Coins and Medals of Malta, the Property of an Officer Brother of the Order of St John

Date of Auction: 21st February 2018

Sold for £1,800

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Alof de Wignacourt, a Zeeland Liondaalder, 1617, mm. tower, obv. countermarked with arms of the Grand Master in shield, 26.50g/9h (Azzopardi p.199, 746-7; RS pl. lxxxix, 2; Schembri –). Coin good fine with old cabinet toning, countermark better, very rare £800-1,000


Provenance: Bt Spink.

In the early 17th century large numbers of European thalers were circulating in Malta, the spoils of victories over the Turks. An Edict of August 1609 required the owners of such coins to present them at the Mint for assay. Those of good silver were countermarked and returned to circulation