Great Britain 1754 farthing
This specimen was lot 72321 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $305.50. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Farthing, 1754. George II (1727-60). PCGS MS-65BN. Good strike with lovely chocolate brown tone and traces of mint red." This type is listed for 1746-54 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: KM-581.2.
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- Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.