Great Britain 1739 farthing
This specimen was lot 23994 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $587.50. The catalog description noted, "George II Farthing 1739, Young Head, MS65 BN NGC, soft details in the king's hair but still a really exquisite gem of a farthing, surfaces near perfection for a copper, the color a rich chocolate brown with tinges of mint red luster and lovely bluish hues covering all." This type is listed for 1730-39 and is fairly common in worn condition. The mint did not produce near enough small change for the industrial boom of the eighteenth century, leading to a proliferation of private tokens. The situation would not be rectified until the reform of 1817.
Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.
Catalog reference: S-3720, KM 572.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.