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Spencer Collection George IV Proof Half-Sovereigns With Optional Gold 1829/1823 Mule Pattern Half-Sovereign - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

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Current Statistics
Rank

1
GPA with Top Bonuses

63.429
GPA Weighted

63.429
Complete

100.00%
Set Rating

63.429

About This Set: The Spencer Collection includes a Pattern Mule Half Sovereign, dual dated 1829 / 1823. George IV Bare Head, Reeded Edge, WR-253. The obverse is dated 1829, paired with an 1823 dated reverse of the style used for WR-245: Crowned garnished shield and the legend "ANNO 1823" at sides. A most important and unusual coin, and of special allure because no regular-dies 1829 half sovereign was ever struck. A great rarity, R7: only 2 known, the other impounded in the Royal Mint Collection, thus unique in private hands. Ex Terner, Graded PCGS Proof 63 Cameo. Mike Byers, a rare coin dealer, described this coin, once in his inventory for sale @ $75,000.00, as follows: One of the most spectacular mint error mules of all time. The obverse of the regular design of the George IV Bare Head Half Sovereign was paired with an 1823 pattern reverse. No 1829 Half Sovereigns were ever struck. One of two known. The other piece is impounded in the Royal Mint Collection. Dual Date with different dates on obverse and reverse. No other gold mules are known, mint state or proof. An extreme rarity with a great history and pedigree. Comparable to a U.S. numismatic rarity that sells for high six figures or more with only a few known and one impounded in the Smithsonian.

Spencer Collection George IV Proof Half-Sovereigns With Optional Gold 1829/1823 Mule Pattern Half-Sovereign

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1821 206596 1821 1/2 Sov PR64 4 4
Great Britain, 1/2 Sov PROOF 1821, WR 244, R3, KM-681, Ex GBIE, Ex Spink. George IV Laureate Head. None Better. cf St. James Action No 15, September 30, 2010, Lot 536 (NGC) realized 6,000 GPB
1825 206599 1825 1/2 Sov PR63 1 2
Great Britain, Ex John Jay Pittman, WR 248, R5, Sold to GBIE by Spink with Pittman tag. Finest Known, RARE.
1826 206600 1826 1/2 Sov PR63 5 8 517
Great Britain, 1/2 Sov PROOF, WR 249, R2, Ex Spink
1829/1823 Mule 171234 1829/1823 1/2 Sov PR63 1 1
Great Britain, Gold Pattern Mule Half-Sovereign, 1829. George IV Bare Head. Reeded Edge. WR-253. 1829-dated obverse paired with an 1823-dated reverse of the style used for WR-245: crowned garnished shield and the legend "ANNO 1823" at sides. A most unusual coin, and of special allure because no regular-dies 1829 half sovereign was ever struck! A great rarity, R7: only 2 known, the other impounded in the Royal Mint Collection! A choice coin with most pleasing surfaces and unblemished color. PCGS graded Proof 63 Cameo. Ex Terner Collection, Goldberg May 26, 2003, Sale 20, Lot 286; Ex Mike Byers, a Rare Coin Dealer, (this coin was listed @ $75,000.00) who made the following comments about this coin: One of the most spectacular mint error mules of all time. The obverse of the regular design of the George IV Bare Head Half Sovereign was paired with an 1823 pattern reverse. No 1829 Half Sovereigns were ever struck. One of two known. The other piece is impounded in the Royal Mint Collection. Dual Date with different dates on obverse and reverse. No other gold mules are known, mint state or proof. An extreme rarity with a great history and pedigree. Comparable to a U.S. numismatic rarity that sells for high six figures or more with only a few known and one impounded in the Smithsonian.