Great Britain 1746 shilling

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23996
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23996 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "George II Proof Shilling 1746, Old Bust, PR62 NGC, a bit dull looking due to its deep golden gray patina but this seems harshly graded as the surfaces are reflective and there are no apparent defects. Rare: one of 100 struck for the proof set of this year." This type is listed for 1746-51 and 1758 and is fairly common in worn condition. The mint did not produce near enough small change for the industrial boom of the eighteenth century, leading to a proliferation of private tokens. The situation would not be rectified until the reform of 1817.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.02 g, .925 fine silver.

Catalog reference: S-3704, ESC-1208, KM 583.3.


  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.

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