Great Britain 1951 half crown

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Goldberg sale 75, lot 4392
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4392 in Goldberg sale 75 (Los Angeles, September 2013), where it sold for $2,645. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Matte Proof Halfcrown, 1951. George VI. Obverse, portrait of King left by H. Paget. Designer's initials HP below. Reverse, shield hanging from hook, date and denomination. Struck for photographic purposes and extremely rare. NGC graded Matte Proof 66." This type was issued in large numbers 1949-52 but the matte proofs are rare.

Recorded mintage: 9,004,000 plus 20,000 proofs.

Specification: 14.14 g, copper-nickel, 32.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S.4107; KM-878.


  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Jason Villareal and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 75: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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