Great Britain 1839 penny

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 29701
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This specimen was lot 29701 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $3,055. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria bronzed-copper Proof Penny 1839 PR65 PCGS. Featuring the young head of Victoria with W.W. on truncation and seated, helmeted Britannia with shield and ornamental trident. A fully-struck proof with exquisite detail throughout and choice, glossy surfaces in a delectable shade of chestnut brown. Nearly flawless in all respects and incredibly appealing as such." The copper pennies of Victoria were issued 1841-60 in fairly large quantities but are scarce compared to the massive issues of the smaller bronze pennies of 1860-94. The pure copper composition also caused the coins to wear more quickly than bronze, making high grade specimens even scarcer. Like the United States half cents of the same period, many varieties exist, avidly pursued by specialists. The bronzed copper specimens of 1839, 1841 and 1853 are rare and expensive.

Recorded mintage: est. 300.

Specification: bronzed copper.

Catalog reference: KM 739a, Peck-1479.


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