Great Britain 1723 crown

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23993
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23993 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $3,818.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "George I Crown 1723-SSC, AU58 NGC, another beautifully balanced and sharply impressed crown of this first Hanover king, this one bearing the historical hallmark "SSC" indicating that it was struck from silver "donated" to the mint by the South Sea Company of London, upon the failure of their corporation. It was the first stock bubble in British history, and the coins that emanated from its ruins have become classics of the era. This piece has appealing gray surfaces with amber-gold hues." This type is listed for 1723 only, the "SS-C" in the angles standing for the South Sea Company. Issue of crowns was erratic under George I; the previous issue was in 1720 and the next in 1726.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 30.10 g, .925 fine silver, .895 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: S-3640, ESC-114, KM 545.2, Dav-1346.


  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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