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Baldwin’s of St James’s

On September 22, Baldwin’s of St James’s sold this “good, extremely fine” example of the 1839 Una and the Lion five pound coin for £340,000. It was twice the previous high for the coin and a record for a British five pound piece.

Ranked among the most beautiful of all British milled coins, the gold five pounds was part of the first coin issue created in 1838, shortly after Victoria came to the throne. The obverse displays the famous ‘young head’ portrait by William Wyon while the reverse portrays the queen as Una leading the lion. It occurs with two small variant reverse legends, based on Psalm 119:133, which translates as May God Direct My Steps.

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