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    Exceedingly Rare Essay

    Orange Free State. Republic silver Proof Essay Kroon 1887 PR64 NGC, KMX-Pn3, Hern-O4. Fine reeding to edge. By Wolfgang Lauer. An excessively rare 'salesman sample' pattern predating South Africa's official Pond coinage. Almost never seen at auction, Hern lists a presumed mintage for this type at just three pieces; however, only two have been traced and indeed this would seem to be the finer of these with its near-gem grade (clearing the next-best by 2 points). Even then, it would appear to be conservatively graded, as aside from some minor surface marks it is essentially as-struck with lightly reflective fields, toned to a gold-and-purple with charcoal highlights to the boldly rendered devices. The last example of this type to be sold at auction realized nearly $230,000 hammer in 2011 despite bearing a British East Africa countermark obliterating much of the detail, whilst a copper pattern in the same sale brought $145,000 hammer. Accordingly, this far finer and intact specimen must surely appeal to the highest level of South African collectors.
    Ex. Dr. Frank Mitchell Collection




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    Auction Dates
    August, 2019
    15th Thursday
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