Great Britain 1838 3 pence
This specimen was lot 31445 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $188. The catalog description noted, "Victoria Threepence 1838, MS63 NGC. Struck from noticeably clashed dies with surfaces that appear high-end for the grade. Moderate tone confirms originality. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." This type was struck 1838-87 in considerable quantities. This was the smallest silver denomination struck for circulation after the reform of 1817; silver pennies, tuppence and groats were struck only for the Maundy sets.
Recorded mintage: 1,200,000 plus 4,312 from the Maundy sets.
Specification: 1.41 g, .925 silver, .042 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 730, S-3914.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.