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    Stunning Gem 1879 Proof 5 Rupees

    British India. Victoria gold Proof 5 Rupees 1879-(c) PR66★ Cameo NGC, Calcutta mint (incorrectly labeled "B" mint on the insert), KM493.1, Prid-42, S&W-6.23. A delightful example of this proof rarity, the surfaces having been preserved far better than any others we have encountered. Struck using a 1/4 rupee obverse die (Prid-408) from 1877 that had been impressively reworked, the fields on the present specimen remain stunningly reflective with sharp contrast between the raised devices creating a lovely cameo effect. A set of small strike-throughs are observed to the left of Victoria's eyes, but minimal handling certainly qualifies the surfaces as Gem. The reverse is the same in terms of preservation, if not finer. Listed by Pridmore as a later striking, but given the overall quality, certainly comparable to original proofs of the period and almost certainly struck in the 19th century not long after the originals. Whatever the case, the combination of rarity and quality is impossible to ignore, and for the collector of India that is dedicated to acquiring greatness, this coin should certainly receive considerable consideration.
    Ex. Hammel Collection

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    August, 2016
    11th Thursday
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