Great Britain 1841 half penny
This specimen was lot 4541 in Goldberg sale 74 (Los Angeles, June 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Halfpenny, 1841. Victoria. Glossy Uncirculated with a little mint red. NGC graded MS-63 Brown." The copper half pennies of Victoria were issued 1838-60 in fairly large quantities but are scarce compared to the massive issues of the smaller bronze halfpennies 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.
Recorded mintage: 1,075,000.
Catalog reference: S.3949; KM-726.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 74: the pre-Long Beach Sale, featuring the Arden Collection, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.