Great Britain 1658 half crown

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Ponterio sale 158, lot 1005
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
Heritage sale 3021, lot 20787
Great Britain 1658 half crown rev Heritage 3021-20787.jpg

The first specimen was lot 1005 in Ponterio sale 158 (New York, January 2011), where it sold for $4,082.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Crown, 1658. Oliver Cromwell. Small scratch on obverse field, toned. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED." The second specimen was lot 20787 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $5,875. The catalog description[2] noted, "Cromwell Halfcrown 1658, MS62 NGC, boldly detailed and having reflective luster combined with rich old bluish gray patina showing golden iridescent highlights, just a little subtle change in metal texture on the highest points of the obverse, which are light gray in color. Seldom found this choice." The dates 1656 and 1658 are recorded for the type, which is so rare as to be regarded as a pattern, particularly considering the exquisite diework and full strike on the specimen shown here, most untypical of English coins of the period. Earlier half crowns of the commonwealth (KM 391.1, struck 1649-56) are not nearly so well made.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: S-3227A; KM-B207.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 158: The 2011 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine: Bowers and Merena, 2010.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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