||George I Shilling 1715, S-3645, 1st Bust, Roses & Plumes reverse, MS62 NGC. Lovely old-time blue iridescence perfectly sheathes the original gray surfaces of this example of the first year shilling for the Hanoverian king. There are a variety of reverses from this period: some are plain or without ornament in the angles of the royal shield; another is famously adorned with the initials of the South Seas Company. At the beginning of the reign we see the Roses & Plumes, to signify that the silver used for coinage came from the Company for Smelting Pit Coale and Sea Coale; this ornament appeared irregularly on various denominations through the first half of the 18th century, then was seen no more. This is a scarce shilling, charming in its eye-appeal, and seldom found in this condition.
Realized $734.38. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.