Baldwin’s set to sell Part 2 of British colonial coins on May 6
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Baldwin’s set to sell Part 2 of British colonial coins on May 6

Baldwin’s set to sell Part 2 of British colonial coins on May 6
Baldwin's, an extremely well-known auction house is in the process of putting under the hammer several vintage European coins that trace their origins from the collection of numismatist Ake Linden and the Hemisphere Collection of gold sovereigns. The very first day of the three day long auction slated for May 2014 will include the second part of one of the most magnificent British colonial coin collections to have ever been offered for sale at a public auction. Reportedly the first part of the Arielle Collection was sold around a year back in September 2013 through Baldwin’s Coinex auctions where more than 800 lots were sold off for an unbelievable price of approximately $820,000. Reports even suggest that the second and final part of the collection will consist of around 980 lots. This particular lot has been complied by a collector who included only some of the finest specimen in it. The impressive collection reportedly includes several patterns of coins hailing from British Guiana, British Honduras, British West Indies, Hong Kong, Straits Settlements, Ceylon, Cyprus, Fiji, the Ionian Island and New Zealand. However according to news reports one of the most expensive coins in the sale is a 1905B uncirculated Straits Settlements Edward VII silver proof 50-cents from the Diana Collection. This particular coin which was reportedly issued shortly before the coinage of the Straits Settlements was demonetized on 31st December 1952 is estimated to fetch around $8,000- $14,000. Many of the coins in the Arielle collection have a connection to the numismatic legend, Major F. Pridmore and are considered as fantastic pieces of numismatic history. Of note is an 1815 George III silver pattern-Rix dollar. A special kind of coin that has intrigued the cataloguer of this collection is an ex Edward Roehrs collection 1807 George III restrikes bronzed copper proof penny from the Bahamas. Unlike all the 1806 coins which are struck on a coin die axis, this unique coin is struck on a medal die axis and is valued at around $7,000. A stunning 1875H Victoria silver specimen 20-cents from Hong Kong is one of nine pieces found in the Heaton Mint, Birmingham Archives, in various states of supreme quality and this exceptional coin is estimated to fetch somewhere around $3,700.
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