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Spencer Collection - Gold Pattern & Proof Sovereign Date Run

Description:Primarily Proof and Pattern Sovereigns, although some rare high grade uncirculated pieces are included. In 1817, the old English Guinea was replaced by a Sovereign of twenty shillings, the standard of 22 carat (.916) fineness still being retained. No Pattern or Proof examples exist for most years. This set includes some extremely rare Pattern Sovereigns, as well as many other one of a kind or finest known examples.

Image PCGS # Date Denom Variety Grade Pop Pop Higher Comments
1816 P Sov WR-185 PR631816 P Sov WR-185 PR631816 P Sov WR-185 PR631816 P Sov WR-185 PR63 166882 1816 P Sov WR-185 PR63 1 0 Great Britain, Gold Pattern Sovereign / Transitioning from the Guinea, Three (3) 1816 date pattern sovereign/guineas are thought to exist, this having a unique die axis. Offers to purchase are regularly received, but the coin is not for sale and is a centerpiece of the GB Gold Proof and Pattern Date Run. A Major Rarity
1817 Sov S-3785, WR-196 PR631817 Sov S-3785, WR-196 PR63 206884 1817 Sov S-3785, WR-196 PR63 3 1 Great Britain, Gold Pattern Sovereign Dated 1817, S-3785, WR-197, KM-674. RARE. cf. Bentley Collection: Lot 3, a George III 1817 Proof Sovereign drew a great deal of pre-sale interest, not least because the modern milled gold Sovereign was introduced to the British public on the 5 July 1817. The standard design for the initial currency depicts King George III on the obverse and carries the first depiction of the classic St. George slaying the dragon design on the reverse. The design, engraved by the famous medallist Benedetto Pistrucci, has now become an iconic image and synonymous with the Sovereign. One of the key features of the design of this proof, as adopted and engraved for currency by Pistrucci, are the wreath of 10 leaves and the date below the bust, coupled of course with St George slaying the dragon. Some of the letters in the legend lack serifs no doubt due to blockages or faulty letter punches with corner serifs broken off being employed. The lot sold for £27,600 but carried an estimate of £15,000 - 20,000.
1818 Sov S-3785, WR-198 PR64DC1818 Sov S-3785, WR-198 PR64DC 163385 1818 Sov S-3785, WR-198 PR64DC 1 0 Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Gold Dated 1818. George III. PCGS PR64DCAM, WR 198, R6. Perhaps three or four 1818 dated Proof Sovereigns exist, this being the Finest. A Wow Coin!
206880 1820 Sov S-3785C Large Dt Open 2 MS64 2 1 Great Britain, Gold Sovereign, KM-674. Gorgeous Large Date Open "2". Only 1 higher
206907 1821 Sov S-3800, WR-231 RE PR63 4 1 Great Britain, Proof Gold Sovereign of George IV Laureate Head, Ex Spink and GBIE, R3, 1821.
1825 Sov S-3801 WR-236 Bare Head Reeded Edge PR63CA1825 Sov S-3801 WR-236 Bare Head Reeded Edge PR63CA 163387 1825 Sov S-3801 WR-236 Bare Head Reeded Edge PR63CA 1 0 Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Gold Dated 1825. PCGS PR63. Plain Edge (Rarest Variety) WR-235, R5, only six to ten examples exist, one sits in the British Museum. This is the finest known. At a Spink Sale a few years back, a similar 1825 plain edge realized 14,950 pounds ($23,600).
206915 1826 Sov S-3801 WR-237 PR64 8 3 Great Britain, 1826 Gold Proof Sovereign, WR 237, Ex Spink, R2
1830 P Sov WR-260 PR64DC1830 P Sov WR-260 PR64DC 163386 1830 P Sov WR-260 PR64DC 2 0 Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Dated 1830 of William IV. PCGS PR64DCAM. WR 260, R5. Six to ten examples exist. Plain Edge. Tied for Finest Known (Total POP 2 coins for all Grades). Cf similar coin realized $17,825.00 in 2008. Additional info, Bentley Collection: George IV, Proof Sovereign, 1830, engraved by William Wyon after Francis Chantrey’s model, second bare head left, date below, rosette either side, toothed border and raised rim both sides, georgius iv dei gratia, rev struck en médaille, by Jean Baptiste Merlen, crowned quartered shield of arms, with the arms of Hanover as an escutcheon, eight hearts in semée of Hanoverian lion, two upper lis of inner frame around Scottish lion incomplete, Irish arms with nine harp strings, re-touched frosting on design elements leaving finest detail indistinct evident on crown band, britanniarum rex fid: def:, edge milled, 7.99g (WR -; Montagu -; Murdoch -; Nobleman -; Douglas-Morris -; S 3801). Some very light surface marks on obverse, one tiny spot above legend on reverse, otherwise toned, as struck and the only known example in private hands, a superb coin. £25,000-30,000
1831 Sov S-3829B WR-261 Plain Edge PR631831 Sov S-3829B WR-261 Plain Edge PR631831 Sov S-3829B WR-261 Plain Edge PR63 206937 1831 Sov S-3829B WR-261 PE PR63 2 5 Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Gold Dated 1831, William IV, WR-261, R3, Provenance: Ex. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, sold by ANR/Spink Lot# 441; earlier, Ex Belden Roach Collection, sold by B. Max Mehl, February, 1944, Lot# 1380. A beautiful example.
206933 1837 Sov S-3829B MS65 2 0 Great Britain, Gold Sovereign, A WOW! Coin, Velvet Fields, and a true Gem, and tied for finest
1838 Sov S-3852 PR62DC1838 Sov S-3852 PR62DC 163382 1838 Sov S-3852 PR62DC 1 1 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.
388637 1839 Sov S-3852 WR-302 Plain Edge Medal alignment PR63DC 8 5 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 Sov S-3852D PR65DC1853 Sov S-3852D PR65DC 163389 1853 Sov S-3852D PR65DC 1 0 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.
1871 Sov S-3856 St. George RE Lg BP PR641871 Sov S-3856 St. George RE Lg BP PR64 168057 1871 Sov S-3856 RE Lg BP PR64 2 1 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
395632 1887 Sov S-3866B PR63DC 14 17 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
395633 1893 Sov S-3874 PR64DC 10 15 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
207144 1902 Sov S-3969 Matte PR64 5 1 Great Britain, Gold Sovereign of Edward VII, Gem Proof, Tied for Finest, Almost none exist in this lofty Grade.
207175 1911 Sov S-3996 PR65 22 3 Great Britain, Sovereign Proof Gold Dated 1911 of George V. PCGS PR65. Gem Proof Sovereign, KM-820 George V, Mintage of 3764 pieces. Only 2 graded higher.
1917-C Sov S-3997 MS64 32655 1917-C Sov S-3997 MS64 116 2 Canada, Gold Sovereign Dated 1917-C, George V. PCGS MS64, KM20, An original piece with full mint bloom. Ex Stuart Rubenfeld, and earlier Ex Heritage Signature Auction, September 2012, Lot 23349. Only 1 Finer.
1919-C Sov S-3997 MS64 32657 1919-C Sov S-3997 MS64 34 2 Canada, Gold Sovereign. Dated 1919-C, Scarce Date to Find in PCGS MS64. Portrait of king George V. Struck at the Ottawa, (C), mint. Cataloged as KM 20. Very bright and attractive with minimal contact marks. Ex Stuart Rubenfeld, and earlier Ex Heritage Signature Auction September 2012, Lot 23350. Only 1 Finer.
207225 1958 Sov S-4125, WR-450 PR66 1 1 Great Britain, Gold Proof "VIP" Sovereign, WR-450, R4, A "VIP" Sovereign because this date in Proof was only given to Very Important People by the Crown; Ex Sharps-Pixley Collection and more recently Ex Terner Collection
388456 1979 Sov S-4204 PR68DC 12 4 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, Among Finest
388457 1980 Sov S-4204 PR67DC 12 37 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign
388458 1981 Sov S-4204 PR67CA 1 1 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, Among Finest
1982 Sov  PR69 207238 1982 Sov PR69 5 0 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, Tied for Finest
207239 1983 Sov S-4204 PR69 17 0 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, Tied for Finest
207240 1984 Sov S-4204 PR68 2 3 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign
388938 1985 Sov S-4271 PR69DC 12 1 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, Slightly Better Date, Deep Cameo Gem, Tied for Finest
389157 1986 Sov S-4271 PR69DC 15 1 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, Deep Cameo Gem
388494 1988 Sov PR69DC 8 0 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, Deep Cameo Gem, Tied for Finest
207245 1989 Sov 500th Anniv. Sovereign PR69 2 0 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, One Year Type, Queen Facing on Throne; Rv. Royal Arms Surmounted on Crowned Double Tudor Rose, High Demand Coin, Extremely Popular Design, Tied for Finest Known
207246 1990 Sov PR68 2 1 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign
619020 1992 Sov PR67 1 1 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, Low Mintage Date
388567 1995 Sov PR69DC 11 0 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, Low Mintage Date, Deep Cameo Gem, Tied for Finest
389134 1996 Sov PR69DC 9 1 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, Low Mintage Date, Deep Cameo Gem, Tied for Finest
389384 1999 Sov PR69DC 19 1 Great Britain, Proof Deep Cameo Gold Sovereign, Low Mintage and Difficult Date to Locate, Tied for Finest
388498 2002 Sov Shield PR69DC 18 5 Great Britain, Gold Deep Cameo Proof Sovereign, One Year Type; Shield Reverse Design to Celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee Year, Tied for Finest
162609 2003 Sov PR69 47 1 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, PR69DCAM on Holder
388435 2004 Sov PR69DC 8 1 Great Britain, Gold Proof Sovereign, Deep Cameo Gem, Tied for Finest
174044 2005 Sov PR69 176 0 Great Britain, One Year Type; Re-worked and Stylised Version of the Traditional St George & Dragon Design
149238 2007 Sov PR69DC 159 25 Great Britain