||Victoria Pattern Shilling 1875, ESC-1404 (R6), PR66 NGC. Engraved by L.C. Wyon and B. Pistrucci, reeded edge. Wyon's Coronet Head left is here combined with Pistrucci's Saint George (slaying the dragon) reverse with date in exergue. This is a captivating coin of immense beauty and superb quality; its reflective surfaces are toned in bright silvery blue iridescent hues with golden highlights. R6 in ESC equates to 3 or 4 pieces known. The cataloguer has written about English coins for major auctions over a period of some 35 years but this is only the second time he has encountered this intriguing pattern bearing a reverse normally styled for the sovereign. Inasmuch as this pattern bears no designation of denomination (true of all sovereigns), it may just as reasonably be called a pattern sovereign struck in silver. However you may wish to view it, this is decidedly a wonderful coin that has been superbly preserved. Extremely rare!
Realized $23,500.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.