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    The World-Renowned Una & the Lion £5

    Victoria gold Proof Una & the Lion 5 Pounds 1839 PR Genuine PCGS, KM742, Fr-386, S-3851, WR-279, lettered edge, 5 scrolls, medal rotation. By William Wyon. Obv. Young head of queen Victoria left. Rev. The Queen, as Una, stands next to a male lion. Though a very rare coin, with a mintage of just 400, there are a number of varieties of 'Una and the Lion' 5 pounds; indeed, Wilson and Rasmussen identify a total of nine different varieties. While each has its own rarity rating in their book, ranging from R2 to R7, these are essentially irrelevant to the collector because of the overall rarity of the type. In other words, it would be nearly impossible for a collector to collect Una and the Lion 5 pounds by real varieties, so it is most useful to look at them in the aggregate, without paying too much attention to specific edge lettering differences and other minor such details. Between NGC and PCGS, there have been a total of only 69 examples certified in all grades. Boldly struck, with fully mirrored fields, lightly frosted devices, and surfaces displaying light marks and hairlines. This incredibly popular issue was struck to commemorate Queen Victoria's succession to the British throne. This issue is generally thought to the most beautiful British coin, and among the world's most beautiful coins.

    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.

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