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    English Gold Sovereign Changer
    Circa 1905

    W.H. Ells English Gold Coin Changer. Fine. A turn-of-the-century English gold coin changer for converting sovereigns and half sovereigns into equivalent amounts of silver coinage. The body is made of wood, with brass fittings and a glass pane in the hinged front door. There is a crack in the glass pane. The door has a brass fitting with slots for depositing sovereigns and half sovereigns. Behind the glass, a large central column holds a mechanism for receiving the gold coins, inscribed PATENT/22067. Two flanking columns hold a number of circular brass holders designed to deliver the silver coins through two drawers below the door. A locked money box is at the bottom. A painted wooden medallion at the top reads W.H. ELLS/PATENT/"SAFECHECK"/ MANUFACTURERS/ W.H. ELLS & CO./REG DESIGN. An enameled white plaque on the door reads LUND & REYNOLDS Ltd/BAR FITTERS/BRADFORD. Two brass tubes in the top include some rolled up correspondence and a patent application from 1904. Several keys to the door and money box are inside the bottom drawer. The dimensions are approximately 8.3 x 7 x 17.5 inches.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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