Great Britain 1754 farthing

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72321
photo courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC

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[1] 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.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: KM-581.2.

Source:

  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • [1]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.

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