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Lot 639 : £420

A 1902 Edward VII penny defaced with the words Votes for Women, stamped across the Kings head It is believed that the first defaced coins with 'Votes for Women' were in circulation circa 1913. Mutilating coins was one of the methods used by the suffragettes to spread their message to a wider audience - using a small denomination such as a penny was likely to be used by all of society but was equally rarely recalled by the banks and so would have been in relative constant circulation.

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Andrew Mayall - Valuer & Auctioneer
Collectables & Furniture

Andrew’s career began in 1989 after a work experience position led to a post with a regional firm involving weekly general and monthly fine art sales. He conducted his first auction sale at the age of 18 and went on to win the West Midlands Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers ‘Young Auctioneer of the Year’ award in 1994, going on to represent the region in the national finals. He joined Fieldings in 2005 dealing with probate and estate work within the company, involving his interests in 20th Century design items, furniture and collectables. Some of Andrew’s favourite finds include a bronze ‘Head of Albert Einstein’ by Sir Jacob Epstein that sold for £56,000, an early 19th Century targe shield that sold for £9,200 and a Chinese bamboo brush pot that achieved £6,800.

Sold for £420 hammer