Awards of England at Bonham’s

Banknote of the national bank in Scotland with ₤1 face value. 1832. Lot sold for £5288. Coins, Medals & Banknotes. Bonham’s. London, July 16

On July, 16 Bonham’s auction house held the sales named Coins, Medals and Banknotes in London having put up more than thousand items of collective medals, coins and banknotes.

The first part of the collection consisted of award badges. As the results of the auction English awards and medals of the period of colonial wars of the second half of the XIX century were the most popular among collectors.

The most expensive lot was a set of three medals belonged to the corporal of the 6th infantry regiments of the British army E. Morcroft. Medals for the India campaign (1854−1895), First Afghani war (1878-1880) and also medal of the Southern Africa (1899−1902) with a portrait of Queen Victoria were sold for ₤2468.

The Egyptian medal of the model of 1882−1889 fetched ₤729. It has the portrait of Queen Victoria on its averse. Its backspacing represents the sphinx and the inscription “Egypt”. The British Lieutenant б.L. Harris was awarded with this medal for battle in Suakin in 1885.

The rare medal for Skindsky Campaign of 1843 was sold for ₤646. It was a reward for soldiers of the 22nd Cheshire regiment of the British army which during the First Afghani war smashed 20-thousand grouping of emir Sher Mohammed in suburbs of Hyderabad. The averse of awards is decorated with a profile of Queen Victoria in a diadem and has an inscription “Victoria regina“on a circle. There were three variants of the given award differed in specifics of stamping. There is an inscription “Hyderabad” and date “1843” in a laurel wreath on the backspacing of this medal as to the second release. Unlike the third release, this medal is very rare.

Among other highlights are two rare silver awards which belonged to the second lieutenant of Bombay case S.V. Young: a medal of the Indian mutiny of 1857−1858 and Abyssinian medal of 1866−1872 sold for £552. The medal of the Indian mutiny was the award for the British soldiers who participated in suppression of revolt of sipahis in 1857−1858. Its averse consists the portrait of the young Queen Victoria and the “Victoria regina” which is a typical feature of the majority of English awards of the second half of the XIX century. The backspacing is decorated with an allegorical figure of Britain in a helmet with a wreath in the stretched right hand and a board in the left hand. Behind it there is the British lion. The inscription “India” is above, below there is “1857−1858”. The unusual pendant of this medal having the form of horns is rather interesting item. The name of the awarded man and the regiment name in Roman letters are on it. The Abyssinian medal of 1866−1872 looks a little differently. The portrait of Queen Victoria is in a star around which the inscription «Abyssinia» is made.

The string Collection Banknotes represented mainly English and Scottish banknotes of the middle XIX – the beginnings of XX centuries.
The most expensive lot was the banknote of ₤1 face-value, released by the British bank in 1914 signed by chief accountant J.G Nairne. Bank note fetched ₤6110 that in many respects is of its ideal condition.

The rare Scottish ticket of the same value released on May, 15, 1832 and signed by the printer and the bookkeeper of the national bank of Scotland was sold for £5288. The English pound released by the London bank on September, 2, 1820 which was sold for ₤682. The subsequent bank note of ₤5 face-value released by Yorkshire bank in November, 1899 was sold for £1,234.

The collection of 18 anniversary gold coins released by the Swiss bank in 1955-1960 became the most expensive lot in “Coins” string. It was sold for £4818.

Fourteen collection gold coins released by the Italy-Venezuelan bank in the mid-forties weighing 20 gr. are decorated with the portrait of one of the heads of the state-participants of the Second World War. The set totals ₤3173.

Another interesting lot is a gold coin of 5 US dollars face value of the model of 1853. The averse of the coin is decorated with a head of Freedom, and its backspacing shows the eagle with a board and a bunch of arrows. Notably, gold US dollars of the XIX – beginnings ии centuries are widely represented at the modern antiquarian market and are highly appreciated by numismatists. The lot fetched ₤2291. For comparison, Spanish gold ducat of the XVI century was sold for £1293.

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