Great Britain 1839 3 pence

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30698
Great Britain 1839 3 pence rev H3029-30698.jpg

This specimen was lot 30698 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $734.38. The catalog description[1] 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.
  • [1]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.

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