Great Britain 1926 half crown KM-818.2

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Goldberg sale 85, lot 3921
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3921 in Goldberg sale 85 (Los Angeles, June 2015), where it sold for $676. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Halfcrown, 1926. George V. Type 1. A rare coin in the higher grades, this uncirculated specimen is well struck, and a little golden toning clings to the lettering. NGC graded MS-66." This type was issued 1922-26 and most of the dates are common. This one is scarce. The half crown was sterling silver until 1922, then .500 fine silver, then converted to copper-nickel in 1947. Midway thru 1926, a new bust was introduced (KM 830) in an attempt to alleviate persistent weak strikes. late in 1927, the reverse was modified (KM 835)

Recorded mintage: 4,474,000 (including KM 830).

Specification: 14.14 g, .500 fine silver, 32.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S.4021A; ESC-773; KM-818.2.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 85: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.

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