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Spencer Collection George III Proof Sovereigns with Optional 1816 Gold Pattern Sovereign - The Number One Finest Set of All Time
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Spencer Collection George III Proof Sovereigns with Optional 1816 Gold Pattern Sovereign
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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.
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!
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