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Step Back in Time - 15/03/2017

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Following on from the great success of our last auction, Hanson's Historica, Coins and Antiquities department are proud to be offering a wide range of quality items in the upcoming sale on this Wednesday March 22nd. 

Historica auctions specialise in items from British and European history, from the Stone ages through the Roman Empire and into Medieval and Post-Medieval times, and  we have lots from all periods. Axes, arrowheads, brooches, buckles and more. Amongst the star lots is a remarkable 20kg Roman lead ingot emblazoned with the names of joint Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, and dating to AD 164 – 169. An important souvenir of industrial Roman Britain, found close to Charterhouses in the Mendip Hills, Somerset, it is estimated to sell for £12,000-18,000.

Ancient gold rings are always popular, packed with history and beauty, and still wearable even today. We are privileged to have three such rings in the March auction, two stunningly stylish sapphire-set examples from the 13th and 14th centuries and a 17th century gold posey ring with the inscription 'As god decreed so we agreed' around the interior.

We are also proud to be offering a large and nationally important collection of Medieval pilgrim's souvenirs, including some fantastic depictions of Saints produced at English shrines in the 14th – 15th centuries, many of which were visited by Chaucer and receive mentions in his books and poetry.

The coins on offer range from the Iron age gold staters featuring snarling wolves to silver pennies of iconic British rulers, such as Alfred the Great, King Offa of Mercia, and William the Conqueror. A large silver groat (fourpence) of Richard III, the 'King in the car park' is on offer with an estimate of £800-1200 and a very rare silver penny featuring a portrait of Wulfred, one of the first Archbishops of Canterbury AD 805 -832, is expected to realise up to £3000. Budding collectors on a budget will be thrilled to see groups of genuine Roman bronze coins on offer with estimates from as low as £30.

Viewing is available on the day of the auction from 9:00am and visitors will be treated to a fascinating display of history which rivals many museums.

The Historica Coins and Antiquities Auction takes place at 2:30pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at the saleroom in Etwall, Derbyshire, and live worldwide on the internet.

For further information or to request a catalogue, please telephone 01283 733988 or email

Free valuation days with department specialists Adam Staples and Lisa Grace take place at the saleroom in Etwall on the first Wednesday of every month, or by appointment. 

General vauation days in Etwall are every Wednesday from 5pm to 7.30pm, every Friday 10am to 4pm and every Saturday from 9am to 12 noon.

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