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Gold & Silver 1952 George VI South Africa Proof Set - Conservation / Grading

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Hello everyone,

I have recently acquired a 1952 George VI South Africa Proof Set which has been sealed in acrylic for at least the last 40 years. Bit of history: provenance receipt says one owner in S.A. paying 440 Rand in 1984! Owner from Namibia, I acquired in the UK and it's interesting to see these coins have already been on a journey. I was unable to get my hands on a George VI proof Sovereign so this looked like a great alternative option.

It appears this proof set was put into a sealed container in the 1980 rather than the original case and the coins rattle around against the case which I am worried about.

My questions are regarding conservation and damage prevention -

I've added a couple photos for you guys to enjoy. I'd love to get a better photo but it'll only be after I crack open this case.

Happy to hear your thoughts.



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I have the same set in its original box and I prefer to keep them that way, but that's just me!

4 hours ago, pillowcat2012 said:

I've not handled proof coins before

Good! 😁

I can understand grading the gold and perhaps the crown, although it's a market I know nothing about.

They've lasted well over the last 70 years so perhaps you worry too much!

I think it's a lovely set.

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Lovely set, a nice one to hold, especially the gold coins. I like the 2 1/2 shillings, seems in brilliant condition as well.  For grading of silver coins, need to consider cost n benefit, and in my opinion, unless you would like to sell it.


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