Great Britain 1839 1-1/2 pence

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Goldberg sale 87, lot 3197
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This specimen was lot 3197 in Goldberg sale 87 (Los Angeles, September 2015), where it sold for $129.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. 1 ½ Pence, 1839. Victoria. Gem Uncirculated. A rather special example of this diminutive coin. Well struck with a delightful golden-grey toning. NGC graded MS-65." This three-halfpence was struck for circulation in Jamaica and Ceylon 1838-43 and 1860-62. The denomination never appeared in Maundy sets and has not been struck since.

Recorded mintage: 760,000.

Specification: 0.70 g, .925 fine silver, .021 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: S.3915; KM-728.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 87: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.

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