Great Britain 1839 half crown

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 24988
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 24988 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $5,462.50. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Victoria Proof Halfcrown 1839, Young Head, plain edge, medal rotation die alignment (not so noted under this variety in Spink), PR65 PCGS, a superb gem of a specimen with sparkling mirror fields and simply exquisite, vibrant iridescent toning -- bright blue, pinkish gold, violet -- through which the brilliance of the surfaces gleams. Just a stunning coin! Very rare in this wonderful state of preservation."
This bust was used on the half crown 1839-50 with a few proof only dates 1851-64. The "second" young head, with a less flattering bust, was used 1874-87.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare. The proofs are more common than the business strikes.

Specification: 14.14 g, .925 fine silver, .420 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: S3885, KM 740.


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  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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