Great Britain 1787 6 pence

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 24008
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24008 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "George III Proof Sixpence 1787, S-3749 type with semee of hearts in the Hanover shield, plain edge, PR63 NGC, beautiful deep magenta blue toning, reflective surfaces underneath still discernible. Identified on the grading insert by NGC as ESC-1627 (no hearts); the error is ESC's and goes back decades. Very scarce." This type is listed for 1787 and was the first sixpence issued since 1758. 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: 3.01 g, .925 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 606.2.


  • 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]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.

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