The David Fore Collection - Pre-Sale Highlights from Part 2
Posted on 5/14/2013
[LONDON,UK] — Baldwin's offers Part Two of the David Fore Collection, Patterns and Proofs of British India, The Presidencies and the India Native States, on May 31, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in London. Highlights include:
Copper Pattern ½-Anna, 1904, on the same size planchets as the 1862-1877 circulating ½-Anna coinage, 31mm (SW 7.153). In NGC holder, graded PF 63 BN. Estimate: £20,000-30,000
ex G Hearn collection
ex F Steinberg
ex Kaslove collection, sold to David Fore in private trade for US $30,000
There are only three of these coins known to exist, of which only two are available to private collectors (this and the example in the Jacobs collection), the third is in the Calcutta Museum. Clearly the mintmaster was thinking “outside of the box” when he decided to strike a few of these. Yes, the Rupee die was available as the obverse, but a fresh reverse die was made to strike this 31mm coin. I have seen one of the other coins in an NGC holder, graded PF 63, and there is no doubt that the Fore piece here is more attractive. It should really be graded PF 65.
Cupro-nickel Pattern Anna, 1911 (SW 8.276; Pr 241). In NGC holder, graded PF 64 ORIGINAL, extremely rare, possibly unique. Estimate: £8000-10,000
ex Diana collection, Baldwin’s Auction 54, 6 May 2008, lot 408, and still the only one we are aware of.
This date was not struck for circulation, but with the four piece original proof set available in this auction also (lot 828), it would seem to be a bit of a “fifth wheel”! The obverse is not of the "pig" variety, as used on the 1911 coinage, which would indicate a slightly later production, probably 1912. We have only seen one boxed set of the 1911 coinage and there was no space for this coin. This could suggest that this coin was made in anticipation for a large production of the 1912 coinage, by striking an example of what they would look like.
Brass Pattern 2-Annas, 1917, die axis ↑↑ (SW 8.193, this coin illustrated, where it is listed as copper-nickel; Pr 1078, where it is listed as nickel). In NGC holder, graded PF 62. Estimate: £20,000-30,000
It is a shame that something so rare and important was improperly stored for some time, but that is what we are left with today. An important coin nonetheless.
Silver Pattern Rupee, 1834, obv GULIELMUS IIII D:G: BRITT. ET IND. REX., plain edge (SW 1.22; Pr 170). In NGC holder, graded PF 64. Estimate: £10,000-15,000
Now we have the size of the Rupee that we will watch transform over the next 133 years. The Governor General complained about the incongruity of the Latin legend on the obverse and the English legend on the reverse. The coin in the previous lot (SW 1.21) also had the same issue, but no complaints. Maybe the Governor General had not actually seen the first piece, afterall it was not anything to be really proud of with die break. Despite this issue, a number of these were struck, perhaps even 10 pieces, for what reason though it is impossible to say.
Gold Proof Set of the Currency Coins, Rupee, ½-Rupee and ¼-Rupee, 1835C (SW 1.44, 1.56, 1.67). First in NGC holder, graded PF 61, the other two in NGC holders, graded PF 63. (3) Estimate: £50,000-80,000
It is believed that this set was known about as far back as the 19th century, although probably later in the century due to the die rust on the Rupee. Records indicate that Spink sold one of these sets in the early 1980s, but we are unsure if this is the same set.
Silver Original Pattern Rupee, ½-Rupee, ¼-Rupee and 2-Annas, 1849, plain edge proofs (SW 3.31, 3.44, 3.60). All in NGC holders, graded PF 66 ULTRA CAMEO, PF 65 CAMEO, PF 67 and PF 64 CAMEO respectively, all nicely toned. (4) Estimate: £15,000-20,000
For all collectors who have wondered how to tell original proofs from restrikes, inspection of this set would show what an original proof really looks like. The beauty of it would still some of these questions.
Silver Pattern Piedfort Rupee, 1860, obv L.C. WYON below the bust (SW 4.29; Pr 48). In NGC holder, graded PF 65, beautifully toned. Estimate: £10,000-15,000
This is one of the most impressive coins in this sale. The date, the double thickness, the quality (there are too many mishandled patterns due to the fact that they are almost always made for non numismatists) all combine to make this a very special coin.
Silver Pattern Rupee, 1867, obv without L.C.W. at the base of the bust, although there is a blank area for placement, the obverse lettering is small and probably would not handle long term use in circulation, reeded edge, die axis ↑↓ (SW 4.109; Pr 110). In NGC holder, graded PF 64. Estimate: £10,000-15,000
It is possible to imagine that if Queen Victoria saw this bust she would have said she did not find it very flattering. It was probably a good representative of how she looked (based on the images on some of the English Pattern coins) but that doesn't mean she had to like it.
Silver Original Proof/Pattern Rupee, 1901, prepared by F K Wezel, the chief engraver at the Calcutta Mint (SW 7.1; Pr 1045). In NGC holder, graded PF 65, moderately toned, beautiful and rather conservatively graded by NGC. Estimate: £10,000-15,000
The two Patterns that F K Wezel produced were quite beautiful in themselves but may not have been sturdy enough to stand up to the rigurs of circulation. The mintages for Edward would demand a great number of dies. Pridmore is very informative on these two patterns, a great deal of back and forth correspondence went into the agreement for the production of the Edward VII series of coins Also unusual, was that he used Latin for the obverse inscription EDWARDUS VII REX ET IMPERATOR.
Silver Original Pattern Rupee mule, 1907, obv similar to the smaller size Straits Settlements 50-Cents of 1907-1909 but has been sized for this larger Rupee, crowned head of Edward, rev regular Rupee of the Edward type with no mm (SW 7.10, the mm should be taken out of SW). In NGC holder, graded PF 63, the Proof surfaces are more apparent on the reverse. Estimate: £10,000-15,000
There is no doubt that this is an original striking, but for what purpose it is really impossible to say. A Fascinating coin. As a matter of interest, when this was bought this c.1985, it came with a British Trade Dollar struck in nickel!
Gold Pattern Rupee, 1910, off-metal strike in gold, obv crowned bust of Edward, by de Saules, rev as the currency pieces for George V (SW 7.13; Pr 1050). In NGC holder, graded early restrike PF 64. Estimate: £15,000-20,000
Silver Original Pattern 10-Rupees, 1854, off-metal strike in silver, die axis ↑↓ (SW 3.20; Pr 28). In NGC holder, graded PF 64, dark grey tone. Estimate: £20,000-30,000
Half of the coins of this set are in the Fore collection. It would be wonderful to see a full set put back together again.
Silver Original Pattern Dollar, 1941, a touch of die rust on the King’s neck which suggests a restrike, but under the attractive blue tone it has the surfaces of an original proof, they are so rare that the originals and restrikes have been priced the same in the SW book (SW 9.1, this coin illustrated; Pr 1088A). In NGC holder, graded PF 66 and described as a c.1950 RESTRIKE PATTERN. Estimate: £30,000-40,000
This is the pattern photographed in the Stevens & Weir book and is exciting just to look at. These were produced because of the shortage of silver due to the war and with thoughts of making commerce easier by producing a higher denomination coin. Also it was felt that they could get away with only putting in 2-Rupees worth of silver into a 2½-Rupee coin. Students of this period of economic history will know the story behind the silver that was sent from India to England for safekeeping. Needless to say, this coin did not get much further than a few patterns being made. It was around this time that the mint started to reduce the silver in their coins and maybe they thought this would be too much for the public to take.
David Fore and I spent 20 years chasing one of these, always being the underbidder. We both smiled for a week after finally buying this superb coin.
Copper-Nickel Proof/Pattern Mohur, 1870, off-metal strike in copper-nickel, obv mature bust, die axis ↑↑ (SW 4.14; not listed in Pridmore). In NGC holder, graded PR 66, superb and believed to be unique. Estimate: £10,000-15,000
ex Nobleman and Brand collections
Probably the only Mohur of any date known to exist in this metal.
Gold Proof Restrike Set, 2-Mohurs, Mohur, 10-Rupees and 5-Rupees, 1854, proof only dates, all reeded edge (SW p.64, listed as a set). At one time housed in an NGC holders, graded as PF 65 with the 5-Rupees and 10-Rupees defined as “CAMEO”, attractive and choice Proofs. (4) Estimate: £15,000-20,000
ex Diana collection, Baldwin’s Auction 54, 6 May 2008, lot 995
A few of these sets turned up in the 1970s and quickly disappeared into collectors hands. The coins in this lot were “rediscovered” again a few years ago in the Diana collection. Some sets were silver, some yellow gold and some a silvery gold. These are .800 fine gold.
Pridmore had the originals with plain edge, the set sold for Estimate: £9000 in 2001.
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