Charles II gold Proof Pattern Crown 1663 PR58 PCGS, Royal mint, WR-51, ESC-356 (previously 25). By John Roettiers. An incomparable Proof pattern struck in gold that features the well-coiffed, laureate portrait of Charles II on the obverse and the Star of the Garter at center, surrounded by the crowned, cruciform shields of England, France, Scotland, and Ireland between interlocking C's on the reverse. The immense surfaces on this offering are remarkably preserved, especially when considering its size and age, while the lightly toned, deeply honeyed planchet reveals a delicate amount of reflection when rotated. Closer inspection of the central motifs confirms two distinct texture--areas of smooth, satin-sheathed detail, along with a stippled technique that brings multi-dimensional interest to the King's draped bust and wreathed crown--a process made even more complex by the result of fine die working. Furthermore, the move from hand-hammering coins to the newer, more modern milled approach allowed for the addition of a lettered edge to help safeguarded against forgeries. While the holder indicates some level of wear, once in hand, this offering surpasses expectations, with nearly the whole of each side possessing boldly impressed illustrations with laudable edge crispness. Any moments of light friction or handling serve less as a distraction, and more as characteristics for future pedigree identifiers. The Wilson and Rasmussen reference confirms the rarity of this gold pattern and substantiates a known-mintage of 6 pieces; however, a lengthy review of recent auction records does not produce any comparable results of this date. As such, this may be a unique opportunity for collectors looking to procure this unequivocally rare pattern, and altogether important piece of British numismatic history.
Estimate: 150000-200000 USD