Great Britain (1638-39) 6 pence

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from Goldberg sale 98, lot 2878
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This specimen was lot 2878 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Briot Sixpence, ND. Charles I, 1625-1649. Nicholas Briot's coinage, Second Milled issue (1638-9). Obverse: Detailed portrait of king left. Reverse: Square topped shield of arms. Mint mask anchor. Well struck with a delightful blue tone. As struck mint state and rare thus. NGC graded MS-63. WINGS." Charles' conflicts with Parliament and his subsequent inability to raise funds cramped the production of coin. The SCWC lists over two dozen different types of sixpences for Charles I. Nicholas Briot (c.1579-1646) attempted to introduce milled coinage in the 1630's but his efforts were stymied by the outbreak of the Civil War. When milled coinage was reintroduced in the 1670's, much of the hammered coin was called in and melted.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: S.2860, KM 180.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 98: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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