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Extremely Rare Anne Pattern Guinea

Triton XXI, Lot: 1505. Estimate $25000.
Sold for $37500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

STUART. Anne. 1702-1714. Pattern AV Guinea (24.5mm, 8.34 g, 6h). Pre-Union issue. Dies by John Croker. Dated 1702. ANNA · DEI · GRATIA ·, bare bust left / · MAG BR : FRA ET · HIB REG : 1702, Crowned cruciform coats-of-arms around central AR monogram; scepters in quarters. W&R 59. In NGC encapsulation graded AU 55. Most attractive orange toning. Extremely rare.

From the H.W. Collection. Ex Spink Numismatic Circular LXXXIX.4 (April 1981), no. 3027 (where suggested earlier pedigree is erroneous); Spink Numismatic Circular LXXX.7-8 (July-August 1972), no. 7312; Virgil Brand Collection; J. G. Murdoch Collection (Part II, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 8 June 1903), lot 880.

A masterpiece by the young John Croker working under the auspices of Sir Isaac Newton, then Master of the Mint. This beautiful pattern is one of only three examples we can trace appearing for sale in the past 125 years.