Great Britain 1856 sovereign

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Heritage sale 3040, lot 30026
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This specimen was lot 30026 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria gold Sovereign 1856 MS64 NGC, Royal mint. Remarkable for the date, and currently the single finest example graded by NGC, with bright mint bloom remaining over both sides and intricate striking details. Truly clean surfaces further boosts the eye-appeal, delivering the appearance of a full Gem. An important coin for the collector of sovereigns by date. From The Law Collection." 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: 4,806,000.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-387e; S-3852d; KM-736.1.


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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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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