Sovereign Rarities Ltd
Auction 5  15 Mar 2022
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Lot 82

Starting price: 12 000 GBP
Price realized: 26 000 GBP
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PF62 | Victoria (1837-1901), silver proof Gothic Crown, 1847, plain edge, struck in pure silver, engraved by William Wyon, crowned gothic style bust left, small ww incuse on truncation, trefoil and arc border, legend in lower case Gothic lettering both sides, victoria dei gratia britanniar. reg: f: d., rev. struck en medaille, crowned cruciform shields, emblems in angles, garter star at centre, w incuse on inner border either dies of top crown, date in roman numerals in lower right of legend which commences in upper left quarter, U over inverted n in unita, tueatur unita deus anno dom mdcccxlvii, edge plain (Bull 2578/2579; Davies 471; L&S 58; ESC 291; S.3883). Beautifully toned with minimal surface marks, an immensely pleasing portrait, one of the most popular types of the British Crown series graded by NGC as PF62, some minor scratches to the plain edge the only aspect preventing this coin from achieving an even higher certified grade.

NGC Certification 6318872-001

One of the most spectacular designs for a silver coin in the entire British Milled series, the proof Gothic Crowns with lettered edge were limited to a mintage of only 8,000 pieces. The plain edge types were struck in a much more limited quantity and either in sterling silver or pure silver. The plain edge version is rare compared to the lettered edge. William Wyon (1795-1851) was the Royal Academy engraver responsible for this type, and was at the peak of his career having also designed the equally impressive gold "Una and the Lion" Five Pounds pieces of 1839 also dated in Roman numerals.

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