American collectors know about the Peace dollar that was issued after
World War I, but the United Kingdom also has such a coin — it was just
never made for circulation.
A 1926 silver crown with the proposed Peace design highlights
Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ 2016 New York International Numismatic
Convention auction, scheduled for Jan. 8, 9, 12 and 13.
The crown is of comparable size to the U.S. silver dollar.
The uniface pattern offered in the Stack’s auction features a
reclining Britannia with helmet at her feet and peripheral legend
reading GIVE PEACE IN OUR TIME O LORD. The legend is borrowed from
Anglican liturgy, with origins dating back to the Protestant
Reformation, and was eventually adopted to become the refrain in the
hymn of the same title.
The date is presented in Roman numerals.
“Completely without marks or other impairments, all of the design’s
intended message is fully conveyed in unmistakable clarity,” according
to the auction house.
In 1926 coinage was proposed in a speech delivered in the House of
Commons by the historian and numismatist Sir Charles Oman, who then
actively pursued the idea with officials at the British Royal Mint.
Francis Derwent Wood would first draw the design, which was then
modeled by Humphrey Paget before pattern pieces were struck during
July of 1926.
Only two or three pieces of all other versions are known aside from
The others all bear the word MODEL on the reverse.
Only blank reverse
However, the reverse on this example is blank, the only such example known.
Oman’s son donated one example of one of the other versions to the
Royal Mint Museum in 1974, according to the Stack’s Bowers Galleries
The example now offered for sale is graded Proof 63 Matte by
Numismatic Guaranty Corp., and has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000