William IV 1831 Proof Crown PF63

William IV 1831 Proof Crown PF63

William IV (1830-37), Proof silver Crown, 1831, struck with the later obverse used for the 1834 Proof Crown defined by the raised die flaw on the raised rim at 11 o'clock, engraved by William Wyon, bare head right, W.W. incuse on truncation, legend GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F: D: toothed border around rim both sides, rev. inverted die axis, quartered shield of arms with a crowned escutcheon of the Arms of Hanover, within Order of the Garter upon crowned robed mantle, date below ANNO 1831, edge plain (Bull 2465/2462; Davies 303/300; L&S 6/1; ESC 275/271 R2; S.3833). Attractively toned, some hairline marks on the neck and cheek of the frosted bust, otherwise good extremely fine, practically as struck, and the only example of an 1831 Crown we have offered for sale utilising the obverse die of 1834, therefore extremely rare, has been graded and slabbed by NGC as PF63.

NGC certification 2722096-001

This coin was offered as a regular 1831 Proof Crown on both these previous occasions, the obverse die with the flaw indicates that some 1831 dated Crowns were probably struck later c.1834 perhaps to accompany examples of the 1834 dated Proofs for a special order.


The Latin legends translates on obverse as "William IV by the Grace of God, King of the Britains, Defender of the Faith," and on the reverse "In the year 1831."


Ex Spink Numismatic Circular, April 1987, item 2308.
Ex A H Baldwin Auction 30, 8th May 2002, lot 467.