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Auction 12  21 Feb 2024
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Lot 56

Starting price: 20 000 GBP
Price realized: 34 000 GBP
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Victoria (1837-1901), pure silver proof Gothic Crown, 1847, plain edge, n over inverted n in unita, engraved by William Wyon, crowned gothic style bust left, 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 on the die, crowned cruciform shields, emblems in angles, garter star at centre, w incuse on inner border either side of top crown, date in roman numerals in lower right of legend which commences in upper left quarter, tueatur unita deus anno dom mdcccxlvii, edge plain (Bull 2578a R4; ESC 291A; S.3883). Very attractively toned with proof brilliance, graded by NGC as PF63 ULTRA CAMEO, extremely rare (R4) and rarely seen for sale, a pleasing example of perhaps the most sought-after coin in the British Crown series.

NGC Certification 6769159-001

The Latin legend translates on obverse as "Victoria by the Grace of God, Queen of the Britons, Defender of the Faith," and on the reverse as "May God guard these united, in the year of our Lord 1847."

One of the most spectacular designs for a silver coin in the entire British Milled series, William Wyon (1795-1851) was the Royal Academy engraver responsible for the proof Gothic Crowns, who was at the peak of his career having also designed the equally impressive gold "Una and the Lion" Five Pound pieces dated 1839 also in Roman numerals.
Provenance:
Ex Spink Coin Auction, 26th November 2009, lot 429.
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