Great Britain 1905 shilling

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Goldberg sale 98, lot 3046
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3046 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $2,937.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Shilling, 1905. Edward VII. Obverse king right by De Saulles. Reverse: Lion on crown. By far the rarest currency shilling of the 20th century. NGC graded MS-62." This type was struck 1902-10 in substantial numbers but nice specimens are scarce. This is the key date.

Recorded mintage: 488,000.

Specification: 5.66 g, .925 fine silver, 23.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S.3982; ESC-1414; KM-800.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 98: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.

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