Great Britain 1826 half crown
This specimen was lot 29667 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $3,055. The catalog description noted, "George IV Proof 1/2 Crown 1826 PR65 NGC, Royal mint. A charming coin with subtle cyan iridescence in the fields. Tied with four others for the finest graded by NGC. Certainly a piece to be prized by the collector of British silver. From The Law Collection." Pistrucci's laureate portrait of George IV, used on the half crown 1820-24, earned the king's ire, perhaps because the engraver accurately depicted the king's obesity. A slimmer portrait by William Wyon was used 1824-29 and is shown here. This and the 1825 are the most available dates.
Recorded mintage: 2,189,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 14.14 g, .925 fine silver, .420 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 695, S-3809.
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