Great Britain 1887 5 pounds

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Sincona sale 54, lot 516
This specimen was lot 516 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 8,000 CHF (about US$9,520 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GREAT BRITAIN | Königreich, Victoria, 1837-1901. 5 Pounds 1887, London. Jubilee head. NGC MS64 PL. Prachtvolle Erhaltung. Erstabschlag. (kingdom of Great Britain, Victoria, 1837-1901, five pounds of 1887, London mint, Jubilee head. Magnificent condition. Prooflike.)"
This type was struck only in 1887, the year the new bust was introduced. It has alway been expensive tho it is not rare as many were saved.

Recorded mintage: 54,000 plus 797 proofs.

Specification: 39.94 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 769, Seaby 3864. Schl. 339. Fr-390.


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  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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