Great Britain 1698 half crown

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21050
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 21050 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,645. The catalog description[1] noted,
"William III Halfcrown 1698, 1st bust, MS64 PCGS, Gem UNC, a gorgeous coin with bright golden blue iridescent toning, intensely lustrous with a fairly sharp and even strike, and (obviously) exceptional surfaces. Struck from aging dies but with a marvelous, fresh look! Very scarce so fine. Earlier milled coins seldom come this nice, almost never with such vibrant color, and so this is truly an exceptional coin which deserves to sell for considerably higher than the normal, gray toned type of specimen. There are records of sales of this type at much higher prices than our estimate, but time will tell how enthusiastic the bids will be."
This type was struck 1698-1700 and, like most English coins of the period, is quite expensive Very Fine or better. Similar half crowns with a slightly different reverse were issued 1696-97. Many varieties exist. Half a crown was two and a half shillings or thirty pence.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 15.05 g, .925 silver, .447 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: S.3494, KM 492.2.


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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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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