Great Britain 1921 shilling

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Goldberg sale 91, lot 2951
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 2951 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it sold for $188. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Shilling, 1921 NGC MS65. George V. King's nose points to S in GEORGIVS variety. Obverse portrait left by Mackennal. Reverse, lion on crown. A beautiful silky light silver finish on this rare variety. NGC graded MS-65." This type was struck in large numbers 1911-19, then reduced to .500 fine for 1920-26. A slightly modified bust was used 1926-36.

Recorded mintage: 22,649,000, a slightly better date.

Specification: 5.66 g, .500 fine silver, 23.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S.4023A; ESC-1431; KM-816a.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 91: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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