Great Britain 1859 shilling

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 24097
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24097 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Shilling 1859, Young Head, MS65 PCGS, a gem example with a nice sharp strike, smooth satiny luster, and lovely light silvery gold iridescence. Never dipped, totally original, and especially nice for the numerical grade given by PCGS; in fact, it's about as fine as we have seen." This shilling was struck 1838-87 for circulation.

Recorded mintage: 4,562,000 (highest mintage between 1839 and 1871).

Specification: 5.65 g, .925 fine silver, .042 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: S-3904, KM 734.1.


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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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