Great Britain 1848 florin

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 24121
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24121 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $11,162.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Pattern Gothic Florin 1848, plain edge, PR66 PCGS, Superb Gem Proof, an awesome specimen sporting fully reflective mirrored fields, a delicately cameo'ed portrait and thickly frosted reverse shield, pristine surfaces, and splendid bright golden blue iridescent toning -- an extraordinary coin, clearly among the finest known, and a great example of the prototype for the "Godless" florin of 1849 which would be modified to include the queen's traditional titles in 1851, including "D G" following her name, for Dei Gratia -- By the Grace of God. Just a fabulous coin!"

Recorded mintage: proofs only.

Specification: 11.31 g, .925 fine silver, .336 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: S-3890, ESC-886, KM 745.


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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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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