Great Britain 1848 half crown

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 21000
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21000 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $6,168.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Halfcrown 1848, Young Head, very rare date, MS65+ PCGS, almost fully struck, some faint old ticks in the queen's hair and fields but otherwise just splendid in surface quality and in satiny luster, with a smooth pastel-like olive and reddish golden blue iridescence. Possibly the finest known piece of this date, and by far the best one this cataloguer has seen in decades. From The Kairos 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. An overdate, 1848/6, exists and is priced slightly cheaper than the regular date. The bust strongly resembles the one used on the crown but the half crown was issued in much larger numbers.

Recorded mintage: 367,000.

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

Catalog reference: S-3888, KM 740.


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