Queen Victoria 1859 Ansell Gold Sovereign NGC VF30 (Very Fine)

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Queen Victoria 1859 Ansell Gold Sovereign NGC VF30 (Very Fine)

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The 1859 Ansell Sovereign is one of the great sovereign rarities. It is thought that as few as 15 to 25 remain in existence!

The story of the Ansell Sovereign begins with the Royal Mint’s rejection of a ‘bad batch’ of Australian gold – too brittle to use for coinage. Enter George Ansell. A Royal Mint chemist, Ansell detected traces of antimony, arsenic and lead in the gold, and he not only created a usable alloy – he created sovereigns that were stronger than the standard sovereign!

As a result of Ansell’s work, the Mint was able to strike a relatively small number of sovereigns from the previously tainted gold. Distinguished by an extra line in the ribbon of Queen Victoria’s portrait – a detail perhaps added to see how the coins would stand the rigours of circulation – the coins struck from the reworked gold became known as ‘Ansell Sovereigns’.

Sought after for the undeniable rarity, and due to the fact they were struck from Australian gold, Ansell Sovereigns are virtually never seen on the market.
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Country of IssueGreat Britain
Year of Issue1859
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