Only 2,473 examples of the 1936 British silver crown (with a face value of 5 shillings) were minted. In the early 1960s, little numismatic interest was shown in these or related rarities.
“Ten more, and that is all.”
Today one of these gems would sell for over $1,000.
In 1953, the Royal Mint issued a commemorative crown for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Doug Liddell happened to remember that in a store room he had many thousands of unsold pieces each in its original wood box. Would I like to buy them all? The answer was yes, at face value (5 shillings) plus sixpence (half a shilling) each.