Wow, that's incredible. Brings to mind the topic from last year on the New England 3 pence that a member in The Netherlands found. We never heard any final conclusions on the authenticity of that one, though it was heavily debated on this forum for a long while.
Quote: Brings to mind the topic from last year on the New England 3 pence that a member in The Netherlands found. We never heard any final conclusions on the authenticity of that one, though it was heavily debated on this forum for a long while.
That's quite a find and the dream of so many of us.
Maybe this is a good time to share my story of finding an old tin box. My wife and I married in 1967 and worked hard to buy a tiny piece of land from a local farmer to build a very modest home. I was digging near an old crumbling New England stone wall when my shovel hit something that sounded like metal. I uncovered an old metal box and my heart started beating out of my chest. When I got it open the contents were in pristine condition. Yes, three fishing lures.
Quote: Being the finest known 1652 shilling and the market results over the year, around the $450,000 hammer would not be far off. I'd say a bit higher if it were consigned to a more popular auction firm.
The AU58 Newman An AU50 example sold on HA in 2014 for $646,250 2010 for $416,875. Not sure how much the market has changed since then but it seems like for an MS61 finest known it could go higher than that. With the international news coverage on this maybe the popularity of the auction house doesn't matter so much?
Quote: I suspect he won't be back.
I suspect we haven't heard the last word on the threepence.
Edit - HA search on New England shilling sorted by highest price put a sixpence at the top, which I didn't notice until I posted. Year/price corrected.
The photo the news site used for the article is absolutely astounding! At first, I thought it had been photoshopped by the writer to make for a catchier photo. I cannot imagine how someone could have all these coins in their possession and perhaps not know much about the items. Truly an astounding little hoard!
After looking at the report, I can't help but wonder how many more exceptionally rare, older coins are currently tucked away with the owners completely oblivious to their value. For European collections specifically, I feel that there may be many collections that were built in the past 200 years with some exceptional pieces that have been passed down over time to descendants who don't know much about what they possess today. It will be interesting to see what else is discovered in the coming years.
Also, too bad that this piece wasn't the same piece that was posted here on the forum. My first thought was that Larsjan's coin was the coin in the article. Hopefully we'll find an answer to that mystery soon.
I noticed that the auction catalogue is on their website here https://www.mortonandeden.com/ as Auction 113. There's a blurb on the NE shilling, and other coins found in the tin are imaged and listed. If you download the (large) pdf it begins on page 85.