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Spencer Collection of English Gold Coins

Image PCGS # Date Denom Variety Grade Pop Pop Higher Comments
(1361-69) Noble S-1502 MS64(1361-69) Noble S-1502 MS64 159878 (1361-69) Noble S-1502 MS64 2 0 Great Britain, Gold Noble of Edward III, 1361 -1369. Rare round and unclipped, S.1502, FR.95, Fourth Coinage/Treaty Period, Bold Strike and King standing in ship with sword and shield/Rev: Royal floriated cross in octylobe. Rare this nice! PCGS MS64, Tied for Finest Known.
(1377-99) Noble Richard II MS63(1377-99) Noble Richard II MS63 172976 (1377-99) Noble Richard II MS63 1 0 Great Britain, Gold Noble of Richard II, 1377-99. Rare round and unclipped, Mustard color gold, sharply defined face, shield and sword. Spink 1662 (French Title Resumed) IIIA, London. Standing King on ship of state with shield and sword, in beaded circle, legends around; Rev. Ornamental Cross with lis at ends and R in center surrounded by lions and crowns at angles, legends around. Finest
(1422-30) Noble S-1799 MS63(1422-30) Noble S-1799 MS63 173217 (1422-30) Noble S-1799 MS63 4 1 Great Britain, Gold Noble of Henry VI. 1422-7. Annulet issue. Fr-112, Spink 1799. PCGS MS-63. London. Standing King on ship of state with shield and sword, in beaded circle, legends around; rev., Ornamental cross in beaded circle, lions and crowns at angles, legends around. Lustrous and sharply defined, rare round and unclipped. Finest
(1551-53) 1/2 Sov S-2451 AU58(1551-53) 1/2 Sov S-2451 AU58(1551-53) 1/2 Sov S-2451 AU58(1551-53) 1/2 Sov S-2451 AU58 159736 (1551-53) 1/2 Sov S-2451 AU58 1 0 Great Britain, Early Hammered Gold Half Sovereign of Edward VI (1550-53). Third Period. S-2451, 5.7grams, Tun or barrel mintmark, London. A stunning mint state piece, full luster, excellent full portrait of scarce design, Standing King with Sword, full flan, sharp bold strike, lovely color. This example is better than the Spink plate coin and compares very favorably to the Slaney example auctioned by Spink. Almost Certainly the Finest Extant. Published with photo in PCGS Rare Coin Market Report Article, April 2008. cf. Goldberg Auction 37, Lot 3655, Where an inferior piece EF45 realized $11,000.00
1652 Unite S-3208 Commonwealth AU551652 Unite S-3208 Commonwealth AU551652 Unite S-3208 Commonwealth AU551652 Unite S-3208 Commonwealth AU55 144322 1652 Unite S-3208 commonwealth AU55 1 0 Great Britain, Commonwealth UNITE Gold Issue, Wonderful Strike, Full Round, As Struck, Better Date. Very difficult to locate well centered, high grade examples. Rare. Published with photo in PCGS Rare Coin Market report, April 2008.
1656 Broad S-3225 Cromwell MS62 616352 1656 Broad S-3225 Cromwell MS62 4 0 Great Britain, Gold Pattern Broad, 1656. WR-39. S-3225; Fr-273. By Thomas Simon. Oliver Cromwell, 1653-1660. Laureate head of Cromwell left. Reverse: Crowned arms of the Protectorate. Reeded edge. Superbly struck, with handsome old reddish toning. Extremely rare in this grade, among the finest known. PCGS MS62 (Although all of these coins are actually considered proofs according to most experts). Any apparent marks are on the holder and not the coin. This coin is drastically under graded. The following is an excerpt from the Millennia Sale Catalog: The so-called gold Broad, valued in 1656 at 20 shillings, was in effect the very first Guinea, which was invented in the following decade and also valued at 20 shillings. In earlier, hammered versions, it was known as the Pound. Cromwell's golden Broad brought back a tradition lost for some decades, that of placing the monarch's portrait on the "face" of the coin. Cromwell, however, famously declined the regal title, opting for Lord Protector in its stead. But in reality Oliver Cromwell ruled with great personal authority and influence, much as had the long succession of monarchs before him. His Broad is considered very rare (R2 in Wilson & Rasmussen), but the R2 rating does an injustice to this particular specimen, in that most of these pieces, when seen, are heavily impaired by scratches, digs, cleaning and other abuse. While these are referred to as "patterns," nevertheless their issuance as general coin was authorized in 1656, with large-scale production done in 1657, and a second and larger production some time before Cromwell's death. All were machine-made from dies supplied by Thomas Simon, without a doubt one of England's finest die engravers (and an unappreciated national "art treasure" at the time). The striking was done on the presses of a hired Frenchman, Pierre Blondeau. Unfortunately for the talented Simon, the process of converting to mechanized coining caused him to be displaced from his job at the mint as principal engraver, although he continued to cut seals. Later, Simon would fall victim to the Great Plague of 1665 that ravished London and the rest of England. Much like Mozart, he passed away ignominiously. Also much like Mozart, his art has lived on forever, while the memories of those who despoiled him have become no more than mites of dust. Comparable examples: The Terner example (See Goldberg Auction May 2008) which realized $69,000.00. PCGS population shows this coin as Finest, with 6 graded lower. Also, Cf. Lot 3928, Goldberg Sale 74, a PR 62 realized $60,375.00. A Proof 64 NGC holder realized $110,000 before buyer's premium.
160699 1728 Guinea S-3671 MS64 1 0 Great Britain, Gold Guinea with Prooflike Fields, Deceptively Rare and Missing from Terner Collection. From a private collection assembled in the 1950's. Finest Known. Our research has found only one other gold guinea of this type (dated 1727) in a pcgs MS64 holder, and that went for a previously unheard of sum for a business strike guinea (Terner I Auction)
171209 1762 P1/2 G WR-125 PE PR63 1 0 Great Britain, Pattern Proof Gold 1/2 Guinea, WR 125, R4, Ex Selig Collection and more recently, Ex Terner. Dated 1762. By Yeo. George III, young laureate head. WR-125. DM-82. The style of the coin later made as S-3731 with exquisite, long curls beneath the king's bust. Plain edge. Extremely rare R4, A most lovely brilliant Proof. A major rarity in this series. PCGS PR-63 CAM. Finest Known. Ex Selig Collection, & Ex Terner (5-2003, lot 197.)
166122 1764 P1/4 G PR64 2 0 Great Britain, Gold Pattern Proof One Quarter Guinea, WR 141, DM-76, R5 Dated 1764. Design by Yeo. George III, Young Laureate Head. Exquisite portrait, Rev. Crowned garnished shield with arms of England and Scotland (quartered) France, Ireland and Hanover, the latter with semee’ of hearts. Possibly the Terner example which was Ex Douglas Morris Collection.
1768 P2 G WR-79 PR631768 P2 G WR-79 PR63 160746 1768 P2 G WR-79 PR63 1 0 Great Britain, 1768, Gold Pattern 2 Guinea, WR 79, R4, Ex Slaney Collection, (Spink 5/15/2003, Lot 100), Ex Baldwin 1945. A Wow Coin, photo used (with permission) by major numismatic dealer in magazine advertisements 2005. Tied for Finest Known. Coin is part of a type set that won PCGS best British Set of the Year 2005. cf. St. James Auction No. 15, Lot 505, a lower grade example sold for $34,000 GBP; cf. StacksBowers, NYINC Sale#182, Lot 1004, Same Grade, Realized $199,750 with BP, 1/11/2014.
168078 1775 P1/2 G WR-129 PR64 1 0 Great Britain, Pattern Proof Gold 1/2 Guinea, WR 129, R3, Ex Terner, Finest Known, Plain Edge, Third Laureate Head, dated 1775. George III, 3rd Head. Type of S-3733. DM-87. This is a very rare (R3) Proof of Record showing the late bust of the king (portrait by Yeo) with long curls draped beneath the bust and a sort of melon-shaped head. Over the years, Terner acquired two of these proofs, one in PR63 and one in PR64, This is the best of the two and Finest Known. PCGS PR-64. Provenance: Ex Terner II (5/2004, lot 1207)
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!
1820 P1/2 S WR-206 PR641820 P1/2 S WR-206 PR64 171229 1820 P1/2 S WR-206 PR64 1 0 Great Britain, Famed "Shamrock" Gold Proof Pattern Half Sovereign Dated 1820. Encapsulated and graded by PCGS as PR64 Cameo. George III Pattern Half-Sovereign, WR-206. DM-138 (this coin), Montagu 564, Murdoch 199, Nobleman 58-60, British Museum Collection E.3532. Plain edge. Rated R5 (Exceedingly Rare) by Wilson and Rasmussen. Engraved by Thomas Wyon (with "assistance" from Pistrucci). "Roman Head" portrait in high relief. Reverse features the unique motif of the rose, thistle and shamrock on branches from a single trunk, with leaves behind the symbolic elements and a crown above them all. Clearly influenced by the methodology of Wyon's 1816 Pattern Sovereign (also part of the Spencer Collection). One of the finest, if not the finest, of the few pieces known. Brilliant surfaces that gleam with an unusual intensity. Distinct "orange peel" texture to the proof fields, producing marvelous eye-appeal. A fabulous coin and an ultra-rarity, and the finest Provenance: Ex Douglas-Morris, Sotheby & Co. Auction, 26 November, 1974, Lot 138 and referenced with photograph in the Sotheby Hardback Catalogue, "The Distinguished Collection of English Gold Coins Formed by Captain K. J. Douglas-Morris"; also Ex Pellegrino, and Ex Terner, Goldberg Auction January 2004, Lot 257. Douglas-Morris acquired over 70 of his gold pattern and proof pieces through Spink & Son from the Capt. V Hewitt Collection. Possibly Ex V Hewitt (if so, also Ex Baron Philippe de Ferarri La Renotiere, Sotheby, 27 March 1922, lot 58; V M Brand, dispersed post mortem from 1932, with Capt. V Hewitt purchasing the coin from Spink and Son in 1967). Acquired by Private Treaty. Price Realized in Terner 2 @ $14,950 and T1 @ $18,112 & Heritage, January 2007, lot 51727 @ $18,400.
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).
1826 P£5 WR-213 Lettered Edge PR63CA1826 P£5 WR-213 Lettered Edge PR63CA 388551 1826 P£5 WR-213 Lettered Edge PR63CA 3 1 Great Britain, 5 Pound Proof Gold Dated 1826, George IV, WR 213, R3, Mintage of 150 pieces; Undergraded, much rarer than Victoria's famed Una & the Lion 5 Pound Proof. Raised Edge Letters, Design By William Wyon after Chantry's Model, Reverse by Johann B. Merlin, Crossed from NGC PR63UCAM.
1829/1823 1/2 Sov WR-253 Mule PR631829/1823 1/2 Sov WR-253 Mule PR631829/1823 1/2 Sov WR-253 Mule PR63 171234 1829/1823 1/2 Sov WR-253 Mule PR63 1 0 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.
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
206609 1837 1/2 Sov S-3831 MS66 1 0 Great Britain, Proof Gold "Mule" Half Sovereign Dated 1837 of William IV, WR 269, R7; MS66. William IV, Struck from the Sixpenny obverse die, thus a “MULE”. Only two exist, one sits in the Ashmolean Museum Collection in England, having been purchased by them from the Royal Mint; this being the other example thus unique in private hands. William IV Large Head to right. A Major Rarity with the Finest Provenance; Ex Glendining, Ex Douglas-Morris, and Ex Terner.
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.
208565 1853 P1/4S KMPn-113 PR64 1 0 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.
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.
166123 1868 P DblFl KMPn-S115 PR65 1 0 Great Britain, Gold Pattern Double Florin with additional denomination in French Francs. Ex Terner, Very Rare and Finer than Eliasberg example.
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