1847 Queen Victoria Gothic Crown PR62 Deep Cameo
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A stunning Gothic Crown with the regnal year 'unidecimo' to the edge, graded PR62DCAM by PCGS.
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.
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.
Certified Deep Cameo by PGCS
The Gothic Crown only circulated in a limited manner so many examples are in excellent condition. This, however, is a particularly pleasing example.
The steel-toned reflective fields are deepest at the legends and feature a touch of blue on the reverse. This contrasts sharply and pleasingly with the ice-white tone of the effigy which is beautifully struck.
This 1847 Crown has been graded by PCGS as PR62DCAM and is only the fourth to be classified as the Deep Cameo proof type. This adds to the collectability of this attractive and fascinating piece.
PCGS Cert: 40988680.
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