Auction 144 Highlights
Welcome to Smalls Auctions Sale 144
There is nothing more heartfelt that losing a child and in this auction we offer a poignant reminder of the perils of war. The hopes and dreams of Private Clyde Alwyn Agnew came to nothing when he was killed in action on the on the 14th June 1945 at the age of 21 and the anguish of his mother can be witnessed in the torn up letter of the same date that she had written to him that was returned to her unopened. In response to his final letter, she wrote that “she was so pleased to know you are well & I hope & pray Darling you stay that way & that you will soon get home again.” This lot in our sale has over twenty pieces of correspondence between mother and son that will surely take an emotional toll on the reader.
On a brighter note we have included in this sale seventeen ‘Top of the Pop’ coins mostly relating to East Africa & British West Africa. Taken from the famous collections of Remick, Ford and Freehill with many sourced from eminent specialist dealers such as Spinks and Format that are unsurpassed in terms of quality and grade. For collectors of these series, it provides a unique opportunity to upscale your collection with coins that are unlikely to be bettered.
There is also a nice selection of British coins including one each of the varieties of the 1797 Soho copper pennies in proof. The rarer ’11 leaves’ variety NGC PF66 BN is the highest graded example of this coin which was a pivotal part of Governor King’s ‘Proclamation’ coinage of 1800 that ensured the economic survival of early Australia. We hope you find our auction of interest and look forward to your participation.