1847 Queen Victoria Gothic Crown PF 60 Unidecimo
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An attractive Gothic Crown with the regnal year 'unidecimo' to the edge, graded PF 60 by NGC.
Wyon's Gothic Masterpiece
Among the most beautiful coins ever minted, Gothic Crowns are scarce and stunning. They feature a remarkable crowned portrait of Queen Victoria, garbed in the trappings of an art movement that was all the rage in the 1840s. Known as Medieval Revival or Victorian Gothic, it's proponents - including the engraver of this coin, William Wyon - looked to Britain’s past for inspiration.
The reverse of the 1847 Crown also evokes the Middle Ages. It bears a highly-detailed design composed of four crowned shields and a bloom of national flower emblems, encircled by a blackletter-style legend, redolent of medieval manuscripts. Wyon – then Chief Engraver to the Royal Mint – carved the dies for the reverse but the design is the work of Scottish artist, William Dyce.
It’s a captivating piece, entirely distinct in style from UK coinage issued before and after.
Rare and Sought After
However, it's not just the beauty of the Gothic Crown that has made it famous among collectors.
Only around 8,000 were ever struck and a range of variations contributed to immediate interest from collectors. Extant examples appear in silver and gold, most commonly with raised gothic lettering to the edge with the regnal year 'unidecimo' though rare plain and 'septimo' edge 1847 Crowns are known.
The appeal of the coin continues today, resulting in a brisk collector’s market. New fans have the chance to own reissues. An Alderney version is available now and a version from The Royal Mint will be on offer soon. You can read more about this forthcoming addition to the Mint's Great Engravers series on our blog which also dives deeper into the history of the 1847 Crown.
Graded PF 60 by NGC
The Gothic Crown only circulated in a limited manner so many examples are in excellent condition. This one is no exception.
The coin shows a fairly dark but even tone - deeper around the legends - with a difficult to capture iridescence to the reverse. It has been graded PF 60 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation which describes a proof coin with an average strike and no evidence of wear. Abrasions may be apparent but here they are in evidence primarily on the edges, minimally effecting the coin’s design.
NGC Cert: 6029545-003.
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