1040202 | GREAT BRITAIN. Edward VII.
(King, 1901-1910). 1902 AR Pattern Crown. NGC MS64.
King on horseback left /
Quartered oval Royal Arms in cartouche. X 61; ESC 363 (R3).
Modeled after the Tower crowns of Charles I. Beautiful cabinet toning, extremely rare and one of the most artistic British pattern crowns.
Housed in an oversized holder. Includes old dealer envelope from Spink & Son.
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Numismatists have never determined whose hand, precisely, created the images seen on this pattern, attributing the piece simply to Spink & Son, for whom it is signed in a tiny ‘S’ beneath the ground-line, on the obverse. An interesting comment appears in L. Forrer’s Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, published in 1912, only a decade after this piece was minted. In volume 5, he states, on page 638, the following: ‘The firm’s works are equipped with the latest power and reducing machinery for the perfect manufacture of every kind of die-sinking, medal, badge and ticket-work. . . . The firm, anxious to produce only what should be truly artistic, employed talented artists and designers (in particular, Mr. Frank Bowcher). . . .’ Whether or not he was the unknown hand behind this magnificent pattern crown, its artistic worth has never been challenged.