Spink Offers Stunning Great Britain 1820 Gold Pattern Certified by NGC
Posted on 3/14/2023
An incredible group of 12 English gold rarities that are certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company® (NGC®) is being offered in an upcoming Spink sale. Led by a rare gold pattern, the St. Helier Collection of English Gold Coins auction is scheduled for March 31, 2023, with bidding already underway.
The top coin in the auction is a Great Britain 1820 Gold Pattern 5 Sovereign graded NGC PF 60 Cameo. This very rare pattern wasn't struck until after the death of King George III in 1820 after a 59-year reign. Only 25 examples are believed to have been struck of this coin, which inaugurated the 5 Sovereign denomination. It bears Benedetto Pistrucci's beloved Saint George and the Dragon design, which had debuted on the Sovereign just a few years earlier. This coin (lot 711) has an estimate of £150,000 to £200,000 (about $180,000 to $240,000).
"The last time this 1820 Five Pounds appeared at auction, in April 1963, it set the world record for the coin type," said Gregory Edmund, Senior Specialist at Spink. "This carefully curated collection also contains the rarest of the four known types of Queen Anne Pattern Farthing, the 1713 ‘Currency Design’ — of which only two examples are known, the other being in the British Museum."
Beginning with that Queen Anne Pattern, the St. Helier Collection spans over 200 years of British coinage, including a 1937 Proof 2 Pounds from the year George VI was coronated. The coins, which have not appeared at public auction for decades, include these rarities.
The St. Helier Collection of English Gold Coins
Great Britain 1739 2 Guineas
Great Britain 1748 2 Guineas
Great Britain 1748 5 Guineas
England 1701 William III 2 Guineas
England 1701 Plain Sceptres 5 Guineas
England 1678 Elephant and Castle 2 Guineas
England 1676 Elephant and Castle 5 Guineas
Great Britain 1937 2 Sovereign
Great Britain 1911 5 Sovereign
Great Britain 1831 2 Sovereign
Great Britain 1820 Gold Pattern 5 Sovereign
Great Britain 1713 Gold Pattern Farthing
All estimates are provided by the auction house. The $ symbol represents US Dollars.
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