Great Britain 1870 sovereign

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40159
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40159 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $___. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Sovereign, 1870. PCGS MS-63. Secure Holder. Die number 84. Rich gold luster. Ex: Douro Cargo." This bust was used on the sovereign, or one pound coin, 1838-64 with a slightly modified type (KM 736.2) extending until 1874. This date is common. All issues of this date bear die numbers.

Recorded mintage: 2,190,000.

Specification: 7.98 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-387i; S-3853; KM-736.2.


  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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