Great Britain 1899 half crown
This specimen was lot 21190 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,530. The catalog description noted, "Victoria Halfcrown 1899, Old or Veiled Head, MS66 PCGS, Superb Gem UNC with wonder color, bold strike, almost flawless in terms of marks, cartwheel luster beneath vivid golden blue iridescent toning. High end for the numerical grade. Eye appeal off the charts. The owner of this consistently high-grade collection states: 'This is the finest Old Head halfcrown I've seen in 10 years of searching.' Not only that, but 1899 is not a date seen with much frequency even in choice condition. The best there is, a great coin! From the Guilford Courthouse Collection." 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.
Recorded mintage: 2,866,000.
Specification: 14.14 g, .925 fine silver, .420 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: S-3938, KM 782.
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- Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.