Great Britain 1826 penny

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 24066
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24066 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $411.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "George IV Penny 1826, Bare Head, MS63 BN NGC, very choice with beautifully colored light brown surfaces retaining a little mint red, also having an excellent sharp strike. Most collectors do not realize how scarce this type is above XF grade. Variety with the thicker lines on the saltire of the reverse shield." This type was struck for George IV 1825-27 and was the first penny struck since 1806, not counting the silver Maundy pennies.

Recorded mintage: 5,914,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S-3823, KM 693.


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