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Coins as Jewellery

From the first days of coinage some 2500 years ago coins, particularly silver and gold, have been worn as jewellery to denote wealth, status, and an appreciation of the art that the coin displays. A coin collector may see this as a good coin ruined, however I have always looked out for good examples of coins that have been used in this way. This example is an enameled sixpence worn as a stickpin. What makes this one unusual is that it is from the reign of Queen Anne, dated 1711, (although I am sure that the jewellery conversion was done somewhat later). Scarce and in excellent condition. £80

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