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Diameter: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)
Weight: 39.916 g (1.41 oz.)
The Norweb Collection 1969.221
George Edward de Saulles designed coins under Queen Victoria and King Edward VII.
Struck for inclusion in the proof commemorative sets of the new coinage of the reign, this piece was unusual in having a frosted or matte surface, produced by the application of acid. Non-proof five-pound pieces were also struck, but not for circulation. George Edward de Saulles was appointed chief engraver at the Royal Mint in 1892. At his death, the position was abolished for the sake of 'greater freedom in obtaining designs." There is still, however, a body of engravers at the mint to carry out the work necessary in adapting coin designs and making the dies.
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