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Ireland, Great Britain & South Africa Closing Today
December 17, 2007

Irish Proofs at Dix Noonan Webb Sale

Today is the closing of Dix Noonan Webb auction 76, which offers a nice selection of British, Irish and South Africa coins, along with various world coinage including German East Africa, India and some fine Medieval coins.

Of special interest are the short proof sets from Ireland. The first is lot 221, comprised of the threepence, penny halfpenny and farthing struck in proof, dated 1949. The second is a 1950 dated group including the sixpence, threepence and penny, also struck in proof. estimates for the two groups of coins are in the 5,000 to 6,000 pound range.

Irish proof strikes of the circulation types from these dates are quite rare and I was most interested to see what the drop of the hammer revealed for these brilliant beauties. Unfortunately both lots went unsold according to the prices realized list posted this morning. I wonder if there was a specific problem, or if they just failed to reach a reasonable reserve based on their lofty estimates?

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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