Great Britain 1930 crown
This specimen was lot 4380 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $1,081. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Crown, 1930. George V. Uncirculated, and tough to find so nice. Only 4847 pieces were made, and most were used (not many citizens could afford the luxury of collecting these large coins in the 1930s) many were later melted. Truly rare. NGC graded MS-64." 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: 4,847 plus 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-370; Dav-110; KM-836.
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