Great Britain 1831 sovereign

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 24181
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24181 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $7,343.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "William IV gold Proof Sovereign 1831, 2nd Bust, plain edge, incuse 'W.W.' with stops, uncertified, Brilliant Proof, frosted bust and shield, polished fields. Lots of eye-appeal here on the cheap." This type is listed for 1831-37 and is expensive despite the substantial mintage.

Recorded mintage: 599,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 7.98 g, .917 fine gold, .235 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: S-3829B, KM 717.


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  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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