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CM06406

George V 1927 matt proof Halfcrown

George V (1910-36), 0.500 silver Matt Proof Halfcrown, 1927, struck from sand-blasted dies, 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 3733 R7; ESC 776A; Davies 1700; S.4037). Toned practically as struck, has been graded and slabbed by NGC as PF65 Matte; of the highest rarity with only one other example known to us in private hands.

NGC certification 4377035-001.

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."
The matt Proof finish to what are usually brilliant Proof coins was used especially at the Royal Mint for photographic purposes, from around the mid-1920's until as late as the mid 1970's. As flash photography was used to illustrate promotional material, the brilliant Proofs caused too much reflection in the resulting imaging at this period of time, to be acceptable and it was much easier to literally strike one or two examples with a satin matt finish, to not reflect the flash bulb in those days before digital imaging was possible.
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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