Live Auction

Thu 16th Feb 2023

Time: 10:00am

We are delighted to be starting 2023 with a “golden” auction. It continues the theme of celebration of the golden jubilee of 50 years of Leski Auctions which was achieved last year.

Golden, because this catalogue brings you the opportunity to purchase a large number of gold coins, and what better way to start the New Year!

Some highlights, which deserve the attention of all our coin and banknote collectors include: Lots 41 – 54, some early Australian Trade Tokens; Lot 60, the magnificent example of a “Holey Dollar” featured on our front cover; Lots 61 – 73, a range of Australian Half-Sovereigns; Lots 74 – 165, a fabulous range of Australian Sovereigns; Lot 178, a very fine example of the rare Australian 1922/21 overdate 3d; Lots 217 – 229, a lovely range of the popular “Masterpieces in Silver” series; Lots 339 – 342, a superb group of rarely seen gold coins of Bahrain; Lots 355 – 370, English Half Sovereigns; Lots 371 – 396, English Sovereigns, as well as several magnificent banknotes, namely Lot 409, a lovely 1924 Kell/Collins Five Pounds; Lot 410, a superb 1933 Riddle/Sheehan Five Pounds; Lot 411, a 1910 Collins/Allen Superscribed London Bank of Australia One Pound; Lot 428, a 1993 Fraser/Evans Ten Dollars SPECIMEN; Lot 432, a 1984 Johnston/Stone One Hundred Dollars SPECIMEN, and Lots 433 – 440, an unusually large group of Australian “star” notes.

Stamp and Postal History collectors will also find many highlights in the second session. Don’t miss Lots 464 – 492, the ever-popular Kangaroo section, in particular Lot 486, the rare £1 Olive-Brown & Pale-Blue corner block. There are some wonderful groups of commercially used KGV covers, in particular Lot 504 (1d Violets), Lot 506 (1½d Greens), Lot 507 (2d Oranges) and Lot 518 (5d Orange-Browns). We were very pleased to receive Lot 522, the 1932 Bridge set on an attractive registered cover to Switzerland and Lot 532, the 5/- BCOF on registered cover to Canada; both attractive and scarce usages.

The Australian Colonial period features a further selection of highlights from the Bernie Beston Gold Medal collection of Queensland Postal Stationery (Lots 618 – 646), Lot 657, the Tasmanian Unissued high values in blocks, and Lot 678, a letter from a Victorian policeman, rich with comments about the local conditions during the gold rush. The foreign section includes very good Austria for the specialist, Lots 704 – 713, useful Germany at Lots 738 – 744; some superb G.B., in particular Lots 746 and 747 and a lovely Kingdom of Sicily cover, Lot 757. Lot 770, the New Zealand error 40c Road Safety Imprint block is a fine modern rarity that demonstrates that it’s not only the classical period that produces classics!

Late Arrivals – Single Owner – Must be sold!

Don’t miss the 93 late entry lots which have just been added to the database. Some very fine Australian, Australian Colonies, British Commonwealth and Foreign material has been added to this auction. It was too late for the printed catalogue, but you’ll find them all in the online catalogue here (Lots 810– 902); all very conservatively estimated. The vendor has instructed us to sell! Those of you able to visit during the viewing days will also receive a printed listing of these additional lots. They will be offered in numerical order at the conclusion of the first 830 lots.

We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you during the viewing days.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year,

All of us at Leski Auctions.

Featured Lots

Lot 60

1813 HOLEY DOLLAR (FIVE SHILLINGS): struck on Charles IIII Mexico City Mint 1806 Eight Reales. Very Fine.
The "Ashburner" example, #1808/10 at page 63 in the Mira and Noble Listing (March 1988).

Est: $120,000 - $150,000
Price Realised including BP: $173,275

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Lot 486

£1 Olive-Brown & Pale Blue [BW:52E] in a well centred corner block of (4) from the upper-left of the sheet, with Jubilee lines, the 4th unit with a lightly toned perf. A rarely seen multiple in a rare shade. Cat.$30,000. SG.44b - £13,000.

Est: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realised including BP: $13,145

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Lot 428

TEN DOLLARS, Fraser/Evans, (1993), Specimen polymer, AA 93 000000, Specimen no.0064, (SP31). Uncirculated and very rare. In original presentation folder.

Est: $10,000 - $12,500
Price Realised including BP: $9,560

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Lot 178

GEORGE V, 1922/1 overdate. Very good/fine and rare.

Est: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realised including BP: $8,365

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Lot 165

Various Sovereigns (and various Mints) in necklace gold mounts or otherwise modified: 1885 in mount; 1886 with impressed "earring"; 1887 holed; 1888 with indent; 1892 in mount; 1898 in mount; 1911 in mount and 1917 in mount. (8 coins; 5 gold mounts). Total weight: 70 grams.

Est: $4,500 - $5,000
Price Realised including BP: $5,497

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Lot 411

SUPERSCRIBED BANKNOTE: ONE POUND, Collins/Allen (1910), superscribed on The London Bank of Australia Limited one pound, Melbourne, (S45), undated, Z 176764 (R.S45); superscribed serial E 620237; good Fine.

Est: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realised including BP: $5,497

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Lot 498

PERKINS BACON DIE PROOF: State 2 with King's Head on a Lined Background, King's nose improved and the hair lightened, on highly glazed thin card (125 x 95mm) without endorsements on the face; vertical crease well clear of the impression, BW:70(DP)12Ac - Cat.$12,500. Ex Perkins Bacon Archives. One of 6 examples recorded.

Est: 3,000 - $4,000
Price Realised including BP $5,497

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Lot 770

1996 (SG.2000a) 40c + 5c Children's Health - Road Safety error issue (Baby in restraint and teddy bear in seat-belt), lower left corner blk.(6) with complete Imprint. Superb MUH.

Est: $5,000 - $7,500
Price Realised including BP: $4,780

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Lot 409

FIVE POUNDS, King George V, Kell/Collins (1924) Q/6 559864 (R.38b) dark blue ink signatures. VF/aEF.

Est: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realised including BP: $4,541

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Lot 27

VATICAN: 1986 set of three medals issued to mark the Eighth Year of Pope John Paul II's pontificate and to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. The set is numbered 077/900 to the rims of the 22ct gold (55gm), sterling silver (40gm) and bronze (40gm) medals which are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity in the lined case of issue.

Est: $2,000 - $2,500
Price Realised including BP: $4,302

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