The collection includes gold Britannias, gold sovereigns and a quantity of proof silver coinage
A large collection of gold from a Cumbrian estate is to be sold in aid of three well-known charities.
Mitchells Auctioneers in Cockermouth will sell a private collection of gold Sovereigns, Britannias and silver coinage from a deceased estate in Eden next week.
The collection includes 120 gold Britannias, 375 gold sovereigns and a quantity of proof silver coinage.
The collections is so large that the auctioneers have decided to divide it into two halves for sale, with the first half to go on sale on Wednesday, March 17 through live webcast.
The second half will be sold in Mitchells Antiques & Fine Art Sale from June 16 to June 18.
The proceeds from the sale will be shared between the World Wildlife Fund, World Vision and Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Mitchells Head of Department Michael Roberts explained: Mitchells take their social responsibility seriously and are keen to help the local community wherever possible. I’m happy to assist in these troubled times since I’m aware of how badly hit charity funding has been during the pandemic.
Even with lockdown being eased, it will take a long time for many organisations to recover and see their income levels rise to pre-pandemic levels. Where practical, Mitchells will be pleased to assist in the auction sale of items to generate charity funds, Roberts said.
Mitchells have conducted charitable auctions earlier as well.
It recently came to the rescue of The Lake District Calvert Trust near Keswick, which was struggling due to the impact of the pandemic on its fundraising.
The charity provides accessible, adventurous outdoor activities for people with disabilities, but was no longer able to raise income through their usual programme of activities.
In November, Mitchells stepped in to sell lots that had been donated by their supporters free of charge as part of a Timed Online Auction.
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