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Great Britain: Victoria gold Proof £5 1893,...

2011 September Long Beach Signature World & Ancient Coins Auction #3015

 
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Auction Ended On: Sep 9, 2011
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Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

 

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A Wonderful Veiled Head Proof £5
Victoria gold Proof £5 1893, S3872, KM787, Old or Veiled Head, PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC, a truly superb specimen having every premium quality possible: deeply mirrored fields with the classic delicate orange-peel texture to the metal, as well as a heavily frosted portrait, St George effigy, date and legend, and even the broad flat rims -- incredibly beautiful therefore, like a framed masterpiece painting -- virtually flawless and graced by gorgeous golden toning. Of the 773 struck for the sets of this year, only a tiny, tiny number could be so wonderfully preserved. Almost all the proofs seen by the cataloguer over the past 35+ years have been mishandled and hairlined from wiping, and many have been seriously abused with marks, as these were normally kept in plush cases, in which the coins almost invariably moved around and banged into each other. Somehow, this glorious FDC Gem Proof escaped, and remains nearly perfect. A real treasure for the fussiest of collectors.

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