Great Britain 1878 half crown

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Goldberg sale 59, lot 3857
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg

This specimen was lot 3857 in Goldberg sale 59 (Beverly Hills, May 2008), where it sold for $391. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Halfcrown, 1878. Victoria. Young head. Minor contact marks on cheek. Lustrous. ANACS graded MS-63." The type was struck for circulation 1874-87 and features the bust of the young queen Victoria. A similar bust was used 1839-50. 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 plus proofs.

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

Catalog reference: S.3889; ESC-701; KM-756.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 59: the pre-Long Beach sale, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2010.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.

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