Great Britain 1844 penny

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 31439
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31439 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $188. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Penny 1844, AU55 Brown NGC. Circulation is barely evident with some darkening of the patina noted from 6 o'clock to 9 o'clock on the reverse." This penny was struck 1838-60 and is fairly common. It shares the same design with the farthing and half penny.

Recorded mintage: 215,000.

Specification: 18.8 g, copper.

Catalog reference: KM 739, S-3948.


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  • [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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