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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 13, March 26, 2006, Article 19

SPINK SALE OF RARE BERWICK COINS FROM LARIVIERE COLLECTION

Berwick Today of Scotland published an article on the upcoming
Spink sale of coins minted in their town:

"Four rare coins made in Berwick more than five hundred years
ago are expected to fetch a total of 3150 when they are
auctioned at Spink in London on March 29.

The most valuable of these coins, tipped to sell for up to 1200,
is a silver groat made in Berwick during the reign of King James
III of Scotland in or around 1467  just 36 years after the burning
of Joan of Arc and 25 years before Christopher Columbus discovered
the West Indies."

"May Sinclair, Scottish coins expert at Spink, said: "In 1467,
a groat would certainly have been enough to keep an entire Berwick
family for a week or more."

"The coins are among 289 Scottish coins  described by Spink
as one of the finest privately-owned Scottish collections 
which are expected to fetch between 332,000 and 407,000 at
the auction.

The collection belongs to and has been put up for sale by an
American collector named Lucien LaRiviere."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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