10 June 2009,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 5,000
A GEORGE V 1911 FIVE POUND COIN WATCH, BY CARTIER
The hinged cover opening to reveal a cream-coloured dial with black Roman numerals and blued steel hands within an engine-turned gold frame, the inside cover with presentation inscription, mechanical movement, circa 1930, 3.6 cm diameter, with French assay marks for gold, in original red leather fitted Cartier case
Dial signed Cartier France, Nos. 3437 (indistinct) and .3671.
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The 1911 gold five pound coin was issued in a proof version, and was only available as part of the "long" gold proof set of 12-coins, the "short" set being only from sovereign downwards. The mintage figure was much lower for Queen Victoria's five pound coins in 1889 and 1893 as well as Edward VII's in 1902. This coin watch would have required the use of two 1911 five-pound coins in its manufacture making it particularly expensive to create. The original fitted Cartier box is a rare survival
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Please note the glass cover is not deficient as stated in the catalogue