Great Britain 1839 3 pence
This specimen was lot 30698 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $734.38. The catalog description noted, "Victoria Proof Threepence 1839, PR65 NGC. Electrifying blue and purple color encircles the edges. Mirrored surfaces give the obverse fields the appearance of concavity. Very scarce as a proof and from the same set as the famed 'Una & the Lion' 5 Pound. 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 thereafter struck only for the Maundy sets.
Recorded mintage: 570,000 plus 4.356 from the Maundy sets plus proofs.
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.