Estimate: 10 000 USD
Price realized: 62 000 USD
James II (1685-1688), 'Plume' Shilling, 1685, laureate and draped bust left, rev. crowned cruciform shields, Welsh plume at centre, angles plain, edge obliquely milled, 5.91g, 6h (Spink 3411; ESC 763 [1069A] [R6]; Hoblyn  -; Montagu  -; Murdoch  -; Jackson-Kent  -; Hamilton  -; Manville  104; Pegg  -; Norweb -; Hughes  238 same dies), a magnificent example of this unparalleled 'King of the Rarities' within the English Milled Shilling series eclipsing even the celebrated 'Dorrien Magens', toned, almost extremely fine with a touch of adjustment on drapery, unquestionably the finest of only four known since 1951 and entirely wanting from almost all of the greatest private and institutional cabinets, in NGC 'Francis' holder, graded AU55 (Cert. #5878643-015)
Unknown to numismatics until the discovery of a pair of coins in a collection unearthed during the Second World War. The find was publicised by Albert Baldwin at the ordinary meeting of the British Numismatic Society on 28 March 1951, with one of two coins exhibited subsequently illustrated in the BNJ (pp. 358 and pl. A, no. 19). It is thought the piece illustrated is that now presented to commerce, likely having passed through the Baldwin family collection until private sale to Mr Francis in the 1970s.