Great Britain 1831 farthing

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 33052
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 33052 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $660. The catalog description[1] noted, "William IV bronzed Proof Farthing 1831 PR65 Brown NGC. A clearly bronzed example as indicated by the cabernet color of the fields, bold silkiness present over of the devices and hardly a mark to speak of. Mislabeled on the holder as an issue of George IV. From the Lake County Collection." Farthings were struck for William IV 1831 and 1834-37 and, surprisingly, priced about the same as "young head" farthings of queen Victoria.

Recorded mintage: 2,688,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 4.67 g, copper, 21 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 705, S-3848.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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