Great Britain 1960 shilling KM-904

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Goldberg sale 84, lot 4382
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4382 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $1,821.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. VIP Proof Shilling, 1960. Elizabeth II. English Crest. VIP Proof with frosted design and full mirror fields. One of only a handful of Proof coins made (for various denominations) during the early years of the Queen's reign. Extremely rare and extremely attractive. NGC graded Proof 64 Cameo." In 1902, the shilling was redesigned to use the English royal crest on the reverse (KM 800). Complaints from Scottish nationalists led to the introduction of the Scottish crest reverse in 1937 (KM 854) and the two were minted simultaneously until 1970. Proofs are rare.

Recorded mintage: 27,028,000 plus proofs plus 14,376,000 with the Scottish crest.

Specification: 5.65 g, copper-nickel, 23.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-904.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.

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