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Rare Cromwellian coin & classic cars set to draw bidders to Fine Art & Antique Auction

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We are fielding a diverse catalogue for its forthcoming Fine Art auction next Friday, 3rd June. Among the usual high quality artworks, antique furniture, decorative ceramics, silver and fine jewellery are some more unusual lots – most notably some extremely rare coins dating from civil war period, and two classic cars.

In the case of the coins, civil war buffs and serious coin collectors are expected to be out in force for the sale of a 1656 GOLD BROAD OF TWENTY SHILLINGS. Dating from the period Oliver Cromwell spent as Lord Protectorate, this coin is notable not only for its rarity but due to it being was struck using what, at the time, was state of the art technology by Pierre Blondeau from a die engraved by Thomas Simon. The coin was part of an experimental run of the Frenchman’s minting technique and, dated 1656, these first coins were minted in 1657 at Worcester House and then at Drury House before, the method proven, production moved to the Royal Mint.

The coin coming under the hammer is one such early example and, bearing the profile of Cromwell as Laureate on facing left to one side, the crowned shield of the Protectorate to the reverse and with grained edge, it is expected to achieve somewhere between £8,000 – £12,000.

In an ironic twist of fate, Cromwell’s coin will be going head-to-head with one dating from the reign of his great adversary; a somewhat less rare – but nonetheless of interest to collectors – CHARLES II 1662 GOLD BROAD OF TWENTY SHILLINGS. Featuring a bust of the recently restored Monarch to one side and the crowned Shield of Arms to the other, this was one of approx. 3,400 examples minted and carries an estimate of £3,000 – £5,000.

Whilst the coins are expected to get the numismatists hot under the collar, vintage car enthusiasts will no doubt be keen to hear of the sale of the following two lots. Firstly, a 1936 AN AUSTIN 10 LICHFIELD in black; carrying the registration GR 2567 and showing a mileage of 30,207, this 1121 cc complete with V5 present is being sold as seen together with various spares to include a bonnet, assorted paperwork. It is expected to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000.

The second vehicle is a 1967 CITROEN 2CV AKS VAN, registration number HSA 218E, in grey with a mileage showing 82,175. Once again complete with its V5, paperwork and MOT expiring 3rd September 2016 the van is sold as seen, together with various spares including a bonnet. The estimate sits at between £1,500 and £2,500.

For more information on any of these lots call 01785 714905.

The sale will take place on Friday, 3rd June from 10am with viewing on the morning of the auction and between 10am & 7pm the day prior.  Commission, telephone and live online bidding options are available for those unable to attend on the day.

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