A mixed bag in terms of condition, they carry estimates from £150-200 to £3000-4000 when the hoard is sold by Spink on October 7.
At the top end of the spectrum is a Queen Anne guinea piece from 1705. ‘Pre-Union’ coins of this type are notoriously difficult to find in any condition.
As reported last week (ATG no. 2558), the coins were likely amassed by the merchant Fernley-Maister families of Hull. Why they were never recovered is unknown, although after the death of Sarah Fernley in 1745, the family estates no longer passed by direct descent.