Great Britain 1807 penny

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Heritage sale 3032, lot 24978
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This specimen was lot 24978 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[1] noted, "George III Penny 1807, Soho mint, MS66 Red and Brown PCGS. Fourth Issue. Absolute perfection with satiny, reddish-brown surfaces that produce a three-dimensional effect around the coin's devices. The strike on this coin is impeccable and the fields are free of any imperfections. This is truly one of the most beautiful examples of this coin seen to date and it has a premium grade to match." This type of 1806-08 is the only issue of copper pennies between 1799 and 1825. 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 penny was accompanied by a half penny (KM 662) and farthing (KM 661).

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S-3780; KM-663.


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