Great Britain 1885 shilling
This specimen was lot 33098 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $168. The catalog description noted, "Victoria Shilling 1885 MS64 NGC, Royal mint. A wholly original specimen, whose luster is somewhat subdued from moderate silver gray and attractive toning." This subtype was struck for circulation 1879-87 and features the bust of the young queen Victoria. A similar bust was used starting in 1839; 1879 marks the date when the scheme of using die numbers was abandoned.
Recorded mintage: 3,337,000.
Specification: 5.65 g, .925 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 734.4, S-3907.
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