Great Britain 1870 sovereign
This specimen was lot 40159 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $999. The catalog description 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.
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- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.