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1847 Queen Victoria Gothic Crown Plain Edge Proof PF 61 N/N

1847 Queen Victoria Gothic Crown Plain Edge Proof PF 61 N/N Obverse

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A very scarce and highly sought-after Queen Victoria Silver Plain Edge Proof ‘Gothic’ Crown, dated 1847 and crafted from .999 fine silver. This superb example has a scarce variation (N over inverted N in UNITA) and has been professionally graded by NGC as PF 61. The obverse features the ‘Gothic’ type effigy of Victoria, facing left and wearing richly embroidered robes. Translated the legend reads ‘Victoria by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith’. This was designed and engraved by William Wyon towards the end of his celebrated career. The ornate reverse shows national flower emblems and crowned cruciform shields around a central garter star motif, designed by William Dyce and engraved by Wyon. In English, the legend around reads ‘May God Guard these United Kingdoms, Year of Our Lord 1847’. Crowns are a notable aspect of this iconic issue: the coinage portrait of the Queen is the first since Charles II to feature a crowned monarch. The ‘Gothic’ Crown is regarded by Spink as ‘of highest rarity’ and this example would make an excellent addition to any serious numismatic collection.
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A scarce plain edge proof 1847 Queen Victoria Gothic Crown with an N over N variation, graded PF 61 by NGC.

Gothic Revival 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.

Highly 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'. A rarer variant, of which this is an example, bears a plain edge.

This coin also shows another variation, wherin the N in 'UNITA' to the reverse is struck over an inverted N.

Today, fans can enjoy remastered versions of this iconic design, issued as part of The Royal Mint's Great Engravers collection in gold as well as the original silver. You can find out more about these new Gothic Crowns on our blog which also dives deeper into the history of the 1847 Gothic Crown.

Graded PF 61 by NGC

The Gothic Crown only circulated in a limited manner so many examples are in excellent condition. This one is no exception.

This example has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation as PF 61 (NGC Cert # 6029545-001).

A graded of PF 61 indicates a Proof coin with an average strike and no traces of wear but more marks and/or multiple large abrasions compared to coins with a higher grade (of which there are not many).

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