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Edward VII 1902 proof Set Five Pounds down

Edward VII (1901-10), Matt Proof four gold and nine silver coin Set, 1902, Coronation year, gold Five Pounds, Two Pounds, Sovereign and Half-Sovereign, silver Crown, Halfcrown, Florin, Shilling, Sixpence and Maundy Set, all housed in original Royal Mint case with gold block crest and lettering (S.PS9). Only a few tiny hairlines, less than usually seen, silver a little unevenly toned, otherwise as struck.

These "long gold" proof sets were produced to celebrate the Coronation of King Edward VII on the 9th August 1902 (having been postponed from 26th June due to the King's appendicitis), with a mintage of 8,066 sets. This year is the only time a matt finish set has been produced thus far for a Coronation set of coins and was in vogue for medallions at that time. The engraver of these coins was George William De Saulles who sadly died aged 41 the year after these sets were issued, and who had a personal preference for the matt finish having first produced Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Royal Mint medallions of 1897 with the same finish.

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