Great Britain 1936 crown
This specimen was lot 824 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $920. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. George V, 1910-1936. Crown, 1936. Modified effigy l. Rv. Imperial State Crown in circle of thistle, rose, and shamrock. Almost certainly struck during the brief reign of King Edward VIII, though bearing his father's portrait. One of 2,473 struck, faint golden toning. Uncirculated." 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: 2,473.
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.
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