Great Britain 1838 shilling

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 24316
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24316 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Shilling 1838, Young Head, MS66 PCGS, a superb coin, fully struck, gleaming with cartwheel luster, its surfaces as original as can be and sheathed in lush bluish golden gray iridescence. As fine as we have seen of this first year of issue, the original artistic conception bearing the engraver's 'W.W.' initials, raised on the queen's truncation. A great shilling! From The Kairos Collection." This type was struck 1838-66 in large quantities with a slightly modified obverse continuing until 1887.

Recorded mintage: 1,956,000.

Specification: 5.65 g, .925 fine silver, .168 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: S-3902, KM 734.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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