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Rarities near face value: London coin-buying stints fruitful

The Joys of Collecting column, from the May 12, 2014, issue of Coin World
By Q. David Bowers - Special to Coin World
Published : 04/23/14
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“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.

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