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Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots

Lot nuber 1360

HANOVER. Victoria. 1837-1901. Proof Pattern AR Halfcrown (32mm, 13.65 g, 12h). Jubilee coinage. London mint. By L.C. Wyon(?). Dated 1884.


Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots
Lot: 1360.
 Estimated: $ 20 000

British, Silver

Sold For $ 16 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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HANOVER. Victoria. 1837-1901. Proof Pattern AR Halfcrown (32mm, 13.65 g, 12h). Jubilee coinage. London mint. By L.C. Wyon(?). Dated 1884. Crowned bust left / Crowned coat-of-arms within garter and collar; small officially engraved ‘5’ at end of date. Cf. Davies 635; ESC 742; Bull 2797. Much as struck with a rich tone and deep cameo finish. Extremely rare.

Ex Colin Adams Collection (Spink 177, 1 December 2005), lot 719; H.M. Lingford Collection (purchased en bloc by Baldwin’s, 1951).

This elegant Halfcrown is from a series of exceedingly rare patterns produced between 1880 and 1885 under the direction of the renowned sculptor Joseph Edgar Boehm. Boehm had been commissioned in 1879 to produce a new effigy of Queen Victoria for the coinage however the project was beset with delays due to Boehm’s heavy workload and, in no small part, from objections raised by the Queen and her advisors to various models submitted by Boehm who favored ‘strong realism’. The project would lead to the ‘Jubilee head’ coinage of 1887 to 1892. For more information see G. P. Dyer and Mark Stocker ‘Edgar Boehm and the Jubilee Coinage,’ BNJ 54 (1984) pp. 274–88. The coin offered here was not known to the authors.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots will be held Wednesday afternoon, 15 January 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.