About this set: Besides business strikes, the Spencer Collection includes English Pattern and Proof coins from collections dating back at least to Captain Douglas-Morris. The Douglas-Morris collection in turn, contained coins from earlier famous collections, including Hyman Montagu, J.G. Murdock, and the Nobleman sale conducted in 1922. Coins from subsequent auctions also contributed to the Douglas-Morris collection, such as Reginald Huth (1927), G. Hamilton Smith (1927), S.A.H. Whetmore (1943); and Lady Duveen (1964). The Douglas-Morris coins were sold by Sotheby & Co. on the 26th day of November, 1974, and much of the information above mentioned comes from the Sotheby catalogue entitled "The Distinguished Collection of English Gold Coins 1700-1900 formed by Captain K.J. Douglas-Morris".
The Spencer Collection of Victoria Gold Type Coins includes some very rare examples.
First, though not listed below, there is an 1837 Pattern Proof Sovereign, PCGS PR63DCAM, WR 295, R-5, Ex Captain K.J. Douglas-Morris. This prototype pattern is the small young head, with the VICTORIA DEI GRATIA closely spaced (compact); the only gold Victoria with such a design, and the first pattern gold of Victoria. About 6 - 10 extant, one sits in the Hunterian Museum - Coats Collection.
Second, listed below as an optional entry because of its rarity, is a gold Pattern Double Florin struck in 1868, WR 372, R4, engraved by William or possibly L.C. Wyon, the reverse partly reads "5 Francs International"; Plain Edge Proof, PCGS-PR65DCAM; A metric pattern with a fabulous portrait of Victoria, mirror fields, deep cameo, Ex Terner Collection.
Also listed as an optional coin is a Pattern One Quarter (1/4) Sovereign, dated 1853. By William Wyon. Victoria Young Head. Plain edge. WR-365. R4: Mintage not certain, but only 12 were known by 1854. This lovely example is a PCGS-PR64CAM.
*These items are optional and not calculated in the grade or the percent completion of the set.