Great Britain 1831 2 pounds
This specimen was lot 20365 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $10,869. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. William IV, 1830-1837. 2 Pounds, 1831. NGC PF-62 ULTRA CAMEO. Elegant 1831 Proof 2 Pounds Bare bust right by William Wyon after Chantrey, initials incuse on truncation. Rv. Crowned arms draped within intricate mantle, the “George” suspended from bottom. Plain edge. The younger brother of George IV, William ruled for only seven years and was the last Hanoverian king. An elegantly crafted design, particularly the reverse. There are some trivial hairlines in the fields which are more than compensated for by extremely well-frosted cameo reliefs. Another stunning proof from the Law collection. Ex: Glendining, 1976 (possibly the May 12 sale, lot 92)." The reform of 1817 terminated all guinea-denominated issues in favor of the sovereign. Large size gold issues resumed for the first time since the 1750's, but the two and five pound pieces were minted mostly for presentation. The next issue of two pounds was in 1887.
Recorded mintage: 225 proofs.
Specification: 15.97 g, .917 fine gold, .471 troy oz AGW, lettered edge.
Catalog reference: S-3828; Fr-382; KM-718. Wilson & Rasmussen-258.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.