Great Britain 1883 half crown
This specimen was lot 23068 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $204. The catalog description 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.
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