Great Britain 1703 shilling

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1281
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 1281 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €150 (about US$240 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GRANDE-BRETAGNE, Anne (1702-1714), AR shilling, 1703, 2e buste. Droit: B. drapé à gauche. En dessous, VIGO. Revers: Croix formée des écus d'Angleterre, Ecosse, France et Irlande. Très Beau. (Great Britain, Anne (1702-14), silver shilling of 1703, second bust. Obverse: draped bust to left, "VIGO" below; reverse: cross formed of the crowned arms of England, Scotland, France and Ireland. Very fine.)"
The "VIGO" shilling was struck in 1702-03 only but similar shillings without "VIGO" were issued in 1704-14.

Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.

Specification: 6.02 g, .925 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 517.1, S-3586.


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  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995
  • Rayner, P. Alan, and Maurice Bull, English Silver Coinage from 1649, 6th Ed., London: Spink & Son, 2015.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2014.

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