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CI04147

Victoria 1888 London mint Sovereign, first legend

Victoria (1837-1901), gold Sovereign, 1888, 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 raised on truncation with right angled 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, weight 7.99g (DISH L8 R6; Marsh 126; S.3866). Toned, with light surface marks covering both sides, otherwise a bold very fine and extremely rare with only 3 or 4 pieces known at present.

This is an extremely rare coin, there have been no examples present in any of the major auctions, including the "Bentley Collection" sold by Baldwin. It is far rarer than the current valuation suggests in the "Spink Standard Catalogue" and judging by the number of known examples merits a Rarity 6 rating.

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