Great Britain 1781 penny
This specimen was lot 4236 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $94. The catalog description 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.
- 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.