Estimate: 220 000 USD
Price realized: 185 000 USD
British Coins, Victoria, proof five pounds, 1839, 'Una and the Lion', lettered edge, young head l., 9 leaves to rear fillet, rev. DIRIGE legend, crowned figure of the queen as Una stg. l., holding orb and sceptre, lion behind, date below (S.3851; W&R.279), certified and graded by NGC as Proof 62+ Ultra Cameo, of a pleasing yellow-gold colour
This is the type issued in the proof set and of the variety with delicately-raised decorations on the fillets in the queen's hair and DIRIGE in the reverse legend, the entire legend translating into English as 'May God Direct My Steps' (Psalm 118:133). The largest gold proof coin from the Coronation set of this year. A classic of the Victorian Age in both style and sentiment, and one of master engraver William Wyon's masterpieces.