Great Britain 1883 half crown

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 23068
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This specimen was lot 23068 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $204. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Crown, 1883. PCGS AU-58 Secure Holder. Nearly fully detailed and highly original with pale, attractive tone appearing over both sides." This type was struck in substantial numbers 1839-50, then only proofs were offered 1851-53 as the mint attempted to circulate the florin (two shillings). In 1874, production of this denomination resumed with a modified bust and continued until the end of sterling coinage in the 1960's.

Recorded mintage: 2,983,000 + proofs.

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

Catalog reference: S-3889; KM-756.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Rayner, P. Alan, and Maurice Bull, English Silver Coinage from 1649, 6th Ed., London: Spink & Son, 2015.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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