Tokens from the Late David Griffiths Collection

Date of Auction: 3rd October 2019

Sold for £80

Estimate: £30 - £50

Numismatists Tokens and Ephemera, LONDON, Bloomsbury, [Peter] Whelan, brass (3), wolf suckling twins, revs. fine ancient roman brass coins 1s each, etc, edges grained, 27mm, 6.21g/12h, 6.21g/12h, 6.19g/12h (all W 3086); Covent Garden, William Webster, brass, successor to wm till 7 gt russell st etc, rev. dealer in ancient and modern, etc, edge plain, 19mm, 3.36g/12h (W 3084; W TB 2, 2990); Strand, William Warrington, brass, engraver to her majesty, etc, rev. Thomas Tunnel, edge plain, 5.94g/12h (W 3083; W TB 2, 2985) [5]. One Whelan brilliant mint state, others very fine £30-£50


Provenance: Last T. McGoldrick Collection, Spink Auction 7, 5 December 1979, lot 395 (part).

Timothy Peter Whelan (†1863), coin dealer, firstly in Holborn and at 46 Strand, later at 36 and then 44 Great Russell street, married Eliza Norris in 1847 and their son, Francis Edward, was born in May 1848: it is speculated that this event, perhaps allied to the birth of his daughter in December 1849, prompted the image on his token; William Webster (1821-85), nephew of William Till, whose business at 17 Great Russell street he inherited in 1844, remained active in numismatics until his death; William Warrington, medallist, seal and copperplate engraver, 27 Strand, 1842-51, subsequently Richard Silvester Warrington & Co, 1852-98