Great Britain 1878 half crown
This specimen was lot 3857 in Goldberg sale 59 (Beverly Hills, May 2008), where it sold for $391. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Halfcrown, 1878. Victoria. Young head. Minor contact marks on cheek. Lustrous. ANACS graded MS-63." The type was struck for circulation 1839-50 and features the bust of the young queen Victoria. A slightly revised bust (shown here) was used 1874-87. The bust strongly resembles the one used on the crown but the half crown was issued in much larger numbers.
Recorded mintage: 1,466,000.
Specification: 14.14 g, .925 fine silver, .420 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: S.3889; ESC-701; KM-756.
- Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 59: the pre-Long Beach sale, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2010.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
- Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.