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ROMAN LAELIANUS (268) SILVERED ANTONINIANUS

REV. ‘VICTORIA AUG’ VICTORY ADVANCING RIGHT

RICHARD III (1483-85) LONDON MINT GROAT CLIPPED

Two rare ancient coins are expected to get the collecting community in something of a spin when they come under the hammer in Wolverhampton on Friday, 28th February. While dating from very different periods – Roman Britain and the Wars of the Roses – both examples will be highly sought after by enthusiasts.

 
The first is a very rare Roman issue coin marking the reign of the obscure Emperor “Laecianus” who, following an uprising, reigned for only a few months in AD268. A small bronze “Antoninanus”, the coin depicts the emperor one side and a winged figure of the Goddess victory on the other.
 
The second coin of particular interest relates to the rule of the much-maligned Richard III, more recently dubbed the ‘King in the car park’ following the discovery of his remains in a Leicester car park. Dating from between 1483-85 the London mint silver grot has signs of having been heavily ‘clipped’ – an illegal practice whereby people shaved tiny slivers of silver off coins to turn a profit. Otherwise in good condition, the coin carries a fine portrait the king who inspired one of Shakespeare’s greatest villains. Cuttlestones’ coin expert, Adrian Simmons, says:
 
To get either one of these coins consigned for sale is fantastic, but to get two such great examples in the same auction is a real coup. Both will be of significant interest to collectors due to their rarity, and the fact that they hail from very turbulent periods in British history will only serve to increase their appeal.”
 
The coins are set to come under the hammer at Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Auction Rooms on Friday, 28th February 2014.  Viewing will be from 10am – 7pm on Thursday, 27th February and the morning of the sale, with the catalogue available online at www.cuttlestones.co.uk from Friday, 21st February. For those unable to attend on the day of the sale, telephone, commission and live internet bidding options are available. For further information call 01902 421985.
 
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