Spencer Collection Victoria Proof Sovereign Date Set with Optional 1837 Gold Pattern Sovereign - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

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Weighted GPA 63.600
Complete 60.00%
Set Rating 31.800
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About this set: Victoria gave her name to the age she lived in; born in 1819, she succeeded her uncle in 1837 and reigned first as Queen, then as Queen-Empress, for the rest of the century. During this time, more than a fifth of the earth's population and 40% of its land-mass came under English domination - the greatest empire the world had ever known. ----Victoria married Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1840. They had nine children, who in turn married into the other royal families of Europe, hoping to thus avert the disastrous wars of the past. Victoria's marriage was very relaxed and cheerful. It was only after Albert died in 1861 that she earned a reputation for dourness. She survived him by forty years - a long and glorious reign that left her successors with a difficult act to follow. ---- Early Victoria sovereigns had a shield-type reverse, with later sovereigns employing the now familiar St. George and the Dragon design by Pistrucci. Different obverse portraits exist for Victoria, including a small young head; a larger young profile; the "Jubilee head" of 1887; and the "Old head or Veiled bust" introduced in 1893. Victoria business strike sovereigns were issued from 1838 through 1901, but proof and pattern issues were rare. The Spencer Collection includes many of the Finest Known examples, including the 1837 Pattern/Proof listed as optional because of its rarity. Ex Douglas-Morris Collection, Sotheby's (11-74, lot 198), R5; small head Victoria, compact closely spaced letters, WR-295.

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Spencer Collection Victoria Proof Sovereign Date Set with Optional 1837 Gold Pattern Sovereign
PCGS No.ItemDenomGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
1633821838SovPR62DC10Great Britain, Gold Pattern Deep Cameo Proof of Victoria, Large Young Head ...
3886371839SovPR63DC44Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Gold Dated 1839 of Victoria. PCGS PR63DCAM. ...
1633891853SovPR65DC10Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Gold Dated 1853, Victoria, PCGS PR65DC. Supe...
  1863Sov 
6522931869Sov 
1680571871SovPR6421Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Gold Dated 1871 of Victoria, Purchased from ...
6522491880Sov 
3956321887SovPR63DC58Great Britain, Gold 1887 Proof Sovereign of Victoria, PR63 Deep Cameo, Jubi...
6522501891Sov 
3956331893SovPR64DC56Great Britain, Gold 1893 Proof Sovereign of Victoria, PR64 Deep Cameo, Old ...
  1837 PatternP Sov 

*These items are optional and not calculated in the grade or the percent completion of the set.