Great Britain 1880 sovereign

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40160
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40160 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Sovereign, 1880. PCGS MS-62. Secure Holder. Second 8/7 listed under S-3856B. But with long horse tail. Ex: Douro Cargo." This type was struck 1871-85 in considerable numbers. The obverse was carried over from the type of 1838-74 but the reverse revived the St. George and the dragon design last used in 1825. This date is common.

Recorded mintage: 3,650,000.

Specification: 7.98 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-388; S-3856A; KM-752.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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