||Victoria Pattern Shilling ND (1865), by Weiner & Taylor, ESC-1391 (rare), plain edge, PR65 NGC. Engraved in relatively low relief, the undated patterns of the middle years of Victoria's reign are normally found choice, but this coin is surely an exception even to that norm. Its surfaces are nearly as struck. The frost on the portrait is undisturbed, and the Order of the Garter shield on the reverse is perfectly struck with excellent small detail, as well as being superbly preserved. The wonderful toning is consistently smooth: silky violet gold mixed with deep amber-hued iridescence. Most unusual for a shilling, as this reverse motif is normally reserved for gold sovereigns. A splendid pattern!
Realized $8,225.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.