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Third Release in The Royal Mint’s Great Engravers Series, in Gold and Silver

One of the Most Revered Coin Designs in Numismatic History Is Back, Paying Homage to Queen Elizabeth II

The Great Engravers Series

The Royal Mint (TRM) is paying homage to the career masterpieces of some of the most talented coin creators in its history with a series entitled “The Great Engravers.” Modern striking techniques have been employed to breathe new life into the spectacular designs more than 200 years after the original coins were first struck, giving collectors a chance to have the world’s most sought-after coin designs in their collection.

William Wyon’s Gothic Crown, the Third Release

This intricately-detailed third release in the Great Engravers series features a skillfully remastered proof of one of the world’s most sought-after coin designs, the Gothic Crown Quartered Arms, designed and engraved by former Royal Mint Chief Engraver William Wyon. Like the first release of the Great Engravers series (Una and the Lion), this release sold out quickly at the mint!

Paying tribute to Wyon’s original design, the coins were struck using an original Gothic Crown Coin held in The Royal Mint’s archives. Royal Mint craftsmen enhanced the detail of the original design and removed historical blemishes, resulting in a beautiful, fitting tribute—but even more beautiful. The original coin was struck as a pattern coin in 1846 before being issued as a legal-tender coin with a limited mintage of just 8,000 coins—which were coveted by Victorian numismatists and mostly collected straight from the Bank of England.

The Stunning Design Revisited

The impressive reverse of this just-released Proof features the original 1847 Gothic Crown design, an ornate quartered shield that has a long tradition in British numismatics, engraved by Wyon and inspired in part by the Scottish artist William Dyce. It portrays four crowned shields forming a cross around the arms of the Order of the Garter, two arms for England, one for Ireland and one for Scotland.

The original obverse portrayed Queen Victoria in a medieval style, wearing a dress embroidered with roses representing England, thistles representing Scotland, and Shamrocks which represent Ireland, wearing an ornate St Edward’s Crown.

The obverse of this new release replaces the effigy of Queen Victoria with the effigy of young Queen Elizabeth II, created by former Royal Mint designer Jody Clark. Just like the image of her great grandmother on the 1847 coin, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is wearing St. Edward’s Crown and a dress embroidered with roses, thistles, and shamrocks on this new release. This image was approved by the Palace exclusively for use on this release.

Premium Proofs Provide Better Quality and a Higher Degree of Scarcity

Proofs are struck to a much higher standard of beauty, quality, and craftsmanship than circulated and uncirculated coins. Proof planchets (blanks) are specially treated, hand-polished, and cleaned to ensure high-quality strikes, then fed into presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice, unlike regular coins which are struck only once. The extra strikes give proofs a glamorous shine and make intricate, razor-sharp details of the design pop against polished, mirror-like fields. While regular coins are struck on high-speed presses by the thousands, proofs are individually struck by highly-skilled artisans who are creating numismatic masterpieces. Collectors love proofs because they’re the best quality, and also because of their relative scarcity since proof mintages are typically only a fraction as large as non-proof coins.

Struck in 99.99% Gold and 99.9% Silver

Legal-tender Gothic Crown Proofs are available struck in high-purity 99.99% pure gold in five-ounce and two-ounce weights (£500 and £200 British legal tender respectively) and struck in 99.9% fine silver in five-ounce and 2-ounce weights (£10 and £5 British legal tender respectively).

Certified Perfect with Special Pedigrees

Collectors only want the best of the best for their collections, and so we’re offering these coins certified by NGC as flawless Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70 UC) condition. Coins are graded on a 70-point scale, with a top 70 grade representing perfection, even under magnification. The Ultra Cameo (UC) designation means these coins possess an intense frosted finish on both sides of the coin, with highly polished fields accenting the raised elements.

In addition to being flawless and Ultra Cameo, your coins will arrive NGC-certified with a First Releases pedigree, available only here—which means these coins have been received for grading within 30 days of the coin’s release from the mint.

Limited Availability

Authorized worldwide mintages for each of these Gold and Silver Gothic Crowns are very limited, ranging from a “high” of 4,006 pieces struck in two ounces of fine silver to only 181 for the five-ounce gold. That’s the total for worldwide release. Reducing the population further, the Proofs here are perfect, Ultra Cameo, with a First Releases pedigree.

2021 Great Britain Five-Ounce Gold Gothic Crown Proof PF70 UC FR

 

  • Struck in Five Ounces of High-Purity 99.99% Pure Gold
  • Remastered 1847 William Wyon Design Reverse
  • Proof Finish
  • Official £500 British Legal Tender
  • NGC-Certified as Flawless PF70 Ultra Cameo
  • First Releases Pedigree by NGC
  • Authorized Worldwide Mintage of 181
  • Royal Mint Branded Presentation Case
  • Limited Availability

2021 Great Britain Two-Ounce Gold Gothic Crown Proof PF70 UC FR

 

  • Struck in Two Ounces of High-Purity 99.99% Pure Gold
  • Remastered 1847 William Wyon Design Reverse
  • Proof Finish
  • Official £200 British Legal Tender
  • NGC-Certified as Flawless PF70 Ultra Cameo
  • First Releases Pedigree by NGC
  • Authorized Worldwide Mintage of 411
  • Royal Mint Branded Presentation Case
  • Limited Availability

2021 Great Britain Five-Ounce Silver Gothic Crown Proof PF70 UC FR

 

  • Struck in Five Ounces of 99.9% Fine Silver
  • Remastered 1847 William Wyon Design Reverse
  • Proof Finish
  • Official £10 British Legal Tender
  • NGC-Certified as Flawless PF70 Ultra Cameo
  • First Releases Pedigree by NGC
  • Authorized Worldwide Mintage of 506
  • Royal Mint Branded Presentation Case
  • Limited Availability

2021 Great Britain Two-Ounce Silver Gothic Crown Proof PF70 UC FR

 

  • Struck in Two Ounces of 99.9% Fine Silver
  • Remastered 1847 William Wyon Design Reverse
  • Proof Finish
  • Official £5 British Legal Tender
  • NGC-Certified as Flawless PF70 Ultra Cameo
  • First Releases Pedigree by NGC
  • Authorized Worldwide Mintage of 4,006
  • Royal Mint Branded Presentation Case
  • Limited Availability

Don’t wait on this. Like the first release in The Great Engravers series (Una and the Lion), these Proofs sold out at the mint! Here is your chance to add these spectacular Proofs to your collection.