While many of the key dates in the coinage of George V are well known, this is a good moment to introduce the the concept of the “condition rarity”. There are many of these in the series, many more than in the reigns of George VI and Elizabeth II. There are a few dates that might be considered to be in this category in the latter two areas, 1938 silver and some specifics in the tricky ‘50s, for instance, but in the coinage of George V, the effort required to secure certain coins in top grade really does begin to justify the phrase. One of my favourite books in my extensive numismatic library is the Standard Catalogue of English Milled Coinage, by Geoffrey Cope (of Petition Crown fame) and Alan Rayner (of ESC), published in 1975. What makes this publication unique is the structural inclusion in the tables of rarity in various grades. The book uses the same rarity ratings as Rayner's edition of English Silver Coinage, current at the time. Throughout this section, when I refer to condition rarity levels, the classification is from this book.
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