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    1847 Victoria Gothic Crown

    A Toned Work of Art

    Victoria Proof Gothic Crown 1847, S-3883, KM744, PR66 NGC. Undecimo raised edge lettering. A truly sublime example of this classic crown, with a mintage of a mere 8,000 pieces. These were meant mainly for gentlemen of the day, who fancied carrying a metallic image of their monarch in their vest pockets -- thereby impairing most of the mintage as the coins were shown one by one to friends and handled endlessly (though rarely spent). The famous edge lettering translates to mean "an ornament and a safeguard in the eleventh year of our reign." Anti-counterfeiting, which was the original intent of decorated edges, was hardly the concern in 1847. Instead, this was a fancy and very stylish means of giving the coin a second date, and doubtless it was a feature remarked upon by the coin's contemporary admirers. Holding the coin between two fingers, touching each side, so as to study the edge, obviously accounts for much of the surface impairment seen on most specimens -- but not here! Here we see a coin essentially as it looked when minted in 1847 -- 167 years ago -- with its deeply reflective mirrored fields, its almost perfect portrait, and now its joyous, magenta-blue and gold iridescence. The strike on each side is also deeply detailed, which is not true of all Gothic crowns. A beautiful example of what has been called the world's most exquisite crown!

    Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson.




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    Auction Dates
    January, 2014
    14th-16th Tuesday-Thursday
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    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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