Spink].

Barzillai Lowsley (1840-1905), served in the Royal Engineers in Barbados, 1862-72, and then in Ceylon, 1872-82, ending his career with the rank of Lt-Col. The family seat was at Hampstead Norreys, near Newbury; Lowsley was a noted coin and token collector, student of Berkshire dialect and folklore and the game of whist