George Frederick Ansell was employed by the Royal Mint. Became Master of the Mint in 1856 and on 29 October that year he wrote to the Treasury recommending the appointment of Ansell; in accordance with this recommendation to a supernumerary clerkship, he took office in the Rolling Room of the Royal Mint. Graham had described him as'a person of superior education and ability, and great activity and vigour of character'.
He also had a very significant scientific back round. Ansell asked to experiment with this gold, and although confronted by several obstacles, including the aversion to change, he was eventually given permission. His experiments brought a successful conclusion and as a result all of the gold was re-wrought at very little additional cost, and without annealing.The new sovereigns were in fact so tough that an ordinary man could not break them even with the aid of a pair of pliers. This extract is taken from M. Marsh The Gold Sovereign Jubilee Edition 2002 p.
Ansell, "The Royal Mint", London 1871, pp. Marsh, "The Ansell Sovereign", Spink Numismatic Circular, July1982, pp. Rest assured pictures are of the actual coin. Also please view my other coins for sale.If you have any questions please contact me. Thank you for your interest. The item "1859 Queen Victoria Great Britain Gold Ansell Sovereign Coin PCGS AU58" is in sale since Wednesday, December 4, 2019. This item is in the category "Coins\Coins\British\Victoria (1837-1901)\Sovereign".
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