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    Visually Captivating Ultra Cameo Georgian Proof 5 Pounds

    George IV gold Proof 5 Pounds 1826 PR64 Ultra Cameo NGC, KM702, S-3797, L&S-27, W&R-213 (R3). Lettered edge. By William Wyon after Chantrey, reverse by Jean-Baptiste Merlen. Mintage: 150. A type which can quite simply be regarded as one of the crowning achievements of modern British engraving, easily standing alongside the equally famous Una the Lion 5 Pounds produced by William Wyon's predecessor and archrival Benedetto Pistrucci as one of the greatest British coins ever struck. Quite clearly helping to propel Wyon's 23-year-long career as Chief Engraver of the Royal Mint, George's portraiture exemplified here seems to add a new degree of prominence to Merlen's already flattering effigy drawn from the style of Sir Francis Chantrey, idealizing his features and seeming to abstract any sense of the king's real-life portly stature. Produced as part of the king's mid-reign 1826 Proof set, this large-size issue is noticeably more fleeting than its R3 rating from Wilson and Rasmussen would seem to suggest, particularly at this grade level, where only 4 presently rank finer in the certified population. A type renowned for its trademark lavish device frosting, and pure eye candy at its finest.

    Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000.

    Note for clients in the European Union: This lot is considered by the European Union to be “investment gold”. We believe that it meets the criteria established in Article 344(1), point (2) of Council Directive 2006/112/EC and thus should be exempt from import VAT regardless of the selling price. Any questions or concerns about VAT should be addressed to your accountant or local tax authority.

    Auction Info

    Proxy Bidding Ends
    January
    21st Thursday 5:50 pm CT
    Auction Dates
    January
    21st-22nd Thursday-Friday
    Proxy Bidding Time Remaining
    5 Days 22h 59m 39s
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: 65
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    This lot is in: 2 - Signature® Floor Session Platinum Night (Live Floor, Live Phone, Mail, Fax, Internet, and Heritage Live):
    (Lots 31001-31326) - 6:00 PM Central Time, Thursday, January 21, 2021.
    (Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 7 days before the live session begins and continues through the session.)

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    Additional Location Info:
    Heritage Auctions
    2801 W. Airport Freeway
    Dallas, TX 75261



    Current Bid:
    $62,500
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