Great Britain 1816 1/2 crown
This specimen was lot 6579 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $517. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Crown, 1816. PCGS MS-63 Secure Holder. Aptly named "Bull Head" bust. Nicely struck full detail down to the texture in the lining of crown and tie of order chain. Light gray toning pervades most of the surfaces with underlying luster peaking out around devices. Some light rose and moss green hues can be seen when rotated. Ex: Rye Collection." The type was struck 1816-17 and features the large bust of George III, by then subject to the regency of his son the Prince of Wales. It is the first half crown struck under the new coinage reform that, among other things, introduced the sovereign.
Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.
Specification: 14.14 g, .925 fine silver, .420 troy oz.
Catalog reference: S-3788; KM-667.
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