New Zealand 1950 6 pence
This specimen was lot 23384 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $720. The catalog description noted, "NEW ZEALAND. 6 Pence, 1950. PCGS MS-66+ Gold Shield. An unrivaled super Gem, this dazzling, blistering example stands alone as the finest specimen in the PCGS census, with just one at the MS-66 base level. This latter piece, not nearly as majestic, realized a hammer of $1,100 in 2012. From the Fenton Collection." This sixpence struck for George VI retained the huia bird reverse introduced with George V. In 1948, the obverse was revised from "GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR" to "KING GEORGE THE SIXTH", and struck in that form until 1952. The denomination was terminated upon decimalization in 1965. The "K.G. close to rim" variety earns a premium.
Recorded mintage: 800,000 plus proofs, the key date.
Specification: 2.83 g, copper-nickel, 19.3 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-16.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The January 2020 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.