Great Britain 1845 crown

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 24320
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Goldberg sale 110, lot 2314
GB G110-2314r.jpg

The first specimen was lot 24320 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $22,325. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Crown 1845, Young Head, MS65 PCGS; vibrant reddish blue iridescent toning, an excellent sharp strike, and flashy cartwheel luster are the outstanding qualities that make this coin special. Under the color may be seen some ancient marks, even on the portrait, but these must date to the time of minting. Overall, a really choice crown with outstanding eye-appeal. Rare so fine." The second specimen was lot 2314 in Goldberg sale 110 (Los Angeles, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "Great Britain. Crown, 1845. Victoria. Cinquefoil stops on edge. Obverse: William Wyon's iconic 'Young Head' portrait of Queen VICTORIA DEI GRATIA. Date below. Reverse: Crowned shield of arms within wreath BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF: Beautiful multi color iridescent tone. NGC graded MS-64." This type was issued 1839 and 1844-47. No further crowns were struck for circulation until 1887.

Recorded mintage: 159,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 28.27 g, .925 fine silver, .840 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: ESC-282; S-3882, KM 741, Dav-105.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 110: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2019.

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