Great Britain 1723 shilling

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UBS sale 85, lot 859
This specimen was lot 859 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 260 CHF (about US$297 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GROSSBRITANNIEN, George I. 1714-1727, Shilling 1723. Drapiertes, belorbeertes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Vier gekrönte Wappen ins Kreuz gestellt, in den Winkeln SSC. Kl. Kr. Vorzüglich-FDC." (Great Britain, George I (1714-27), shilling of 1723, draped and armored bust facing right; reverse: four crowned shields in cross pattern, SSC in angles of cross. Tiny scratches, Extremely Fine-Uncirculated)
This type, struck 1723 only, was made from silver supplied by the South Sea Company, hence the "SSC." Half crowns and crowns also exist marked "SSC." Numerous other varieties of shillings were struck in 1723, including two standard types (KM 539.1, struck 1715-23, and KM 558.2, struck 1723-27) and one from silver supplied by the Welsh Copper Company (KM 558.3, struck 1723-26). The specimen shown here seems to be common, tho not in this quality.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.02 g, .925 fine silver, this specimen 6,00 g.

Catalog reference: S.3647, KM 539.3.

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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.

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