Victoria, 1847, Proof Gothic silver Crown.
Engraved by William Wyon, The Chief engraver at the Royal Mint from 1828 until his death in 1851. Undoubtedly one of the finest engravers ever known.
Obverse: Crowned gothic style bust facing left, small ww incuse on truncation (for William Wyon), trefoil and arc border, legend in lower case Gothic lettering on both sides, "Victoria dei gratia britanniar. Reg: f: d."
Reverse: Crowned cruciform shields, emblems in angles, with garter star at centre, w incuse on inner border either dies of top crown, date in roman numerals in lower right of legend which commences in upper left quarter, "tueatur unita deus anno dom mdcccxlvii". (Inverted die axis)
Edge inscribed in raised letters "decus. et. tutamen. anno. regni. undecimo."
Bull 2571, S.3883.
Attractively toned with blue hues within legends and surrounding the portrait, some light contact marks/hairlines, mainly on the obverse, otherwise a most pleasing example, especially in the hand.
*Considered one of the most spectacular designs for a silver coin in the entire British Milled series the Proof Gothic Crowns with the lettered edge were limited to a mintage of only 8,000 pieces. William Wyon was the Royal Academy engraver responsible and was at the peak of his career having also designed the equally impressive gold "Una and the Lion" Five Pound pieces dated 1839 also in Roman numerals.
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