The Joanna Tansley Collection of Patterns, Proofs and Coining Trials

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Date of Auction: 28th September 2005

Sold for £350

Estimate: £200 - £300

Pattern Halfpenny, 1887, unsigned [probably by L.C. Lauer for ‘A. Weyl’], in aluminium, crowned bust left, date above, rev. cruciform shields with roses, thistle and shamrock in angles, edge grained, 1.96g/12h (BMC 2189; F 922; KM. PPn82). Several patches of corrosion on rim and Queen’s head, otherwise practically as struck, of the highest rarity, perhaps only one other specimen known (£200-300)

Footnote

Provenance:
M.J. Freeman Collection, Christie’s Auction, 23 October 1984, lot 297
bt P.C.W. Deane.

This piece may very likely be the same specimen recorded by C.W. Peck as being in the A.H.F. Baldwin collection; if so, it certainly did not pass, as did most of Baldwin’s collection of coppers, to Mrs Norweb. The only other example known to the cataloguer was in the group of ‘Weyl’ patterns sold at Glendining’s on 15 December 1993, lot 280, which in itself may well be Murdoch lot 691