Great Britain 1937 2 pounds

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Sincona sale 54, lot 527

This specimen was lot 527 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 4,250 CHF (about US$5,058 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "George VI. 1936-1952. 2 Pounds 1937, London. NGC PF66 CAMEO." The type was struck in 1937 only and only for collectors "to illustrate the type." Apparently, the anti-counterfeiting laws applied only to current coinage; to protect older coinage the Royal Mint would strike gold coins with contemporary busts with no plan to place them in circulation. Striking of sovereigns for circulation ended in 1925.

Recorded mintage: 5,500 plus 1 proof.

Specification: 15.98 g, .917 fine gold, designed by T. H. Paget.

Catalog reference: Seaby 4075, Fr-410; KM-860.


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