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Lesney large Coronation coach



Lesney originally made the 400m (15 & three quarter inches) Coronation coach in 1951 as a souvenir for the 1951 Festival of Britain but because of the Korean war and the embargo placed on zinc it was shelved almost immediately.
In 1952 the King died and soon after the embargo on zinc was lifted so knowing there would be a coronation soon the coach went back into production, after a few hundred were made it was realised that the coach had two figures sitting inside and during the coronation the queen would be alone in the real coach so the dies were quickly altered to remove the King. (although the lower half of his legs were still in the coach)
The coach itself was made from die cast mazac and was either silver plated, gold plated or more commonly gold painted.
The horses were made in slush cast lead by Benbros simply because Lesney did not want lead in their factory as just a small amount of lead contamination to the zinc would make the metal unusable as it would crumble, The horses were painted off white with red blankets, gold saddles and black harness, the hooves, tails and manes were painted grey and a gold coloured chain was attached to each side, The riders were given black hats and boots, red tunics and flesh coloured hands and faces. The drawbar was usually painted white but examples have been seen in gold or unpainted metal.
It was packed in a red two piece box which had the coach illustrated on a white label glued to the top, Toy wholesalers Morris & Stone shipped a batch of coaches to the USA and these have a small "Morris & Stone (London) LTD" label stuck over the Lesney name on the box label.
Although it was a Lesney product it is not one of the most desirable of the early toys and with the advent of the internet many have come to light so prices for this one are down when compared to what they were a few years ago. The success of the large coronation coach prompted Lesney to scale down the model to become the the next early toy - the wonderfully successful small coronation coach.


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Lot 609 Military, Civilian Figures & Equipment - February 15th, 2008 Lesney - large scale Coronation Coach, comprising: - Gilt Coach, seated Queen figure together with 8 x Windsor Grey Team with 4 x Drivers [1 head repaired] & chain type traces. Some minor paint losses otherwise Fair to Good overall. Un-boxed. Estimate: 30-60 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 40


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Lot 2382 Matchbox - December 13th, 2007 Matchbox Lesney large scale Coronation Coach finished in gold with 8 horses (4 without riders) - Queen figure only - overall condition is Excellent Plus in Good maroon lift off lid box with paper label. Estimate: 130-160 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 70

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Lot 158 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Lesney large scale Coronation Coach. Gold Coach, 8 white horses, red and gold trimmings, 4 red riders, Queen figure - Good Plus in Fair to Good lidded box. Estimate: 80-120 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 60


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Lot 153 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Lesney large scale Coronation Coach - gold Coach, Queen only figure, 8 white horses, red and gold trim, 4 red riders. Coach somewhat tarnished and Fair to Good, horses Good Plus in Fair but complete lift off lid all card box. Estimate: 80-100 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 60

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Lot 152 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Lesney large scale Coronation Coach - gold Coach, King and Queen figure, 8 white horses, red and gold trim, 4 red riders. Coach is Good Plus (some minor corrosion), horses are Excellent Plus, all in Good Plus lift off lid all card box complete with inner card packing pieces. Estimate: 240-280 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 260

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Lot 149 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Lesney large scale Coronation Coach - gold Coach, King & Queen figure, 8 white horses, red and gold trim, 4 red riders. King and Queen very well detailed painted - Excellent Plus in Good Plus box. Estimate: 300-400 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 170

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Lot 141 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Lesney large scale Coronation Coach - gold Coach, King and Queen figure, 8 white horses, red and gold trim, 4 red riders - Near Mint in Excellent original box with internal card packing. Only produced in limited numbers. Hard to find in this condition. Estimate: 400-500 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 300

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Lot 129 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Lesney large scale Coronation Coach - gold Coach, King and Queen figure, 8 white horses, red and gold trim, 4 red riders - Excellent in Good to Good Plus box with original internal card packing. Very hard to find as made in only very limited numbers with King and Queen. Estimate: 300-400 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 190

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Lot 127 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Lesney large scale Coronation Coach - silver, Queen figure, 8 white horses, red and gold trim, 4 red riders - Good Plus to Excellent in Good to Good Plus box. Estimate: 150-200 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 150

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Lot 126 Matchbox Magic 19 - October 9th, 2007 Lesney large scale Coronation Coach - bright gilt, single Queen figure, 8 white horses, gold and red trim, 4 red riders - Excellent Plus. Very scarce. Estimate: 400-500 Bidding is now closed on this item Price Realised: 220