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Auction 16  13 Nov 2022
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Lot 354g

Starting price: 100 000 CHF
Price realized: 150 000 CHF
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GREAT BRITAIN. Elizabeth II, 1952-2022. 1000 Pounds 2022 (1 Kilo gold), Llantrisant. City views of London, proof strike. Obv. · ELIZABETH II · D · G ·REG ·F · D · 1000 POUNDS · 2022. Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II right by Jody Clark. Rev. LONDON / Tower Wharfe / S. Olafe. City view of London after an etching of Wenceslaus Hollar. Spink -.; Fr. -. AU. 1005 g. 5 ex. RRRR PCGS PR 68 DC
Limited edition presentation box with certificate n° 1. One of the last coins issued by the Royal Mint prior to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8th, 2022. Brilliant proof finish, an impressive and historic piece, in an original Royal Mint presentation lacquered wooden case, black box, outer packaging, leaflet, and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity number 1. A new series by the Royal Mint, in a nod to the European Thalers of the 16th and 17th centuries, City Views celebrates the iconic landmarks and world-renowned cultural marvels of major cities. The first coin of the City Views series features a 17th century landscape of the City of London and Thames, showing the Tower of London, the imposing stone fortress built by William the Conqueror that has dominated the city's skyline for more than a thousand years. The Royal Mint has long tapped into London's history and culture for numismatic inspiration, and their latest series goes back to 1647 for it. Wenceslaus Hollar, a Bohemian graphic artist, spent much of his life in England, and produced a majority of his works there. Those works were numerous, consisting of around 400 drawings, and 3,000 etchings, encompassing a wide range of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, nature, religions, and... cityscapes. One of his more impressive works, and historically interesting, was 'Long View of London from Bankside', ironically produced while living in Antwerp, from drawings he'd done while in London a few years earlier. Taking a single viewpoint, from what is now Southwark Cathedral, it covers the city from the Palace of Whitehall in the West, to Greenwich in the East. Obviously, cramming all that detail onto a coin (the original is 2.7 metres wide!), is quite impossible, so the Royal Mint selected a small section of it. Centred on the Tower of London, a sensible choice given it still exists, with the old St. Olaves church on the South Bank (originally built in the early 11th century, a later building on the same site was demolished in the 1920s), it takes the part from the rightmost of the six plates making up the complete image. It's a neat idea for a coin, taking actual period depictions, rather than another tedious modern view.
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