Two coins span 1,200 years at Kivells' auction

By Linden Jones in Events

KIVELLS held a Collectors Auction at Holsworthy Auction Room on Tuesday 25 April with 972 lots being offered to a worldwide audience live on line.

A fine selection of over 1,500 coins were offered in 220 lots of multiple and single coins. Two outstanding coins were over 1,200 years apart. The earlier coin was struck in the reign of Offa from 757 to 796 and is known as heavy coinage. Bidding started in the low hundreds and a determined bidder in the room, against telephone and on line bidding, made the final bid of £800 to secure the coin. The other coin was struck by the Royal Mint in 2013 as a 1 ounce gold £10 Britannia with a local bidder taking the coin home at £900.

Other coins included a 2009 proof silver 16 x 50p set selling at £420, a 1908 sovereign at £215, 1671 crown £110, a 1703 Vigo crown at £175, Elizabeth I shilling £95, Edward IV groat £80, USA 1868 gold dollar £135 and a South African 1895 half pond at £90.

In the Model & Toys section 48 Eddie Stobart model lorries made a total of £648, nine matchbox superfast model cars sold at £200, a Matchbox ford Anglia at £40, OO gauge Hornby City of Bradford engine £70 and Sir Sagramore £65, O gauge clockwork tank engine £80, Walt Disney wooden figures £45 and a Trix construction set at £50.

130 lots of militaria were keenly contested with a World War II air raid siren selling at £270, a selection of cloth military badges at £250, among 10 helmets a British Mk II with camouflage netting sold at £160 and a similar model in green and black at £75, three field telephones £100, a W K & Co officer’s sword £130, German bayonet £95 and a British bayonet at £115.

Best among the books was 17thC Bible dictionary which despite its very poor condition sold to an online bidder in America for £510, a 1909 Grimms Fairy tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham sold at £330, two Florence Upton Golly books £150, 1863 Common Prayer bound in Morocco leather by Riviere £125, Goal magazines nos 1 - 296 £75, a selection of 1900s theatre programmes £100 and a set of 1916 sales particulars of Langford Hill Bude at £260.

Other collectors items included a Lodge spark plug enamel sign selling at £270, postcard albums £80-£160, single Ilfracombe postcard £25, Charle Perry microscope £168, Belstaff leather motorcycle jacket £240 and a Stanley router plane at £70.

The next online auction at will be Select Antiques on 30 May with further entries being accepted. Contact Philip Walter 01409 259256 or email

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