Great Britain 1891 half crown
This type was struck 1887-92 and is known as the "Jubilee head" for Queen Victoria (r. 1837-1901). It is a fairly readily available half crown in nice condition and none of the dates are rare. This specimen was lot 3895 in Goldberg sale 85 (Los Angeles, June 2015), where it sold for $329. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Halfcrown, 1891. Victoria. Obverse, Jubilee portrait of Queen left. Reverse crowned shield in garter. Beautifully toned uncirculated. Pastel shades of green and rose gold. This is an exceptionally tough date to acquire in the finest grades. Catalogues £350 (around $525) in basic Unc. NGC graded MS-64."
Recorded mintage: 2,265,000.
Specification: 14.14 g, .925 fine silver, .420 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: S.3924; ESC-724; KM-764.
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- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 85: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.