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1893 Victoria Gold Proof £5 NGC PF 61 Cameo


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A scarce 1893 gold proof Five Pound coin, graded PF 61 Cameo by NGC. The obverse features the Veiled Head portrait of Queen Victoria by Sir Thomas Brock, introduced in this year. It featured on all her gold and silver coinage and later bronze denominations until her death in 1901. The reverse shows Benedetto Pistrucci’s immediately recognisable Saint George in the act of slaying a dragon which cowers beneath his horses’ hooves. Only 773 gold proof sets were issued by the Royal Mint in 1893 and this excellent example was once part of one of these. With deeply mirrored surfaces, warranting the Cameo designation, this piece would make an attractive addition to a serious collection.
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A scarce and highly graded 1893 Queen Victoria Old Head gold proof Five Pound.

Brock's Veiled Head

The obverse of this gold proof coin features the final effigy of Victoria to appear on her UK coinage. Known as the 'Old', 'Veiled' or 'Widowed' head its the work of the sculptor and medallist Sir Thomas Brock, known for a number of large public monument to Victoria and other British royals.

Brock's portrait shows Victoria in her 70s, wearing the trappings of royalty - a tiara, jewels and garter star - but also signs of age. She also sports a long draping veil, denoting the state of mourning for her consort, Prince Albert, that was by then integral to her public image.

The portrait was used from 1893 - the year this gold coin was struck - until Victoria's death in 1901.

Gold Proof Five Pound

Nineteenth century gold Five Pound coins are a rarity.

This denomination was first struck in 1820 during the reign of George III. These pattern coins bore Benedetto Pistrucci’s now famous Saint George and the dragon design that is also used on the reverse this 1893 coin.

Subsequent limited issues were made under George IV. Three different gold Five Pounds were struck during Victoria's rule, including the famed 1839 Una and the Lion, the 1887 Golden Jubilee £5 and this final Old Head type.

A PF 61 Cameo Rarity

Five Pound coins of this design were only struck in 1893. This example originated from one of the 773 gold proof sets, offered by the Royal Mint in this year to celebrate Brock's new portrait.

This coin has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation as PF 61 Cameo (NGC Cert # 6031657-001).

PF 61 denotes a proof coin with an average strike with no signs of wear. Multiple marks or abrasions may be present. The cameo designation indicates deeply mirrored surfaces which contrast attractively with frosted reverses on both sides of the coin.


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