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BM01772

Elizabeth II 1953 Proof Crown PF64 Cameo

Elizabeth II (1952-), cupro-nickel frosted VIP Proof Crown, 1953, Coronation issue, Queen on horseback left, groundline below, initials G L to right for designer Gilbert Ledward, crowned EIIR to left and to right of horse, denomination FIVE SHILLINGS below with rose either side, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, ELIZABETH. II. DEI. GRATIA. BRITT OMN. REGINA. FIDEI. DEFENSOR, rev. struck en medaille, crown at centre, cruciform emblems around, emblematic shields in angles, date either side of Welsh leek, tiny EF below Irish shield for co-designer Edgar Fuller, tiny CT below English shield for co-designer Cecil Thomas, toothed border and raised rim surrounding, edge with incuse English legend, +FAITH AND TRUTH I BEAR UNTO YOU, weight 28.54g (Bull 4333; ESC 393H; L&S 3; Davies 2280; S.4136). Lightly toned with some tiny flecks and specks, otherwise practically as struck, extremely rare, has been slabbed and graded by NGC as PF64 Cameo.

NGC certification 2722100-003

The Latin legends translate as on obverse "Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith."

These frosted proofs were issued to "very important persons" in very small quantities and exhibit a superior finish to the regular proofs from the proof sets of which 40,000 were issue. The designs is fully frosted with a brilliant mirror finish background now lightly toned.

Provenance:

Ex A H Baldwin vault, purchased privately 2006.

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