Great Britain, Elusive and Rare Gold Pattern Sovereign of Victoria, WR 295, R5 (6 to 10 known). Important to Advanced Collections as the First Pattern for Victoria Sovereigns, and One of the Finest Executions of William Wyon's Image of Victoria as a Young Lady - She was 18 years of age at the time this Pattern was Created. Ex Douglas-Morris Collection, D-M 198, [this coin], Compact Legend. Cf. Heritage April, 2012, Lot# 24745 Realized $32,200 in an NGC PR63 Holder. The landmark Terner Collection contained the signed piece, WR-298, but not this version. Cf. Bentley example: lot 33, an extremely rare Victoria small bust pattern Sovereign of 1837 sold for £28,800. The coin is considered to be the first proposed pattern Sovereign for the young Queen Victoria for which she granted engraver, William Wyon, multiple portrait sittings. The head is of a small stature, the rear hair fillet lightly ruled with horizontal lines and the legend closely spaced; the reverse by Jean Baptiste Merlen being very similar to that adopted for currency. The piece is very light in weight so that it would not go very far should it escape into circulation. The coin sold well over its initial estimate of £15,000 - 20,000.
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