Collection of British Coins formed by the late Ronald Hansen

Date of Auction: 18th September 2013

Sold for £9,200

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

Oliver Cromwell, Pattern Farthing, by D. Ramage, in copper, laureate and draped bust left, rev. crowned arms, charitie and change, edge plain, 3.76g/6h (Cooke –; BMC 390; S 3230). Very fine with some subdued mint red on reverse, an attractive example of this great rarity £8,000-10,000


Provenance: Bridgewater House Collection, Sotheby Auction, 15-16 June 1972, lot 446; with G. Hearn; with Spink 1983; T. Aitken Collection [acquired 1990]; bt C.D. Cooke February 1997.

This coin spent a number of years in trade between being acquired, along with its twin, by Geoffrey Hearn at the Bridgewater House sale, before its purchase by the Canadian collector Dr Terry Aitken in 1990 for the then equivalent of £6,900. The Aitken collection was purchased in its entirety by Colin Cooke in 1996. At the time of his death in 2005 Cooke would appear not to have had a specimen in his own private collection. Sold with a wallet of related correspondence from Colin Cooke and others