With the new year well under way, this seems a good time to share with our readers a sample of the many antiquities and antiquities-related artwork we sold in 2017.
In addition to these, we also sold many more ancient coins, antique prints and books dealing with antiquities and ancient art.
As the fourth most traded currency, the British Pound is the third most held reserve currency in the world.
Common names for the British Pound include the Pound Sterling, Sterling, Quid, Cable, and Nicker.
The currency code for Pounds is GBP, and the currency symbol is £.
In 1158, the design was changed and rather than pure silver the new coins were struck from 92.5% silver and became to be known as the Sterling Pound.The British Pound and the Sterling Area The British Pound was not only used in Great Britain, but also circulated through the colonies of the British Empire.The countries that used the Pound became to be known as the Sterling Area and the Pound grew to be globally popular, held as a reserve currency in many central banks.I was not aware that the chakra symbol was also used on Ayutthaya period pod duang, it could be a later stamp or perhaps a counterfeit (I hope not! The folds on the bottom of the coin look right (I think) and you can see where the hammer flattened the sides.The coin is the right shape for later pod duang, however most pre-Rattanakosin pod duang I have seen pictures of are of slightly different shape.Following, the British Pound experienced a number of highs and lows.As we approach the holiday shopping season, we thought you might enjoy a simple photo montage of some of the fine antiquities we have available for purchase this year.Silver pennies were the sole coinage used in England until the shilling was introduced in 1487 and the pound, two years later, in 1489.British Pound Notes and the Gold Standard The first paper notes were introduced in 1694, with their legal basis being switched from silver to gold.Great Britain officially adopted the gold standard in 1816, though it had been using the system since 1670.The strength of the Sterling that came with the gold standard led to a period of major economic growth in Britain until 1914.