Great Britain 1741 crown

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Heritage sale 3032, lot 24959
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24959 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $9,400. The catalog description[1] noted, "George II Crown 1741, MS65 NGC. Roses reverse - 'D. Quarto' edge type. A sensational survivor, a candidate for the finest known, and the epitome of originality with a full palette of tone that accents the central motifs in golden hues and deepens to a splendid gray at the edges. More intricate inspection of this Gem confirms everything suggested by the grade with crisp detailing from center to edge and hardly a mark to be found. The centers, largely dove-gray colored at first inspection, are actually composed of a mixture of multicolored iridescent patina that reveals itself nicely when rotated beneath a light. Minuscule 'haymark' flecks, typical on coinage of this era, are of little concern. Of the 16 examples deemed Mint State by NGC and PCGS, this example is the only piece to reach the Gem (MS65 or finer) plateau - a significant milestone and as such, reason for significant collector attention." This type is noted for 1739 and 1741 and is occasionally available.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 30.10 g, .925 fine silver, .895 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 575.2, S-3687, ESC-123, Dav-1348.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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