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1927 King George V Silver Six Coin Specimen Proof Set

1927 George V Silver Specimen Proof Set Boxed

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£950.00
Proof 1927 George V silver Crown, Halfcrown, Florin, Shilling, Sixpence and Threepence in original presentation case. These sets were issued to mark the reintroduction of the British silver Crown. The Crown had last been struck in 1902, early in the reign of King Edward VII. These sets marked the reintroduction of this large silver coin as a commemorative piece. Known as 'Wreath Crowns' for the distinctive reverse design by George Kruger Gray, they were issued annually from 1927 until 1936. The 1927 edition was available only in proof, originally issued in sets like this. Some 15,030 specimen sets were made available in red boxes, the lid embossed in gold with the coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The six coins enclosed are struck in 50% silver, as was standard for the period, the proportion of the metal used for British coins having been reduced from .925 in 1920. Each bears the left facing bust of King George V (reigned 1910-1936) to the obverse: the work of Edgar Bertram Mackennal. The reverses show a series of new designs, introduced with George V's fourth coinage, including the iconic wreath design of the Crown and new acorn and oak leaf motifs for the Sixpence and Threepence, their beauty made particularly striking by the fine proof finish utilised here. This key twentieth century proof set is pre-owned but retains a bright, uncirculated appearance. It's offered its original, silk-lined presentation case with the royal arms in gold to the exterior. Please note: the images of this product are stock photos, provided for reference. You will receive a set in comparable condition.
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Coins in George V 1927 Proof Set

  • 1927 George V Silver Wreath Crown
  • 1927 George V Silver Halfcrown
  • 1927 George V Silver Florin
  • 1927 George V Silver Shilling
  • 1927 George V Silver Sixpence
  • 1927 George V Silver Threepence

Specification

Six coin specimen proof set, each piece struck in .500 (50%) silver to standard specifications for the era.

Presentation

Just 15,030 of these 1927 specimen coin sets were issued and many were broken up. This one is offered in its original red leather presentation case with royal arms to the lid in gold. The images provided on this page represent the grade of the coins and the condition of the box. You will recieve a 1927 King George V proof set in comparable condition.

What Are Wreath Crowns?

The term 'Wreath Crown' refers to British Crown coins struck between 1927 and 1936 with a distinctive reverse featuring a stylised crown, surrounded by a wreath of shamrocks entwined with thistles and roses. This was the creation of George Kruger Gray, prolific designer and long term contractor for the Royal Mint. These coins, struck in limited numbers, are also known as 'Christmas Crowns' because they were distributed primarily by the Bank of England as seasonal presents for favoured clients. 1934 Wreath Crowns are the rarest of the issue with just 932 minted. Some examples show circulation wear but these coins were intended as collectors pieces.

Read more: George V Wreath Crowns: Christmas Presents From The Past.

Who Was Edgar Bertram Mackennal?

Born in Australia in 1863, Bertam Mackennal was a sculptor and medallist. He studied in Melbourne before moving to England where he was appointed head of modelling and design at the Coalport Potteries in Shropshire in 1886. Over the next few decades he worked between the UK and his homeland, becoming the first Australian to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts. Mackennal is best known for his coinage portrait of King George V used on British currency through this monarch's reign. He also designed George's coronation medal and his postage stamps. He was knighted in 1921 and died in 1931. Mackennal's coinage can be identified by the initials 'BM'.

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