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United Kingdom, Victoria, 1853 Proof Sovereign Extremely Rare, R4 NGC Proof 63 Ultra Cameo

- Rated R4, extremely rare. There are only 11-20 examples. No example is present in the thorough and extensive Slaney Collection.

- One of the rarest issues of the extremely sought after, proof sovereign series.

- Featuring a strong and full cameo that is so rare for the issue.

Condition
NGC Proof 63 Ultra Cameo. A very attractive example with stunning cameo. The devices are clear of any distractions and the surfaces appear fresh and true. The reverse is superior still. Extremely rare and highly sought after. 11-20 examples known.
Obverse
Second young head left, hair tied in fillet, with W.W incuse on truncation; date below truncation; VICTORIA DEI GRATIA [Victoria, by the grace of God].
Reverse
Crowned shield within wreath; thistle, rose and shamrock below; BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF: [Queen of Britain, defender of the faith].
Edge
Milled.
Provenance
ex. SINCONA British Collection, SINCONA 75, lot 344, 16th May 2022.
Our Price:
£39,500.00
Weight
7.99 g
Diameter
approx. 22 mm
Metal
gold
Fineness
22 carat (91.67%)
Fine weight
7.324 g (0.2355 oz t)
Production method
milled
Designer / engraver
obv.: William Wyon (1795-1851)
rev.: Johann B. Merlen (1769-1850)
General References
Fr.387f; KM.736.1; Marsh.36A [R4]; S.3852C; WR.305 [R3]
Collection References
Bentley.65; British.II.344 [this coin]; DM.205; King.-; Montagu.1570; Murdoch.505 [part]; Slaney.-
Certification number

Described as “impressive and very elusive” in the Bentley Collection, the 1853 proof sovereign is a wonder of British numismatics. It was originally issued both in sets and singly either for or on behalf of the Royal family through the Court Jeweller “Hunt and Roskell”. The 1853 proof sets are the rarest ever produced by the Mint in all of British pre-decimal coinage. It is quite possible that these sets, with their altered initials, were issued in memoriam of their late designer, the great William Wyon (1795-51).

Described conservatively as R3 by Wilson and Rasmussen and later more accurately as R4 by Marsh, the 1853 proof sovereign is very rarely offered and extremely sought after. So rare is this popular issue that no example was included in the extensive Slaney Collection, so praised for its near exhaustive completeness.

The coin itself is extremely attractive, featuring a full cameo very rarely seen on other examples. The fields are flashy and unworn perfectly showing the surface texture of the polished dies. Moving the coin around in one’s hand the dark and deeply mirrored surfaces jump to life and glow with a new shade of gold at every angle, while the satiny devices shimmer with a controlled and delicate lustre. The true beauty and rich contrast of a cameo proof is on full display in this so skilfully struck example. No graded example with an Ultra or Deep Cameo designation has been offered publicly in recent history. There are no serious marks or distractions to the design, only light chatter as indicated by the grade. This is a premium example of a legendary proof issue.

The British Collection

This coin graced the illustrious British Collection, sold by the Swiss auction house SINCONA in two parts. The collection is one of the most complete and important collections of British coinage ever to exist. Assembled over 50 years of collecting with pieces spanning nearly six centuries and all of astounding quality, the collection sold for $5.8 million and stands as a momentous event in British numismatics, likely not to be bested for years to come.

It is worth noting however that many of the coins in the sale were sold without their provenances, much of which were of the highest prestige. Independent research on our part has been successful in reuniting some of these significant pieces with their history.

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