Tyrant Collection showcases more rarities

Hundreds of historic English coins from the extensive and unprecedented Tyrant Collection, viewable online at thetyrantcollection.com, will be displayed at the American Numismatic Association’s 2023 Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money on Aug. 8-12.

The 300-coins exhibit will include a rare surviving example of England’s first gold coin plus one of the few known 1656 Cromwell 50-shilling pattern gold coins and the only privately owned complete King Edward VIII pattern proof set produced in 1937 by the Royal Mint. It will be only the second time this set has been shown in public in the United States.

“English coins from the Tyrant Collection were displayed for the first and only time five years ago in California; however, there are many new, superb-condition additions since then, so the new name for the upcoming display is ‘Tyrants of the Thames 2.0’ to reflect the significant update,” said Ira Goldberg, the president of Goldberg Coins and Collectibles in Los Angeles, Calif.

In late 2021, a rare Edward VIII £5 sovereign pattern set a new record for the most expensive British coin sold at auction. Certified as Proof-67 “Ultra Cameo” by Numismatic Guaranty Company, the coin realized $2.28 million US (about $3 million Cdn.) as the top-selling lot in MDC Monaco’s March 2021 sale.

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