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Great Britain 1893 Gold Five Pounds PCGS AU55

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Code: 6564

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Spink-3872. Queen Victoria veiled head. Typical bag marks for the issue otherwise a decent example and very hard to find in AU. Grades AU55 PCGS.

 

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Only 3 types of Gold Five Pounds were issued in Queen Victoria's reign. The 1839 with the young portrait (the Queen was barely 20 years old when she ascended the Throne) was part of the Coronation Proof Sets, the 1887 commemorating the Jubilee of the Queen with the new portrait appropriately named and the last was the 1893 with the veiled bust (the Queen moorned Albert's death for almost her entire remaining life). Unlike the 1887 which was hoarded (it was the first large gold piece readily available to the public in almost 50 years and beautiful at that), the 1893 was spent. The Queen had effectively retired from public life and the veiled bust didn't do much to improve her image. The coin was used as Bank to Bank payments in bags of 100s therefore it is not hard to imagine the myriad of bag marks thus acquired. It is extremely difficult to find a specimen in a truly UNC condition.

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