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WJG British Crown Type Proof Set - 1st

Current Statistics
Rank

1
GPA with Top Bonuses

64.433
GPA Weighted

64.433
Complete

44.44%
Set Rating

19.139

WJG British Crown Type Proof Set

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
George II Young Head (1732) 616807 1732 Crown
George II Old Head (1746) 616820 1746 Crown
George III (1818-1819) Crown
George IV St. George Reverse (1821-1822) Crown
George IV Shield Reverse (1825-1826) Crown
William IV (1831) 1831 Crown
Victoria Young Head (1839-1847) Crown
Victoria Gothic Crown (1847-1853)
Victoria Crown (1887) 206461 1887 Crown PR64 16 5 2316
Victoria Crown, Jubilee Head; Very nicely toned.
Victoria Old Head (1893) 206495 1893 Crown PR65 16 6 1811
Victoria Crown, Veiled Head; Very nicely toned
Edward VII (1902) 206504 1902 Crown PR61 14 128 14128
George V Shield (1927-1936) 206525 1927 Crown PR65 24 13 3413
George V 1927 Wreath Crown
George V St. George (1935) 1935 Crown
George VI Shield (1937) 206547 1937 Crown PR66 13 3 203
George VI Crown, Reverse Crowned Arms with Lion & Unicorn
George VI St. George (1951) 619015 1951 Crown PR65 7 1 71
Elizabeth II Coronation (1953) 501282 1953 Crown PR65CA 13 3 2214
Elizabeth II Young Head (1960)
Elizabeth II Churchill (1965) 206569 1965 Crown SP65 3 3
Elizabeth II Crown, Churchill Commemorative; The specimen satin finish on the Churchill Crown was first acknowledged in 1968 at an auction in London to raise money for charity. Note this was three years after mintage, so precise mintage figures are not known. Per "English Silver Coinage" by Seaby, only 3 or 4 specimens were minted. There are three listed in the PCGS population, one at NGC and CGS-UK lists four, for a total of at least eight that are known, assuming no cross-overs have occurred. The finish on this coin is interesting. Hairlines are quite visible to the naked eye, but are actually raised on the coin, therefore incused in the die. One can even see them in the picture, to the left of Churchill's bust. The coin shows the die polishing was quite severe, so it would make sense that only a few were struck late in the dies' life, and those coins produced went to a few special causes of the day. The coin does show a gloss, not quite the quality of a proof, but definitely better than a coin for circulation. This Churchill crown is the ONLY instance where a real person, other than the reigning monarch, is depicted on a legal tender, pre-decimal, British coin. Britannia & St. George are fantasy exceptions and are time-honored symbols of Great Britain. In decimal coinage through 2000, only royalty has been depicted on British coinage. Winston Churchill stands alone, with this honored exception in British coinage.