Great Britain 1707 half crown

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Heritage sale 3004, lot 21305
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21305 in Heritage sale 3004 (New York, January 2009), where it sold for $3,005 as a "post auction buy". The catalog description[1] noted, "Queen Anne silver Halfcrown 1707, SEPTIMO edge date, After Union type, AU55 NGC, an exceptional example having 'hard' or semi-prooflike luster, sharply struck and well balanced, and silvery surfaces with hints of golden blue iridescence. Some faint obverse adjustments as almost always seen on large silver of this period. This wonderful specimen is as close to real UNC or Mint State as these come, and this piece is about as sharply struck as the Spink plate coin, which presumably is about as fine as may be found. Rare in this grade! The cataloguer can recall seeing only one other piece this nice, which sold about 20 years ago for over our top estimate." This type was struck at the London and Edinburgh mints 1707-13 and is very scarce in nice condition. The white tabs in the photo are from NGC's new "edge viewable" holder.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 525.1, S3604.

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, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3004: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.

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