George VI gold proof set shines

A George VI Gold Proof Set from 1937 was the star lot of Tennants Auctioneers’ recent Coins, Tokens & Banknotes Sale, when it sold for a hammer of £9,200. Comprising £5, £2, sovereign and half sovereign, the coins were as struck and housed in the Royal Mint case of issue.

George VI Gold Proof Set

One of the rarest items in the sale was a George V ‘Hollow Neck’ Penny from 1911. Dubbed the ‘Hollow Neck’ penny, due to the distinctive indentation to the back of the King’s neck, it sold for £1,800 and was in Good Extremely Fine condition with a pleasing striated tone.

Further highlights of the sale included a Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee Gold and Silver Set from 1887; the 11-coin set sold for £3,000. A George III Sovereign of 1820 sold well, too, at £650. Featuring the laureate head of George III on the obverse, and the legend ‘HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE’ around the Pistrucci George and Dragon on the reverse, the coin was in Fine condition and sold with certificate of authenticity. Selling well above estimate at £2,700 was an Elizabeth II Gold Proof 3-Coin Sovereign Set from 1989, produced in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the sovereign. It was set number 860 of a limited edition of 10,000 and sold with certificate of authenticity encapsulated in Royal Mint red leather case of issue.

The sale resulted in a total hammer price of £58,070 for the 188 lots and a sold rate of 98%.

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