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    George III Proof Pattern Crown ND (1820) PR64 NGC, Bull-2055, ESC-221. Plain edge. By Thomas Webb and George Mills for Mudie. A gorgeous pattern Crown, supposedly the finest portrait produced by Pistrucci of George III as professed by the artist himself. Pistrucci is rightfully celebrated for his wonderful engraving of St. George and the dragon, but some of his portraits lacked significant depth; they appear intricate, but somewhat wiry and lacking life and realism (one is particularly reminded of George III's crowns and George IV's first laureate head). This portrait of George, however, is sensitively performed, light crow's feet and the hint of a smile forming on the King's face adding real character to his depiction, of a greater engraving depth giving a sculpted high-relief effect. The reverse is similarly charming, a simple take on the crowned cruciform of shields design introduced during Charles II's reign, national emblems residing in the angles. Presented here in lofty near-gem grade, this specimen boasts a gorgeous red-gold halo to the sharp devices with a moody argent tone in the fields, its eye appeal simply unbeatable. The last specimen of this rare type we handled was graded PR62 and realized $4,800 in our September 2018 Long Beach sale, and so we anticipate even greater collector interest in this superior British rarity.
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