A Treasure Trove of Gold

A Treasure Trove of Gold

20/05/2024     General News, Latest News

A 'treasure trove' of antique and later coin coinage has been unearthed in an Oxfordshire town.


The haul of over one hundred gold coins, dating from the late 17th Century to the 20th Century was discovered in Oxfordshire and is to appear at auction on 23rd May.  


The collection comprises gold Guineas, sovereigns, and other gold coinage from the USA, Canada, Australia, France, Peru, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, and the Isle of Man.  It was accumulated by the vendor's husband over many years.  A small sample was brought into the regular valuation day at Wardington  Antiques Centre overseen by Kinghams Auctioneers' Representative Steven Bruce.


Highlights from the haul include Lot 70, a James II Guinea from 1686, (£1,200-1,500), and Lot 71, a William & Mary 'Elephant & Castle' Guinea from 1689, (£1,100-1,300).  There are numerous Guineas, Half Guineas and Sovereigns from the reigns of George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, and Elizabeth II.  One of the rarest coins is Lot 143, a George IV half sovereign from 1821, (£2,000-2,500).


Representing the foreign gold coins, there is Lot 169, a France Napolean I 40 francs from 1811, (£500-600), and Lot 178, a USA Liberty head 10 dollars from 1901, (£500-600).


Steven Bruce comments: 'Some of the coins are of a very good grade.  It is the best collection I have seen in my long career.  The quantity and quality rarely come up for sale, particularly belonging to one owner.  With the strong market for gold and particularly rare coinage, this collection will attract international interest from collectors and investors'.


The collection goes under the hammer at Cotswold-based auctioneers Kinghams on 23rd May and is expected to fetch over £40,000.


Find out the value of your gold coins, antiques, silver, jewellery, watches, paintings, and much more at free valuation events held at locations across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and the West Midlands.  For further information, please contact Kinghams Auctioneers on 01608 695695, enquiries@kinghamsauctioneers.com or visit www.kinghamsauctioneers.com