Irish Pennies of Edward IV, Edward V and Richard III from the Collection of O. Mac Conamhna

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Date of Auction: 12th June 2018

Sold for £160

Estimate: £150 - £200

Second Cross and Pellets coinage, Dublin, mm. not visible, suns by crown, rev. quatrefoil in centre, no extra pellets, 0.64g/12h (Burns Du-39; Mac Conamhna, BNJ 2017, p.114, no. 13, this coin; S –). Fine or better, extremely rare


Both this lot and the next can be recognised as Burns portrait punch G and are given to the period January-July 1473, with Germyn Lynche as mintmaster. After the death of Barby and the removal of Keyn, Mac Conamhna suggests that Lynche, a highly skilled and experienced mint worker, was re-appointed unofficially before the appointment was made official in July 1473. This extremely rare variety, only known from two specimens, shows suns by the crown. Illustrated as Mac Conamhna fig. 5, no. 13, it is the heaviest coin considered in his paper at 0.64g