Great Britain 1927 crown
The first specimen was lot 10436 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $452. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Crown, 1927. PCGS PROOF-65." The second specimen was part of lot 28090 in Heritage sale 3022 (New York, January 2013), which sold for $998.75. The catalog description noted, "George V Proof Set 1927, uncertified 6 coins in red presentation case, all the coins original Gem Proofs with dappled iridescent golden gray toning, maybe a nick here or there but exceptional coins, the case choice as well." This type was struck 1927-36 in very limited numbers and is expensive today; the commemorative crown of 1935 was minted in larger numbers than the entire type added together. This type was the last issued for circulation; all British crowns issued since have been commemoratives.
Recorded mintage: 15,000 proofs.
Specification: 28.27 g, .500 fine silver, .454 troy oz ASW, 38.5 mm diameter, designed by Bertram MacKennal and Percy Metcalfe.
Catalog reference: S.4036, ESC 381, KM 836, Dav-110, S-PS14, KM-PS20 (proof set).
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