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British Gold Type Set, Victoria (1837-1901): Spencer Collection British Victoria Proof Gold Type Set With Optional Gold 1853 One-Quarter Sovereign & 1868 Gold Double Florin Patterns
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Spencer Collection British Victoria Proof Gold Type Set With Optional Gold 1853 One-Quarter Sovereign & 1868 Gold Double Florin Patterns - 3rd

Current Statistics
Rank 3
Weighted GPA 64.222
Complete 81.82%
Set Rating 36.125
Spencer's Sets
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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.

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Spencer Collection British Victoria Proof Gold Type Set With Optional Gold 1853 One-Quarter Sovereign & 1868 Gold Double Florin Patterns
ItemPCGS No.DateDenomGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
Five Pounds Young Head 1839  1839£5  
Five Pounds Jubilee 18872073391887£5PR6420Great Britain Gold 5 PD Proof, WR285, Scarce in this grade (Tied for Finest Known), PR64DCAM, This coin almost certainly Ex Douglas-Morris plate coin D-M 235
Five Pounds Old Head 1893  1893£5  
Two Pounds Jubilee 18872072811887£2PR6421Great Britain, Gold 2 PD Proof, WR290, Scarce in this grade (only 1 finer), PR64DCAM, This coin almost certainly Ex Douglas-Morris plate coin D-M 222
Two Pounds Old Head 18932072891893£2PR6531Great Britain, Gold 2 PD Proof, WR 294, Mirrored Fields, Gem Proof, Among the Finest Known
Sovereign Young Head 1838-18871633891853SovPR65DC10Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Gold Dated 1853, Victoria, PCGS PR65DC. Superb Gem Deep Cameo Proof Sovereign, Spink-3852D, Fr-387f; KM#736.1. By William Wyon, Victoria young head to left; rev., Crowned square topped shield within laurel borders. Edge, straight grained. WR 305, R3. Extremely rare in high grade (Terner had a PR63, lot 327 in T1), Finest Known and outrageously beautiful.
Sovereign Jubilee 1887-18933956321887SovPR63DC58Great Britain, Gold 1887 Proof Sovereign of Victoria, PR63 Deep Cameo, Jubilee Bust Portrait Left, Rv. Pistrucci's Saint George and the Dragon, WR 333, Spink 3866B, Ex Stack's Kroisos Collection, Jan 2008, Lot 2940
Sovereign Old Head 1893-19013956331893SovPR64DC57Great Britain, Gold 1893 Proof Sovereign of Victoria, PR64 Deep Cameo, Old Bust Portrait Left (By Thomas Brock), Rv. Pistrucci's Saint George and the Dragon, Spink 3874, One of only 773 Proofs Struck, Ex Stack's Kroisos Collection, Jan 2008, Lot 2942
Half-Sovereign Young Head 1838-188720669118531/2 SovPR6420Great Britain, Gold Proof 1/2 Sovereign, WR-346, Ex Terner, and more recently, Ex Cheshire Collection, None Finer
Half-Sovereign Jubilee 1887-189320671518871/2 SovPR6530Great Britain, Gold Proof 1/2 Sovereign Gem, WR 362, Mirrored Fields. Tied for Finest Known. Most likely undergraded, a Superb Proof.
Half-Sovereign Old Head 1893-190138867618931/2 SovPR64DC93Great Britain, Gold Gem Deep Cameo Proof 1/2 Sovereign, Victoria Old Head ("Widow's Head") Portrait, Crossed from NGC PR65UCAM, FR. 397a, KM-784, Mintage of only 773 pieces.
1853 1/4 Sovereign Pattern2085651853P1/4SPR6410Great Britain, Gold Pattern PROOF 1/4 Sovereign, 1853. Ex Terner (5-2003, lot 326. By William Wyon. Victoria Young Head. Plain edge. WR-365. R4: Extremely Rare, 11-20 known. DM-186, KM-PN-113. According to the research article, "Quarter-Sovereigns and Other Small Gold Patterns of the Mid-Victorian Period" by G. P. Dyer (curator of the Royal Mint), in the British Numismatic Journal for 1997, page 77: all of these have plain edges; mintage not certain, but only 12 were known by 1854. Of the 12 known, this specimen is probably the finest, both sides being heavily frosted, with brilliant mirror surfaces (the Douglas-Morris example was only VF/EF). PCGS PR-64 CAM.
1868 Double Florin Pattern1661231868P DblFlPR6510Great Britain, Gold Pattern Double Florin with additional denomination in French Francs. Ex Terner, Very Rare and Finer than Eliasberg example.

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

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