Great Britain 1887 sovereign

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Sincona sale 11, lot 1624
This specimen was lot 1624 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 2600 CHF (about US$3,219 including buyer's fees. The catalog description[1] noted,
"GROSSBRITANNIEN Victoria, 1837-1901. Sovereign 1887. 50. Regierungsjubiläum. FDC aus Polierter Platte. (Great Britain, Victoria, 1837-1901, sovereign of 1887, fiftieth anniversary of reign, proof.)"
This type was struck 1887-92 in considerable numbers and is called the "jubilee head." This date is common even if the proofs are not.

Recorded mintage: 1,111,000 plus 797 proofs.

Specification: 7.98 g, .917 fine gold, .235 troy oz AGW, this specimen 8.04 g.

Catalog reference: S. 3866B, Schl-346, Fr-392a, KM 767.


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  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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