Great Britain 1851 sovereign
This specimen was lot 12275 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $3,290. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Sovereign, 1851. PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder. Second head. Second finest certified with three finer." This type was struck 1838-72 in large quantities with a slightly modified obverse continuing until 1874. Despite the large mintages, the type is scarce in nice condition.
Recorded mintage: 4,014,000.
Specification: 7.99 g, .917 fine gold, .235 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: S-3852C; Fr-387e; KM-736.1.
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