Bellmans to Auction an Established Collection of Coins


24th JANUARY 2014 – 10AM

Bellmans Auctioneers, Wisborough Green, West Sussex is to launch 2014 with the sale of a large and interesting collection of coins. The collection consists of over 200 Roman, late Roman, British and World coins and will be sold on 24th January from 10am. The collection is particularly strong in late Roman Solidi and Islamic gold coins. The sale will be fully illustrated on the Bellmans website; and is open to view from Friday 17th December.

This unique collection has been privately consigned by a Sussex family and has been passed down through the family for over a century. Highlights include a gold Five-Pounds of Victoria, dated 1887, depicting the jubilee head with the St George the reverse. It carries an estimate of £1200-1500.

Five -Pound Victoria Coin

William Pasfield, Associate Director at Bellmans Auctioneers, commented “I am looking forward to the sale of this very rare and unique collection of coins. This group of items adds to the very diverse collection of items which are sold at Bellmans Auctioneers”.

The auction also includes a Billion Dirham, KINGS OF MURCIA, Muhammad b. Sa’d (542-567h, Mursiya (5)64h (A 407B), which is an extremely rare and fine example and a HUDID OF MURCIA, temp. Baha’ al-dawla (c.639-659h), ½-Dinar, Mursiya 656h (A A410.2).  Both coins estimated at £300-400.


The auction is especially strong in good quality gold solidi from the late Roman Empire. This Solidus of Theodosius (AD 379-395) from the Thessalonica mint shows the Emperor’s diademed draped and cuirassed bust, with two emperors enthroned and a globe between with victory above to the reverse. This coin is a very fine example and is estimated at £500-700.

Roman Empire Coin (1)

Another sale highlight is this late Roman Empire gold Solidus, from the Constantinople mint, Officina Δ, which displays the diademed draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius (AD 379-395), the reverse portraying a superb figure of Constantinopolis seated holding sceptre and shield. The coin weighs 4.5g and is estimated at £700-900.

Roman Empire 2

The collection is open to view from the Friday 17th January until the morning of the sale. Online bidding is available via For more information and to register your interest, please visit, alternatively contact Bellmans Auctioneers on 01403 700 858.