Great Britain 1911 5 pounds

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Hertage sale 3037, lot 31184
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This specimen was lot 31184 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $19,975. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V gold Proof 5 Pounds 1911 PR66 Cameo NGC, Royal mint. An example of great beauty, and in fact, one of the most instantly captivating examples of this type that we can remember seeing. The surfaces, obviously carefully preserved and essentially pristine, have acquired outstanding orange-gold coloration, while maintaining unblemished satin texture on the devices. 'Box-frost', a result of long-term box storage, creates a glowing effect at the obverse legends, and provides a truly unique appearance. Overall, an exceptional coin, perfectly suited for the collector seeking special quality and eye-appeal. Accompanied with the original case from the 12-piece proof set of the year." This is the only issue of five pounds for the reign and was minted for the proof sets presented that year.

Recorded mintage: 2,812 proofs.

Specification: 39.94 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 822, S-3994.


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  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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 Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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