Harmers of London, a Bolaffi Auction Group company, is pleased to present two prestigious auctions of Stamps and Coins on the 24 and 25 September respectively. The sales will take place at the five-star Westbury Mayfair Hotel, a stone’s throw from the company’s new head office in St James’s.
Stamps and Postal History
Thursday the 24th will be dedicated to philately with 437 lots of rare and important pieces from Britain, the British Empire and the Commonwealth. The sale will be led by a lot composed of a Penny Black and a Two Pence blue, both from plate 1B with “matching pair” inscription on page border (estimate £60,000-70,000). Other highlights include an unpublished essay from the Treasury competition designed by James Chalmers, likely a unique piece (estimate £30,000-35,000) and a legendary airmail cover from Italo Balbo’s 1933 return transatlantic flight, franked with an American “3 Cents” stamp in addition to the Italian commemorative “Triptych” dedicated to the crossing (estimate £10,000-12,000).
Coins and Medals
On Friday the 25th Harmers will launch its first numismatic auction with 392 impressive lots that represent nearly 2500 years of world history. The catalogue contains a vast collection of Roman Aureus including examples from Diocletian (estimate £14,000-18,000) and Nero (estimate £10,000-14,000). These ancient coins will sit alongside fine examples of prestigious international and British coins, such as a 1767 Catherine the Great Gold 10 Rouble (estimate £10,000-12,000), a 1729 George II Gold 5 Guinea (estimate £ 20,000-25,000) and a 1826 George IV Gold Proof 5 Pound (estimate £ 25,000-35,000). The star lot will be an extremely rare 1864 Vittorio Emanuele II Gold 50 Lire, only 103 of these highly sort after coins were struck (estimate £ 150,000-200,000).