Great Britain 1862 half crown
This specimen was lot 24100 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $8,225. The catalog description noted, "An 1862 Proof Halfcrown Victoria Proof Halfcrown 1862, Young Head, plain edge, PR63 Deep Cameo PCGS, deeply reflective surfaces and light silvery blue iridescence, the portrait brightly frosted, evident hairlines and a few ticks but still a choice example of the extremely rare proof of this date, when no currency halfcrowns were minted; struck by the Royal Mint for unknown reasons. Interested bidders might want to review our comments about the era of this mysterious piece by seeing Lot 24424 in our Sale #3016, January 2012 (online, go to HA.com and look at Auction Archives). An intriguing coin, and genuinely rare in any grade." No half crowns were struck for circulation during 1851-70.
Recorded mintage: unknown, proof only.
Specification: 14.13 g, .925 fine silver, .420 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: S-3888, KM 740.
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