Rare coin of Mary Queen of Scots sells for £24,800 at auction


17 September 2020
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A very rare coin of Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1567) sold yesterday (16 September) at Dix Noonan Webb for £24,800.

Dating from 1555, it was estimated to fetch £8,000-10,000 and was bought by a member of the UK trade [lot 31]. 

The coin was part of The Collection of Scottish Coins formed by Michael Gietzelt. Comprising 191 lots, the collection fetched £331,080 – far exceeding the pre-sale estimate. 

The afternoon saw a sale devoted to British, Ancient and World Coins. Among the notable items was an extremely rare silver penny of Stephen and his wife Matilda – who fought with his cousin the Empress Matilda for the throne in the 12th century. Discovered by metal detectorist Graeme Rushton in October 2018 on the border of South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, the coin is one of only 25 known specimens and sold to a US Collector for £10,540 [lot 225].

For more on Dix Noonan Webb auctions, visit their website.

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