Great Britain 1855 shilling
This specimen was lot 29708 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,468.75. The catalog description noted, "Victoria Shilling 1855 MS66+ PCGS, Royal mint. The second finest graded by either NGC or PCGS. Heritage actually sold the sole finer example in our April, 2012 auction (lot 24725). That piece, once part of the Terner Collection, was graded MS67 by PCGS and sold for a hammer price of $3,000. The market for this type of material has certainly picked up significantly in the past two and a half years, and we expect this piece to come close to that realization, if not surpass it. A technical gem with significant luster and light toning along the edges." This type was struck 1838-66 in large quantities with a slightly modified obverse obtaining until 1887.
Recorded mintage: 1,368,000.
Specification: 5.65 g, .925 silver, 23.6 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 734.1, S-3904.
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