Great Britain 1896 half crown
This type was struck 1896-1901 and is reasonably common in circulated condition. Half a crown was two and a half shillings or thirty pence. This specimen was lot 4342 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $446.50. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Halfcrown, 1896. Victoria. Superb iridescent green and gold hues on this mint state and rare date halfcrown. NGC graded MS-64."
Recorded mintage: 2,149,000, a somewhat better date.
Specification: 14.14 g, .925 fine silver, .420 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: S.3938; ESC-730; KM-782.
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- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.