Great Britain 1893 half crown

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 25029
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25029 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $3,220. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Proof Halfcrown 1893, Old or Veiled Head, PR66 Cameo NGC, from the same colorful set as the sixpence, shilling, florin, and crown in this sale, with the same wonderful deep neon-blue iridescence, but there is some disturbance in the color on the obverse and a carbon deposit on reverse, upper left shield." This bust of the queen was used from 1893 until her death in 1901. The type is fairly common but this is the only date for which proofs are listed. A half crown was two and a half shillings or one-eighth of a pound.

Recorded mintage: 1,793,000 plus 1,312 proofs.

Specification: 14.13 g, .925 fine silver, .420 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: S-3938, KM 782.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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