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Traditionally the gold is claimed by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster but this claim is always refused. Instead, the Dean and Chapter receive the monetary value of the ingot after the coronation and the gold is fashioned into an object for presentation to a notary. In the 19th century that meant the Duke of Norfolk, who was thrice awarded with solid gold trophies in recognition of his role in organising three coronations. Two cups fashioned by the Royal Goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge and Rundell from ingots presented by George IV and William IV survive at Arundel Castle but – until a phone call from Lewes auctioneers Gorringes – the current duke was unaware of the existence of a third award made from Queen Victoria’s 22 (or 24) carat contribution.

Although the consignor, an estate that recently sold some valuable first editions at Gorringes, can offer little information about its history, according to its inscription and the engraved arms of the Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal of England, the cup was also made for Norfolk from the gold presented by Queen Victoria at her coronation. It was likely a private commission for the duke made by John Bridge. The recently rediscovered treasure is scheduled for sale on April 29 when it is expected to realise more than £15,000. For further information contact 01273 472503.