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Lot 84: Florins Elizabeth II Florin Engraver's Trial pieces undated c.1961 (5) each with TRIAL DIE on the reverse, the obverses with the standard early Elizabeth II portrait, the legend on each coin with a different typeface, with the type face abbreviated

London Coins A155 December Catalogue

by London Coin Auction

December 4, 2016

Longfield, United Kingdom

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  • Florins Elizabeth II Florin Engraver's Trial pieces undated c.1961 (5) each with TRIAL DIE on the reverse, the obverses with the standard early Elizabeth II portrait, the legend on each coin with a different typeface, with the type face abbreviated
  • Florins Elizabeth II Florin Engraver's Trial pieces undated c.1961 (5) each with TRIAL DIE on the reverse, the obverses with the standard early Elizabeth II portrait, the legend on each coin with a different typeface, with the type face abbreviated
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Description: Florins Elizabeth II Florin Engraver's Trial pieces undated c.1961 (5) each with TRIAL DIE on the reverse, the obverses with the standard early Elizabeth II portrait, the legend on each coin with a different typeface, with the type face abbreviated name raised in the field, i.e. Albertus (TRIAL ALB.) Albertus Light (ALB.L), Poliphilus (Pol.). Baskerville (BAS.), and Ionic (ION.) each coin UNC, comes with booklet and copy of original handwritten notes detailing each type face and the experiments conducted by the Deputy Master of the Mint into the suitability of certain styles of lettering for use in the design and minting of coins and medals, The set is accompanied by an additional handwritten note stating that there were originally seven sets made, these sets were then presented to the Queen for her consideration. One set had the handwritten note and typed manuscript, the other six sets, rather than having TRIAL DIE on the reverse, had plain reverses. This set is the original set, with a photostat copy of the folder from one of the six other sets which became detached from the coins. Comes in a large and impressive hard black case, originally purchased from the London Mint Office for 18,000, a wonderful documented insight into the processes involved in development of pre-decimal coinage in the early Elizabethan era

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