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    A Choice "Una & the Lion" £5

    Victoria Proof £5 1839, S3851, KM742, Young Head, PR63 Ultra Cameo NGC, the portrait and lion motif in stark relief against deeply mirrored fields with orange-peel texture, the proof impression really excellent, and relatively few abrasions or hairlines, therefore clearly a choice specimen. Variety with delicately raised decorations on the fillets in the queen's hairdo, and in the reverse legend "DIRIGE", the legend translating to English as "May God Direct My Steps" (Psalm 118:133). A classic of the Victorian Age in both style and sentiment, and one of master engraver William Wyon's masterpieces, with a modest mintage in the hundreds, the exact number struck unknown because this coin was minted on demand from the time it first appeared in the Coronation sets until the style was replaced in the Jubilee year. Always popular but seldom available in this excellent state of preservation. A truly majestic coin, and rare so fine.
    From The Pikes Peak Collection.

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    September, 2011
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
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