Great Britain 1781 penny

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Goldberg sale 84, lot 4236
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This specimen was lot 4236 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $94. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Maundy Penny, 1781. George III. Uncirculated. A difficult date. Attractive old toning. Uncirculated." This type was struck 1763-86 and, tho not rare, is difficult to find in nice condition. It is difficult to appreciate that prior to 1797, all English pennies were struck in silver, a holdover from medieval issues.

Specification: 0.50 g, .925 fine silver, .014 troy oz ASW.

Recorded Mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: S.3759, KM 594.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • 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, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.

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