Great Britain 1850 farthing

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Goldberg sale 110, lot 2320
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This specimen was lot 2320 in Goldberg sale 110 (Los Angeles, June 2019), where it sold for $96. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Farthing, 1850. Victoria. Glossy mint luster. NGC graded MS-64 Brown." This type was struck 1838-60 in substantial numbers altho nice specimens are scarce. This specimen realized less than half the catalog value. A rare 1850/40 overdate exists.

Recorded mintage: 430,000, a better date.

Specification: 4.4 g, copper.

Catalog reference: S.3950; KM-725.


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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 110: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2019.

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