Robert the Bruce silver penny yields heavy bids

An important and rare Robert the Bruce silver penny from the mint of Berwick fetched a hammer price of £4,200 (about $7,200 Cdn) – almost three times its high estimate – at Noonans Mayfair in a single-owner sale titled A Collection of Scottish Coins, the Property of a Gentleman (Part I) on Jan. 24.

An anonymous collector’s extensive collection of Scottish coins, amassed over the last 50 years, was 100 per cent sold and fetched an overall hammer price of £86,270 (about $148,000 Cdn).

Popularly known as Robert the Bruce, he led Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence against England. He fought successfully during his reign to restore Scotland to an independent kingdom and is regarded in Scotland as a national hero. He has also been portrayed in several movies, including Robert the Bruce and Braveheart. Coins of Robert the Bruce are popular.

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