Great Britain (1638-42) 4 pence KM-90

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Goldberg sale 100, lot 2562
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This specimen was lot 2562 in Goldberg sale 100 (Los Angeles, September 2017), where it sold for $517. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Groat, ND. Charles I, 1625-1649. Aberystwyth mint (1638-42). Mint mark, book. Practically mint state with lovely green and blue old tone over glossy surfaces. Nicely struck and very round. Superb portrait. PCGS graded AU-55." This undated groat is among the more available denominations of Charles I, despite being a branch mint issue. Charles' conflicts with Parliament and his subsequent inability to raise funds cramped the production of coin. When milled coinage was introduced in the 1670's, much of the hammered coin was called in and melted.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce in nice condition.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: S.2891, KM 90.


  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Rayner, P. Alan, and Maurice Bull, English Silver Coinage from 1649, 6th Ed., London: Spink & Son, 2015.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 100: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.

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