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Spencer Collection British Victoria Proof Gold Type Set With Optional Gold 1853 One-Quarter Sovereign & 1868 Gold Double Florin Patterns - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

2007 2008
Current Statistics
Rank

1
GPA with Top Bonuses

64.400
GPA Weighted

64.400
Complete

90.91%
Set Rating

40.250
Retired Statistics
Rank

1
GPA Weighted

64.400
Complete

90.91%
Set Rating

40.250

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.

Spencer Collection British Victoria Proof Gold Type Set With Optional Gold 1853 One-Quarter Sovereign & 1868 Gold Double Florin Patterns

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
Five Pounds Young Head 1839 1839 £5
Five Pounds Jubilee 1887 207339 1887 £5 PR64 1 3012
Great 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 396564 1893 £5 PR66DC 1 2
Great Britain, 1893, 5 Pound Proof, Old Head Portrait of Victoria, a virtually perfect example of this difficult to locate proof in higher grades.
Two Pounds Jubilee 1887 207281 1887 £2 PR64 2 1 379
Great 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 1893 207289 1893 £2 PR65 3 1 51
Great Britain, Gold 2 PD Proof, WR 294, Mirrored Fields, Gem Proof, Among the Finest Known
Sovereign Young Head 1838-1887 163389 1853 Sov PR65DC 1 6540
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.
Sovereign Jubilee 1887-1893 395632 1887 Sov PR63DC 14 17 8890
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
Sovereign Old Head 1893-1901 395633 1893 Sov PR64DC 10 15 3122
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
Half-Sovereign Young Head 1838-1887 206691 1853 1/2 Sov PR64 2 4028
Great Britain, Gold Proof 1/2 Sovereign, WR-346, Ex Terner, and more recently, Ex Cheshire Collection, None Finer
Half-Sovereign Jubilee 1887-1893 206715 1887 1/2 Sov PR65 3 3611
Great Britain, Gold Proof 1/2 Sovereign Gem, WR 362, Mirrored Fields. Tied for Finest Known. Most likely undergraded, a Superb Proof. A PR64 sold 9/15 for $4000, Goldberg.
Half-Sovereign Old Head 1893-1901 388676 1893 1/2 Sov PR64DC 17 7 5728
Great 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 Pattern 208565 1853 P1/4S PR64 1 1
Great 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 Pattern 166123 1868 P DblFl PR65 1 1
Great Britain, Gold Pattern Double Florin with additional denomination in French Francs. Ex Terner, Very Rare and Finer than Eliasberg example.