Great Britain 1893 shilling

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 25027
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25027 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $2,875. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Proof Shilling 1893, Old or Veiled Head, PR68 NGC, obviously a miracle of survival, a wonderful Gem coin with just splendid eye-appeal, with its neon-blue iridescence." This bust of the queen was used from 1893 until her death in 1901. The type is common but this is the only date for which proofs are listed.

Recorded mintage: 7,039,000 plus 1,312 proofs.

Specification: 5.655 g, .925 fine silver, .1468 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: S3940, KM780.


  • 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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