Great Britain 1839 half crown
"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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.