England 1554 shilling
This specimen was lot 24871 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $12,925. The catalog description noted, "Philip and Mary Shilling 1554, XF45 NGC. Dark russet-gray tone accentuates the appeal of this piece. It bears outstanding portraits and has been meticulously maintained by generations of numismatists." This coin was hammered, not machine struck; weak and off-center strikes are normal. This coin was issued during Mary's brief marriage to Philip II of Spain, hence the dual portraits.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: S-2500, North-1967.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.