||George III Pattern Penny 1797, Peck-1095 (bronzed, very scarce), PR62 Brown NGC. Late Soho issue. Seems a nice choice example of this intriguing pattern, an experiment that did not entirely materialize in the issued coinage or proofs of the 2nd Issue, Soho Mint penny, as here the king's portrait lacks drapery around his neck but is more finely detailed and larger, and on the reverse we see a more majestic rendering of Britannia, helmeted in plumes and having far more detail in her drapery than was transmitted to the adopted die. As well, two ships surround her, and this suggests a classic sea chase as the British war vessel on left is large and looks to be in pursuit while the smaller vessel on right seems to be vanishing in the waves and fog (in fact, on this variety Peck notes that the latter ship "has almost disappeared"). The surfaces and color on this specimen are most appealing.
Realized $1,762.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.