Great Britain 1697-y half crown

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 32962
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32962 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $504. The catalog description[1] noted, "William III 1/2 Crown 1697-y AU55 NGC, York mint. An unusually fine grade for William's notoriously flatly struck coinage, charcoal accents filling the margins and a scattering of haymarks on the obverse. From the Lake County Collection." This type of 1697 was issued from many branch mints as part of a major recoinage directed by Sir Isaac Newton. This specimen comes from York.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 15.05 g, .925 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 491.12, ESC-1100 (prev. 551).


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  • 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.
  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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