Great Britain 1726 penny

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Goldberg sale 98, lot 2933
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This specimen was lot 2933 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $164.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Silver Penny, 1726. George I. Laureate and draped bust right. NGC graded MS-63. WINGS." While this type of 1716-27 is not rare, it may surprise many beginning collectors that all pennies struck before 1797 were silver, a holdover from the middle ages when the penny was the sole coin in circulation. High grade examples, taken from Maundy sets, appear from time to time.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 0.50 g, .925 fine silver, .015 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 544, S.3657.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [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.

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