Great Britain 1960 crown

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29990
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29990 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description[1] noted, "Elizabeth II 'VIP' Proof 5 Shillings (Crown) 1960 PR64 Cameo NGC, A particularly beautiful and choice example of this modern rarity with glittering and almost flawless surfaces, a tiny patch of carbon on the "H" of the queen's name, but otherwise having the eye-appeal of a finer piece. Distinguishable from the ordinary coins sold to the public at the 1960 British Exposition in New York, and easily so, by its depth of strike and mirrored fields set off by high, squared-off rims. Very rare. The 2015 SCBC gives a value of £850. From The Bob Bennett Collection." The regular circulation issue is common in all grades.

Recorded mintage: 1,024,000 plus 70,000 "proof-likes" plus a few true proofs.

Specification: 28.28 g, copper-nickel, 38.6 mm diameter, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: KM909 Proof (30-50 struck), S-4143 (Proof - "frosted design"), ESC-393M (R4), Dav-114.


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  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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