Great Britain 1720 1/2 crown

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Heritage sale 3049, lot 30905
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30905 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $4,935. The catalog description[1] noted, "George I 1/2 Crown 1720/17 AU58 NGC, Royal mint. Plumes and roses in angles of shield. Very clear overdate. Exquisite toning, and actually quite a bit more luster than one would expect for the grade. A few scattered marks and very slight rub on the high points prevent this piece from attaining the Mint State level. Nonetheless, superb eye appeal for the type and a piece that should still appeal to the quality-conscious collector." This type was issued 1715, 1717 and 1720. The 1720/17 overdate is cheaper than regular date.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 15.05 g, .925 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 540.1, S-3642, ESC-590.


  • 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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