Great Britain 1887 half crown KM-756

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Sincona sale 57, lot 2978
This specimen was lot 2978 in Sincona sale 57 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 1,500 CHF (about US$1,785 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Victoria, 1837-1901. 1/2 Crown 1887, London. Young head. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. (kingdom of Great Britain, Victoria, 1837-1901, half crown of 1887, London mint, young head. Very rare in this condition. NGC MS65.)"
This type was struck for circulation 1874-87 and features the bust of the young queen Victoria. A similar bust was used 1839-50. The bust strongly resembles the one used on the crown but the half crown was issued in much larger numbers. The Jubilee bust for 1887 is much more available than the young head for 1887, probably because it was saved.

Recorded mintage: 1,438,000 including jubilee head (KM 764).

Specification: 14.138 g, .925 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 756, Seaby 3889.


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