||George I Halfcrown 1723-SSC, S-3643, Decimo edge, XF40 NGC. Evenly worn, but much of the softness of detail seen on the portrait is from striking. The fields are remarkably unblemished, the reverse shield is sharp and well balanced, and the grade is spot on. But the exceptional quality of this very lovely coin is its toning: rich gray silver, booming with blue iridescence. The cataloguer has never seen a prettier example of the silver "two-and-six" struck from specie supplied by the South Seas Company of London, a financial establishment infamously behind the modern world's first stock market bubble. A jewel of a coin for the grade.
Realized $1,057.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.