The Joanna Tansley Collection of Patterns, Proofs and Coining Trials

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Date of Auction: 28th September 2005

Sold for £270

Estimate: £250 - £350

Patterns for a Decimal coinage, 1901, by T. Parker, Twenty-Five Thousandths of a Shilling, in silvered-bronze, edge grained, 2.27g/12h (Rogers 920), Five-Thousandth, Three-Thousandth, Two-Thousandth and Thousandth of a Pound, all in aluminium, edges plain, 2.68, 2.00, 1.41, 0.95g, all 12h (Rogers 900, 902, 904, 910 and p.99, these pieces listed; cf. DNW 63, 647); together with Coronation Model Half-Farthings (2), both 1902, one signed lauer (Rogers 877, 880) [7]. First extremely fine, other Parker issues brilliant and practically as struck, very rare; last two extremely fine (£250-350)

Footnote

Provenance:
Mrs R. Henry Norweb Collection, Part IV, Spink Auction 59, 17 June 1987, lot 1862.

First five only illustrated. Thomas Parker (1853-1915), a Wolverhampton businessman, was an active campaigner for a decimal currency at the turn of the 20th century. His patterns were sent to MPs to try and gain acceptance, but his scheme came to nothing