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

2005 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Current Statistics
Rank

1
GPA with Top Bonuses

63.600
GPA Weighted

63.600
Complete

60.00%
Set Rating

31.800

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.

Spencer Collection Victoria Proof Sovereign Date Set with Optional 1837 Gold Pattern Sovereign

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1838 163382 1838 Sov PR62DC 1 1 11
Great Britain, Gold Pattern Deep Cameo Proof Sovereign of Victoria, WR-300, Large Young Head to left bound by plain double fillet with an extra curl of hair in front of ear, W.W. raised on truncation, date 1838 below; Rv., Broader crowned square topped shield within laurel branches, two laurel leaves at tips of wreath, emblem of rose, thistle and shamrock below with small rose either side. WR-300. R4. This design was later adopted for the currency issue. Plain edge. PCGS PR-62 DCAM. This coin has the look of a Gem.
1839 388637 1839 Sov PR63DC 8 5 119
Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Gold Dated 1839 of Victoria. PCGS PR63DCAM. Deep Cameo Proof Sovereign, by William Wyon, Victoria Large Young Head to left bound by plain double fillet with an extra curl of hair in front of ear, W.W. raised on truncation, date 1839 below; rev., Broader crowned square topped shield within laurel branches, two laurel leaves at tips of wreath, emblem of rose, thistle and shamrock below with small rose either side. WR-303, Scarce. Plain edge. Out of one of the finest collections of British Sovereigns ever assembled. PCGS PR63DC.
1853 163389 1853 Sov PR65DC 1 1
Great 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.
1863 1863 Sov
1869 652293 1869 Sov
1871 168057 1871 Sov PR64 2 1 35
Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Gold Dated 1871 of Victoria, Purchased from Spink, Ex Terner, WR-319, R7 (Highest Rarity) Plain Edge. Victoria Young Head; St. George reverse, horse with longer tail terminating in two strands, date and large BP in exergue. S-3896. R7 (Highest Rarity), Raised "WW" recut over WW, struck en medaille. cf St. James Auction No 15, September 30, 2010 Lot 548 (NGC), realized 14,500 GBP
1880 652249 1880 Sov
1887 395632 1887 Sov PR63DC 14 17 1823
Great 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
1891 652250 1891 Sov
1893 395633 1893 Sov PR64DC 11 15 2221
Great 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