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Good portraits are always popular: staying with the boy-king, admire a very much better than usual profile portrait on a 1549 shilling struck at Canterbury. Would anyone like to pay £400-500? Oh! Yes ple-e-e-ase. Its new owner parted with £850.

A James VI of Scotland sword and sceptre piece (1602) offered here was similar to the 1601 example sold by Thompson Roddick & Medcalf (£800). This time the estimate was £600-650. It made £750. Expert advice tells me that there is nothing to choose between the dates.

The triumph of the day was the £42,000 (estimate: £15,000-20,000) paid by Knightsbridge Coins for a cast silver kroon (Cf. crown) struck in the Dutch East Indies as an emergency coinage in 1645.

This sale demonstrated what we already know – that surprising prices are achieved by the very best material and it is this which is worth investing in. The end of two long (and hot) days saw a take of £424,980 for the property of 122 vendors.