Great Britain 1799 farthing
This specimen was lot 33047 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $408. The catalog description noted, "George III Proof Farthing 1799 PR65 Brown NGC. Struck to an incredible degree of detail, with individual hair tufts, garment folds, and shield lines projecting magnificently toward the viewer. Decidedly choice so fine." This type of 1799 is the only issue of copper farthings between 1775 and 1805. Despite a desperate shortage of small change which permitted the issue of a profusion of counterfeits and private tokens, the mint made little effort to produce copper coins until the 1820's. This farthing was accompanied by a half penny. The similar pennies and tuppence were dated 1797 tho restruck until the 1840's.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: copper (KM 646), gilt copper (KM 646a), bronze plated copper (KM 646b).
Catalog reference: KM 646b, Peck-1276.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.