Great Britain 1739 shilling

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21066
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21066 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,092.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George II Shilling 1739, Roses reverse, MS64 NGC, original light silvery gold surfaces, good details on all design elements, very scarce so fine." This type was struck with numerous variants 1727-41 and is fairly common in worn condition. A scarce 1739/7 overdate is reported. The mint did not produce near enough small change for the industrial boom of the eighteenth century, leading to a proliferation of private tokens. The situation would not be rectified until the reform of 1817.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.02 g, .925 fine silver, .179 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: S3701, KM 561.4.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Rayner, P. Alan, and Maurice Bull, English Silver Coinage from 1649, 6th Ed., London: Spink & Son, 2015.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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