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Spencer Collection George III Proof Half-Sovereigns with Optional Gold 1820 Shamrock Pattern Half-Sovereign - 2nd

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Spencer Collection George III Proof Half-Sovereigns with Optional Gold 1820 Shamrock Pattern Half-Sovereign

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1817 206579 1817 1/2 Sov PR64 3 5
Great Britain, Gold Proof 1/2 Sovereign, WR 204, R4, KM-673, Tied for Finest, cameo appearance, cf. St. James Auction No 15, September 30, 2010, Lot 528 (NGC64) realized 7,200 GBP.
1818 206580 1818 1/2 Sov
* 1820 Pattern 171229 1820 P1/2 S PR64 1 1
Great Britain, Famed "Shamrock" Gold Proof Pattern Half Sovereign Dated 1820. Encapsulated and graded by PCGS as PR64 Cameo. George III Pattern Half-Sovereign, WR-206. DM-138 (this coin), Montagu 564, Murdoch 199, Nobleman 58-60, British Museum Collection E.3532. Plain edge. Rated R5 (Exceedingly Rare) by Wilson and Rasmussen. Engraved by Thomas Wyon (with "assistance" from Pistrucci). "Roman Head" portrait in high relief. Reverse features the unique motif of the rose, thistle and shamrock on branches from a single trunk, with leaves behind the symbolic elements and a crown above them all. Clearly influenced by the methodology of Wyon's 1816 Pattern Sovereign (also part of the Spencer Collection). One of the finest, if not the finest, of the few pieces known. Brilliant surfaces that gleam with an unusual intensity. Distinct "orange peel" texture to the proof fields, producing marvelous eye-appeal. A fabulous coin and an ultra-rarity, and the finest Provenance: Ex Douglas-Morris, Sotheby & Co. Auction, 26 November, 1974, Lot 138 and referenced with photograph in the Sotheby Hardback Catalogue, "The Distinguished Collection of English Gold Coins Formed by Captain K. J. Douglas-Morris"; also Ex Pellegrino, and Ex Terner, Goldberg Auction January 2004, Lot 257. Douglas-Morris acquired over 70 of his gold pattern and proof pieces through Spink & Son from the Capt. V Hewitt Collection. Possibly Ex V Hewitt (if so, also Ex Baron Philippe de Ferarri La Renotiere, Sotheby, 27 March 1922, lot 58; V M Brand, dispersed post mortem from 1932, with Capt. V Hewitt purchasing the coin from Spink and Son in 1967). Acquired by Private Treaty. Price Realized in Terner 2 @ $14,950 and T1 @ $18,112 & Heritage, January 2007, lot 51727 @ $18,400.

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