The Lyall Collection of Cut and Countermarked Coins

Date of Auction: 25th September 2018

Sold for £2,200

Estimate: £600 - £800

Virgin Islands – Tortola, Authority of February 1801, Half-Dollar, a lightweight cut half-segment of a Louis XV, Écu, Poitiers, obv. countermarked tortola raised within a shaped indent, 10.80g/166.7gr (cf. Prid. 1 [Sale, lot 175]; Pridmore, SNC September 1974, type 1/b, late die state). Coin fair, countermark very fine, extremely rare on a French host


Provenance: Hopkins Hoard, SNC September 1974 (15); bt Spink 1975.

Only two half-dollars are known on French écu segments; both were part of the Hopkins Hoard