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DI12075

Edward VII 1902 Matt proof Two-Pounds

Edward VII (1901-1910), Matt Proof gold Two Pounds, 1902, Coronation year, bare head right, De S. below truncation for engraver George W De Saulles, legend and toothed border surrounding, EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX FID: DEF: IND: IMP:, rev. St George slaying the dragon with sword, broken lance to lower left, tiny B.P. in exergue for engraver Benedetto Pistrucci, edge milled, weight 16.01g (cf.Schneider 662; WR 406; S 3968). Toned, good extremely fine.

Mintage 8,066 pieces.

The Matt Proof finish was perfected by George W De Saulles when he first worked upon the Diamond Jubilee medallions produced in 1897 for Queen Victoria, and the matt look rather than brilliant proof seems to have been very much the new innovation and in vogue when it came to producing the commemorative Coronation coins dated 1902 for King Edward VII. These gold Two Pound coins were only included in the "long" gold proof sets of this celebration.

Provenance:
Ex Glendining, 20th March 1991, lot 321.
Ex Mark Rasmussen List 13, Autumn 2007, item 268.

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