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BI01973

Sovereign 1887 London, hooked J, JEB close together (DISH L4)

Victoria (1837-1901), gold Sovereign, 1887, London, Tower Hill Mint, Golden Jubilee style bust facing left, small crown and veil on head, pearl earring and 13 pearl necklace, J.E.B. initials very close together raised on truncation with hooked J, initials of engraver J Edgar Boehm, first abbreviated Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D: rev. struck en medaille, St George and dragon right, horse with short tail, broken lance to left on ground-line, tiny WWP under lance, initials of William Wellesley Pole, Master of Mint when design introduced, date in exergue, initials B.P to upper right, for engraver Benedetto Pistrucci, edge milled (DISH L4 R5; Marsh 125A; S.3866A). A couple of tiny nicks on rim and dig in obverse field, otherwise a bold fine and extremely rare, as further research since the DISH publication has revealed this coin to be as rare as L1, L2 and L3 varieties.

This coin is most similar to variety DISH L1 but the J.E.B. initials are even closer together. Again, like DISH L2 and L3, the difference between L1 and L4 is very slight and subtle, but they clearly are different being from different dies. Once again, like the two previous coins, this is extremely rare.

Sold as part of the David Iverson Collection on the 130th anniversary of the Jubilee head Sovereign - coin JH3

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