Great Britain: Victoria Gothic Crown 1853,...
Lovely 1853 Proof Gothic CrownVictoria Gothic Crown 1853, S3884, KM744, Septimo edge, PR63 Cameo PCGS, a choice coin with glittering mirrored fields and a superb reverse, only light hairlines and a few minuscule ticks on the obverse, the toning a delightful deep golden amber blended with hues of bright greenish blue iridescence. The 1853 Gothic crown is hundreds of times rarer than the 1847 issue, the latter being made to the tune of some 8,000 pieces mostly for sale to gentlemen, who took to carrying the new crown and showing it off, hence causing most to be very much impaired. The 1853 issue was made in tiny numbers (the exact mintage remains unknown) for inclusion in the special heart-shaped plush velvet-lined red presentation cases, along with the other coins of that year struck in proof; many have speculated on the cause for their being struck and so presented, some suggesting that they were created for the Royal Family's use to celebrate an anniversary of the queen's marriage, but no one has discovered the facts behind this issue. Possibly they were just Proofs of Record, some of which were selected for the heart-shaped cases, while others were sold to museums, as per the Act of Union of 1800. Whatever the reason was, the proofs of 1853 are elusive, particularly the gold half sovereign and sovereign, the florin, and the majestic Gothic crown. Few 1853 crowns exist finer than this beautiful specimen.
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