Great Britain 1919 1/2 crown

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Goldberg sale 84, lot 4378
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4378 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $99.87. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Halfcrown, 1919. George V. Nicely toned mint state example of this rare date. NGC graded MS-63." The silver half crown (2½ shillings) was struck in this fineness until 1920, when it was debased to .500 fine. Weakly struck specimens are common.

Recorded mintage: 10,267,000.

Specification: 14.14 g, .925 fine silver, 32.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S.4011; ESC-766; KM-818.1.


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  • [1]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.

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