Sovereign Rarities Ltd
Auction 5  15 Mar 2022
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Lot 95

Starting price: 120 GBP
Price realized: 190 GBP
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PF66 | George V (1910-36), 0.500 silver proof Halfcrown, 1927, bare head left, BM raised on truncation for engraver Bertram Mackennal, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: BRITT: OMN: REX, rev. struck en medaille, quartered shield of arms, crowned pair of interlinked Gs either side, tiny K to lower left and G to lower right of shield for engraver Kruger Gray, denomination in words at bottom with date, Latin legend with emblem and lozenge stops surrounding, *FID. DEF * IND. IMP*, thistle at start, rose at midpoint of legend, shamrock following (Bull 3732; ESC 776; Davies 1700; S.4037). Toned practically as struck, small spot on neck, graded by NGC as PF66.

NGC Certification 6134304-002.

We note as of April 2021 that NGC have graded 166 of which only five are graded one step higher. For comparison PCGS have graded 101 examples of which only three are finer.

The legends translate across both sides as "George the Fifth by the grace of God, King of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India."

Bertram Mackennal (1863-1931) was the Australian engraver (later knighted) responsible for the obverse design. George Kruger Gray (1880-1943) was responsible for designing and engraving all the reverse designs.

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