Great Britain 1934 crown

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 21078
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21078 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $5,581.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V Wreath Crown 1934, rarest date in this short-lived series, MS63 NGC, boldly struck and highly lustrous (for a coin of .500 fineness), with pale golden silvery gray toning, truly a choice example of this date, with a mintage of just 932 pieces, made by the Royal Mint primarily for sale at Christmas for stocking stuffers. This one has more eye-appeal than most seen. In fact, it's a delightful crown. SCBC value is £5250 in UNC, and this coin is surely UNC to anyone." 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: 932 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, KM 836, Dav-110.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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