Great Britain 1846 half crown

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21188
Great Britain 1846 half crown rev Heritage 3010-21188.jpg
This specimen was lot 21188 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $3,220. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Victoria Halfcrown 1846, Young Head, MS66 PCGS, superb, actually a magnificent coin with tremendous eye appeal, sharply struck, having cartwheel luster and rich russet grayish green iridescent toning. Totally original, with silvery white luster peeking out around letters of the legends. Various spidery diebreaks. As was true of the 1840 halfcrown, here too the digits of the date were hand-placed into the working die and are uneven. This coin could produce a runaway price as an example of sheer quality equating to rarity of condition in an early issue of this reign. From the Guilford Courthouse Collection."
The type was struck for circulation 1839-50 and features the bust of the young queen Victoria. A slightly revised bust was used 1874-87. No half crowns are listed for 1847. The bust strongly resembles the one used on the crown but the half crown was issued in much larger numbers.

Recorded mintage: 1,540,000.

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

Catalog reference: KM 740; S.3888.


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  • Rayner, P. Alan, and Maurice Bull, English Silver Coinage from 1649, 6th Ed., London: Spink & Son, 2015.
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  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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