Solid Gold City Sale
A rare and important
collection of English gold 'pattern' coins last
seen on the market in 1904 is due to go under
the hammer in Plymouth.
The 44 coins had been locked in a vault until
recently when their Plymouth owner - a
descendant of Evan Roberts who bought them 104
years ago - decided to sell them.
Auctioneer Paul Keen, of Plymouth Auction Rooms,
said he expected the coins to sell for thousands
"In 1904 a Mr Evan Roberts purchased various
rare gold coins from the Sotheby's major
four-day auction of the collection of Mr J G
Murdoch", Mr Keen said.
"At the time the coins were selling for between
£4 and £9. They're now worth thousands.
"Mr Roberts was an important collector of pocket
watches at the time.
"In fact, his collection was given to the
Victoria and Albert Museum, where curators
produced a special book just for his collection.
"We understand Mr Roberts was also given the
Freedom of the City of London."
A pattern is a coin designed and proposed for
use as regular currency. Apart from genuine
trial pieces there were various non-issue
pattern coins produced privately which gave full
rein to the engraver's skills.
These coins were made in silver, copper, bronze
A total of 44 high-quality gold coins are on
offer including a rare George III pattern
twopence by William J Taylor. It was made in
1805, weighs 62 grams and its value is estimated
at £3,000 to £5,000.
A Victorian gold pattern crown by LC Lauer,
circa 1887, is estimated at £2,500 to £4,000 and
a George III double-headed (obverse)
five-shilling piece is expected to go for £3,500
The sale also includes other coins such as a
Queen Anne five-guinea piece dated 1709, and a
George II five-guinea piece dated 1753.
Both are expected to sell for £3,000 to £4000.
The auction will be held on Friday, April 18,
For more details call 01752 254740, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.plymouthauctions.co.uk .