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GREAT BRITAIN. Victoria. (Queen, 1837-1901). ND (1887) AV Uniface Gold Pattern Penny (?). NGC PR63 Cameo. Attributed to Ludwig Lauer. Edge: Plain, squared rims with partially raised "knife rim". 27.2mm. 10.16gm. 3/4 forward crowned and veiled portra

1050301 | GREAT BRITAIN. Victoria. (Queen, 1837-1901). ND (1887) AV Uniface Gold Pattern Penny (?). NGC PR63 Cameo. Attributed to Ludwig Lauer. Edge: Plain, squared rims with partially raised "knife rim". 27.2mm. 10.16gm. 3/4 forward crowned and veiled portrait without date or legend / Blank. KM-Unlisted; Wilson and Rasmussen-Unlisted.

A likely unique gold pattern made by Lauer for Spink with an unrecorded veiled head portrait of Queen Victoria, Ex-Murdoch collection (1904 Sotheby's, lot 541). This intriguing piece was sold together with an 1887 pattern half farthing in gold in the Murdoch sale; unfortunately there are no surviving records at Spink to state what this pattern was for, as their records were destroyed by fire in World War II. The diameter is very similar to the penny. Comparable to the uniface pattern sovereign listed as Wilson and Rasmussen-378 (which has a weight of 7.64g, not the standard 7.32g for a sovereign; therefore we know Lauer was not conforming to the British weight standards.) This piece is unlisted in Wilson and Rasmussen but was only rediscovered in 2008, after the publication of their volume on British gold patterns and proofs. Described on the insert as a "pattern" due to the lack of reference sources. The Murdoch collection contained other gold Victoria pattern pennies (BMC-2171, BMC-2137); uniface strikings of these Lauer patterns are recorded in copper.

Ex Murdoch Collection (Sotheby's, 1904, lot 541).


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$19,500.00



 

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