Bentley Has The Midas Touch The Great British sping may have been a wash out so far but the sale of The Bentley Collection raised more than a few smiles (as well as hands) as part one of the collection got off to a flying start.
the legend closely spaced; the reverse by Merlen being very similar to that adopted for currency. Note the light weight too so that such a piece would not go very far should it escape into circulation.
34 Victoria, Pattern Sovereign, 1838, very small young head left, hair bound with double fillet, rear fillet plain, top of front and rear fillets defined with a double incuse line, W.W. incuse on truncation, date below, date lightly double struck, rosette either side, fine toothed border and raised rim both sides, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA more widely spaced, from 8 to 4 o’clock, rev struck with inverted die axis, crowned quartered narrow shield of arms within laurel wreath tied with bow below shield, laurel wreath each side consists of 30 leaves per side and terminates in three leaves at top, six strings in Irish arms, left string emanates from back of female figure, emblems below, rose at centre, thistle to left, shamrock to right, small rosette either side, small rosette either side, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:, legend lightly doubled, edge plain, 7.84g, 21.9mm (WR 299 R5; Montagu 1567; Murdoch 501; Nobleman 263; DM 201). Hairline raised flaw on bust from cheek to truncation, tiny dig by mouth, hairlines in fields, otherwise lightly toned mint state and extremely rare.
ex Reginald Huth collection, Sothebys, 5 April 1927, lot 264
ex S A H Whetmore collection, Glendinings, 24 March 1943, lot 114
ex Spink Auction 157, 18 November 2001, lot 575, illustrated on front cover.
The proposals for the new coinage took some time to effect and the new currency did not come to fruition until at least 1838 for most denominations. This further proposal for the Sovereign dated 1838 carries the smaller head, the fillets in the hair are now rendered with incuse outlines, and the engraver’s initials W.W. appear raised on the truncation. The legend is more widely spaced surrounding the head more effectively. Note the light weight too so that such a piece would not go very far should it escape into circulation.
38 Victoria, Sovereign, 1838, “narrow shield” variety, first young head left, with double fillet, ponytail terminates in single curved strand of hair, date below, 3 in date double struck, rev struck with inverted die axis, possibly engraved by Jean Baptiste Merlen, narrow crowned quartered shield of arms within laurel wreath of different leaf arrangement tied with bow below shield, 21 leaves each side of wreath, top of each side terminates in three leaves, twelve pearls on each arch of crown, four pearls vertically arranged on central upright, nine pellets visible on ermine below jewel band, top of wreath each side terminates in three leaves, crown with more prominent acutely angled arches, six harp strings in Irish arms which emanate from back of female figure above the lower scroll, emblems below, die flaw to right to rim, small rosette either side, BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:, 7.99g (Marsh 22A R3; MCE 499; S 3852A). Proof-like