Great Britain 1950 half crown
This specimen was lot 2456 in Goldberg sale 110 (Los Angeles, June 2019), where it sold for $5,520. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Matte Proof Halfcrown, 1950. George VI. Nickel. Obverse: Portrait of king left. Designer's initials HP (Humphrey Paget) below truncation. GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR: OMN: REX Reverse: Shield of royal arms FID DEF above HALF CROWN 1950 below. A pair of crowned interlinked Gs each side. Reeded edge, pristine matte proof. NGC graded Matte Proof 67. A small number of matte coins of each denomination were made by the Royal Mint for photographic purposes in 1950 and 1951. These are rare, but appear occasionally in auction. The Norweb collection of coins featured several specimens which were sold in the 1980s." The normal circulation issue was minted 1949-51 and is common.
Recorded mintage: 28,338,000 plus 18,000 proofs plus a few matte proofs.
Specification: 14.14 g, copper-nickel, 32.3 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: S.4106; ESC-798c; KM-879.
- Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 110: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2019.