Great Britain: Victoria pattern Crown 1887,...
Extremely Rare Jubilee Pattern CrownVictoria pattern Crown 1887, by J.R. Thomas for Spink & Son, ESC-348, copper, plain edge, "MADE IN BAVARIA" incuse on edge (centered beneath the portrait), PR65 BN NGC, faint remnants of verdigris, and carbon specks, here and there on obverse, but the color is a gorgeous milk-chocolate brown, as smooth as that of a Hershey's bar, with reflective fields and a perfect strike showing off every tiny detail of the design. Rated R5 by ESC, with just 5 struck. Dies were prepared by the firm of L.C. Lauer of Nuremberg, Germany, and the design, although it consists of standard elements, figures as one of the most intricately engraved and exotic among British crowns. On the obverse, Queen Victoria is depicted, quite lifelike, as an ageing figurehead, shown wearing a long veil beneath the bejeweled Jubilee "small crown" which may still be seen among the Crown Jewels. The surrounding legend is in English, not Latin. On the reverse, the denomination "FIVE SHILLINGS" importantly appears above a detailed image of the Order of the Garter supported by a crowned lion and a collared unicorn, with date in roman numerals spread out broadly under the royal crest. A beautifully simple border of classic floral elements appears on each side. All in all, this is an inspired design, elegant in stature, splendidly engraved, and wonderfully preserved. A finer copper specimen may not exist.
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